Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
TV Schedule: Fox Sports 1, with Tim Brando (play-by-play),
Brady Quinn (color) ... but no one was listed for the sidelines ...
Radio: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius 84; XM 84
and it will spit out the TV channel ... pretty cool!
This is one of the few series where UW holds the losing portion of the record. The Bruins hold a 9 game lead as the series is 39-30-2. To make things worse, UCLA has taken 12 of their last 15 games with the Dawgs. After this year's matchup, the Huskies and Bruins will take a 2 year hiatus, while the Huskies play USC for the next two seasons.
Last year was one of those games that, if you didn't throw your remote through your television, it was only because your wife had taken it and put it just out of your grasp (meaning about a foot away from your recliner, on the arm of the couch right next to you ...). Whenever Miles Jack had the ball the Huskies decided they had better things to do than tackle him. Instead they just let him score 4 touchdowns and then groaned and whined when he decided to rub it in. Luckily for me, my remote was just out of reach, so I resorted to throwing single pieces of popcorn at the flat screen.
I don't know where this is going to take me, but I really just want to make these numbers look amazing for the UW ... as far as I know, this could be an exercise in futility ... but, we'll never know if I don't try:
1.44 - The average yards UCLA gets when they rush the ball on 4th down
3.22 - The average number of times UCLA gets sacked per game.
6.61 - The average number of yards UCLA gives up when their opponents rush the ball on third down with 3 or less yards to go for the first down.
11.32 - The number of yards the UCLA defense gives up per pass play when opposing offenses opt to throw the ball on 1st down.
23 - The number of times the UCLA D has given up a penalty that resulted in a first down for the opposing team. (Puts them at 9th in the conference)
29 - The number of sacks the Bruins have surrendered so far this season
48.1 - UCLA quarterback's completion percentage on 3rd down and more than 10 yards to go for a first down.
What They're Saying
No insults intended; this is really just some game week fun ... so have a laugh. These quotes were removed from any relevant context that would give them any logical sense .... These quotes are brought to you courtesy of Bruin Zone dot com:
On UW's Young Secondary:
Washington starts 3 true freshmen in secondary ... and the other is a sophomore due to injuries and the recent dismissal to star cornerback knucklehead Marcus Peters. Hundley and our receiver corp should eat up these clowns tomorrow for mega yardage.
so what, Hundley is still going to miss his wide-open receivers.
A shoutout to Jesse for his previews
Decent game preview from UW site (with a link to Jesse's article, followed by a link to the other half of the preview ...)
and then ...
Better than decent. I thought they were pretty even-handed.
Questions Needing Answers
Is it even possible for our offense to get off to a fast start? Can the offense stay on the field long enough to give the defense a break every once and a while? Will Shaq get a few more 40 plus yard rushes? Will Kasen Williams' targets this week double ... to 2?
Will the linebackers be able to contain Mr. Hundley? How many sacks will the front 4 rack up? What will John Ross bring to the defensive side of the ball ... and will his speed really make up for his sure-to-happen blunders? Will Hundley accidentally overthrow one of the recievers that Ross is covering? If he does, that is an interception waiting to happen.
What is Miles Jack going to do this week? What's a good name for the soap opera happening down on the UCLA sidelines every week?
I'm really hoping this game is close. If the Huskies still have a change to win the game at the end of the 4th quarter, call me a really happy man. I am really hopeful the defense will be able to contain Hundley when he needs to avoid pressure ... and he is going to be pressured. I just hope the front 4, or 3, will be able to get enough pressure on Hundley to force a bunch of errant throws, right to our young and inexperienced secondary.
I still have little to no confidence in our offense, and I a desperately hoping that J. Smith and the rest of the offensive staff give me some reason for optimism ... I could really use some offensive optimism at this point in time. Call this game a close loss, as neither will be able to get anything going.
- This is a great primer for the game. Not only does it go into great detail as to what Brett Hundley brings to the table, as it also summarizes the week that was for the Huskies
- A look at the Bi-Polar season Brett Hundley has had this season.
- Finally, a look at the Bruin's porous offensive line, and an extrapolation regarding the probable mentality of the UW front seven.
Courtesy of VegasInsider, the Huskies are 6 point dogs at home this week. That number jumped up a few points as soon as news hit that Marcus Peters was dismissed from the team. The over/under sitting right around 54. With a win against the spread last week the Huskies broke their two game losing streak, and helped out their record a little bit, moving it up to 4-5 on the season.
Come on over to the game thread to have a little bit of jovial banter, to put it nicely, with fellow Dawg fans, and the occasional troll, or New Mexico State Aggies fan .... You'll be happy you did, so long as every single play goes exactly right. Otherwise, feel free to jump in and add to the communal vitriol. It opens up a half hour or so before kickoff.