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First Glance: UCLA at Texas A&M

We're there! The off season is over.

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What You Need to Know:

  • The 12th Man Foundation still has tickets available for the game, so get yours HERE.
  • UCLA is currently ranked #16 in the AP poll and #24 in the Coaches poll.
  • UCLA is coming off an 8-5 season (5-4 in the Pac 12), and a 37-29 loss to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl.

  • UCLA is in the South Division of the PAC 12.

Historical Notes:
  • Texas A&M and UCLA are tied at two wins a piece in the all-time series.

  • The first matchup between the Aggies and the Bruins took place in 1940.  The Aggies won 7-0.

  • The last meeting took place in the 97-98 Cotton Bowl, where UCLA edged out Dat Nguyen and RC Slocum, 29-23.

  • There is a long list of famous UCLA alumni that includes sports stars such as recent gold medalist Simone Biles, Jackie Robinson, Troy Aikman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arthur Ashe and Bill Walton.

  • There are also many notable silver screen stars including James Dean, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Tim Robbins, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Skerritt, Heather Locklear, and Sean Astin. (We get it, they are close to Hollywood)

Bruins to Watch:

#3 Josh Rosen (QB)

Rosen, a 6'4", 220 pound sophomore, is already the early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.  Last year, he won Pac 12's offensive freshman of the year while completing 60% of his passes for 3,760 yards and 23 touchdowns.  If he has time to throw, he can be very dangerous to opposing defenses.

#1 Soso Jamabo

Jamabo, a 6'3", 210 sophomore, is expected to be the feature back with Paul Perkins taking a shot at the NFL with the NY Giants.  As a freshman, Jamabo had a 6.1 YPC average over 66 carries for 403 yards.  If Jamabo is able to run free on Saturday, it could be major trouble for the Texas A&M's run defense.

Media Blitz:

  • Game time: 2:30 pm (central)
  • Channel: CBS
  • SEC on CBS crew, Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist.  Verne is stepping down after the 2016 season.
  • Radio coverage available via the Texas A&M Sports Network and XM Radio Channel 93.