Rock bottom, these are the UCLA Bruins. UCLA, meet rock bottom.
The Bruins are in a tailspin with the toughest part of their 2010 football schedule still on the horizon. The team looked inept as ever in a 35-0 drubbing on Saturday at the Rose Bowl against Stanford, and the players haven’t even been bogged down by the start of class yet.
At this still-young stage of the season with offensive juggernauts Houston and Texas on tap for later this month, UCLA can salvage some semblance of pride if they can win seven of their final 10 games. After their miserable performance at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 11th, confidence in the program is so low that even the most ardent Bruin fan quietly wonders if Pac-10 doormat Washington State is still a beatable team?
The Kansas State defeat on Sept. 4th was supposed to be a game in which the Bruins took their lumps, but also a valuable learning experience back to Los Angeles that UCLA would apply towards their conference home opener. If the lopsided score against the Cardinal is an indication, any lessons went in one ear hole of their gold helmets and out the other.
UCLA is a team with so many problems, this article could simply provide a bulleted laundry list that would be several pages long. Instead, let’s delve into some key issues, starting at the top with a quarterback who is about as durable as a Faberge egg.