Colorado vs. UCLA preview

Colorado visits UCLA with a chance to win its second straight game and get its first road win in four years.

A look at Saturday's game ...

Colorado (2-9, 1-6) at UCLA (5-5, 4-3)

When/Where: Today, 5:35 p.m. MST, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

The series: UCLA leads 4-2, including 2-1 in Los Angeles. The Bruins have not defeated CU since Sept. 29, 1984, however. CU has won the last two meetings -- in 2002 and in 2003.

Last week: CU beat Arizona at home, 48-29. UCLA lost at Utah, 31-6.

End of the road (streak)?: Colorado has lost 22 straight road games going into today's game. The last road win came in 2007 at Texas Tech.

Title on the line: Although UCLA's record doesn't sparkle, the Bruins control their own destiny in the Pac-12 South division. Win out, and the Bruins are headed to the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.

Traveling with friends: Including today's game, the Buffs have sold about 12,000 tickets for their four league road games (with one more to go). That is more than double the total of tickets sold during any season when the Buffs were in the Big 12.

Bruins to keep an eye on: RBs Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman. Together, they have 1,285 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. Franklin averages 5.5 yards per carry, and Coleman 5.2, so they've got the ability to wear down the CU defense.

Buff to keep an eye on: WR Toney Clemons. He's had the best games of his career in recent weeks. UCLA is vulnerable through the air, so Clemons could take advantage and have a great day.

Did you know?: In the past six seasons, the Buffs have won back-to-back conference just twice -- in 2007 and in 2010. Only

This and that: CU is 50-10 against unranked opponents in November dating back to 1985. ... This season is the first since 1995 in which all of CU's games will be televised. ... CU had never had three players with 500 yards receiving in the same season. Paul Richardson needs 6 yards to join Toney Clemons (528) and Rodney Stewart (525) in the 500-club. ... The last time these two teams played, current CU head coach Jon Embree was caching his first game as a UCLA assistant. ... Embree's son, Taylor, is a senior receiver for the Bruins. ... CU's offense ranks 101st nationally in scoring (21.3 points per game, but UCLA's is 89th (23.3). Defensively, CU ranks 116th (allowing 37.8 and UCLA ranks 92nd (31.4).

How the Bruins can win: Play their game and keep their composure. The Bruins are 4-1 at home, including an upset of then-No. 20 Arizona State. If UCLA can continue its solid play at home and put the Buffs in an early hole, it could come away with a win.

How the Buffs can win: Bottle the energy and the enthusiasm they had against Arizona and bring it out against the Bruins. CU has to pay with passion -- from the opening kickoff -- to have a chance to end their road losing streak.


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