Nothing really has changed in L.A.'s college football scene this week. There is still that undefeated team residing in the top 10 with two Heisman candidates, one of them a gun-slinging senior quarterback.
|QB Drew Olson made a believer out of Oregon State, throwing for six TDs. (Getty Images)|
It's good news for the Bruins (7-0) that they are one of the six remaining undefeated teams left in I-A. Quarterback Drew Olson (a school-record six touchdowns against Oregon State) and tailback Maurice Drew (No. 4 in all-purpose running) are two legitimate Heisman candidates.
It's a Westwood downer that USC still has most of the face cards. (Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush still being the most recognizable athletes in the Southland). USC can see those UCLA accomplishments and raise the ante a bit -- quite a bit.
The Trojans, as you know, are looking down their noses at not only the Bruins but the rest of college football. UCLA is off to its best start in seven years but it takes a press release to prove it. USC is trying to become the first team to three consecutive titles. All the Bruins can do is keep winning and hope to prove their point on the field Dec. 3 in the Coliseum.
If the teams get there undefeated, UCLA would at least have a chance to make its point.
Meanwhile, it was just another manic Monday for UCLA minister of propaganda (OK, sports info director) Marc Dellins who choked sportswriters' mailboxes with that press release (a six-page e-mail) on the school's all-star candidates.
- Drew leads the nation in punt returns averaging a Reggie Bush-like 30.9 yards.
What Dellins won't say: Bush is averaging only 12.5 yards and finally scored his first punt-return touchdown Saturday; Drew has three.
- Olson leads the Pac-10 in pass efficiency.
What Dellins won't say: Leinart doesn't. (Actually he is second)
- UCLA has three big-time comebacks of its own against Washington, California and Washington State.
What Dellins won't say: It's hard to compete against heart-rending nationally televised USC classics at Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame.
- UCLA has lost one fumble all season.
What Dellins won't say: Bush had a span last year when he fumbled in five consecutive games.
The point remains: If not for the cross-town team for the ages, UCLA would be one of the feel-good stories in the country. It can legitimately dream about its first national championship since 1954.
If it beats you know who.
1. Reggie Bush, USC Eighty-four yard punt return against Washington was vintage Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie.
2. Vince Young, Texas Forgot about two early interceptions and used all his weapons against Texas Tech -- including his arm which threw for 239 yards.
3. Matt Leinart, USC What Dellins won't say: Leinart has more autograph hounds than Olson.
4. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame NFL has to start taking notice of this much-improved junior.
5. Maurice Drew, UCLA: No. 1 in punt returns, No. 4 in all-purpose. Of the top 10 all-purpose runners only two players have double-digit yards in all four all-purpose categories -- Bush and Drew.