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UCLA vs. Cal: Pressure key for Bruins defense against Bears

SB Nation's team blogs look at the keys as UCLA travels to Cal looking for it's first road win against the Bears in over a decade.

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The UCLA Bruins have not beaten the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif. since 1998, but the 20th ranked Bruins will try to break that trend on Saturday night. The two teams have started the season in drastically different manners, with UCLA going 4-1 to earn a national ranking and Cal losing their last three games to go 1-4.

SB Nation's two team blogs, Cal's California Golden Blogs and UCLA's Bruins Nation, traded questions this week in preparation for Saturday's matchup. Each writer answered 10 questions on a wide range of topics, covering both the keys to Saturday's game and the overall status of their programs.

Ryan Rosenblatt of Bruins Nation believes that establishing the running game, including Jonathan Franklin will be crucial for the Bruins' offense:

There is so much versatility in the running game and it is able to utilize a bunch of different players besides Franklin that it really is great. Maybe most importantly, it also opens up the play action pass and gives the offensive line some more confidence in pass protection, which is vital because that front five can have trouble at times.

The writers from California Golden Blogs discussed the Bears' weakness on the offensive line and how UCLA could use that to slow down Cal's talented receiving corps:

Sack the quarterback. Cal leads the nation in allowing sacks, and that's with a mobile quarterback. If I'm UCLA, I'm pressing Cal's recieving options and taking away anything underneath, because I know that Cal's offensive line can't give the Bears enough time to go deep against my secondary.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT from the renovated Memorial Stadium with TV coverage on the Pac-12 Networks.