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UCLA Football 2014 Schedule Preview

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UCLA Football 2014 Schedule Preview

Brett Hundley
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UCLA went 10-3 in 2013 and has high expectations for 2014. Both major polls have the Bruins as the preseason No. 7 team in the country. Quarterback Brett Hundley returns and will be a Heisman candidate all season. LInebacker Myles Jack returns after one of the best freshman seasons in the conference's history as he won both the offensive and defensive freshman of the year honors. Let's take a game by game look at the 2014 UCLA schedule .

UCLA at Virginia

Jim Mora
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UCLA at VIrginia

Jim Mora
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Virginia ranked 111th in scoring offense and 99th in scoring defense last year. Makes you wonder what they were working on during practice last season. The Cavaliers went 2-10 in 2013 including a 59-10 loss to Oregon. Hundley will get to pad his stats for his Heisman campaign and Jim Mora gets UCLA off to another good start as the Bruins pummel Virginia. WIN. (1-0)

Memphis at UCLA

Myles Jack
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Memphis at UCLA

Myles Jack
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Another warm-up type game for the Bruins before their big showdown in Austin, Texas. UCLA has one of the best secondaries in the nation and Memphis ranked 108th in passing yards last season. This one will be over by the third quarter as the Bruins win big and Hundley puts up huge numbers again. WIN. (2-0)

UCLA at Texas

Texas Longhorns
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UCLA at Texas

Texas Longhorns
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Last year's big non-conference win for UCLA came on the road against then No. 23 Nebraska with the Bruins leaving Lincoln as 20 point victors. This year’s big win will come at Texas, where the Bruins will win by two scores. Charlie Strong is a great coach but it will take some time before he starts knocking off ranked teams. WIN. (3-0)

UCLA at Arizona State

UCLA
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UCLA at Arizona State

UCLA
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This game has basically been the Pac-12 South title game the past three years and will have the same role in 2014. Whoever wins this game will go on to capture the Pac-12 South crown -- sorry USC fans. This game will be on national TV on a Thursday night. Arizona State students never go to class on Fridays whether there is a Thursday night game or not. The Sun Devil Student Section will be rocking for this one no doubt. Close lose for UCLA. (3-1)

UCLA at Utah

Brett Hundley
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UCLA at Utah

Brett Hundley
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Utah played the Bruins down to the wire last year in a 34-27 loss. This year's game is at the Rose Bowl, however, and will not be as close. Hundley will get a chance to improve his Heisman resume in this game. UCLA is too strong on the offensive line for the Utes defensive front. Bruins by 17. WIN. (4-1)

Oregon at UCLA

Marcus Mariota
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Oregon at UCLA

Marcus Mariota
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Two highly ranked teams square off in this potential shootout. Both offenses will be firing on all cylinders by midseason. The winner of this game may go on to win the Heisman as well as the Pac-12. Marcus Matiota, Bryon Marshall and Thomas Tyner are too much to contain on the ground. The Ducks will pull out a close victory in Pasadena but I highly recommend taking the over in this one. LOSS. (4-2)

UCLA at Cal

UCLA football
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UCLA at Cal

UCLA Football
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The experienced Bruin secondary, led by Ishmael Adams, will get a chance to show off their ball skills playing against the air-raid offense of Cal. Bears QB, Jared Goff will throw at least two picks in this game. Cal coach Sonny Dykes is already feeling the pressure of playing in the highly competitive Pac-12 and can't lead his team to victory. Hundley will put up his big numbers against one of the worst defenses in the nation. WIN. (5-2)

UCLA at Colorado

Myles Jack
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UCLA at Colorado

Myles Jack
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Colorado head coach Mike MacIntrye will eventually get the Buffaloes to conference respectability but it won't happen in 2014, and it certainly won't happen against the Bruins. Too much talent, speed and strength on the side of the Bruins for the Buffaloes to pull out the upset. Without speedy WR Paul Richardson, Colorado QB Sefo Liufau has nobody to throw to and the Buffs lose big. WIN. (6-2)

Arizona at UCLA

Myles Jack
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Arizona at UCLA

Myles Jack
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In last year's 31-26 win in Tucson, Myles Jack had arguably the most impressive game of any true freshman in conference history. As if starting at middle linebacker at such a young age and collecting eight tackles and a fumble recovery wasn't enough, Jack carried the ball six times for 120 yards and a score! Those were his first six carries of his career and he hadn't even worked on offense during practice. UCLA wins by 14. WIN. (7-2)

UCLA at Washington

Cyler Miles
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UCLA at Washington

Cyler Miles
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Washington loses talented stars Keith Price and Bishop Sankey but gains head coach Chris Peterson and quarterback Cyler MIles in 2014. Miles was introduced to the Pac-12 in last years matchup where he went 15 out of 22 against the Bruins. Mora's decision to only play Jack on defense proves to haunt him in this one as the Bruins miss the four TDs Jack scored in last year's game. Peterson gets his first of many signature wins. LOSS. (7-3)

USC at UCLA

Brett Hundley
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USC at UCLA

Brett Hundley
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The Trojans have high expectations for 2014, but it is all false hope. The scholarship reductions and depth issues are too much to overcome to beat this Bruin team. USC used to own the city of Los Angeles but times have changed since Hundley and Mora came to town. The Bruin secondary is good enough to shut down WR Nelson Agholor and lead their team to a 10 point victory. WIN. (8-3)

Stanford at UCLA

Rose Bowl
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Stanford at UCLA

Rose Bowl
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In what will be the most physical game of the season in the Pac-12, Stanford will come into town unbeaten but looking ahead to the Pac-12 title game. UCLA has enough muscle with their four returning offensive lineman and Eddie Vanderdoes anchoring the defensive front to battle with Stanford. This game will be all about blood, guts and the glory of Brett Hundley. In his last game at the Rose Bowl, Hundley will lead the Bruins to victory. (9-3)