Jim Mora votes USC’s Ed Orgeron as top Pac-12 coach

– Jim Mora said he voted Ed Orgeron for Pac-12 Coach of the Year last night, pointing out the way that he’s injected confidence and enthusiasm back into the USC program.

“He gave them a real spark,” Mora said. “He really did. … Coach O, I think everybody who knows him knows he’s got an infectious personality. You see it in the way his team plays.”

– USC receiver Marqise Lee reminds Mora most of eight-time Pro Bowler Marvin Harrison, praising everything from his elusiveness to route-running. Continue reading

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What does latest edition of USC rivalry mean for UCLA?

– Linebacker Anthony Barr, on Saturday’s game: “It’s Southern Cal. If you can’t get up for this one, you don’t belong in the locker room. Pack your bags. Go home. We don’t want you.” But how much, if it at all, would a win make up for the lost chance at a Rose Bowl berth?

– Columnist Tom Hoffarth takes a look at rivalry implications on both sides, featuring this line: “Call it the Coach O Bowl for USC, if you like. Or it’s the Oh-No-You-Don’t Bowl for UCLA.”

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UCLA rolls in dunkfest win over Chattanooga

UCLA had a chance to work on its dunking skills, and Norman Powell had five of UCLA’s 10 slams in this 106-65 win over Chattanooga.

Powell’s windmill dunk was the highlight of the evening as were the 106 points. UCLA hadn’t scored more than 100 points in a non-exhibition game in five years. And that’s because defensive-minded Ben Howland was coach.

This was a new kind of UCLA look to be sure. Kyle Anderson nearly had another triple double with 17 points 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Jordan Adams scored a team-high 22 points, and Tony Parker had a career-best 14 rebounds.

The Bruins are 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first seven games.

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Injury report: Left tackle Simon Goines fractured fibula

Left tackle Simon Goines is done for the season after fracturing his right fibula. He had surgery done Sunday morning at around 8 a.m., and will not be able to put weight on it for eight weeks.

He had returned to the starting lineup Saturday night after missing four games with an injured MCL, and his absence again forces three true freshmen onto UCLA’s first-string offensive line. The unit had one of its worst showings of the season against Arizona State, allowing nine sacks. Head coach Jim Mora said that after looking at film, quarterback Brett Hundley would have had a hard time avoiding most of those even with an early throw or run.

USC’s defensive front is just as impressive than the Sun Devils’. The Trojans have 32 sacks on the season to ASU’s 34, and are slightly ahead with 82 tackles for loss to 77.

– Receivers Grayson Mazzone and Darren Andrews will both have surgery for torn knee ligaments. Continue reading

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2015 tight end Alize Jones verbally commits to UCLA

UCLA’s disappointing loss to Arizona State took place in front of several big-time recruits. At least one wasn’t dissuaded by the 38-33 decision.

Bishop Gorman’s Alize Jones verbally committed to the Bruins this afternoon. Rated the No. 1 tight end in the class of 2015, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder gives UCLA another big target behind Thomas Duarte — who will be a junior when Jones enters the program.

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UCLA falls eight spots to No. 22 in polls

UCLA’s loss to Arizona State dropped the Bruins all the way down to No. 22 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls — just one spot ahead of USC.

The rivals face off at the Coliseum at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the Trojans opening as 3.5-point favorites.

After Oregon’s upset loss to Arizona, No. 8 Stanford now stands as the Pac-12′s lone top-10 team. The Ducks and ASU sit at 12th and 13th, respectively.

The full AP poll after the jump: Continue reading

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UCLA’s Rose Bowl hopes die in 38-33 loss to Arizona State

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: Continue reading

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