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UCLA Bruins 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

UCLA Bruins 2016 Preview

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The UCLA Bruins have won a combined 18 games the last two seasons and enter this year as one of the contenders to win the Pac-12. UCLA has made a bowl game five straight seasons and with stability, the Bruins have increased their expectations.

Here is your UCLA 2016 college football preview.

UCLA Bruins 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: UCLA’s offense will go as far as quarterback Josh Rosen can go, as he threw for more than 3,600 yards and 23 touchdowns as a freshman. Rosen is already seriously getting attention from NFL scouts and has a chance to become one of the top quarterbacks in college as early as this season. A combination of Soso Jamabo and Nate Starks should be able to replace Paul Perkins in the backfield, as they both averaged more than six yards per carry. The Bruins also return three offensive linemen from a year ago. The one concern for UCLA is at wide receiver with so many guys leaving. Players such as Darren Andrews and freshman Theo Howard will be expected to grow up quickly.

Defense: UCLA had a questionable defense last year and now lost its best player in linebacker Myles Jack to the NFL draft. Now, the good news is that Eddie Vanderdoes will anchor the defensive line and has yet to really tap into his potential as an elite defensive end. UCLA also returns all of its starters from a secondary that led the Pac-12 in pass defense. Randall Goforth, Ishmael Adams and Fabian Moreau could make one of the better secondary’s in the entire country this season. Linebacker Jayon Brown returns as UCLA’s leading tackler and should hold down the second unit.

Special Teams: Freshman JJ Molson is expected to replace kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn. Freshman Austin Kent is expected to replace punter Matt Mengel.

Outlook: The Pac-12 is very strong and teams could come out of nowhere again. However, UCLA has to have expectations of winning this conference and making a push for the college football playoff. The quarterback is there, the defense is talented and the coach has proven he can win on this level. It’s about time the Bruins take that next step.

Schedule:

Sept. 3 at Texas A&M
Sept. 10 UNLV
Sept. 17 at BYU
Sept. 24 Stanford
Oct. 1 Arizona
Oct. 8 at Arizona State
Oct. 15 at Washington State
Oct. 22 Utah
Oct. 29 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 at Colorado
Nov. 12 Oregon State
Nov. 19 USC
Nov. 26 at California

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