UCLA defensive back Randall Goforth (3) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
Andrew Shurtleff
September 05, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) UCLA spent the past week learning about the perils of unreasonably high expectations, which haven't existed in Westwood with any regularity in the school's football history.

The No. 11 Bruins (1-0) emerged from a closer-than-expected 28-20 victory at Virginia with a ranking outside the Top 10 and a renewed commitment to focus on themselves, not any external expectations about where their season should go.

It's a strategy the Memphis Tigers (1-0) would be wise to follow Saturday night when they attempt to add another early-season pitfall to UCLA's path toward a national title shot.

Memphis and UCLA will meet for the first time in the Bruins' home opener, and the Tigers realize they're playing for a monumental upset.

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