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Seeking next level, not leveling off, UCLA opens season Saturday
Seeking next level, not leveling off, UCLA opens season Saturday

UCLA is trying to redefine itself. It used to be that keeping the USC drum major from sticking a toy sword in the Rose Bowl turf constituted a victory over the Trojans. Leaning on the Pac-12 Conference to remove from its promotional video the clip of the drum major doing his stick shtick was considered a highlight. Complaining about USC placing quarterback Matt Barkley's smiling face above Westwood was the closest thing the Bruins got to a billboard campaign. What a difference a year made. UCLA dominated USC — its football team, not its band — last season. The highlight-reel moment was when linebacker Anthony Barr stuck Barkley in the Rose Bowl turf. And the...

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