The frustration has to be intensifying in Westwood, as the UCLA Bruins are now 0-3, and have shown no signs of improvement on the offensive side of the ball. After opening the season with a loss at Cincinnati, and then being somewhat embarrassed by a Mountain West school at home, with San Diego State winning in the Rose Bowl, it was Oklahoma coming into Pasadena and humiliating Chip Kelly's team.
Now the Bruins have to travel to Pullman, Washington, where the offensively sound Washington State Cougars await. Wazzu ranks sixth in the nation with its offense, bolstered by the country's best passing game that averges 476 yards per game.
The Bruins rank 108th in the country with their passing defense and 115th overall, allowing 467 yards per game.
Led by quarterback Anthony Gordon, the Cougars have demoralized their first three opponents, beating New Mexico State, Northern Colorado and Houston by an average margin of 33.3 points per win.
I don't know if Kelly has figured out how he wants to utilize his offense, be it through all-purpose player Demetric Felton or quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but as of now nothing is working. UCLA ranks 129th in the country and has been as inept as one could imagine.
Washington State's defense is 51st in the country, allowing just 346.3 yards per game, including the 20th-best pass defense that allows only 162.7 yards per game and that has registered six sacks in its first three games. It wouldn't surprise me if the Cougars match that total in this game alone.
Too much firepower on offense, too much defense for UCLA's flame-less offense, and the homefield edge for the Pac 12 opener.
This one is too easy.
Lay the chalk with Washington State.