October is the cruelest month around the UCLA football program.
UCLA has a 6-7 record in October under Coach Jim Mora heading into Thursday's game against California at the Rose Bowl.
Mora was understandably reticent about discussing the subject with two games still to play this month. Asked if he could identify reasons for the Bruins' yearly October tailspin, he said, "No. Every year is a different year. It's nothing that I know of."
The past two seasons, the Bruins have been on the rise through September, reaching the top 10 in the Associated Press media poll, only to be sent reeling. They were ranked ninth in 2013 before back-to-back losses to Stanford and...