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UCLA came from behind and defeated Arizona State in Tempe.
There are five games in the 2013 schedule that should be construed as key affairs. Four of those contests will take place away from the Rose Bowl.
Nebraska will be the first real test of the season for Hundley and the Bruins. Traveling to Lincoln amidst a sea of red will be no easy proposition. Both the Cornhuskers and the Bruins should be ranked when the game is played during the third week of the season.
It gives Hundley an opportunity to get a big win on the road against a ranked non-conference foe.
UCLA has back-to-back contests against Stanford and Oregon—both on the road. The game against the Cardinal in Palo Alto offers a shot at revenge for the Hundley. Stanford defeated the Bruins twice last season, including in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
The contest at Oregon provides Hundley with a chance to enhance his prospects as a known commodity across the country. A win in either contest—or even a strong showing—could catapult Hundley into the national discussion for postseason honors.
Facing off against Arizona State at the Rose Bowl will be a great test. The Sun Devils could be UCLA's stiffest competition for a Pac-12 South Division Title. It figures to be a close contest, considering that the last two games between the teams have been decided by a total of three points.
Lastly, the contest at the end of the season against Southern Cal will be a big game. The Trojans also figure to be prominent in the South. It will be the first time Hundley gets to play in the vaunted Coliseum.