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Bruins Nation 5 hours ago

Spaulding Roundup: Montgomery Out Vs. UCLA, Bruin Playoff Notes

Stanford will head to the Rose Bowl on Friday without their most dynamic player, while the Bruins work through the short week in preparation for the Cardinal. With the Stanford game barely 60 hours away, the Bruins don't have much time to relax or enjoy the upcoming holiday. Jordan Payton talked to the media after practice this morning about the difference the team faces in having a shortened week to prepare for Stanford while the rest of us are preparing to hit the stores before the Bruins take the field on Black Friday. Video via Jack Wang/LA Daily News As reported by Kevin Gemmell at...
Bruins Nation 10 hours ago

UCLA-Stanford: 2014 Cardinal's Previews

A look at Stanford's coaches, offense, defense and special teams before Bruins take on Cardinal at the Rose Bowl with an eye towards the 2014 Pac-12 championship game. Through David Shaw's first three seasons at Stanford, the Cardinal ran off a 34-7 record, won a Rose Bowl and a couple of Pac-12 Conference Championships.  Although Jim Harbaugh was the coach that turned around Stanford's moribund program, Shaw appeared to transition from Harbaugh's offensive coordinator to his successor seamlessly.  Then this season happened.  At 6-5, Stanford fell out of contention for the Pac-12 North...
Bruins Nation 12 hours ago

UCLA Football: CFB Rankings- Still in Line for a New Year's Game, but No Bonus Points for Crushing USC

Despite narrow, unimpressive wins over mediocre competition or pointless wins over FBS cupcakes, most of the teams ahead of UCLA in last week's College Football Playoff rankings remained ahead of UCLA in this week's rankings. We are in the top 8, which means quality bowl, but the Bruins will need to win out and get some help to reach the top 4. Here is this week's installment of the College Football Playoff rankings- Alabama Oregon Florida State Mississippi State TCU Ohio State Baylor UCLA Georgia Michigan State Arizona Kansas State Arizona State Wisconsin Auburn Georgia...
Bruins Nation 14 hours ago

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: What's Stanford's Deal?

The usually consistent Stanford program has stumbled this year. What happened? Through David Shaw's first three seasons at Stanford, the Cardinal ran off a 34-7 record, won a Rose Bowl and a couple of Pac-12 Conference Championships.  Although Jim Harbaugh was the coach that turned around Stanford's moribund program, Shaw appeared to transition from Harbaugh's offensive coordinator to his successor seamlessly.  Then this season happened.  At 6-5, Stanford fell out of contention for the Pac-12 North race early, and they come to the Rose Bowl this Friday having lost 3 out of the last 5...
Bruins Nation 16 hours ago

UCLA Football: Bruin Nation's Southern Cal Trojans Post-Game Roundtable Discussion

The writers and editors of Bruins Nation discuss the 2014 season's eleventh game, a complete demolition of Seven Win Sark's Southern Cal Trojans, with the Bruins making it abundantly clear to everyone in Los Angeles that they own the city, all while managing to keep themselves alive in the hunt for the Pac-12 South division crown and a seat in the conference title game against Oregon. 1.  The Bruins spotted the Trojans a touchdown and gave up a for-sure touchdown in the fourth quarter when Hundley mishandled a snap, so while the scoreline didn't reflect it, how good did it feel to watch...
Bruins Nation 20 hours ago

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - UCLA Football Defeats USC 38-20

The Twitterverse after UCLA's win exploded on Saturday. We gladly recap it for you. We own LA. RENT??? Pay up we want our rent money..... We OWN LA!!! — Eldridge Massington (@OH_GOTTAMAN) November 23, 2014 We just Renting still or...? Nah We Own It #UCLA #ThatsAllItIs #WERUNLA http://t.co/grerYYyp8n — EV4™ (@E_VanderdoesIV) November 23, 2014 Guess our Lease isn't up yet lmao pic.twitter.com/tLpQCkxjco — Cameron Judge (@CameronJudge) November 23, 2014 I guess it's a long term lease... #WOTT — Scott Quessenberry (@ScootsyQ) November 23, 2014 They haven't...
Bruins Nation 22 hours ago

The "Eye Test": UCLA Puts It All Together To Embarrass Southern Cal, 38-20

Grading out the finer details of UCLA's 38-20 victory over the University of Southern California Trojans to see if UCLA football is meeting expectations. This is going to be a drastically different format than the normal Eye Test. Fair warning. UCLA is 9-2 (6-2). If UCLA is 10-2 (7-2) in 5 days, the Bruins will play either the #1 or #2 team in the country for the Pac-12 Championship. It is difficult (for me at least) to imagine a scenario where a 2-loss Pac-12 Champion is not seen as one of the 4 best teams in the NCAA. In 11 days UCLA could have finished with arguably the greatest...
Bruins Nation Nov 24, 2014

Congratulations Norman Powell on POW and UCLA Basketball Ranked #22

Norman Powell wins PAC 12 Player of the Week On the back of beating two cupcakes and two decent mid majors at home UCLA is now ranked #22 in the nation.  Leading the way in these four wins has been Norman Powell who has been named PAC  12 Player of the week. UCLA senior guard Norman Powell has been named Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for play from Nov. 17-23, the Conference office announced today in a vote of media who cover Pac-12 men's basketball. The San Diego, Calif., native averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in UCLA's two victories last week....
Bruins Nation Nov 24, 2014

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Focused on Beating the Cardinal

