Etichetat: ucla vs cincinnati live
august 29, 2019 la 4:30 pm #736197
Luke Fickell and the Cincinnati Bearcats are proof of how profoundly a program can turn around in a new regime’s second season. Their 2019 Week 1 opponent, UCLA, hopes to follow a similar blueprint as it opens its second season under coach Chip Kelly.
Fickell inherited a Cincinnati program that underwhelmed during Tommy Tuberville’s tenure as head coach. One year prior to the former Ohio State defensive coordinator’s arrival, Cincinnati finished tied for last place in the American Athletic Conference East division. Heading into Year 3, after a breakout 11-win season, the Bearcats look like a real threat to UCF’s prominence atop the league.
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Kelly came to UCLA under somewhat different circumstances, but the former Oregon and NFL head coach began his tenure last season completely rebuilding the program’s foundation. By season’s end, his choices began to bear fruit. UCLA won three games in conference, and the Bruins head into 2019 with lofty potential despite a historically bad start to 2018. UCLA must navigate a brutal schedule once again in 2019, though, and that begins with a rematch of last year’s opener vs. Cincinnati.
UCLA Bruins at Cincinnati Bearcats
Kickoff: Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. ET
Spread: Cincinnati -2.5
When UCLA Has the Ball
Last season’s season-opening trip to the Rose Bowl set the tone for Cincinnati’s outstanding 2018 in myriad ways. Perhaps the most tangible: The Bearcats defense held UCLA to just 17 points, right in line with the season-long yield of 17.2 per game that ranked Cincinnati No. 8 in the country.UCLA went without a point for the game’s final 27:49, following a Kazmeir Allen touchdown run of 74 yards — but it wasn’t the last time points went on the board with the Bruins offense on the field. Cincinnati ultimately took the lead by forcing a safety in the early fourth quarter. Seven Bearcats starters return from that salty side, including second-team All-AAC selection James Wiggins at safety (who suffered a knee injury during practice on Monday and his status for Thursday’s game is unknown) and talented linebacker Bryan Wright. Wright gave UCLA fits, recording three tackles for a loss, two sacks, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in the September 2018 win. A key difference for UCLA compared to the opener a season ago is the emergence of running back Joshua Kelley. Kelley got the start in Week 1 a year ago but was quickly pulled and did not resurface as the Bruins’ workhorse until Pac-12 competition got rolling. The UC Davis transfer was one of the best backs in college football by season’s end, racking up 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns essentially over nine games.
Rising sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was thrown into the mix against Cincinnati last year after Michigan transfer Wilton Speight reaggravated an injury. Thompson-Robinson started much of the first half of the season, but a shoulder injury in October brought Speight back behind center. UCLA’s offensive production perked up with Speight starting in November, as the Bruins scored 28 points at Arizona State, 34 in a win over rival USC and 42 in a shootout with Stanford.Thompson-Robinson benefits from an offseason to rehabilitate his shoulder and gain more familiarity with the system, but he’ll play behind a less experienced offensive line. Boss Tagaloa adapted at center nicely after moving from the defensive line, but the Bruins lose Andre James and Justin Murphy at the tackle spots. That will be a development to watch against a Cincinnati defense that racked u
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