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Bruins Face North Carolina Central Eagles at the Rose Bowl Saturday in Historic First-time Matchup

Published on Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 5:38 am

UCLA Bruins will be hosting the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Eagles at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, Sept. 16, for a matchup celebrating Black Excellence. Kick-off is at 2:07 p.m. 

This will be the first time that UCLA has played against a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in football. 

The Eagles, who own the second-longest FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) active winning streak at seven, are ranked 17th in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 poll. NCCU is currently 2-0 and has scored 40 more points than its opponents (20.0 per game).

NCCU is a public Historically Black University located in Durham, NC. It was made part of the state system in 1923 and has been part of the University of North Carolina system since 1972. 

Last season, the Eagles won the Cricket Celebration Bowl over Jackson State to capture the program’s fourth HBCU national championship. 

The Bruins have compiled a 14-4 record in their most recent 18 outings and moved into the Top 25 of both major polls (No. 24 in AP Top 25 and No. 25 in US LBM Coaches Poll) for the first time in 2023 after starting the season 2-0. The Bruins ended the 2022 campaign ranked No. 21 in both polls.

Saturday’s game will be televised by Pac-12 Network, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. It will also be carried by the Bruin IMG Radio Network, airing it over SiriusXM and the Varsity App. 

Local radio coverage will be provided by UCLA Sports Network from IMG College on 570 and  1150 AM; coverage begins on AM 570 and moves to AM 1150 at 5:30 p.m. Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook will provide play-by-play commentary and analysis for the local radio coverage. J.B. Long and Max Browne will provide commentary for the television coverage.

At the Rose Bowl on Saturday, parking lots open at 8 a.m. Shuttle operations begin at 11 a.m. Gates open at 112:30 p.m.

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