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UCLA vs. Oklahoma: Preview and Prediction

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Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming match up in our Oklahoma at UCLA Preview.

Game Info

7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

TV: Fox (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman)

Away Radio: Sooner Sports Network, Sirius 119/XM 199 (Toby Rowland, Marv Johnson, Teddy Lehman)

Home Radio: UCLA Sports Network, Sirius 136/XM 197 (Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)

Oklahoma Head Coach: Lincoln Riley (26-4 overall and at Oklahoma)

UCLA Head Coach: Chip Kelly (49-18 overall, 3-11 at UCLA)

Series History: Oklahoma leads 4-1. UCLA’s lone victory came in 2005 when the Bruins finished the season 10-2 with a Sun Bowl appearance. Oklahoma slaughtered UCLA in 2018 with a 49-21 victory in Norman.

Series in Pasadena, Calif.: Tied 1-1

Opening Line: Oklahoma -17.5

Moneyline: Oklahoma -2000/UCLA +1041

Over/Under: 68 ½

Fun Facts: Oklahoma’s most recent loss against an unranked opponent in non-conference play was suffered at the hands of UCLA in 2005. The Sooners will enter the Rose Bowl on a 32-game win streak against unranked opponents in non-conference play. Oklahoma is also on a 20-game road win streak. Former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads is a familiar face on the Bruins sideline He coaches the secondary for UCLA.

 

Key Players

Oklahoma (2-0, W vs. South Dakota 70-14)

WR CeeDee Lamb

The Bruins had no answer for the Sooners pass attack last season. Lamb went off for 146 yards on seven catches and a touchdown. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray threw five touchdowns on the day. Lamb’s partner in crime, Marquise Brown, is now in the NFL. Lamb will likely see double coverage, but that may not stop him. The Bruins may only hope to contain him.

DB Brendan Radley-Hiles

The Inglewood, Calif. native just scored Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and you can bet he’ll want to follow up with a fun display in front of his friends and family. He’s a sophomore who is gaining confidence and a solid display against a prestigious program like UCLA will only help grow confidence. Sure, the Bruins may be terrible this season. Still, it’s a big time game for a kid from the California coast.

UCLA (0-2, L at San Diego State 23-14)

RB Joshua Kelly

If you need a solid performance against a Power Five school, he embarrassed the USC Trojans with 289 rushing yards in 2018. He’s also scored a touchdown in each of his last nine games.

LB Krys Barnes

He ranks 17th in the nation for tackles and has produced double digit tackles in four of his last five games. Barnes is a senior, who is probably frustrated after the first two games. Look for him to play with a vengeance against a team that torched the Bruin defense last season.

 

Key Storylines

Oklahoma

Who wants the Heisman Trophy? There are a number of candidates on this team so far. Of course, the front runners are Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb. Plus, Sooners fans will look forward to placing “little brother” Oklahoma State back in their place by also winning against a Pac 12 team on the road. This argument spilled onto our Facebook page Monday and the Sooners fans were none too pleased about the Cowboys using their victory over Oregon State to their advantage.

UCLA

The Bruins are looking to snap a 7-game losing streak in non-conference play. This skid includes a 2017 Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State. The streak started in 2017 with a 48-45 loss at Memphis after the Bruins beat Texas A&M and Hawaii.

Prediction

Oklahoma 56 UCLA 14

UCLA scored 14 points in each of the first two games. Why not continue that trend? It might come in garbage time, but Oklahoma’s defense isn’t exactly the world’s best either. The entire Sooners offense looks to boost its Heisman resume before the bye week. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Riley took off with Stoops at halftime to hit the surf in Malibu for some tasty waves and a cool buzz. I imagine the conversation going somewhat to the extent of “Hey dude! Let’s party!”

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