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(KSL News) The 15th/18th ranked BYU Cougars are looking to keep their BCS hopes alive against a familiar foe this Saturday. BYU and UCLA are set to meet for the third time in the last 12 months. BYU lost last September at UCLA 27-17, while the Cougars won 17-16 in the Las Vegas Bowl last December. New UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel says the game in Provo is the "rubber match."

Coming off of last week's 28-27 thriller on the road against the Washington Huskies, KSL takes a look back and a look ahead as we prep for game day.

What did we learn about BYU vs. Washington?

- The Cougars have discovered how to win on the road early in the season - The "Big 3" (Max Hall, Harvey Unga, Dennis Pitta) are firing on all cylinders - The defense is struggling to "make plays" and cause turnovers - The secondary can't afford to let people get behind it

What questions remain about BYU?

- How good are BYU's field goal kickers? (No FG attempts through two games) - When will Austin Collie have a breakout game? (Coach Bronco Mendenhall said he might have given Collie too much to do too soon after his injury, a stress fracture in leg)

What can BYU expect from UCLA?

- The best defense BYU's likely going to see this season - UCLA's defense playing ahead of its offense, which made just enough plays to beat Tennessee - And BYU's offense is ahead of its defense, which will make for an interesting matchup Saturday

What can we expect from BYU vs. UCLA?

- BYU to score more than the 17 points it scored both previous games against UCLA - For BYU to run more. Cougars averaged only 1.5 yards per carry against UCLA in the previous two games. Unga rushed for 44 yards on 22 carries in those two games combined. - Pitta to have another big game

Miscellaneous:

- Coleby Clawson in the new starting weakside linebacker after the injury to Vic So'oto - According to the L.A. Times the Bruins will be short at least two offensive weapons. Tight end Logan Paulsen (broken foot) are wide receiver Marcus Everett (dislocated toe) are out. Tailback Kahlil Bell may not play because of a high ankle sprain. - UCLA starting QB Kevin Craft started his first collegiate game against BYU in Provo when he played for San Diego State. In that game Craft completed 20 of 32 passes for 216 yards with one interception in a 47-17 loss. - BYU has won four of its last five games against Pacific 10 Conference teams. - UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow (1973-1999) and defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker (1994) both coached at BYU. Walker also spent a year (1993) at Utah State.

Conclusion:This game is likely BYU's most serious test before travelling to TCU in October. A win over UCLA will keep BYU firmly entrenched in the polls and springboard the Cougars into conference play versus Wyoming.

Pregame coverage of the BYU-UCLA match-up begins at 11:30 a.m. on KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160AM beginning at 11:30 a.m.

You can listen to and watch Greg Wrubell call the game on KSL.com by clicking on the Radio tab and clicking chat below the Now Live picture in the upper right hand corner.

Kick-off at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo is set for 1:30 p.m.

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