Today Whittingham held his first press conference of the season and talked a lot about the upcoming game with UCLA. Instead of posting the entire thing, here's just a few of his quotes.
Whittingham showing respect to UCLA and their 10-2 season last year. He does seem concerned about their unknowns, especially when it comes to their two new coordinators.
That's what I like to hear! Pressure Olson early on and force him into a couple mistakes. If Utah can get into his head, UCLA's offense will find it very difficult to succeed against a strong Utah defense.
This might be the Bruins biggest advantage, since the Utes offense has little to go on when it comes to planning their schemes around UCLA's defense. With that said, it also might be a hindrance since if the Bruins are implementing a new defense, it might take time for players to adjust. If that's the case, Utah might benefit from a confused defense struggling to find its footing early on.
And with that, Utah will have a good feeling at where UCLA's defense is going after the first few series of the game. It wouldn't surprise me if Utah deferred the kick return and played defense on the first possession of the game.
Utah's offense should have little difficulty penetrating UCLA's secondary if the Utes O-line holds long enough for Ratliff to get a good look at his receivers. Coaches seem pumped as do the players, let's just hope they come out of the Rose Bowl 1-0.