After a disappointing conclusion to the 2015 campaign, the UCLA Bruins with their star sophomore quarterback, Josh Rosen, had September 3rd circled, looking to start a campaign that will lead the blue and gold into serious contention for the 4-team College Football Playoffs.
The road starts in College Station, Texas, as UCLA kicks things off against the Aggies of Texas A&M at Kyle Field. Known to be one of the loudest fields in college, the Aggie fans were unhappy when Rosen minimized the noise level, stating anything over 50k sounds the same. Not much trash talking by the sophomore, though, aTm fans were unhappy and are expected to let Rosen hear it.
Whether or not they can stymy him with the noise is irrelevant, as the Bruins have to watch out for Myles Garrett, a contender for the top overall selection during the 2017 NFL Draft. Connor McDermott, a projected 2nd-3rd round pick during the same draft is going to have his handsful, and one can expect Jim Mora and Kennedy Polamalu to throw a tight end or extra back to help McDermott out at times.
On the flipside, the Bruins are facing a familiar foe, as Noel Mazzone jumped from Westwood to College Station, and starts his A&M debut against his former side. Tom Bradley should have a huge advantage here, and should expect to see Eddie Vanderdoes and Jayon Brown be let loose against Trevor Knight.
I like Josh Rosen to have a huge game to kick off the year, while Soso Jamabo to run for a score leading off his sophomore campaign, as UCLA runs out 38-27.
USC taking on the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is as big of an opening game as one can hope for, and Clay Helton looks to kick off his inaugural season with a bang. Not many believe the Trojans can stick with a SEC side, but I like to Trojans to squeeze this one out 24-20.
The 14th-ranked Washington Huskies start off at home against the Scarlett Knights of Rutgers and should run away with this one. Starting a true sophomore at the QB slot, in Jake Browning, UDub is on the way out. I like them taking this 51-17.
Rich Rodriguez hopes to kick off his campaign with a big win over Brigham Young University in Glendale, and will do it in cardiac fashion, taking the game 21-20.
Oregon kicks off their season against the Aggies from UC Davis. Nothing needs to be said here, as the Ducks should win by a huge blowout, 48-3.
Washington State looks to kick their season off with a bang against Eastern Washington. The Cougs will face a three quarter scare, but run away with a 14-nil final period to take it 28-13.
Arizona State renovated it's stadium and kick it off by thumping the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona, just up the 17, 30-9.