Will UCLA Hold a Pistol to the Bears' Head?

Post date: Oct 3, 2010 9:03:18 PM

Next week the Bears face the Bruins also known as the baby Bears, in Berkeley. The Bears will get a repeat dose of the pistol offense which they could not defend against Nevada, granted there was no film to counteract the offensive scheme prior to the Nevada game. The Bears have seen what the pistol offense is, and hopefully should be able to adapt to scheme against the Bruins.

As evident by their performance last week, the Bears' defense must continue playing spectacularly on the defensive side of the ball for the Bears to have any chance of stopping UCLA's pistol offense. With a few tweaks to the defense we should be fine. The offense however, is a different story. Kevin Reilly must find a way to incorporate the passing game to an already functioning rushing offense. He must make the UCLA defense respect California's passing game intern; this will open running lanes for the running backs.

The Nevada Wolf pack gave the Bears a healthy dose of the pistol offense, so the Bears as a team should know what to expect. It appears that this game will be one where the defense will springboard the offense; if the defense can hold the Bruins high-powered pistol offense, and the Bears can be efficient on offense, when given the opportunity. I highly doubt the Bruins' porous defense will be able to stop the Bears.