The UCLA Bruins got off to a fast start to the 2013 season, but have since cooled down in recent weeks. Jim Mora has molded this team into a Pac-12 contender and it is no longer an easy victory as it once was. Losing to the top two teams in the conference in the past two weeks was rough, but the remainder of the schedule is very winnable.
On the other side of the field, the Colorado Buffaloes have been better in 2013 than they have been in recent memory. The Buffaloes may be just 3-4, but they have won three of their first seven games of the year — they won just one game in the entire 2012 season.
The Bruins have been solid this season on offense and that’s due, in large part, to the success of Heisman-hopeful quarterback Brett Hundley. The young quarterback has passed for 1,725 yards and 14 touchdowns while completing over 60 percent of his passes. Don’t forget the fact that Hundley can run the ball, too — he has 359 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Shaquelle Evans has helped him out a bit in the pass game as the leading receiver, catching 27 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns. Jordan James leads the run game with 463 yards and five touchdowns.
Colorado has been average on offense this season as the Buffaloes passing attack ranks 54th in the nation. Quarterback Connor Wood began the season as the starter but has since been replaced by freshman Sefo Liufau who has been solid ever since taking over. Liufau has 579 yards and three touchdowns while completing over 60 percent of his passes in three games. Paul Richardson doesn’t care who throws the ball, he continues to impress in the receiving side of things, catching 50 passes for 914 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, the Buffaloes rank 113th in the nation in points allowed per game — that’s one of the worst marks out there. As one of the worst defenses in the country, Colorado also ranks second-to-last in the country in yards allowed per game with over 558. The Bruins are much better on defense, ranking 33rd in points allowed and 42nd in yards allowed per contest.
Colorado will travel to UCLA to take on the Bruins at 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Colorado 13, UCLA 37