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Colorado Daily – UCLA

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    By Stuart

    [h=3]Colorado Daily – UCLA[/h]–
    UCLA joins Top 25 … Pac-12 South has five ranked teams
    Last week, UCLA was ranked just outside the top 25, coming in at No. 26. A 36-34 win over Cal, coupled with losses by No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Texas A&M, and No. 23 Stanford paved the way for the Bruins to rejoin the top 25.
    UCLA’s return gives the Pac-12 South five ranked teams, led by Arizona State, up three spots to No. 14 after defeating Stanford, 26-10. Idle Arizona moved up one spot, to No. 15, while No. 19 Utah and No. 20 USC moved up one and two spots, respectively.
    While the Pac-12 South has five ranked teams, the Pac-12 North is down to just one. Oregon, which handled Washington over the weekend, moved up three spots, to No. 6, while Stanford, the only Pac-12 North team with any votes, fell from No. 23 to a tie for 30th, with only four votes.
    Colorado State, meanwhile, became the highest ranked Mountain West team, in at No. 29, garnering 12 votes this week.
    The October 19th Associated Press poll:
    1Mississippi State (43)6-01480
    2Florida State (14)7-01433
    3Ole Miss (3)7-01404
    7Notre Dame6-11133
    8Michigan State6-11066
    11Kansas State5-1905
    13Ohio State5-1753
    14Arizona State5-1643
    18East Carolina5-1445
    22West Virginia5-2272

    • Dropped from rankings: Oklahoma State 15, Texas A&M 21, Stanford 23

    • Others receiving votes: Duke 108, Oklahoma State 91, Minnesota 61, Colorado State 12, Louisville 4, Missouri 4, Stanford 4, North Dakota State 3, Maryland 3, Texas A&M 1
    Colorado a 13.5-point underdog to No. 25 UCLA
    The Buffs were a 19-point underdog to No. 22 USC … and fell behind by 28 points in the first 15*minutes of play.
    For Homecoming*Weekend,*Colorado is considered a 13.5-point underdog to No. 25 UCLA. The line at vegasinsider.com opened at 12.5 points, but quickly moved up a point in the first day of betting.
    Other Pac-12 games this weekend (in keeping with the tradition of road success by Pac-12 teams thus far this weekend, five of the six Pac-12 games feature road favorites):
    - Stanford is a 13.5-point favorite at home against Oregon State
    - Arizona is a 3.0-point favorite on the road against Washington State
    - USC is a 1.5-point favorite on the road against Utah
    - Arizona State is a 2.5-point favorite on the road against Washington
    - Oregon is a 17-point favorite on the road against California
    UCLA fortunate to leave Berkeley with a win over Cal
    From the Orange County Register … *Sixteen years had passed since UCLA left Berkeley with a victory, so many of its previous visits ending only in disappointment and heartbreak, so as a deep pass from Cal quarterback Jared Goff hung in the air, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all about to fall apart again.
    The previous 59:09 had suggested as much, as UCLA turned the ball over three times, setting up three short Cal touchdown drives – the last of which, an interception thrown by the Bruins’ Brett Hundley, gave the Bears a lead with less than seven minutes remaining. Even with its dynamic offensive effort, UCLA found itself in position to lose, with Cal needing only a field goal to snatch away the Bruins’ tenuous lead.

    But with conference title contention hanging by a thread and its season very much in the balance after two consecutive losses, the ball fell into the outstretched arms of cornerback Marcus Rios, with his toes hugging the sideline a few steps in front of the goal line, and a replay eventually confirmed that UCLA indeed had the break it needed. After coming so close to unraveling, UCLA finally escaped the East Bay with a 36-34 victory – its first there since 1998 – and tied up at least a few of the loose ends that threatened to doom its once-highly-anticipated season.
    ….. Call it luck, call it grit, call it what you will – but as Cal drove into UCLA territory needing only a field goal to derail the Bruins’ hopes for good this season, UCLA’s tenuous hold on its season could have given way completely.

    But it didn’t, and Rios came down with his first career interception, clutching it close to his chest, knowing – as everyone did – how close the Bruins had been to letting a third straight game slip away.

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