UCLA to play Nebraska in Foster Farms Bowl

UCLA will end its season a day after Christmas.

The Bruins (8-4) have been officially picked to play in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, with a 6:15 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 26 set against Nebraska (5-7). This will be UCLA’s third meeting with the Cornhuskers in four years, after sweeping a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013.

Bowl officials have been high on the Bruins due to the school’s strong alumni presence in the Bay Area, as well as the close proximity that would allow fans in Los Angeles to drive up on the day of the game.

The matchup also pits fourth-year UCLA coach Jim Mora against Mike Riley for the second time. Riley handed Mora his first loss in the college ranks in 2012, when Oregon State defeated the Bruins, 27-20, at the Rose Bowl to open Pac-12 play.

  • jameskatt

    Should be a WIN for UCLA. Go Bruins!

    Was there an 8-4 opponent available?

    • Pyperkub

      Or at least a team with a winning record? Meh. How on earth did we get stuck with one of the 5-7 teams???

  • BruinAZ

    Nebraska lost five of their games on a last play of the game score by the other team. Could very well have been a huge difference in the record.

    • Just Owns

      That’s FB.

  • Hogsman

    As poorly as UCLA played vs. Southern Cal, they’ll have all they can handle from Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan St . – whom did UCLA beat? Nobody very impressive – Utah had already lost Booker when they played. Both teams played BYU down to the wire. UCLA can’t even count on a “home state advantage” since Nebraska fans travel so well. Seems pretty evenly matched to me.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    We should be at least a 2 touchdown favorite.

  • jameskatt

    UCLA’s coaches and players cannot be complacent. They need all the rage, aggression, and physicality they have to win this bowl. They have to put the hurt on their opponents.

    UCLA has lost the last two times it has been in the Foster Farms Bowl. I attended both highly disappointing losses:

    In 2006, it was called the Emerald Bowl. UCLA played against the Florida State Seminoles who were 6-6 under Bobby Bowden while UCLA was 7-5 under Karl Dorrell. Florida State beat UCLA 44 to 27 in the freezing cold of night.

    In 2011, it was called the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. UCLA played against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. UCLA was 6-8 under Rick Neuheisel. Illinois was 7-6 (2-6 in the Big Ten) under Ron Zook. The Fighting Illini beat UCLA 20-14 in a sunny lethargic afternoon game.

    • MPPBruin

      That game against Illinois was brutal. Hard to root for either team in that one.