No. 7 UCLA ready to back up hype in season opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) If No. 7 UCLA can live up to the lofty expectations it carries into the new season, its first two road games will merely be trial runs for bigger and better things to come.

A cross-country trip to Virginia on Saturday for the Bruins’ season opener should prepare quarterback Brett Hundley or two-way star Myles Jack for December’s Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City. A neutral-site game against Texas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, should give UCLA plenty of familiarity with the venue that will host the new College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 12.

The Bruins are a popular national pick for a third-year breakthrough under coach Jim Mora, and they’re eager to get underway.