UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Cal

UCLA linebacker Aaron Wallace (51) sacks California quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA linebacker Aaron Wallace (51) sacks California quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Wrapping up UCLA’s 2016 schedule preview, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ final opponent, California.

UCLA at California
Sat. Nov. 26 | California Memorial Stadium

2015 in review

Cal played in its first bowl game under head coach Sonny Dykes last year, beating Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Bears, two years removed from a one-win season, finished at 8-5 overall (4-5 Pac-12). UCLA beat Cal 40-24 on Oct. 22 in a banner day for quarterback Josh Rosen. The freshman was 34-for-47 passing for 399 yards and three touchdowns. His 34 completions set a single-game school record. On defense, the Bruins sacked Cal quarterback Jared Goff five times. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: USC

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen #3 fumbled the ball and USC Trojans defensive tackle Rasheem Green #94 picked it up and ran it in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. USC defeated UCLA 40-21 in a cross town rivalry at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. 11/28/2015 (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen #3 fumbled the ball and USC Trojans defensive tackle Rasheem Green #94 picked it up and ran it in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. USC defeated UCLA 40-21 in a cross town rivalry at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. 11/28/2015 (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ crosstown rival, USC.

UCLA vs.USC
Sat. Nov. 19 | Rose Bowl

2015 in review

The Pac-12 South championship came down on one game last November and UCLA faltered in the worst moment. The Trojans (8-6 in 2015, 6-3 Pac-12) snapped a three-game losing streak against their crosstown rivals and went on to play in their first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game. UCLA allowed 235 rushing yards, including 130 to USC running back Justin Davis while Josh Rosen committed three turnovers, including two on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. USC went through a tumultuous season that included former head coach Steve Sarkisian’s firing, but won five of its last six regular season games to earn a bid to the conference championship game. After losing to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, USC lost 23-21 to Wisconsin the Holiday Bowl. Continue reading

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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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