Bruins have too much talent

UCLA will look to notch a convincing victory over Wyoming, and generate some momentum for 2005.

Originally Published: December 8, 2004
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
For coach Joe Glenn's Cowboys, this game represents a sense of accomplishment. In just two seasons as head coach, Glenn has taken a program that was 2-10 in 2002 to its first bowl appearance since 1993. An invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl isn't nearly as gratifying for the Bruins, but Karl Dorrell's club has an opportunity to use this game as a building block for what promises to be a much more successful 2005 season.

Who: UCLA vs. Wyoming
When: Dec. 23, 9:45 ET (ESPN)
Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
All four of the Bruins' losses came to respectable teams this season, including a near-upset over No. 1 USC in the season-finale. A strong bowl showing could generate much-needed enthusiasm in Westwood for Dorrell's third season in charge.

UCLA will rely on the one-two punch of RBs Maurice Drew and Manuel White to pound away at an undersized Cowboys' defense that surrenders 184 yards per game on the ground. Wyoming will counter with QB Casey Bramlet, triggering a spread offense that features a deep stable of talented receivers, including standout Jovon Bouknight. Neither team ranks in the top-70 in the nation in total defense, so points should come in bunches.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer