With championship aspirations and a veteran roster, UCLA embarks on an especially intriguing 2014 season.
Head coach Jim Mora's first two seasons at UCLA produced 19 combined wins and inspired confidence throughout the program. That confidence will be put to the test next season against one of the most formidable schedules in college football.
UCLA opens on the other side of the country against power-conference foe Virginia, takes on Texas in a neutral-field contest that will be anything but, then goes up against the top three finishers from the Pac-12 North in cross-divisional competition.
If the Bruins are to compete for the program's first national championship in 60 years, they will indeed have earned it on the field.
Five games in particular will map out UCLA's title destiny.