Bowling Green vs. UCLA – Game Preview – September 3, 2022

Bowling Green (0-0) at UCLA (0-0), Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)

Line: UCLA by 24½, according to .

Series record: First encounter.

WHAT IS AT STAKE?

Chip Kelly is entering his fifth year at UCLA with his deepest and most experienced team. The Bruins were 8-4 last season and are looking to build on that momentum this year with what might be the easiest non-conference schedule for a Power Five school. Bowling Green was 4-8 last year, but one of their wins was against Minnesota of the Big Ten.

KEY MATCH

UCLA RB Zach Charbonnet against Bowling Green’s run defense: Charbonnet finished third in the Pac-12 last season in rushing yards (1,137) and had seven conference-high 100-yard games last season . The Bruins are 15-4, including 8-0 last season, when rushing for 200 yards or more. The Falcons finished sixth in the Mid-American Conference in rush defense, allowing 187.8 points per game. They were 1-4 last year giving up at least 200 rushing yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bowling Green: LB Darren Anders finished eighth in the nation in tackles last season, averaging 10.3 per game. The eldest is one of three players in the Football Bowl subdivision to rank in the top 15 tackles over the past two seasons.

UCLA: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson is back for his fifth season with the Bruins. The senior led the Pac-12 last season in total offense per game (274.4), passing efficiency (153.9) and passing yards (13.7).

FACTS AND FIGURES

Bowling Green QB Matt McDonald hails from Newport Beach, Calif., and is the son of former Southern California QB Paul McDonald, who led the Trojans to the Rose Bowl three times. … This is the second time in the last five seasons the Falcons will open with a Pac-12 opponent. They lost 58-24 to Oregon in 2018. … This will be UCLA’s first game against a Mid-American Conference team since 2009, when they beat Temple 30-21 at the Eagle Bank Bowl. The Bruins have never faced a current MAC member. … UCLA senior LB LB Darius Muasau, a Hawaii transfer, was a Mountain West first-team selection the past two seasons.

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