Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of the UCLA football schedule in 2022.
UCLA Bruins 2022 Schedule
Sept. 3: vs. Bowling Green Falcons
The Falcons went 4-8 in 2021 and were one of the worst teams in the MAC. The highlight of their season came in a 14-10 road upset over Big Ten foe Minnesota. Bowling Green might not be a gimme for the Bruins, as 92% of their 2021 production is returning this season, the highest percentage in the country.
Sept. 10: vs. Alabama State Hornets
The Hornets went 5-6 in 2021. Their lone game against a Power Five foe was a 62-0 loss to Auburn.
Sept. 17: vs. South Alabama Jaguars
The Jaguars finished 5-7 and went 2-6 in the Sun Belt Conference last season. They lost 60-14 to Tennessee in their lone Power Five matchup last season. However, the Jaguars will have 62% of their 2021 production back, including nearly 70% of their defense back for the 2022 campaign.
Sept. 24: at Colorado Buffaloes
UCLA begins its PAC-12 schedule with a road trip to Boulder for a divisional rematch with a Buffaloes team they beat, 44-20, last season. Colorado will have the bulk of its offense back in 2022, but will need to replace roughly half of its production on defense.
Sept. 30: vs. Washington Huskies
The Bruins rematch with Washington after knocking them off 24-17 in Seattle a season ago. Washington will be one of the most experienced teams in the PAC-12, bringing back nearly 75% of their production. The Huskies will have a new coach at the helm after hiring Kalen DeBoer away from Fresno State last November.
Oct. 8: vs. Utah Utes
UCLA’s toughest stretch of the season begins this week. The defending PAC-12 champions should be the team to beat once again in 2022. The Utes bring back 66% of its production from last year’s team. The Bruins will be looking to avenge a 44-24 loss in Salt Lake City last year.
Oct. 15: BYE
Oct. 22: at Oregon Ducks
The Bruins will have an extra week to prepare for another grudge match with Kelly’s old program. The Ducks won the PAC-12 North last season and defeated UCLA in a 34-31 thriller at the Rose Bowl last year. Oregon returns 63% of their production from 2021, but will be replacing head coach Mario Cristobol with ex-Georgia assistant Dan Lanning.
Oct. 29: vs. Stanford Cardinal
This Halloween weekend matchup could serve as a letdown spot for the Bruins. The Bruins defeated the 3-9 Cardinal, 35-24, last September. However, Stanford will return 88% of last year’s production and should be much improved.
Nov. 5: at Arizona State Sun Devils
The Sun Devils dominated UCLA last season, drubbing the Bruins 42-23 at the Rose Bowl last year. And while ASU will have 72% of last year’s production returning, they’ll have to replace quarterback Jayden Daniels, who transferred to LSU. Plus, head coach Herm Edwards could be in hot water due to an NCAA recruiting investigation.
Nov. 12: vs. Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is a program in the midst of a rebuild and is coming off a 1-11 season in head coach Jedd Fisch’s first season. The Wildcats bring back 72% of last year’s production, but that’s not saying much.
Nov. 19: vs. USC Trojans
The annual rivalry matchup with USC will likely be UCLA’s biggest game of the season for a variety of reasons. The Trojans are under new management after hiring coach Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma. The Trojans will also have Heisman hopeful Caleb Williams under center after he followed Riley to L.A. This game could decide who wins the PAC-12 South.
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Nov. 25: at Cal Golden Bears
The Bruins wrap up the regular season against a Cal team that they beat 42-14 in last season’s finale. Cal enters the season as one of the least experienced teams in the conference, as they return just 55% of their production from 2021, including just 37% of their offense.
Early record prediction: 8-4
The Bruins will start the season 5-0 and could realistically go 10-2 if everything goes well. However, I expect them to drop their biggest tests of the season against Utah, Oregon and USC, with a letdown loss thrown in against Arizona State.