UCLA Bruins Football: A (Passion) Bucket List for the 2011 Season

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UCLA Bruins Football: A (Passion) Bucket List for the 2011 Season
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Better coaching is just one of many things the Bruins will need to contend in the Pac-12 next year.

To say that the 2010 season for UCLA football has been a disappointment would be an understatement.

When Rick Neuheisel strutted back into Westwood three years ago, he made some rather bold predictions, not the least of which was that the Bruins would be in contention for a good bowl game in Year Three after becoming bowl eligible in Year Two.

Well, Year Three is just about over, and UCLA needs a win at Arizona State on Friday if the Bruins are to have any shot at playing in a bowl game.

To be fair, most pundits anticipated Neuheisel's squad possibly improving this year without having a better record to show for it.

Then again, anyone who has followed the team this season knows that on-field improvements have been few and far between, if not completely chimerical. Such makes Slick Rick's projection of Pac-10 title contention in Year Four look foolish now, and not just because the conference's moniker is changing.

With an eye toward the future, here, in no particular order, is a wish list of chores, some feasible and some admittedly not, that the Bruins need to work on to have a successful season in 2011.

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