- Associated Press - Thursday, August 28, 2014

No. 7 UCLA (0-0) at VIRGINIA (0-0), Noon (ESPN)

Line: UCLA by 21.

Series Record: First meeting.


Led by dual-threat QB Brett Hundley, UCLA is expected to contend for a spot in the four-team BCS playoffs at the end of the season. Virginia is looking to end a nine-game losing streak and bounce back from a 2-10 season that finds coach Mike London on the hot seat heading into the season.


Virginia’s offensive line against the UCLA defense. The Cavaliers have plenty of size, but not much experience on the line, and their ability to give first-time starting QB Greyson Lambert time to throw, and RB Kevin Parks holes to run through, will be critical to their ability to make it a game.


UCLA: Hundley: When last we saw him, the redshirt junior was torching Virginia Tech’s highly regarded defense for 226 passing yards and two touchdowns and 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Sun Bowl. Virginia plays an aggressive defense, but will need to keep running lanes occupied to slow him down.

Virginia: Lambert. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, he’s plenty big and has a powerful arm, but he’s not much of a running threat. The coaching staff has raved about a group of emerging receivers, and Lambert’s ability to find them and make the big throws without making mistakes may determine Virginia’s chances.


Bruins two-way star LB/RB Myles Jack worked exclusively on defense in the preseason, but coach Jim Mora said he still plans to use him in the running game, too. … The Bruins’ preseason ranking is their highest since they also were No. 7 before the start of the 1998 season. … UCLA is the third Pac-12 school to visit Scott Stadium, and the first two won in routs (USC, 52-7, in 2008, and Oregon, 59-10, in 2013). … Virginia hasn’t ranked higher than 59th in the nation in scoring since the 2004 season. … Members of the Cavaliers’ defensive secondary have combined to start 112 games in their careers. That includes 30 starts for Demetrious Nicholson, who will not play while recovering from turf toe.

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