On Saturday at 7:30 p.m PT, the UCLA Bruins will welcome the Houston Cougars to Pasadena.
Simply put, the Cougars are in a state of transition.
Gone from a year ago is stellar quarterback Case Keenum, along with the team's top three receivers and two best defenders. Houston was upset by Texas State in week one and was beaten in a shootout last week against Louisiana Tech.
Currently at 0-2, they definitely aren't the same team that the nation has seen the past few years.
On the contrary, the Bruins are firing on all cylinders right now. After winning handily against Rice in week one, they came back in week two and won a thriller against Nebraska at home.
This is a contest that the Bruins should win based on talent and momentum. However, recent history suggests that no game is a gimme with UCLA, and often, they've been prone to underachieving against teams that they should beat.
Here are three keys to beating the Houston Cougars on Saturday in the Rose Bowl.