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UCLA coach Chip Kelly spoke to this media this week ahead of Saturday's game vs. LSU. Here's what he had to say about the Tigers. Per SI:
quote:

Been in a situation like LSU where they've had to move everything to Houston?

No, I haven’t, and we actually had the TV on in the locker room on the way out here. First off, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Louisiana and it’s a lot bigger than football, what they’re going through. They experienced Katrina 16 years ago and this storm is as big as Katrina, so I hope everybody’s safe down there and I feel for Coach O and [inaudible], but they had to leave their families back there, so it’s a difficult situation for anybody to be playing, so our thoughts and prayers are with everybody in Louisiana who’s dealing with the storm right no.

Difference between LSU's championship team and 2020 team?

Well, it's what happens in all of college football. It's a yearly deal, it doesn't – it's very tough to sustain and there was a bunch of guys, a bunch of draft picks: The No. 1 pick in the draft in Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase didn't play and he got drafted really high this year, Justin Jefferson was probably the top receiver in the NFL last year as a rookie, so there was a lot of good players. I think the other thing that coach O dealt with is there was turnover on his staff, so there was new coordinators on each side of the ball, so they started off not probably the way they wanted to, but they actually finished strong. And going with the Ben Bolch factor, they won their last two games, so they're on a high note from a momentum standpoint headed into this season so we're really excited about the challenge, it's a really good football team that is gonna have talent every step of the way, whether it's their wideouts, running back, offensive line, their defensive guys can really run around, they have two, probably two of the best corners we'll see. The two of them combined will be the best group of corners that we play this season so we've got our hands full. So we're gonna have to have a really good week of preparation for these guys.


Preparing for new coordinators?

You look at LSU film to get an understanding of what the personnel is like so you can watch the (???). You don't want to watch the (???) cause they're really good, so but you kind of see where the coordinators came from, what schemes they were familiar with. It sounds like they're going back to (???) offensively when Joe Brady was there cause the coach they brought it went with Joe, was in the NFL with Joe. So you kind of have an idea but you have to make adjustments on the run. We had to make adjustments on the run in the Hawaii game, a lot of the things Hawaii did last year, they weren't doing this year, so you gotta be prepared. You kinda have an idea going into an opener like we did against Hawaii, you think they're gonna be like this. We weren't right on everything we were thinking, but we had to make some in-game adjustments, we probably saw more four-down defenses from Hawaii than they played the season before, that's just part of what happens. Usually, at the beginning of the year, once you get two or three games in, each team's identity kind of shows itself and you get an idea of what they're gonna do. So we gotta be agile, especially early in the game, and just is what we practiced against and what we thought we were gonna get what we got? And if it's not, then we gotta make adjustments on the run.

Is there a way to neutralize a DB like Derek Stingley?

Not that's legal. No, I mean, he's as good a corner as we'll face, obviously people at the next level talk about him, how good a corner he is, really patient, sharp, he's got great technique and he's got obviously a skillset that works perfect for that position. So as a coach at times, when you see someone that talented, you actually kind of admire it, say 'Wow that's a really good player.'
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We win big…team gonna surprise. Schedule in our favor
Reply22 days
CCK was very classy in his comments. Looking forward to this game
Reply23 days
Its going to be a great game, UCLA looks better this year than they have in years past. Can't wait to watch
Reply24 days
I really hope you're wrong and it's not a great game. I hope were up by 30 at halftime.
24 days
There are questions about our offensive line, only because our defensive line is so tough. Our Offensive line are solid, seasoned veterans. Johnson is a marksman with strong pedigree. The young RB’s are good. The defense is aggressive. This team has that moxy, they have bought into the system and the young energetic coaches program. The coaches believe in the players and vice versa. LSU 40- UCLA 17
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??????
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55-17
Reply24 days
I will never forget Kirk Herbstreit losing his mind when Barkevious Mingo ran down LaMichael James from behind.
Reply25 days
That was lots of jibberish
Reply25 days
LSU in a close one 26 to 23!
Reply25 days
Get ready, Chip. We are coming and we aren’t backing down either. LSU 34 UCLA 12
Reply25 days
He scared
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LSU 41 UCLA 17
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Rat poison
Reply25 days
He’ll never underestimate LSU..that’s for sure.
Reply25 days
The good ole ben bolch factor eh?
Reply25 days
After what Kelly did to the Eagles, I hope the Tigers absolutely skull fricks UCLA.
Reply25 days
After what the NFL has done to the presentation of the American Flag and National Anthem.....frick the NFL!
25 days
I remember what happened the last time LSU faced Chip Kelly in an opener
Reply25 days
I remember him saying they were at Jerry world that the first impression his team had was “holy shit, everybody on this team is huge”
25 days
AND fast too. Watching a DE run down a running back was golden.
25 days
Different time, different teams, different coaches, and will be the same result as the last meeting.
24 days
Let's get it on!!
Reply25 days
We comin’.
Reply25 days
37-13 LSU!
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