UCLA is trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season, but faces a tough schedule, starting at the top with another season opener against an SEC opponent. Here’s a game-by-game look at what the Bruins face this year:
SUNDAY VS. TEXAS A&M
4:30 p.m., Rose Bowl
The Bruins hope this sequel is better than the original. Josh Rosen returns after an 11-month game absence as UCLA seeks revenge from last year’s season-opening overtime loss.
SEPT. 9 vs. HAWAI‘I
2 p.m., Rose Bowl
Hawai’i is coming off its first bowl win since 2006, but is still a ways away from challenging UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
SEPT. 16 AT MEMPHIS
9 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.
A rising Memphis team could make for a trap game. The Tigers have nine returning starters on offense and have lost only four times at home the past three years.
SEPT. 23 AT STANFORD
TBA, Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto
Last year, the Bruins were 24 seconds away from securing their first win over Stanford since 2008 and will have to try to break the streak on the road this season.
SEPT. 30 VS. COLORADO
TBA, Rose Bowl
Last year’s Pac-12 South champion will likely take a step back after losing eight defensive starters and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, but the Buffaloes do have one of the best receiving corps in the country.
OCT. 14 AT ARIZONA
TBA, Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
The Bruins have won four in a row against the Wildcats, who finished last in the Pac-12 South last year.
OCT. 21 VS. OREGON
TBA, Rose Bowl
UCLA will face Oregon for the first time since 2014 and try to snap a six-game losing streak in the overall series.
OCT. 28 AT WASHINGTON
TBA, Husky Stadium, Seattle
Riding the momentum of a College Football Playoff appearance and its first conference title in 16 years, Washington is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 North.
NOV. 3 AT UTAH
6:30 p.m., Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
This is the most difficult two-week stretch of the year for UCLA. The Bruins have to…