A 38-33 loss to Arizona State ensured that UCLA won’t be going to its first Rose Bowl since 1999. Our coverage from last night’s regular-season home finale:
— The Bruins defense didn’t look the same without linebacker Myles Jack, who was used solely at running back.
— Brett Hundley followed his slow start with a sharp second half, while Ishmael Adams was the team’s surprise MVP.
— With a BCS bowl out of reach, UCLA is left trying to salvage its season.
For reference, here’s the selection order for Pac-12 affiliated bowls:
1) Rose Bowl vs. Big Ten No. 1
2) Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12 No. 3
3) Holiday Bowl vs. Big 12 No. 5
4) Sun Bowl vs. ACC No. 4
5) Las Vegas Bowl vs. Mountain West No. 1
6) Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. BYU
7) New Mexico Bowl vs. Mountain West No. 4
Since Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon should take the top three bowls, UCLA will most likely end up in El Paso on New Year’s Eve. The Sun Bowl won’t be eager to take USC again, so even if the Bruins lose next weekend, they might not drop further. (That could change if Arizona upsets ASU and becomes a more attractive candidate.)