The UCLA Bruins are the two-time defending Pac 12 South division champions but find themselves trailing the Arizona State Sun Devils in the standings heading into Week 11. After back-to-back losses against the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks on the road, UCLA appeared to regain some of its momentum in a strong win over the Colorado Buffaloes but face a greater challenge this week on the road. Can UCLA solve its road woes in a huge Pac 12 South matchup against the Arizona Wildcats and stay in the hunt for a third-straight division title?
While part of the problem for UCLA on the road is that they’ve faced their toughest opponents away from home, the split in their production is still alarming. In road games this season, UCLA has been outscored by opponents 114-99 and are 2-2 on the year. At home, the Bruins have been dominant as they’ve posted a perfect 3-0 record and outscored their opponents 199-66. The Bruins need to bottle some of whatever makes them so strong at home and bring it with them on the road.
It will be particularly important this week as the Bruins do not play well in Tucson. The last time they traveled to Arizona, they were blown out 48-12 by the Wildcats. In fact, the Bruins are winless in Tucson in their last four trips and haven’t won there since a 24-21 win back in 2003. That’s a streak that the Bruins would love to put an end to and need to stop this season if they hope to get back into the Pac 12 title game for a third straight season.
As of now, the Bruins are one game back in the loss column behind ASU and tied with Arizona and the USC Trojans which makes up three of the final four games on the UCLA schedule. The Bruins can punch their own ticket to another division title by taking care of business down the stretch but they have left themselves no room for error. Can they get things started this Saturday in Tucson?