For the first time in the 2011 season, the UCLA Bruins (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) have a two-game winning streak. Now, they'll look to continue the streak with a win over the Utah Utes (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12). This is the game where the Bruins can prove they are deserving of the Pac-12 South title.
After a 48-12 loss to the Arizona Wildcats, UCLA bounced back with a 31-14 victory over Cal and a narrow 29-28 win over ASU. Against the Sun Devils, Kevin Prince had his best game of the season. One highlight was his 76-yard-pass to Nelson Rosario for a touchdown. Whatever problems Prince was having at the beginning of the season appear to have been swept away. Furthermore, Prince has shown he can be a leader.
Interestingly enough, Richard Brehaut returned to practice. Brehaut, who broke his leg at the beginning of Oct, isn't expected to play. Still, it's possible that he could be competition for Prince in the coming weeks. While competition can be good, it seems as though Prince has shined without having to worry about Brehaut replacing him.
Despite their slow 0-4 start in the conference, the Utes are also coming off of a two-game winning streak. They blasted Oregon State 27-8 and most recently defeated the Arizona Wildcats 34-21. The Utes are also vying to become bowl eligible. They are one win away from this accomplishment.
Like Prince, John Hays has improved in the last two games. He had thrown 7 interceptions in four games. Yet, in the last two, he hasn't had any interceptions. In the Nov. 5 game against Arizona, Hays threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Rushing for 109 yards on 27 carries, John White was another leader for Utah.
Yes, UCLA looks as though it could grab a berth in Pac-12 championship game. The first step is being victorious against Utah. Last week, I was unsure if the Bruins would beat ASU. Their upset proved that UCLA does have heart. Still, it will probably take one more win to quell any lingering uncertainties.
See if the Bruins can continue their winning momentum against Utah on Sat. Nov 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Melissa Matters has been a UCLA fan since high school. Although she went to college at UCSD, her school didn't have a football team so she remained a loyal Bruin fan. She has lived in Los Angeles for most of her life.v