April 12, 2024


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UCLA contemplates the a lot of bowl possibilities

UCLA's bench celebrates a touchdown by Kyle Philips against Colorado at the Rose Bowl

UCLA’s bench celebrates a touchdown by Kyle Philips versus Colorado in the fourth quarter Saturday at the Rose Bowl. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Situations)

It is time to ponder getaway places.

Las Vegas? San Diego? El Paso?

UCLA will have a significant say in exactly where it ends up following clinching bowl eligibility for the first time given that 2017 with a 44-20 romp more than Colorado on Saturday night time at the Rose Bowl.

“It’s a actual specific minute, particularly for the seniors, ideal?” Bruins protection Quentin Lake said just after the video game. “We’ve been through trials and tribulations for the previous four years, so it is really entertaining to variety of really relish in all the function that you put in.”

The only area the Bruins (6-4 total, 4-3 Pac-12) won’t be going is back to their house stadium for the Rose Bowl video game. Utah ended that chance by getting rid of UCLA from Pac-12 South rivalry before Saturday with a victory in excess of Arizona.

Like conference officers, the Bruins will be rooting for Oregon to make the Faculty Soccer Playoff because that would ensure the team that loses to the Ducks in the Pac-12 championship video game goes to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Each and every other bowl-suitable workforce would get a 1-location bump in the pecking purchase as a result.

Bowl prognosticator Jerry Palm assignments Oregon to miss the CFP because he’s factoring a different reduction for the Ducks into his calculations. In that situation, Oregon would perform in the Rose Bowl and Utah would drop to the Alamo Bowl, which receives the future-greatest pick from the Pac-12.

The Alamo, Las Vegas and Holiday getaway bowls get their select of Pac-12 teams if there is not far more than a just one-activity change in conference records. The Las Vegas and Holiday break bowls alternate concerning the 2nd and 3rd picks on a annually basis, with the Getaway Bowl getting the No. 2 choose in odd several years, which include 2021.

Palm predicts that UCLA will consider that a lot more extremely coveted place, enjoying No. 13 Wake Forest (9-1) in the Getaway Bowl on Dec. 28 at Petco Park in San Diego as section of a matchup that would undoubtedly excite Bruins supporters given the Demon Deacons’ good results.

“We nonetheless have things to play for,” UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson explained Saturday night. “And naturally [qualifying for] the bowl game was 1 of them. So now that we have that, we can check that off the checklist. But the work’s not done. We still obtained to enjoy the previous two video games.”

Starting off with the Sunshine Bowl, which gets the No. 4 workforce from the Pac-12, the selections are based mostly solely on conference history. The Sunshine Bowl’s Pac-12 participant will encounter an Atlantic Coast Convention opponent on New Year’s Eve in El Paso. The inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl goes up coming, matching the No. 5 workforce from the Pac-12 towards a Mountain West Conference opponent on Dec. 18 at SoFi Stadium.

There’s 1 remaining place for a Pac-12 group in just one of the ESPN bowls — Gasparilla, 1st Responders and Armed Forces — that will be filled by a pool of at minimum 5 conferences.

UCLA sits alone in third place in the Pac-12 South, one particular activity at the rear of Arizona Point out and two online games at the rear of Utah. The Bruins have the best remaining routine, with games in opposition to USC (4-5, 3-4) next weekend at the Coliseum and COVID-19-ravaged California (3-6, 2-4) on Nov. 27 at the Rose Bowl.

Utah hosts fourth-rated Oregon and Colorado in its ultimate common-time game titles, and Arizona Point out plays at Oregon Point out in advance of web hosting Arizona.

In the Pac-12 North, Oregon Point out and Washington State are tied for 2nd place, two games driving Oregon.

UCLA has not appeared in a bowl video game since getting rid of 35-17 to Kansas Point out in the Cactus Bowl in December 2017. The Bruins have shed their two most recent appearances in a bowl, final prevailing with a 40-35 victory over Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2, 2015.

“I feel it is just a portion of just functioning towards rebuilding the plan,” Thompson-Robinson mentioned of UCLA’s very first postseason overall look in four a long time. “You know you want to get to a basis, anything that you can construct up on as a method as a complete and I imagine a bowl sport is unquestionably that.”

This story at first appeared in Los Angeles Instances.