On razor-thin margins of one point in January and fivethis time, the Bruins
hold first place in the Pac-10 by 1 1/2 games.
UCLA has become irrelevant,'' UCLA Daily Bruin
sports columnist Gilbert Quinonez wrote this week.
Football fever has hit an all-time high in the greatest crosstown rivalry in college football as the UCLA Bruins
and USC Trojans prepare to meet for the 75th time Saturday to decide the Championship of Los Angeles.
In preparation for the season, Rasky Baerlein has been working with the Bruins
and their senior public relations and community relations staff in the rollout of a number of innovative fan and family friendly programs.
As for Oregon State, the Beavers' defensive effort was so deplorable the Bruins
looked like they were playing in the Say No (to defense) summer league.
Mbah a Moute scored on a feed from Collison, and then began his barrage of offensive rebounds and putbacks to give the Bruins
a 27-18 lead with 10:15 remaining in the first half.
But a much tougher test comes today when the Bruins
(2-0) meet the 20th- ranked Wildcats (3-0), and with that comes the chore of slowing down the 6-foot-11 Morris.
(4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) cannot afford another conference loss after their unexpected slip-up at Washington four weeks ago.
returner Terrence Austin muffed a punt at midfield, which was recovered by Stanford's David Lofton.
We're here, and we feel like we're supposed to be here,'' Bruins
guard Arron Afflalo said.
He matched a career-high with 17 points, and helped the Bruins
control the boards and also was strong defending LSU's Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis.
Within eight days, the Bruins
(27-6) won their first Pac-10 regular-season title since 1997 and breezed to their first league tournament title since 1987 by winning three games in three days by an average of 21 points.