UCLA has another massive test upcoming with a trip to No. 10 Oregon on the docket for Saturday. The ninth-ranked Bruins, unbeaten through the first seven weeks of the season, head back to coach Chip Kelly’s former stomping grounds for a top-10 matchup on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX. Kelly met with reporters Monday to preview that game and talk a little more about the veteran team he has.

Here’s everything he said, with video of the availability below.

On having artificial fan noise during practice

“Yeah, that’s what we normally do when we play away games.”

On going back to Oregon and whether its more ‘been there done that’ having been back a few times or if it’ll always be a special trip

“It’s always special going back there. It’s a special place in my life and there’s a lot of great people there that had a profound impact on my life. But I’m not playing the game. We’re totally focused. We get in Friday around 6 (o’clock), we play at 12:30 the next day, so we all know what this entails. It’s a business trip, just like any other away game in this league.”

On whether Oregon has changed since the Georgia game or the game was just a case of Georgia being great

“I don’t look at it that way. We just look at scheme and schematics and those things. We don’t try to analyze what happened or what didn’t happen, it’s just… how does the 3-technique play against the down block? What type of twist game do they have? Things like that. That’s kinda what we do. We try to take the emotion out of our gameplan breakdowns.”

On what he sees from Oregon on film

“I see a 4-2-5 defense, play a lot of nickel, played a little more 3-3 stack in the Arizona game, trying to get three linebackers on the field and get some speed on the field. Really good defensive end in Brandon Dorlus, DJ (Johnson)’s really good at the other side, the linebackers are outstanding, (Noah) Sewell’s been a really good player in this league for a long time, Justin Flowe seems like he’s getting back into the flow of things. On offense, it revolves around the quarterback, he’s really athletic and can run. He’s the guy you gotta stop with his feet and his arm. So that’s what we see when we watch the tape.”

On how hard it is to play at Autzen Stadium

“Yeah, it’s a difficult place to play, just like anything in this league. You go to Washington and it’s hard. You go to Oregon, it’s hard. I think that’s part of it when you’re playing meaningful games in October is you gotta be prepared for crowd noise, so we’ll be prepared for it.”

On if his team is ready for meaningful games

“Yeah. Already played one and we’ve got another one coming up.”

On where UCLA has made the biggest strides this season

“I think we’re just right on track with where we thought we were gonna be. You know, our guys really do every day very well, they understand there’s a consistency to the process. They’ve been really good every Monday, they’ve been really good every Tuesday, every Wednesday, and that’s not easy. That’s easier said than done. But I think there’s a consistency to their preparation and that consistency pays off on Saturdays.”

On if he sees confidence growing

“Yeah, but I saw confidence last year in our team, so it’s not like this is new to us. I felt we had a really good football team last year. Lost two games on the last drive of the game and we finished 8-4. I think we have a veteran group of guys, our leaders have been around here for a long time, and they do a really good job of setting the tone every day in terms of what it’s supposed to look like when we get out there on the practice field.”

On Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s growth

“The one thing that I love about him is he’s a lifelong learner. He gets better every single day. He’s always trying to get better. He has that mentality. I don’t think he ever thinks he’s arrived. He’s always trying to… ‘Can I get better at this? Can I work at this?’ It’s neat to see his growth over that time. He’s got a world of talent, but he’s got a work ethic to go with it.”

On how happy they are to have DTR back for his fifth year

“Yeah. I mean, we said that before. Both and Zach (Charbonnet), all those other guys that made the decision to come back, we were excited about it and the opportunity to play one more season with him and help him grow and help him maintain the goals that he’s got set out for himself.”

On what Oregon does well

“They’ve got a really good run game with their quarterback, but he also has the ability to beat you with his arm. They do a nice job on both sides of the ball schematically. I mean, they’re a one-loss team for a reason. They’re a really good football team, so we’re excited about playing them.”

On what they look for academically with recruits and transfers

“Well, we have a standard that the admissions office has here, so all we do with any young man that comes here is we submit the transcript to the admissions office and they either give us a thumbs up or a thumbs down on whether he’s an admittable student-athlete or not. So that decision’s not on our (side), nor should it be. The way it works here, it’s very cut and dry. The admissions office will tell us if we can take a kid or not take a kid.”

On the offensive line’s continuity

“We were fortunate enough to have (Tim Drevno) on staff when Justin (Frye) left for Ohio State, so there’s some continuity from that standpoint — not having to learn a new system and being ingrained in what we do here.

“He’s added some of his wrinkles. He’s done a really nice job. To have the veteran players — Sam’s been around for a long time, Nio’s been around for a long time, Duke has been around for a long time, Jon Gaines has been around for a long time, Garrett’s in Year 2, Raiqwon had over 30 starts in the Big Ten. We do have experience there and experience is a great teacher. Those guys can go back to situations that they’ve been in before. When a situation comes up, (they can) go, ‘Oh, we’ve been in this before and here’s the adjustment that we have to make.’ There’s no substitute for experience and I think those guys have done a really good job as a group of kinda molding together.”

On what the grad school guys have taught Kelly

“Yeah, Pythagorean’s theorem. We discuss that a lot in some of our meetings and it’s interesting to watch some of those guys get on a board and go over some of those things.

“The one thing you learn from this group is there’s a maturity to them in their approach every day. You’re not a kid that graduates undergrad — like a Shea Pitts who graduated here in three years, already got a Master’s degree and working on a second Master’s — if you’re not disciplined, if you’re not mature, if you don’t have your priorities in line. I think that’s what filters down to the younger guys in our program, is that there’s a certain amount of discipline that it takes to be a really good student here and it’s the same discipline that can be applied to being a really good football player here.

“It’s the maturity that those guys bring every day, and the example that they set every day. That’s why they do every day really well, because there’s a consistency to their performance, because there’s a consistency to their mindset and a consistency to their approach.”

On whether he’s talked to Jacob Sykes about Socrates yet

“I have not. I mean, Jake’s off the charts. The first time I talked to him he was an applied mathematics major at Harvard and then his mom said she was a little disappointed. She wanted him to be in engineering and he said applied mathematics is the new engineering. He lost me after that. He may be President of the United States someday, so I make sure we’re always on Jacob’s good side.”

On Chase Griffin’s potential political career

“Chase could be there. We’ve got a couple guys that could run for office right now and would garner a lot of votes, deservedly so.”

On whether there’s a chance Ale Kaho returns this season

“There is, but I don’t have (a timeframe). I’m not the doctor. He’s up moving around, running around, we’ll see what happens there.”

On the differences in coaching an older, more mature team versus a younger one

“You don’t have to worry about things that I think maybe if you have a younger, immature team you do worry about. I’m not worried about are these guys on schedule, are these guys on time, where are they? You don’t have to ‘babysit’ them, which I think sometimes you have to do with younger kids just cause they don’t know. And I think the one thing is our older players do a great job of mentoring our younger players about being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there. So the little things, we don’t neglect them, I think our older players make sure that our players truly understand the little things because how you do the small things is how you do all things. To get those guys to understand that there’s gotta be a consistency in your behavior, (that) your consistency is a mindset for you to have, I think that’s filtered down through everybody in the program.”

On whether that leads to a quicker growth curve

“It is. I mean, anytime you have a player-led team and not a coach-led team, that’s really what we all strive for. But you’ve gotta have players that can lead the room. That’s what we’re really fortunate to have. Our older group of guys is outstanding in that aspect.”