CU Buffs vs. UCLA soccer: 4 issues to know, key matchups and predictions
CU Buffs (0-3) vs. UCLA (3-0); midday, Saturday, Folsom Field
TV/Radio: Pac-12 Network/630 AM, 94.1 FM
Line: UCLA -21.5, 57 over/below
Weather: 72 levels, sunny
What to know
Something’s gotta give. Other than the well being of UCLA working again Zach Charbonnet, Buffs followers may be capable of cling to this: The Bruins are permitting opponents to attain once they attain the UCLA crimson zone 85.7% of the time and to succeed in the tip zone on 57.1% of their journeys.
On the opposite hand … In three video games, UCLA opponents solely received contained in the 20 seven instances, or half of what the Buffs have allowed (14) over their first three video games. Less encouraging: CU is final within the Pac-12 by a rustic mile in red-zone possibilities (5 in three video games), red-zone scores (three), red-zone touchdowns (one) and red-zone TD conversion charge (one in 5, 20%).
Hiya, Hawk! Through three video games, the Buffs’ 30 factors are the fewest scored by this system since 2006 (23). That ‘06 team, coach Dan Hawkins’ first, opened the season with an 0-6 document and completed 2-10 (2-6 Big 12).
Chasing historical past (once more). The Buffs want no less than a landing in opposition to the Bruins to keep away from turning into the lowest-scoring CU staff via 4 video games since 2006 (36 factors). Since the tip of World War II, solely 4 CU groups have scored fewer than 38 factors over their first 4 video games. The 1966 Buffs managed simply 36 (2-2 document). The ‘64 Buffs scored 31 factors (0-4). The ‘47 Buffs strung collectively simply 16 factors (2-2) to open the season.
CU S Trevor Woods vs. UCLA RB Keegan Jones. In spite of some (often questionable) focusing on calls, Woods has been one of many uncommon shiny spots on a battered Buffs run protection. Jones, who may get a variety of work Saturday, has averaged 4.1 yards per keep on 34 totes in reduction of Charbonnet this season.
CU WR Daniel Arias vs. UCLA CB Devin Kirkwood. Given the efficiency of Bruins coach Chip Kelly’s offense, there are a variety of issues the Buffs can’t afford to do — however drops are fairly excessive on that listing. When Arias has held on to the ball, he’s been a first-down machine. Kirkwood, in the meantime, leads UCLA in move break-ups (three) and recovered a fumble in opposition to South Alabama final week.
Sean Keeler, sports activities columnist: UCLA 34, CU 10
Hey, bear in mind when Karl Dorrell beat Kelly at an empty Folsom Field? Good instances. Feels like about 10 years in the past now. Since the primary week of November 2020, the Bruins are 14-7, whereas the Buffs are 5-13. Rick George is doubling down on Dorrell. Phil DiStefano is doubling down on the Pac-12 Network. CU boosters are doubling down on the antacid.
Matt Schubert, deputy sports activities editor: UCLA 38, CU 13
If there’s some hope to cling to, it’s that the Buffs have performed UCLA properly at Folsom Field, profitable three straight relationship again to 2016. And that’s about it. The CU offense stays comatose regardless of the QB, the protection is already worn out and athletic director Rick George is Kevin Bacon in “Animal House” imploring the Buffs followers to “remain calm, all is well.”