Q: How do you think UCLA will finish season? And which bowl will UCLA go to?
A: It’s hard to say at this point. I’ve covered UCLA since 2012, and this is probably as poor a feel as I’ve ever had for the team’s outlook. I could see the Bruins winning out, splitting, or losing out its final two regular-season games with little surprise at any outcome.
So, let’s break down the possible scenarios:
1) UCLA loses out. I think this would likely place the Bruins in the Las Vegas Bowl.
2) UCLA splits. The Sun Bowl now has the fifth selection out of the Pac-12, which seems like a reasonable landing spot for a 7-5 team.
3) UCLA wins out. If the Bruins then also win the Pac-12 Championship, they would obviously be in the Rose Bowl. But if they lost that title game, I think they would get placed in the Holiday Bowl. The Alamo Bowl has the second selection out of the conference, but UCLA just played there last year.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most likely): What would you say UCLA’s chances were of beating Utah with Devontae Booker? What would you say UCLA’s chances are of beating Utah without Devontae Booker?
A: I probably would’ve given UCLA a 4 or a 5 before Booker went down. I’d move that up to 7.5 or so now. Continue reading