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Game Week: UCLA v. Arizona Facts and Factors

Sep. 27 -- UCLA's Jim Mora has not lost to Arizona and Rich Rodriguez, and is averaging a 32-point margin of victory...

• UCLA hosts the Arizona Wildcats Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with kick-off at 7:30 p.m. PST.  The game will be televised by ESPN, with the commentary provided by Beth Mowins and Anthony Becht. 

• UCLA is 2-2, losing to two teams currently in the top 10 of the AP Poll, Stanford (#7) and Texas A&M (#9).  UCLA lost in overtime to Texas A&M and in the last 30 seconds to Stanford.  The Bruins are 0-1 in the Pac-12 South. 

• Arizona is 2-2.  It lost to BYU in the season opener (18-16) at home, beat Grambling State (31-21) and Hawaii (47-28) and then lost to #10-ranked Washington at home in overtime (35-28).  The Wildcats are also 0-1 in the Pac-12 South. 

• UCLA leads the all-time series with Arizona, 23-15-2.  The Bruins are 10-4-1 against the Wildcats in the Rose Bowl. 

• It's the first true road game for Arizona this season, after the Wildcats opened at a neutral site and then played three games at home. 

• The Bruins have won the last four against the Wildcats, but Arizona won the five previous games before UCLA's current streak. 

• UCLA coach Jim Mora has never lost to Arizona, outscoring them 170-73 in four games, averaging a 32-point margin of victory.  

• Last year in Tucson, the Bruins pretty much rolled over the Wildcats, 56-30.  It was the first career Pac-12 road game for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, and he was good, throwing for 284 yards as UCLA turned three turnovers into touchdowns to take a 28-point halftime lead. 

•  In four games this season UCLA has only allowed one touchdown in the first quarter and 10 points overall. Opponents have combined to score only 27 points in four games in the first half against the Bruins.

• The Bruins have held their last three opponents to 350 yards or less. The last time UCLA   posted a streak of three straight was in 2009.

• Opposing offenses have completed just 49.7% of its passes against UCLA so far this season, which is #1 in the Pac-12. 

• In the Pac-12, UCLA's offense is ranked 9th and defense 5th.  Arizona's offense is 6th and its defense 10th. 

•  UCLA's middle linebacker Kenny Young will be the last player at UCLA to ever wear the No. 42, which is being retired from all sports in tribute to Bruin legend Jackie Robinson. 

 Arizona is coached by Rich Rodriguez, who is in his fifth year in Tucson. Rodriguez (53) is 35-22 with Arizona, going 8-5 in his first two seasons before winning the Pac-12 South in 2014 by going 10-4, achieving only the second 10-win season in Arizona history. Last season, his Arizona team fell to 7-6. He, of course, was at Michigan for a disastrous three seasons before that (also sitting out a season in between), where he went 15-22 and never finished higher than 7th in the Big Ten. Previously he had established himself as one of the best offensive minds in college football when he made West Virginia a national power in 7 seasons (2001-2007). At Michigan, however, Rodriguez’s spread option never really won over the Wolverines, and his sometimes prickly personality didn’t either, never being considered a “Michigan man.” Rodriquez is considered an innovator in the no-huddle, run-oriented version of the spread, with many giving Rodriguez credit for inventing the read option. 

• Besides UCLA, the only other program Rodriguez hasn't beaten in the Pac-12 is Stanford. 

• Last week, Arizona played the undefeated Washington Huskies tough, losing in overtime, and it was especially noteworthy as the break-out game for Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins, who passed for 167 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns.  His 79-yard touchdown run is the longest by a quarterback in college football this season. 

• The betting line opened with UCLA -12 and has hovered close to there, anywhere from -12.5 to -13. 

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees in Pasadena on Saturday, with a game-time temperature about 70 degrees. 


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