UCLA ranked No. 22 in first College Football Playoff standings

UCLA is No. 22 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, which were announced Tuesday evening on ESPN.

The Bruins were popularly touted as a playoff contender before the season started, but have since lost games to Utah and Oregon — as well as struggling to piece together complete games in most of their wins. The best that UCLA can now hope for is likely a Pac-12 South championship, which should give them another shot at the Ducks in the conference title game.

These are the first of six weekly top-25 rankings that will be announced leading up to the inaugural four-team playoff, which replaced the former BCS Championship system. The Pac-12’s other representatives are No. 12 Arizona — the Bruins’ next opponent — No. 14 Arizona State, and No. 17 Utah.

UCLA No. 25 in the Associated Press poll, but committee members are told to disregard polls that set preseason rankings when making their own decisions.

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What to watch: No. 25 UCLA at Colorado

UCLA hasn’t put together a complete game since a blowout win at Arizona State last month. Today’s 11 a.m. PT kickoff at Colorado — arguably the worst team in the Pac-12 — gives the Bruins their best chance to do so again before a their schedule heats up.

A few things to watch for in today’s matchup:

UCLA offense vs. Colorado defense: Brett Hundley is going to leave UCLA as one of its best quarterbacks ever. This has been clear for so long now that little he’s done this season has raised any eyebrows.

He only needs two more touchdown passes to tie the school’s all-time record of 68, set by Cade McNown from 1995-98. He is 2,371 yards behind McNown’s all-time record for passing yards (10,708), though he’s on pace to finish about 200 yards short. He has eclipsed 300 passing yards eight times in his career, doing it three times this season; three more will tie McNown’s mark too.

“Our expectations of him are maybe a little unrealistic,” head coach Jim Mora said this week. “Those are numbers we should be celebrating.”

This is not to say that Hundley is without flaws. Continue reading

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Oregon picked to win Pac-12 title over UCLA in preseason poll

Oregon and UCLA are both overwhelming favorites in their respective divisions, but for the fourth time in five years, the Ducks are the preseason pick to win the Pac-12.

Media members gave Oregon 24 votes to win conference title game at Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 5, nearly double the 13 votes UCLA received. Stanford and USC also received one vote each to win the league, though they only combined for three votes to take their respective divisions.

The preseason poll has correctly picked 28 of 53 conference champions, and 11 of the last 14. Continue reading

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Kyle Anderson talks about highlight dunk in UCLA’s win over Oregon

Point guard Kyle Anderson keyed UCLA’s Pac-12 quarterfinal win with what may have been his most athletic play ever: a thunderous dunk over Oregon’s Richard Amardi.

The sophomore said before that point, he felt has if he “didn’t have an effect on the game at all.” The slam gave the Bruins a 37-35 lead going into halftime of the 82-63 win. UCLA then opened the second half with an 18-4 run.

Hardly known for his athleticism, the player known as “Slo Mo” was asked if he’d ever dunked like that in his life: “Nah, not like that. That was pretty nasty.”

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