Pregame Guesses: UCLA Bruins v. Texas A&M AggiesCan UCLA’s Fabian Moreau and company keep Texas A&M’s highly touted receivers out of the end zone tomorrow? – Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Bruins Nation’s first installment of 2016 UCLA Football Pregame Guesses! For those of you new to the site or this feature, Pregame Guesses mixes the author’s musical selection with three questions about tomorrow’s football game. Sometimes we throw in a bonus question.

If I am lucky I can find a theme between the music, the tenor of the program in the moment, and the questions presented. Sometimes you have to squint hard to see it. This feature was created and maintained by Achilles years ago–at least back to 2008; this is only my second year writing the article and following in the huge footsteps left by Achilles. I hope you enjoy this and future iterations of “PGG” this season.

To give you a flavor of my musical taste, here are the musical selections from last years PGGs, along with the opponent whom we would play one day later, and the sometimes tenuous connections.

Virginia-“London Calling,” The Clash (former UVA Head Coach, Mike London, London Calling . . .)

UNLV-Bruinette pinch hit for me with “Sin City”, AC/DC (for obvious reasons)

BYU-“Barbarism Begins at Home,” The Smiths (ha, ha, ha, this selection still makes me laugh as this was right after there was a kerfuffle about BYU being a “dirty” team)

Arizona-“I Won’t back Down,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (the injuries were racking up and I was still optimistic . . .)

Arizona State-“So Far Away,” Social Distortion (personal connection from ASU road trip while a student)

Stanford-Violent Femmes-To The Kill (Stanford’s “preppy” nature and their irreverent band reminded by of the Femmes live)

U.C. Berkeley-“The Unknown Road,” Pennywise (I was angry after two straight losses)

Colorado-“Eyes of a Stranger,” The Payolas (no connection at all, just a fine piece of 80s one-hit-wonder cheese)

Oregon State-“What Goes Boom,” The Pixies (would UCLA’s O blow up in a good way, or would its D blow up in a bad way? UCLA won 41-0.

Washington State-“Best of You,” Foo Fighters ( thank you Ka’imi Fairbairn on senior day)

Utah-“Stadium Love,” Metric (would we get any at Rice-Eccles?)

Southern Cal-“Sons of Westwood” and “The Mighty Bruins,” The Solid Gold Sound of The UCLA Marching Band (duh)

Nebraska-“All Mixed Up” (Nebraska band with a SoCal sound, not to mention how caddywhompus UCLA football and its fans were feeling going into–not to mention after–that game)

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