To say the Chip Kelly era in Westwood hasn’t gone as planned would be a massive understatement, and now the flailing football program has reached a historic low under the former Oregon head coach.
In the opener, UCLA, a three-point home favorite, slumbered its way to a 24-14 loss to Cincinnati, which was just whitewashed 42-0 by Ohio State. In Week 2, UCLA, an eight-point home favorite, fell behind San Diego State 10-7 after the first quarter and were never able to get any closer the remainder of the contest, dropping a 23-14 decision to an Aztecs squad that beat FCS Weber State 6-0 last week.
With the loss, the Bruins, which lost the first five games in 2018, have started 0-2 in back-to-back seasons. That marks the first time they have been winless after two games in back-to-back years since 1942-43, right in the midst of World War II.
Last season, Kelly’s Bruins finished 3-9. It was the program’s worst season since 1971.
UCLA’s schedule this season won’t get any easier, either, as they play host to No. 4 Oklahoma next weekend and travel to No. 22 Washington State the following Saturday.
In November of 2017, UCLA officially announced Kelly as its new head football coach as he agreed to a five-year, $23.3 million contract. His $3.3 million in compensation last season was fifth among Pac-12 coaches.