UCLA Eyes A 2-0 Start As Alabama State Comes To Town

UCLA takes on Alabama State on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Here is your game preview.

Cary Krongard
Rose Bowl Exterior Photo Credit: Talon Graff

Last week, UCLA was able to take home the W against Bowling Green to get off to a 1-0 start. Despite a mistake-filled start to the game that saw the Bruins fall into a 17-7 hole, UCLA was able to rebound and finish the game in a dominant fashion with a 45-17 win against the Falcons. It always feels good to be 1-0, and UCLA will look to add another win to the schedule this coming Saturday against the Alabama State Hornets.

This upcoming matchup will be the first time UCLA even plays an FCS team, let alone a historically black university. It should be a great opportunity for both teams to meet and get to play on the stage of the Rose Bowl. The Hornets are 2-0 on the year under first-year head coach Eddie Robinson, with victories against Howard and Miles.

Alabama State is currently using a two-quarterback system, something that has the potential to throw the Bruins off. UCLA will also have to be careful up front, as their offensive line struggled last week.

But at the end of the day, this is most likely going to be a Bruins win. Despite the slow start, UCLA was dominant on both offense and defense in last week’s game. They are currently favored by 50.5. The talent disparity will be too much for Alabama State to overcome for a full four quarters.

If 1-0 feels good, 2-0 is going to feel even better.