At a glance: No. 13 UCLA vs. Washington

No. 13 UCLA (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) vs. Washington (6-3, 3-3)
Location:
Rose Bowl, Nov. 15, 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)
Radio: 570 AM (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)

Last meeting: The Huskies beat the Bruins, 24-7, in Seattle. UCLA tailback Johnathan Franklin opened scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run, but the offense generated little traction after that. Richard Brehaut — who left due to injury — combined with Darius Bell and Clayton Tunney to go 6-of-25 for 55 yards. They each threw one interception.

Key storylines: Washington hasn’t beaten UCLA at the Rose Bowl since Nov. 11, 1995, when Myles Jack was two months old. Breaking that streak would help be a highlight of Steve Sarkisian’s tenure. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Safety Anthony Jefferson talks UW offense


UCLA safety Anthony Jefferson talked a bit about Washington’s offense after practice this week.

“They like to stretch the ball vertically, down the field,” he said. “That’s one thing we always have to protect, the deep ball. But they major in it.”

Washington quarterback Keith Price has 41 passing plays of at least 20 yards this season, tied for third in the Pac-12 with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

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Eddie Vanderdoes: Huskies’ skill players than Oregon’s


UCLA defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes has already faced Oregon’s offense, currently ranked third in the country in points per game (51.7) and second in yards (596.6). He thinks Washington’s compares favorably — at least at certain positions.

“I think they have the most electric players we’ve seen this season,” the true freshman said. “I think more so than Oregon. Continue reading

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UCLA falls to No. 12 in Associated Press poll

A 24-10 loss at Stanford dropped UCLA just outside the national top 10. The Bruins are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll, and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

The first BCS rankings, to be released tonight, will factor in the latter.

Stanford moved up to eighth in both polls after spoiling UCLA’s perfect record, becoming the highest-ranked one-loss team in the country. Undefeated Oregon held steady at No. 2 after cruising to a 62-38 win over Washington State.

The Bruins’ blemished record did little to dissuade ESPN College GameDay, which will travel to Eugene for Saturday’s 4 p.m. clash between UCLA and Oregon. Continue reading

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Bruins earn first top-10 ranking since 2005

UCLA’s 37-10 win over Cal didn’t look as good as the box score indicated, but never mind that for now: the Bruins took care of business Saturday night, and they’re now officially a top-10 team.

The Associated Press poll slotted UCLA at No. 9 after losses by Stanford (previously ranked fifth) and Georgia (seventh). It is the team’s first top-10 appearance since Oct. 30, 2005, when it reached No. 7 following a 30-27 overtime win over the Cardinal. Karl Dorrell guided the Bruins to a 10-2 season that year, his best mark as a head coach, and beat Northwestern in the Sun Bowl for his only postseason victory.

Perched again among college football’s elite, UCLA must next travel to No. 13 Stanford to face a team smarting off its 27-21 loss at unranked Utah. Win that one, and ESPN College GameDay will almost certainly be on hand for Bruins’ Oct. 26 visit to No. 2 Oregon.

The entire AP poll after the jump: Continue reading

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UCLA jumps to No. 11 in Associated Press poll

Grinding out a 34-27 win at Utah displayed high-powered UCLA in an entirely different light — its offense converting just 36 percent of third downs, its defense grabbing a remarkable six interceptions.

It wasn’t pretty, but the victory in Salt Lake City moved the Bruins up a spot to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll.

The rest of the conference didn’t see too much movement, with No. 2 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford both staying put. Washington dropped a spot to 16th after losing to the Cardinal by three, while Arizona State dropped out completely from No. 22. The Sun Devils made a number of bone-headed decisions in a 37-34 loss to Notre Dame, such as allowing a punt to roll to the 1-yard line.

The complete AP poll after the jump: Continue reading

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UCLA moves up to No. 16 in AP poll

Despite sitting during a bye week, UCLA moved up two spots today to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. Florida, Notre Dame and Texas — ranked 12th, 14th and 15th a week ago — all dropped below the Bruins after losses, with the Longhorns falling completely out of the rankings after a 40-21 loss to BYU.

Also absent from the AP poll is USC, which lost an ugly 10-7 game at home against Washington State. It was the first time that the Trojans had lost to the Cougars in 13 years, and their first lost against an unranked WSU squad since 1997.

No. 2 Oregon, No. 5 Stanford and No. 19 Washington represent the rest of the Pac-12 this week.

Here’s the full AP poll: Continue reading

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UCLA moves up three spots to No. 18 in AP poll

A dominant 58-20 win over Nevada bumped UCLA up three spots in the second edition of the Associated Press poll. The Bruins (1-0) are now ranked No. 18 in the country, just behind Michigan and ahead of Northwestern.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon moved up to No. 2 — the earliest in the season it has ever been ranked that high. Stanford dropped a spot to No. 5. Washington moved up to No. 20 after upsetting then-No. 19 Boise State, holding the Broncos without a touchdown for the first time since 1997.

USC stayed in the rankings despite an uneven win over Hawaii, hanging on at No. 25. Arizona State and Arizona received votes. Oregon State dropped out after losing to Eastern Washington at home.

The full poll: Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Oregon’s new football facility is as shiny as you’d expect



» On one hand, it’s not surprising that Oregon’s new football facility is nicer than that of most NFL teams. On the other, a barbershop!

» Oregon State’s already mediocre basketball program suspended forwards Eric Moreland and Devon Collier indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The pair averaged a combined 22 points per game last season.

» Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci “tried out” for the Stanford football team. Continue reading

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