The UCLA season basically comes down to the offensive line. I don't care how good your skill players are. If you can't block anyone, you're not going to be successful. The Bruins could have had John Elway, Jerry Rice, and Eric Dickerson in their prime, and it wouldn't have made a difference. They simply could not block anyone all season. That's an issue that will take maybe another season or two before it's really top notch, though I expect the line to be better next season. Still, it's disappointing. UCLA is not going to be competitive week to week until they have a decent offensive line. We all knew that was an issue going into the season, and we can't be surprised with the way thing turned out.
Speaking of the Illini, they kicked the living crap out of Georgia today at the UC (which I watched at a bar, but didn't see in person for reasons I won't go into here). They finished the game on a 22-0 run. This U of I basketball team actually may be fun to watch this year. It's looking more and more like Sean Pruitt and Brian Randle were more trouble than they were worth. Demtri McCamey is playing well most of the time. Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis are really helping with the scoring inside, as is Dominique Keller. And Alex Legion is available in a couple weeks. These guys could actually make the tournament. It's fun to be an Illini fan again!