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BYU is 2-0 and ranked in the top 20 after big wins over Nebraska and Boise State to open the season...

Sept. 15 -- BYU is 2-0 and ranked in the top 20 after big wins over Nebraska and Boise State to open the season...

• UCLA returns home this week to play BYU Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

• UCLA, after its two wins over UNLV and Virginia in the last two weeks, has moved up to #10 in the Associated Press poll, and moved up to #12 in the Coaches’ poll.

• BYU is also 2-0 after wins over Nebraska and then-No. 20 Boise State, and the Cougars are now ranked #19 in the AP poll and #22 in the Coaches' poll.

• The Cougars are the winners of two dramatic games in their first two contests. Against Nebraska, BYU won on a last-second Hail Mary, thrown by backup quarterback Tanner Mangum, who took over for Taysom Hill, who will miss the season with a fracture in his foot. Then, last week against Boise State, Mangum once again converted a deep bomb in the last minute, this one a 35-yard touchdown to Mitchell Juergens with 45 seconds to go that put BYU ahead by four.

QB Tanner Mangum (USA Today)

• The last time BYU beat a top ten team was 2009, when the Cougars upset then-ranked No. 3 Oklahoma in a neutral site game in Arlington, Tex. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is 1-5 against top ten teams in his tenure at BYU.

• Against ranked teams in general, Mendenhall has a 7-14 record as the BYU head coach.

• BYU is now in its fifth season as an independent, with no conference affiliation, and this year the Cougars will play teams from six different conferences in the regular season.

• BYU, which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, boats 91 players on the 2015 team who have served on church missions, which means that the Cougars are, on average, generally quite a bit older and more mature than their counterparts on other college teams.

• The last time UCLA played BYU, the game was a bloodbath. The Cougars won 59-0 in Provo in 2008 during Rick Neuheisel's first year as the UCLA head coach. Interestingly enough, UCLA played BYU three times within 370 days, beating BYU on September 8, 2007, losing to BYU later than year in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 22, 2007, and then losing again on September 13, 2008. In total, BYU is 3-7 against UCLA all-time, with a 2-1 record under Mendenhall against the Bruins.

• Since going independent, BYU has regularly scheduled Pac-12 opponents every year. Over the last four years, the Cougars are 3-5 against Pac-12 opponents, including losing to Washington in a bowl game.

• UCLA has a home-and-home with BYU, and the Bruins will play the Cougars next year in Provo. The last series UCLA had against a conference independent was against Notre Dame. The Bruins lost each game of the home-and-home, with a loss in South Bend in 2006 and then another loss at the Rose Bowl in 2007.

• UCLA has won 13 of its last 14 non-conference matchups and ten in a row since losing to Baylor in the 2012 Holiday Bowl.

• With last week's win over UNLV, UCLA has now set the record for the most consecutive victories in games played away from the Rose Bowl. The streak is currently at 11, which bests the school record of 10 set in 1997-98.

• UCLA has also won all 11 non-conference regular season games played under Jim Mora.

• BYU is helmed by coach Bronco Mendenhall (49), who is now in his 11th season as the head coach. In that time, Mendenhall has had generally very good success, though the program may have peaked in his first stint on the job. After finishing 6-6 his first season, Mendenhall rattled off four straight seasons of 10+ wins, including 11-2 campaigns in 2006, 2007, and 2009. The Cougars had little to show for it, though, with BYU ending up in the Las Vegas Bowl each of those four seasons despite finishing three of those four seasons ranked in the top 15. Since the move out of the Mountain West, BYU has had more variety in bowl games, but hasn't reached the level necessary to compete for larger bowls, with back-to-back-to-back 8-5 seasons in each of the last three years. Mendenhall is under very little pressure, however, as he's turned out a consistent winning program and has a 92-39 record through his 10+ seasons.

• The Cougars have earned a reputation for dirty play over the last few years. Last week against Boise State, BYU's Ului Lapuaho was caught on camera punching a Boise State player in the testicles while fighting for a loose ball (see what we did there?). The previous week, BYU DB Jordan Preator attempted to clip a Nebraska player's knee long after the ball had flown past the receiver. Last season, of course, BYU was involved in a brawl in its bowl game, with one BYU player full-on sucker punching a Memphis player in the back of the head. BYU, like UCLA, is one of the most penalized teams in the college football year-in and year-out, but the Cougars certainly add some special zest to it.

• Despite punching a player in the testicles during a football game, which is not a sport where punching players in the testicles is generally condoned, it was announced this week that Lapuaho will not be suspended for the UCLA game.

• UCLA is favored by 16½ points.

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 88 degrees in Pasadena on Saturday, and probably in the mid to high 70s at game time.

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