UCLA isn't much of a football program anymore. The Bruins are 29-36 since the start of the 2006 season and have produced just five winning seasons in the 2000s. UCLA opened the 2011 season with a 38-34 loss at Houston.
But last Sept. 25, the Bruins delivered a 34-12 licking on Texas at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Garrett Gilbert threw just one interception, but UCLA recovered four Texas fumbles and barely had to throw a pass — the Bruins had just 27 passing yards. UCLA rushed for 264 yards and won going away.
Texas might be better — Mack Brown is trying other quarterbacks; the defense looks promising — but enough better to offset a 22-point loss at home to a team that otherwise beat only Houston, Washington State and Oregon State?
The Longhorns are a 3½-point favorite, but go with UCLA to win in the Rose Bowl.