First Look: Baylor Bears vs. UCLA Bruins

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With the Holiday Bowl only 10 days away, it's time to start looking at the Pac12's UCLA Bruins.

Because the game is still 10 days away, we don't have the benefit of any fancy graphics this week from BaylorBears.com, or at least we don't have them yet. Nevertheless, ODB's preparation for next week's Holiday Bowl begins in earnest today.


Next Game

Baylor Bears
@ UCLA Bruins

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012, 8:45 PM CST
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl - Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

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Opponent: UCLA Bruins
Official Website: UCLABruins.com
2012 UCLA Roster
; GameDay Website
Last Game: 27-24 Loss to Stanford in Pac12 Championship Game
SB Nation Blog: Bruins Nation
Baylor Bears vs. UCLA Bruins Game Page

2012 UCLA Schedule

G Date Day School Opponent Conf Pts Opp W L
1 Aug 30, 2012 Thu UCLA @ Rice CUSA W 49 24 1 0
2 Sep 8, 2012 Sat UCLA (16) Nebraska Big Ten W 36 30 2 0
3 Sep 15, 2012 Sat (22) UCLA Houston CUSA W 37 6 3 0
4 Sep 22, 2012 Sat (19) UCLA Oregon State Pac-12 L 20 27 3 1
5 Sep 29, 2012 Sat UCLA @ Colorado Pac-12 W 42 14 4 1
6 Oct 6, 2012 Sat (25) UCLA @ California Pac-12 L 17 43 4 2
7 Oct 13, 2012 Sat UCLA Utah Pac-12 W 21 14 5 2
8 Oct 27, 2012 Sat UCLA @ Arizona State Pac-12 W 45 43 6 2
9 Nov 3, 2012 Sat (25) UCLA (24) Arizona Pac-12 W 66 10 7 2
10 Nov 10, 2012 Sat (17) UCLA @ Washington State Pac-12 W 44 36 8 2
11 Nov 17, 2012 Sat (17) UCLA (21) Southern California Pac-12 W 38 28 9 2
12 Nov 24, 2012 Sat (15) UCLA (11) Stanford Pac-12 L 17 35 9 3
13 Nov 30, 2012 Fri (17) UCLA @ (8) Stanford Pac-12 L 24 27 9 4
14 Dec 27, 2012 Thu (17) UCLA N Baylor Big 12
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2012.

2012 UCLA Offensive Game Log

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Turnovers
Rk Date Opponent Result Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot Fum Int Tot
1 2012-08-30 @ Rice W (49-24) 24 32 75.0 303 2 37 343 9.3 4 69 646 9.4 11 13 1 25 1 1 2
2 2012-09-08 Nebraska W (36-30) 22 38 57.9 309 4 56 344 6.1 0 94 653 6.9 13 12 1 26 1 0 1
3 2012-09-15 Houston W (37-6) 27 42 64.3 320 2 56 247 4.4 1 98 567 5.8 12 13 4 29 3 2 5
4 2012-09-22 Oregon State L (20-27) 27 42 64.3 372 1 28 72 2.6 1 70 444 6.3 12 3 4 19 0 0 0
5 2012-09-29 @ Colorado W (42-14) 25 40 62.5 281 2 44 211 4.8 4 84 492 5.9 16 11 2 29 1 0 1
6 2012-10-06 @ California L (17-43) 31 47 66.0 253 2 34 128 3.8 0 81 381 4.7 16 7 3 26 2 4 6
7 2012-10-13 Utah W (21-14) 15 21 71.4 183 1 47 171 3.6 2 68 354 5.2 9 10 0 19 1 0 1
8 2012-10-27 @ Arizona State W (45-43) 19 31 61.3 274 4 47 212 4.5 2 78 486 6.2 15 8 2 25 1 1 2
9 2012-11-03 Arizona W (66-10) 25 30 83.3 303 3 63 308 4.9 6 93 611 6.6 16 14 6 36 0 0 0
10 2012-11-10 @ Washington State W (44-36) 18 21 85.7 261 3 38 73 1.9 1 59 334 5.7 11 5 2 18 2 1 3
11 2012-11-17 Southern California W (38-28) 22 30 73.3 234 1 50 172 3.4 4 80 406 5.1 14 10 3 27 1 0 1
12 2012-11-24 Stanford L (17-35) 20 38 52.6 261 1 33 73 2.2 1 71 334 4.7 6 5 2 13 1 1 2
13 2012-11-30 @ Stanford L (24-27) 23 32 71.9 177 0 38 284 7.5 3 70 461 6.6 8 13 1 22 0 1 1
13 Games 298 444 67.1 3531 26 571 2638 4.6 29 1015 6169 6.1 159 124 31 314 14 11 25
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2012.

