UCLA Coach Jim Mora charged up the significance meter Tuesday, as the Bruins head into their Pac-12 opener at Utah.
“We’re entering the jungle,” Mora said. “You can’t have a slip-up.”
The No. 12 Bruins (3-0) have won only one of their last five conference openers, and that was on the road at Oregon State in 2011. UCLA lost to Oregon State in the Rose Bowl to open conference play in 2012.
Utah is 3-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Every team in the Pac-12 South Division already has one conference loss except UCLA.
“It would be a huge deal for us to come out and show everyone that we’re ready to compete,” cornerback Ishmael Adams said. “We can be known as one of the big teams in the Pac-12.”