UCLA to face daunting 2024 schedule in Big Ten debut
UCLA will get no favors from the Big Ten right out of the gates. The Bruins will face the league’s best immediately.
The Big Ten conference revealed its “flex schedule” model and 2024 matchups on Thursday during a special edition of B1G Live on the Big Ten Network. The 2024 season will mark the debuts of both USC and UCLA in the Big Ten.
With the league expanding to 16 teams, each school will face nine other B1G opponents in conference play. The league is also ditching divisions as a way to decide its title game participants.
Here’s who the Bruins will face in 2024:
- Ohio State
- at Indiana
- at Iowa
- at Michigan
- at Rutgers
UCLA is also scheduled to travel to Hawaii to battle the Rainbow Warriors to open the 2024 season. When it returns home, it’ll host Fresno State and then face LSU in Death Valley to close out the non-conference slate.
That, combined with the prospects of facing the two best teams in the league right away, should make for either a rocky entry or a potentially spectacular campaign.
UCLA has a quarterback situation to sort out ahead of the 2023 season, and coach Chip Kelly has a decision to make. Will he start 5-star 2023 signee Dante Moore or roll with a more experienced option in Ethan Garbers or Kent State transfer Collin Schlee?
If Moore is handed the keys to the Kelly offense right away, the Bruins’ final season in the Pac-12 could serve as a crucial one in Moore’s development. He’ll have to navigate the B1G’s best defenses right away in 2024.
The league also revealed its 2025 matchups. Here’s who the Bruins will face in Year 2 in the B1G:
- at Illinois
- at Michigan State
- at Nebraska
- at Penn State
- at USC