UCLA links: Eddie Vanderdoes hang clean, Josh Rosen NFL.com rankings, UCLA Olympians

UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes looks ready to go. Coming off an ACL injury, he hit a 418-pound hang clean earlier this week. As teammate Jayon Brown said at Pac-12 Media Days, “big, bad Eddie” is back.

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Oregon State

Oregon State quarterback Nick Mitchell fumbles the ball while being tackled by a pair of UCLA defenders in the first half of an NCAA football game, in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

Oregon State quarterback Nick Mitchell fumbles the ball while being tackled by a pair of UCLA defenders in the first half of an NCAA football game, in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ 10th opponent, Oregon State.

UCLA vs. Oregon State
Sat. Nov. 12 | Rose Bowl

2015 in review

Oregon State’s first year under Gary Andersen was just plain awful on the field. The Beavers were winless in Pac-12 play (2-10 overall) with their only wins on the season coming against Weber State and San Jose State. The team had a rotating cast of starting quarterbacks with Seth Collins, Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion each starting at least one game. Mitchell, who has since transferred, started at quarterback against UCLA on Oct. 31 when the Bruins shutout the Beavers 41-0. UCLA gained 674 total yards in the rout while Oregon State failed to even reach the red zone once. Continue reading

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Jonah Bolden curiously departs UCLA basketball team to turn pro

UCLA junior Jonah Bolden has decided forego his final two years of college basketball eligibility and play professionally this coming season. Bolden informed the coaching staff of his decision to leave the school after one season, the UCLA athletic department announced Tuesday.

Where the 6-foot-10 Australian-born guard/forward will play professionally is uncertain, but a return to his home country seems an obvious possibility.

UCLA is now without three players that were expected to be on the roster this year not including guard Prince Ali, who isn’t likely to return from meniscus surgery by the start of the season. Three-star recruit Kobe Paras mysteriously withdrew from UCLA in June after academic conditions of his admission weren’t met. Junior Noah Allen transferred to Hawaii in May and now Bolden is departing what was expected to be a deep roster considering incoming talent labeled head coach Steve Alford’s best recruiting class. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Colorado

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, passes under pressure from UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, passes under pressure from UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ ninth opponent, Colorado.

UCLA at Colorado
Thurs., Nov. 3 | Folsom Field
6 p.m., PT FOX Sports 1

2015 in review

Colorado again labored at the bottom of the Pac-12 South with its only conference win coming against lowly Oregon State. The Buffaloes (4-9, 1-8 Pac-12) haven’t won two games in the Pac-12 since their first year in the league and have never finished better than in a tie for fifth place. Against Colorado last year, the Bruins held on for an ugly 35-31 win, despite mounting injuries. Continue reading

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UCLA basketball to open Pac-12 play against defending champs

The Pac-12 portion of the UCLA men’s basketball schedule was announced Tuesday morning and the first school listed was the last conference representative remaining in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

UCLA will travel to defending Pac-12 champion Oregon the opening week of conference play to take on a team that reached the Elite Eight last season with a group that returns six of the seven players in its balanced rotation.

Four of the Bruins’ first six conference games are on the road, but five of the final seven are at Pauley Pavilion.

Coming off a five-game stretch to close nonconference play that includes dates with Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State UCLA will face each of the four Pac-12 teams that finished the regular season in the top 25 in the first four weeks of conference play. Cal pays a visit to Westwood the first week of January before the Bruins visit Arizona and return home to host Utah. Continue reading

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