What Are UCLA's Current National Championship Odds?
The first season under Chip Kelly as head coach of the UCLA Bruins has primarily been a success, with the potential for more down the stretch.
It hasn’t been perfect, but there are reasons for optimism about the program’s direction, something that hasn’t been said for a long time.
vs. Bowling Green
vs. Alabama State
vs. South Alabama
at Arizona State
2022 Record: 8-2
This might sound bad initially, but you can understand the committee’s thought process in ranking the Bruins where they’re. They have an excellent signature victory over the Utah Utes at home on October 8. Still, there’s been so much underwhelming play and playing down to their competition in other matchups.
A loss at the hands of the Oregon Ducks didn’t help their case, knowing that it would take winning out to have a shot to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Dorian Thompson-Robinson has likable attributes as a quarterback, but there haven’t been many situations where he’s dominated. Still, he has a 17-3 touchdown to interception ratio, which gives the Bruins a chance to win weekly.
A lack of dominant victories could be this team’s demise, but they remain in the conversation as a formidable foe on any given weekend. The stretch run will determine how serious this team is, but they’ll need more consistency from both sides of the ball if they hope to win out.
The Bruins went into a challenging atmosphere against the Arizona State Sun Devils and dropped 50 points on them, but the issues remain clear on defense. It’s hard to be confident in their all-around game, but they’ve continued to pick up victories.
The one thing the Bruins needed to avoid down the stretch happened last weekend when they hosted the Arizona Wildcats. The visitors upset the Bruins 34-28, putting a significant dent in any aspirations the team had moving forward this year.
In the Polls/CFP Rankings
AP Top 25
The third College Football Playoff Rankings of the season has the Bruins ranked as the No. 16 team in the country. There’s not a lot of positivity surrounding this team after their latest loss.
College Football National Championship Winner Odds (N/A)
After suffering a catastrophic defeat last weekend, the Bruins no longer have odds listed to win the National Championship.
Pac-12 Conference Winner Odds (+1600)
The Bruins still have a path to a rematch with the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship. However, UCLA has seen its odds shrink over the last week after being upset by the Arizona Wildcats. The 34-28 defeat put a massive dent in the team’s PAC-12 hopes, which has them as a longshot.
The Remaining Schedule
The one matchup down the stretch that the Bruins have had circled on their calendar is set to go down this weekend when they play host to the USC Trojans. That game will be important not only for the College Football Playoff but also for the Pac-12 Championship.
This Week: vs. USC (+2.5)
Despite playing host to the USC Trojans in this massive matchup, the visitors are set to enter as slight 2.5-point favorites. The winner of this game will likely reap the rewards of how they’re viewed as a contender, along with their role in the PAC-12 Championship.
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