UCLA vs. Virginia Preview & Prediction

The UCLA Bruins and Virginia Cavaliers both have high expectations for the year and want to get their seasons off to a strong start with a victory over another talented major conference team. Here's what to expect this weekend:

UCLA Outlook

The Bruins are now one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 under head coach Jim Mora, and with 18 returning starters, UCLA looks primed and ready to make a jump to the top of college football. The determining factor for them may come down to quarterback play, as true freshman Josh Rosen has been named the starter.

Virginia Outlook

Virginia needs to make a bowl game this year to save head coach Mike London's job, but they aren't doing themselves any favors by playing the toughest schedule in the country. They need to replace most of their pass rush and see consistency from quarterback Matt Johns, but they're the most talented group UVA has had under London.

What to watch for: Josh Rosen's production

Rosen is being counted on to take over as UCLA’s starting quarterback, and the 6’4″, 205-pounder seems ready for it. He is the top-ranked pro-style quarterback because of his strong arm and good accuracy, though he’ll have to adjust to the pace of Pac-12 defenses. The Bruins have a lot of returning starters and young, exciting prospects on offense, which should make the transition easier for one of the most talented QBs in the country - the only question mark is how much his lack of experience will hurt him. UCLA views him as they guy that will make them legitimite championship contenders, which are very lofty expectations for an 18-year-old.

Prediction: UCLA wins 27-14 

Like most of the games we saw on Thursday night, this one will be sloppy as both teams try to shake off the rust. However, the Bruins are simply more talented across the board and should win fairly easily.

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