2018 UCLA Bruins football team

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2018 UCLA Bruins football
UCLA Bruins script.svg
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Division South division
2018 record 0–0 (0–0 Pac-12)
Head coach Chip Kelly (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Chip Kelly
Defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro (1st season)
Home stadium Rose Bowl
(Capacity: 91,136)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
California   0 0         0 0  
Oregon   0 0         0 0  
Oregon State   0 0         0 0  
Stanford   0 0         0 0  
Washington   0 0         0 0  
Washington State   0 0         0 0  
South Division
Arizona   0 0         0 0  
Arizona State   0 0         0 0  
Colorado   0 0         0 0  
UCLA   0 0         0 0  
USC   0 0         0 0  
Utah   0 0         0 0  
Championship: November 30, 2018
As of August 16, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 UCLA Bruins football team will represent the University of California, Los Angeles in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bruins are to be led by first-year head coach Chip Kelly and play their home games at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is a member of the Pac-12 Conference in the South Division.

Previous season[edit]

The Bruins began the season at 2–0, where the first win was a 35-point comeback against Texas A&M in front of 64,635 spectators at home on FOX.[1] At the conclusion of the second win, which was a 56–23 rout against Hawaii in front of 50,444 individuals at home on the Pac-12 Network, the Bruins were ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll. However, the Bruins would immediately be unranked after their loss at Memphis, and would have five more losses and four more wins at the conclusion of the regular season. Nevertheless, the Bruins participated in the 2017 Cactus Bowl against Kansas State, where they lost 17–35 then finished with an overall record 6–7, and 4–5 in conference play. As a result, Jim Mora was fired for "not [meeting] expectations" with the talent recruited.[2]

NFL Draft Selections[edit]

The Bruins had five individuals selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.[3][4]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Josh Rosen Quarterback 1 10 Arizona Cardinals
Kolton Miller Tackle 1 15 Oakland Raiders
Kenny Young Linebacker 4 122 Baltimore Ravens
Scott Quessenberry Center 5 155 Los Angeles Chargers
Jordan Lasley Wide receiver 5 162 Baltimore Ravens

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[5] Adarius Pickett DB JR
John Mackey Award[6] Caleb Wilson TE JR
Lou Groza Award[7] JJ Molson K JR
Ray Guy Award[8] Stefan Flintoft P JR
Paul Hornung Award[9] Darnay Holmes DB/KR SO

Pac-12 Media Days[edit]

The 2018 Pac-12 media days are set for July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Chip Kelly (HC), Theo Howard (WR) & Josh Woods (LB) at Pac-12 Media Days. The Pac-12 media poll was released with the Bruins predicted to finish in fourth place at Pac-12 South division.[10]

Media poll (South)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 USC 225 (22)
2 Utah 209 (14)
3 Arizona 178 (3)
4 UCLA 116 (2)
5 Colorado 80 (1)
6 Arizona State 72

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at UCLA Alma mater (Year)
Chip Kelly Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator 1st New Hampshire (1990)
Dana Bible Quarterbacks Coach 1st Cincinnati (1976)
Jerry Azzinaro Defensive Coordinator 1st American International College (1982)
DeShaun Foster Running backs coach 2nd UCLA (2002)
Jimmie Dougherty Wide receivers/Passing Game Coordinator 2nd Missouri (2001)
Vince Oghobaase Defensive line coach 1st Duke (2010)
Don Pellum Linebackers coach 1st Oregon (1985)
Paul Rhoads Defensive backs coach 1st Missouri Western (1988)
Roy Manning Outside linebackers coach/Special Teams Coordinator 1st Michigan (2004)
Derek Sage Tight ends coach 1st Cal State Northridge (2003)
Justin Frye Offensive line coach 1st Indiana (2006)

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

The Bruins signed a total of 27 recruits.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResult
September 14:00 p.m.Cincinnati*ESPN
September 810:00 a.m.at Oklahoma*FOX
September 157:30 p.m.Fresno State*
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FS1
September 286:00 p.m.at ColoradoFS1
October 6Washington
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
October 13at California
October 20Arizona
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
October 267:30 p.m.Utah
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
ESPN
November 3at Oregon
November 10at Arizona State
November 17USC
November 24Stanford
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
  • *Non-conference game
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Sources: [11][12]

Game summaries[edit]

Cincinnati[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Cincinnati Bearcats at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Bearcats 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: September 1, 2018
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. PDT
  • TV: ESPN

at Oklahoma[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2005 W 41–24
UCLA Bruins at Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Sooners 0 0 000

at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma

  • Date: September 8, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • TV: FOX

Fresno State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2008 L 31–36
Fresno State Bulldogs at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: September 15, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. PDT
  • TV: FS1

at Colorado[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–3 2017 W 27–23
UCLA Bruins at Colorado Buffaloes
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Buffaloes 0 0 000

at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado

  • Date: September 28, 2018
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MDT
  • TV: FS1

Washington[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–32–2 2017 L 23–44
Washington Huskies at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: October 6, 2018

at California[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
53–33–1 2017 W 30–27
87th rivalry meeting: UCLA Bruins at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Golden Bears 0 0 000

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

  • Date: October 13, 2018

Arizona[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
24–16–2 2017 L 30–47
Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: October 20, 2018

Utah[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–5 2017 L 17–48
Utah Utes at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Utes 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: October 26, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. PDT
  • TV: ESPN

at Oregon[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–28 2017 W 31–14
UCLA Bruins at Oregon Ducks
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Ducks 0 0 000

at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon

  • Date: November 3, 2018

at Arizona State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–13–1 2017 W 44–37
UCLA Bruins at Arizona State Sun Devils
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Sun Devils 0 0 000

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

  • Date: November 10, 2018

USC[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
31–47–7 2017 L 23–28
85th Battle for the Victory Bell: USC Trojans at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Trojans 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: November 17, 2018

Stanford[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
45–41–3 2017 L 34–58
Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Cardinal 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: November 24, 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCLA scores 35 unanswered points to beat Texas A&M, 45–44". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Jim Mora fired by UCLA after six seasons as head coach". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Bruins Score Two First-Rounders in NFL Draft". Athletics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Trio of Bruins Picked on NFL Draft Day 3". Athletics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "2018 Watch List | Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best". lottimpacttrophy.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17. 
  6. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Ray Guy Award preseason watch list unveiled". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018. 
  9. ^ "43 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2018 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Washington picked as Pac-12 favorite in preseason media poll". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018. 
  11. ^ "2018 UCLA Bruins football schedule". Athletics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Early Football Television Selections Announced". Athletics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 31 May 2018.