5 Reasons Why UCLA Football Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

5 Reasons Why UCLA Football Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

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The college football season is about to get underway, and the UCLA Bruins have one of their strongest teams in years. They have star power, depth, coaching, and find themselves in arguably the best conference in the country. Here are five reasons for fans to get excited about the upcoming season.

5. Star Power

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5. Star Power

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For the first time in years, the Bruins have legitimate stars who should become household names by the end of the season. Brett Hundley is poised to have a monster year, and will be a candidate for the Heisman Trophy as well as the first overall pick in next year’s draft. Myles Jack became a star as a freshman despite playing across All-American Anthony Barr, and should continue to receive national recognition for his ability to play both ways.

4. Big-Time Home Games

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4. Big-Time Home Games

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The Bruins will play their three biggest games at home against Oregon, USC, and Stanford. These games will have national implications, and viewers from all over will be tuning in to watch. It has been a while since the Rose Bowl has been relevant during the regular season, but there is no reason for fans not to show up this year.

3. Potential For A Top-Ranked Defense

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3. Potential For A Top-Ranked Defense

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The front seven is strong, fast, and deep, and will be a huge strength for the Bruins heading into the season. They have adapted well to the 3-4, but are versatile enough to line up in a variety of formations against different offenses. The scary part is that the secondary might be even better, as they are quietly looking like the best unit in the conference.

2. Chance To Be In The Inaugural Playoff

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2. Chance To Be In The Inaugural Playoff

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The Bruins are playing in arguably the toughest conference, and have a huge non-conference game against Texas. Should they sweep their non-conference schedule and win the Pac-12 Conference, then there is no doubt that they will have earned the right to compete in the playoffs at the end of the season. They have the talent and coaching to be considered an early candidate.

1. They Have Waited Long Enough

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1. They Have Waited Long Enough

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The past two decades have been tough for fans, with multiple coaching changes, losing streaks to USC, and lower-tier bowl games. Outside of one Karl Dorrell-led 10 win season, the Bruins have not been nationally relevant since the late 1990s when Bob Toledo brought the team to the brink of the championship game. This is the season that fans have been anticipating for years.