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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What to watch: No. 14 UCLA vs. No. 17 Arizona State

UCLA must beat Arizona State to keep its Rose Bowl hopes alive. Here’s how the matchups break down. (Prediction below.)

UCLA offense vs. Arizona State defense: Brett Hundley’s current three-game streak without an interception is the longest of his career. The Sun Devils have 17 picks on the season, tied for first in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally.

Cornerback Robert Nelson is coming off a career game, taking one of his two interceptions against Oregon State to the end zone. Continue reading

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