The UCLA Bruins have never quite been able to replicate the success they found early in the Jim Mora era, although Chip Kelly was supposed to boost their status after his exploits at Oregon. The offensive-minded coach has not been able to rack up wins in Westwood, but this could be the year it all comes together for the Bruins.
2020 Season Review
- 3-4, 3-4, 5th in Pac-12 south
- A lot of close losses. The Bruins lost all four games by one possession, including a brutal 48-47 double overtime loss against Stanford. Two of those losses came against ranked teams and two were on the road. If a couple of those games flip, the Bruins are going to a bowl game.
2021 247Sports Composite Ranking: 4th in Pac-12
ESPN Returning Production: 91% overall (2nd): 95% offense (3rd), 88% defense (8th)
Returning Talent Index: Positive, 2nd in Pac-12
Returning starters: 7/11 offense, 4/11 defense
* All rankings out of 130 FBS schools
Quarterback: Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Jr.)
Thompson-Robinson is a dual-threat quarterback, the type of player that typically thrives in Kelly’s system. He’s had some bumps in the road, but has steadily improved as a passer in his career. This could be a breakout season for him, especially with UCLA coming into the year under the radar. He’s currently +6000 to win the Heisman, which could be tremendous value.
Offense (non-QB): WR Kyle Philips (So.)
Philips was solid last season with 370 yards on 38 receptions in the shortened season. He could be the primary option for Thompson-Robinson, even with TE Greg Dulcich rising. Expect the sophomore receiver to have a big season offensively if he stays healthy.
Defense: LB Caleb Johnson (Sr.)
The linebacker led the team last season with 5.0 sacks and 44 combined tackles. He’ll be tasked with anchoring a suspect defense, but UCLA’s offense should be explosive. If Johnson and company can make a few plays here and there, the Bruins are going to be a threat.
Team Stats Projections
Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
To win national title: +15000
To win Pac-12: +1200
Win total: 7 (Over -106, Under -121)
2020 Against The Spread: 4-3
2020 Point Total: Over 4-3
2021 UCLA Schedule
2021 UCLA Football Schedule
|Saturday, Aug. 28||Hawaii||3:30pm/ESPN||UCLA -17/70.5|
|Saturday, Sep. 4||LSU||8:30pm/Fox||UCLA +4/69.5|
|Saturday, Sep. 11||OPEN||10:45pm/Pac-12N||N/A|
|Saturday, Sep. 18||Fresno State||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Sep. 25||at Stanford||TBA||UCLA -6.5|
|Saturday, Oct. 2||Arizona State||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||at Arizona||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Oct. 16||at Washington||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||Oregon||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Oct. 30||at Utah||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Nov. 6||OPEN||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Nov. 13||Colorado||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Nov. 20||at USC||TBA||N/A|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||California||TBA||N/A|