Can the Bruins win?
I don't know.
For much of the season the offensive line protected Drew Olson well enough for UCLA's short pass offense to be very effective. But as the season went along, injuries began to add up. In two of the last three games, the line couldn't protect Olson and they got beat badly.
The defensive line of UCLA couldn't stop anybody. They made ordinary runners look like Heisman candidates so you can image what happened when they faced an actual Heisman candidate!
Northwestern has a poor defense. I'll be curious to see what their approach will be. Will they blitz a lot hoping to disrupt UCLA's passing game? Or will they rush three and sit back?
If UCLA's offense is shut down then the defense will have to keep them in the game and that just isn't going to happen unless something very strange happens!
If UCLA's defense is out there too much …