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    Colorado at No. 23 UCLA: Who has the edge?
    • October 27, 2023

    Colorado (4-3 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) at No. 23 UCLA (5-2, 2-2)

    When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Rose Bowl

    TV/radio: ABC (Ch. 7)/570 AM

    Line: UCLA by 17

    Notable injuries: COLORADO: OUT: TE Louis Passarello (knee); QUESTIONABLE: OT Savion Washington (ankle). UCLA: QUESTIONABLE: WR Titus Mokiao-Atimalala (undisclosed), LB Ale Kaho (undisclosed); PROBABLE: QB Collin Schlee (upper body)

    What’s at stake?: While the Bruins are a heavy favorite against Colorado, the opportunity to host coach Deion Sanders and Colorado helps the stars align for what would’ve already been a busy homecoming weekend. The game has been declared a sellout at the Rose Bowl and is expected to have an increase in viewership by playing the Buffs in a notable time slot. A good showing on the field could serve well from the point of marketing for the university and with fans and recruiting for the program.

    Who’s better?: UCLA is the more talented of the two teams as Colorado is in Year 1 of a rebuild following Sanders’ arrival. The Buffaloes overhauled the roster as Coach Prime brought along his sons, quarterback Shedeur Sanders and safety Shilo Sanders, as well as two-way player Travis Hunter upon leaving Jackson State for Boulder.

    Matchup to watch: Colorado’s offensive line vs. UCLA’s defensive front. The Bruins will look to bring pressure and attack Shedeur Sanders. The Buffaloes’ offensive line has allowed Sanders to be sacked 34 times (129th in the nation) this season, including seven times each against Nebraska and Oregon. The Bruins are ranked eighth in the nation with 24 sacks. It could be a long night for Sanders if UCLA builds a lead and forces Colorado to pass while playing from behind.

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    UCLA wins if: Running back Carson Steele must lead the Bruins’ rushing attack like last week. The Bruins should be able to run against a Colorado defense that ranks near the bottom of the conference. UCLA’s defense must also create turnovers to control the clock and limit Sanders’ opportunities to lead the Buffaloes downfield.

    Prediction: UCLA 31, Colorado 18. The Bruins’ defense will overwhelm Colorado while the offense pulls away in the second half to secure the victory.

    ​ Orange County Register