2012 UCLA Defensive Game Log

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs
Rk Date Opponent Result Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot Fum Int TO
1 2012-08-30 @ Rice W (49-24) 18 30 60.0 184 2 48 174 3.6 1 78 358 4.6 8 10 2 20 1 1 2
2 2012-09-08 Nebraska W (36-30) 17 31 54.8 179 0 36 260 7.2 3 67 439 6.6 8 10 2 20 1 1 2
3 2012-09-15 Houston W (37-6) 28 60 46.7 249 0 19 139 7.3 1 79 388 4.9 9 4 1 14 1 5 6
4 2012-09-22 Oregon State L (20-27) 24 35 68.6 379 2 41 122 3.0 1 76 501 6.6 12 10 3 25 1 1 2
5 2012-09-29 @ Colorado W (42-14) 23 35 65.7 226 2 30 83 2.8 0 65 309 4.8 9 4 1 14 1 1 2
6 2012-10-06 @ California L (17-43) 25 30 83.3 295 4 42 185 4.4 2 72 480 6.7 10 10 4 24 2 1 3
7 2012-10-13 Utah W (21-14) 25 35 71.4 244 1 27 75 2.8 0 62 319 5.1 10 5 1 16 0 1 1
8 2012-10-27 @ Arizona State W (45-43) 25 35 71.4 315 4 59 220 3.7 1 94 535 5.7 14 13 2 29 0 1 1
9 2012-11-03 Arizona W (66-10) 17 30 56.7 136 0 40 121 3.0 1 70 257 3.7 5 7 6 18 3 0 3
10 2012-11-10 @ Washington State W (44-36) 37 57 64.9 457 5 30 67 2.2 0 87 524 6.0 16 5 9 30 2 1 3
11 2012-11-17 Southern California W (38-28) 23 43 53.5 341 3 30 172 5.7 0 73 513 7.0 17 8 4 29 1 2 3
12 2012-11-24 Stanford L (17-35) 15 22 68.2 160 1 49 221 4.5 3 71 381 5.4 9 7 3 19 1 0 1
13 2012-11-30 @ Stanford L (24-27) 16 23 69.6 155 1 43 170 4.0 2 66 325 4.9 7 9 2 18 0 0 0
13 Games 293 466 62.9 3320 25 494 2009 4.1 15 960 5329 6.0 134 102 40 276 14 15 29
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2012.

UCLA ended the 2012 regular season ranked 17th in the BCS on the strength of a 9-4 record that saw them lose their last two games to #8 Stanford in a relatively odd sequence of events, first at home in the regular matchup between the teams and then at Stanford in the Pac 12 Championship Game.

The powerful UCLA offense is led by redshirt freshman Brett Hundley, one of the only QBs Baylor offered in the 2011 recruiting season. Hundley is both a talented passer and runner, though his statistics running the football don't show nearly the dual threat that UCLA fans would have you believe exists. Those arguing to me on twitter that he is the "next RGIII" need to go look at Robert Griffin III's running stats from his true freshman year and then get back to me. Hundley finished the season 9th in completion percentage nation-wide but not in the top 20 in passing yards per attempt, suggesting to me that UCLA's offense prefers shorter passes for the freshman QB. We'll look at their tendencies further in the coming days.

If Hundley doesn't have the ball, senior RB Johnathan Franklin probably does, and Franklin responded to his heavy workload this season (268 carries, 10th-most in D1) with 1700 yards on the ground, good for 5th-most in the country this season.

According to my handy-dandy spreadsheet, UCLA's 20th-ranked offense ended up with a 57.24/42.76 run/pass split this season by yardage gained, a split that places them in the middle of the pack in terms of "pure" balance.

Category National
Rank
Actual National
Leader
Actual Conf
Rank
Pac-12
Conference Leader
Actual
Rushing Offense 27 202.92 Army 369.83 3 Oregon 323.25
Passing Offense 36 271.62 Marshall 365.08 5 Washington St. 330.42
Total Offense 20 474.54 Baylor 578.75 3 Oregon 550.08
Scoring Offense 28 35.08 Louisiana Tech 51.50 4 Oregon 50.83
Rushing Defense 54 154.54 Alabama 79.77 5 Stanford 87.69
Pass Efficiency Defense 66 134.01 Florida 91.59 8 Arizona St. 105.16
Total Defense 72 409.92 Alabama 246.00 8 Stanford 338.92
Scoring Defense 55 25.92 Notre Dame 10.33 8 Stanford 17.46
Net Punting 14 39.94 Louisiana Tech 43.51 2 Arizona St. 40.72
Punt Returns 65 8.40 Kansas St. 22.00 5 Oregon 14.16
Kickoff Returns 51 22.34 Kansas St. 29.23 5 Southern California 26.34
Turnover Margin 45 .31 Kansas St. 1.75 7 Oregon 1.58
Pass Defense 91 255.38 Nebraska 148.23 8 Arizona St. 178.83
Passing Efficiency 26 148.27 Alabama 172.06 4 Oregon 159.76
Sacks 7 3.31 Stanford 4.31 4 Stanford 4.31
Tackles For Loss 15 7.23 Stanford 9.23 5 Stanford 9.23
Sacks Allowed 118 3.54 Air Force .50 10 Arizona 1.38
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