Bowl Breakdown: Las Vegas
After a second consecutive undefeated season in Mountain West play, the Cougars felt they deserved a BCS bid. Although BYU didn't get one, the Cougars did earn a chance at redemption against UCLA. (The Bruins beat BYU 27-17 on Sept. 8.)
In his third year, BYU coach
BYU boasts a top-tier defense for the second consecutive season. The Cougars rank 10th in total defense and 13th in scoring defense, yielding just 18.75 points per game. BYU's 3-4 scheme relies heavily on zone coverage and showcases the talents of linebackers
It's been a nightmare season for the UCLA offense, thanks to a slew of injuries. The Bruins averaged just under 23 points per game, worse than 89 teams. UCLA should be relatively healthy for the bowl game; QBs
UCLA's defense has been solid at times, but consistency is a big issue. Speedy defensive end
BYU dominated the first meeting -- outgaining UCLA 435-236 -- but three turnovers doomed the Cougars. This time, BYU will be out to make a statement against a depleted Bruins squad.