-- UCLA faces Notre Dame on Saturday in the Rose Bowl at
5:00, with the game being televised nationally by ABC. Dan Fouts, Tim
Brant and Todd Harris will be calling the action.
-- The Bruins are 4-1
and lead the Pac-10 with a 3-0 conference record (they've played one more
conference game than eight of their league brethren).
-- UCLA also
climbed back into the top-25 rankings this week, now being ranked #25 in the
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. They are ranked #30 in the AP Poll.
-- Notre Dame is 0-5, which is the school's worst start in its 120-year
history of football.
-- The Fighting Irish have lost to Georgia Tech,
Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and, last week, to Purdue, 33-19.
-- If it won this week, and went 1-5, it would be only the third time in
Notre Dame history it started as poorly as 1-5.
-- It will be just the
fourth time the two schools have faced each other in football, with the Fighting
Irish having won all three previous meetings.
-- Last year, in South
Bend, Notre Dame rallied late in the game to beat the Bruins, 20-17. UCLA led,
17-13, with just a minute to play when Notre Dame's quarterback, Brady Quinn,
engineered an 8-yard drive in three plays to score on a 45-yard pass play with
just 27 seconds left.
-- The loss was considered a huge blow to UCLA's
season, and many of UCLA's players are still not over it.
-- The other
two meetings between the two schools in football were in 1963 and 1964, with
Notre Dame winning 27-12 and 24-0.
-- The Fighting Irish have not played
in the Rose Bowl since the 1925 Rose Bowl against Stanford. Notre Dame was
led by coach Knute Rockne and the famed Four Horsemen.
-- Notre Dame is
coached by Charlie Weis, who is in his third year at South Bend. Weis has led
the Fighting Irish to a 19-11 record overall. In his first year, in 2005, he led
them to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where they were
beaten by Ohio State. Last year, Notre Dame finished 10-2 and then lost to LSU
in the Sugar Bowl. Weis, who came to Notre Dame from the New England Patriots,
where he was the Offensive Coordinator on three Super Bowl champions, is
considered an offensive guru.
-- The Irish have lost 9 straight bowl
games, which is an NCAA record.
-- Notre Dame is in the midst of a
seven-game losing streak, its worst in 21 years. One more and it will tie the
longest streak in its history.
-- Notre Dame is the only school in the
country to play eight BCS schools in its first eight games of the 2007 season.
-- UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker worked on the same staff of
the New England Patriots in 2000 as Charlie Weis.
-- UCLA Offensive
Coordinator Jay Norvell worked on the same staff for Wisconsin in the early
1990s as Notre Dame's receiver coach, Rob Ianello.
-- Eight players on
Notre Dame's roster hail from California.
== There are eight players
from Notre Dame's roster that come from either the same high school or hometown
as eight of UCLA's players.
-- Notre Dame is an extremely young and
inexperienced team this season, with only two seniors starting on offense, and
three returning starters. They're a bit better on defense, with seven senior
starters, and five returning starters from a season ago.
-- But with
injuries and changes, so far this season, 18 players have registered their first
career start for the Fighting Irish.
-- UCLA has had just five players
start for the first time this season.
-- The game at the Rose Bowl
against UCLA will be Notre Dame's fourth road game out of six so far this
season, being only one of three BCS schools (Duke and West Virginia being the
other two) to play four of its first six games on the road.
Dame is 76-40-6 against the Pac-10. They have a winning record against 9
teams of the Pac-10, being just 0-2 against Oregon State.
-- Under Weis,
Notre Dame is 10-0 when allowing its opponent 19 points or less.
are 3-10 when they've allowed an opponent's running back to rush for more than
-- They are 15-1 when leading after halftime.
are 8-4 on the road, with three of those losses coming this season so far.
-- UCLA is expecting a large crowd, but not a sellout (the Rose bowl
-- The weather is expected to be excellent on
Saturday, with a high of 80 degrees and no chance of rain.
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