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Lest we forget. 13 reasons to love the season.

PRIDE. TRADITION. UCLA.

Bruin football has started practicing for the coming season this week. The opener will be at Stanford on September 1st, just four weeks away (FSN). The first at-home game will be against BYU on September 8th.

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The Bruins clock in as the most experienced team in the PAC-10 (25 seniors) including 10 returning starters. Bruin defense was shown to be a powerhouse last season, holding USC to their lowest score in 5 years -- only 9 points. They hope to return this season with a polished-off defense, and have also added offensive coordinator Jay Norvell to their arsenal. Norvell served as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders during the 2002 season, when they averaged 390 offensive yards per game and claimed the AFC championship title.

It looks like the makings of a good season.

Photo by Ruth Lozano via Flickr