I think everyone here knows the love I have for Chip Kelly. After watching Texas get humbled last week by LSU, it’s only fitting that the following week OU hands out a beatdown to a non-conference opponent, even if it’s a potential three-win UCLA team. But hey, this is Chip Kelly. This man deserves no mercy. (Pretty sure I just heard Sam Bradford agree with me.)
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This isn’t cutting-edge insight, but I feel the Oklahoma offense will roll early and often. Once the offensive line settles in, which shouldn’t take much time against UCLA’s defense, Jalen Hurts and the starters will take care of business easily. I actually expect to see Oklahoma play its backups in the second half. So, I’m already preparing to enjoy another Tanner Mordecai/Spencer Rattler laser-throwing session in the fourth quarter.
I also feel the defense makes a statement today. While a shutout would’ve been ideal last week, Alex Grinch’s group is still working through some kinks and finding its identity. A chance to stifle a Power 5 opponent on the road should be all the motivation needed for this unit to show up and show out. I don’t expect the Sooners to keep the Bruins out of the end zone completely. But their success may only come late and mostly against OU’s backups.
So, I wrote this prior to last season’s game. I’d forgotten that I once thought UCLA could be good this year. Lol.
While next season’s UCLA team will likely be much improved in Kelly’s second go-around, this edition of the Bruins is simply too overmatched against Oklahoma to warrant getting carried away with a what looks to be a breezy win against a Power 5 opponent — even if it is an afternoon full of punching down on Chip Kelly.
No, wait, this will actually be pretty fun.
OU 52, UCLA 20
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