Scouting Report: UCLA vs.
By Jim Thomas
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m., Rose Bowl
Records: No. 20 UCLA is 4-0 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference;
Point spread: UCLA is favored by 1½ points.
Rivalry: UCLA leads the series, 47-27-1, but has done no better than split the last eight meetings.
Coaches: Karl Dorrell is 16-13 in his third year at UCLA. Jeff Tedford is 30-13 in his fourth year at
What's at stake
UCLA: The Bruins' image took a hit despite beating
Keys to victory
UCLA: The Bruins must put together a razor-sharp performance 180 degrees removed from that 13-penalty, two-interception, no-run mess against
UCLA: With Justin London back and stopping the run, senior linebacker Spencer Havner hasn't put up the numbers he did a year ago. But he's playing just as well, if not better, with a team-high 34 tackles, including five for losses, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Havner's presence could be huge today, considering how balanced the Bears' offense is.
UCLA: DT Kevin Brown (ankle), OL Tony Lee (knee), S Chris Horton (wrist) and DE Nikola Dragonish (are out). RB Derrick Williams (concussion) is doubtful.
There are a lot of skilled athletes on both sides of the ball for both teams, but this game could be won in the trenches. UCLA's offensive line has to block better for the run than it has in recent weeks against a defensive line that appears to be one of the best in the Pac-10. DT Brandon Mebane has four sacks. Missing Dragovich and Brown for the season, the Bruins' defensive line must stand its ground against
Quote: "To me, they 're at least as good as they were last year. There aren't many weaknesses. They 're good in a lot of areas. -- Karl Dorrell, on the Bears
The Bruins may face no tougher opponent this year until they finish the season at No. 1 USC. The Bears were considered a BCS-caliber bowl team at the end of last season and there's no sign they 're anything but better despite the loss of quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the NFL. The Bruins, who have lost two starters on the defensive line, will be hard-pressed to stop the Bears and they may find it difficult to sustain long drives as well.