Although football fans in Westwood have long since come to terms with the notion that UCLA is currently the second-best college football program in Los Angeles, the Bruins have made great strides in overall improvement to their team.
From the experienced coaching staff, to the respected defense (ranked third in the Pac 10 Conference in 2009) to their impressive recruiting class (ranked eighth in the nation by Rivals.com), UCLA has nabbed the attention of television network executives as a hot program to watch.
ESPN has selected three Bruin matchups to televise while rival cable network Fox Sports, as well as ABC will each broadcast two more.
This announcement by the networks illustrates that UCLA is a trendy team on the rise. Whether the reasons to watch are legitimate (overall improvement in the program) or gimmicky (Johnathan Franklin’s participation in Baldwin Hills, a reality show on BET, or NFL fans tuning in to see if third-string WR Jerry Rice Jr. is anything like his Hall-of-Fame father), both Bruin fans, as well as the ESPN/ABC family of networks are unusually excited about UCLA’s upcoming 2010 season.
Let’s take a look at which games are scheduled for broadcast, the scheduled broadcast time, and which network is slated to televise the event.