UCLA's offense still is looking for a go-to running back. That guy could be redshirt sophomore Paul Perkins. The Bruins need a back to step up and take some of the pressure off of quarterback Brett Hundley. Perkins gained 98 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Bruins' Week 2 win over Memphis. Expect coach Jim Mora to ride the hot hand -- for now, at least.
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Intangible: Coach Jim Mora
The Charlie Strong era in Texas hasn't started off like Longhorns fans had hoped. Coming off an embaressing loss to BYU, Strong and the Longhorns are in need of a signature win. Heading into the season, UCLA was in the discussion of teams that could win the National Title, but Mora now wants back the underdog status. Mora told reporters earlier in the week that he's working to re-focus his team after an up-and-down start that resulted in two inconsistent wins. The Bruins' coach needs to make sure his guys are focused when they step into AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
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Across the field: Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes
Tyrone Swoopes only has started one game for Texas, last week's loss to BYU. Swoopes ran a very scaled-down version of Strong's offense. Against BYU, Swoopes completed 20-of-31 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. For the Longhorns to stand a chance against UCLA, Swoopes will have to find ways to make plays within the game plan his coaching staff puts in place. The Bruins' defense will need to be on its toes against this very athletic quarterback.
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Prediction: UCLA 42, Texas 28
The Bruins have yet to put together a game where all three phases play well. Despite winning both games to open the season, UCLA is in need of an eye-opening win. Many around the country are starting to question the completeness of this Bruins team. Crushing Texas in Texas (neutral site, though) will start to change that perception.