We have news and notes from UCLA football practice and elsewhere as our UCLA Bruins prepare to meet the Stanford Cardinal on Friday. Coach Mora, Brett Hundley, and Butkus Award Finalist Eric Kendricks speak to the media about the upcoming game, the last game, and UCLA legend Sam Handler. It is not often in life that you get a second chance to achieve the same goal.  Well, the UCLA Bruin football has worked hard to earn that second chance, playing with more focus, discipline, and rhythm.  The play calling, while not always to everyone's liking, has improved giving our offense more...
Bruins Nation Nov 24, 2014

Bruin Bites: Women's Soccer Express Keeps Rolling, More

What a weekend. Obviously, it is hard to compare to the Red and Gold Sea parting for Brett and Company. But we had plenty of action in our Olympic sports as well. It was a generally successful weekend, with the Women's Soccer team in particular rolling on with a clear goal (pun intended) of winning #112. And the Men's Water Polo and Men's Soccer teams are not all that far behind. Saving the best for last- First, in the category of sadly irrelevant- The Men's and Women's Cross Country teams wrapped up their seasons at the NCAA championships on Saturday. The Men's team finished 18th, led by...
Bruins Nation Nov 24, 2014

UCLA Football's Big Chance to Make the College Football Playoff

After a decisive victory over the hated Southern Cal Trojans, Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins have a fighter's chance of making it into the inaugural four-team College Football Playoff - win the next two games, and the odds might just stand in their favor. While the wider Bruin fan base is still coming up for air after celebrating a complete victory over the hated Trojans from Southern Cal, Jim Mora and the UCLA football team are already focused in on the next hurdle - the Stanford Cardinal, who will come to the Rose Bowl for a day-after-Thanksgiving show down this Friday.  For the Bruins,...
Bruins Nation Nov 24, 2014

UCLA Basketball News Roundup of a UCLA Win over LBST

Steve Alford celebrates his 50th Birthday with a UCLA win. Before the season I wrote: A lot of UCLA fans are worried or expecting an early season choke by the Bruins . . .  I don't think that is going to happen or that that fear is relevant.  This is not a Ben Howland team .  Ben Howland coached "Hoosiers" style as in the movie .  In Hoosiers, in the opening scenes the coach won't even let the players shoot.  He was tearing them down to build them back up again.  That was Howland.  An early season Howland team would play under its potential.  When there was less talent and not...
Bruins Nation Nov 24, 2014

UCLA Basketball Beats LBSU 77-63

Norman Powell leads the way with 24 points and 6 steals UCLA started the first half slow.  With 15:21 left UCLA led by four 13-9 and was trying with mixed results to pound it in to Tony.  At this point all of Long Beach State's points came on three pointers by Bryce's man.  UCLA did not score again for almost five minutes and LBS took a 6 point lead on a ten point run. The scoring draught was broken by Noah Allen.  Noah hit three then drew contact on a drive and made a free throw after that it was all UCLA scored the next 15 points and changed the game. Surprisingly the guards led the...
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Long Beach State Game Thread -- A Test for the Guards

The Bruins take on Long Beach State that just beat a good Kansas State team. This should be a good test for our guards before we head out to the Bahamas for the B4A. The Long Beach State 49ers (LBST), led my senior guards Mike Caffey and our old friend Tyler Lamb, 2-2, visit Pauley Pavilion tonight with tip-off set for 7:05 PM PT. You can catch the game on PAC-12 Networks. J.B. Long and Don MacLean will be calling it. You can also listen on Tunein Radio or 570 AM. Follow along with the live stats here. Read the BN preview and the official guide at uclabruins.com (from which you can...
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

#DefendourLogo : UCLA’s Sam Handler Steps Up While the Athletic Department was MIA

UCLA's back up (and injured) wide receiver became an instant Bruin legend as he stepped up to defend the UCLA logo against the obnoxious Trojan marching band, while no one from the athletic department appeared to be paying attention. Earlier in the week Menelaus wrote a post, pleading the UCLA coaches and players to make sure they #DefendtheLogo against the Trojan marching band. His post was shared all over social media by other UCLA alums and students who shared his (and our) concern. But the idea of Bruins defending the logo was mocked by few in certain corners of the internets. When...
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

UCLA Football: Moving Into the National Elite In the Polls After Thrashing USC

The latest Coaches' and AP polls are in, and UCLA is in the top 10, as we should be. And when the more important College Football Playoff rankings are announced on Tuesday, we will be in the top 8, as we should be. Meanwhile, wave goodbye to Southern Cal and their early exiting fans, as they sink into national irrelevance. The latest polls are in. Here is the Coaches' Poll- RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW 1 Alabama 10-1 1474 25 2 1 1/7 2 Florida State 11-0 1462 30 1 -1 1/2 3 Oregon 10-1 1431 6 3 0 3/11 4 Mississippi...
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

The Morning After, Part 11: Southern Cal

The UCLA Bruins win their third in a row against Southern Cal and are playing their best football of the season. How do you celebrate? By working out and getting ready for next week. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill We're the U.C.L.A. Bruins. We're the Optimists, after all. So maybe the bonfire fiasco was the best thing to happen to the Bruins. In case you missed it, you're not alone. Even the thousands of people who gathered at the base of Janss Steps missed it too. I was pretty disheartened,...
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

WATCH: Snoop Dogg Trashes Southern Cal Football's Performance at UCLA

Noted Southern Cal fan Snoop Dogg criticizes USC's performance against the Bruins and questions how elite recruits - like his own son - will choose to play for Seven-Win Sark A video posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:08pm PST
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

WATCH: Brett Hundley and the Bruins Talk About Three-Peat Over Southern Cal

Brett Hundley reminds the nation that UCLA Owns LA!
Bruins Nation Nov 23, 2014

VIDEO: UCLA Celebrates Three Peat Over USC; Tommy Trojan Left Scrubbing the Floor

Official videos from UCLA of Bruins thee peat over Southern Cal Trojans.