UCLA Football Bowl Screenings: Week 8

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With a bowling eligibility win, the Bruins could find themselves in one of the country’s many stadiums this winter.

UCLA football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) has been spread everywhere from New Years Six Bowl to the playoffs throughout the 2021 campaign. With their most recent victory over Washington, the Bruins could now play anywhere from Texas to Los Angeles when Bowl season arrives.

Here’s what experts predict before week 8:

ESPN: San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs No. 19 NC State
San diego, california
December 28, 5 p.m.

The Holiday Bowl combines a Pac-12 team and an ACC team. NC State is currently 5-1 on the campaign and is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll. The all-time record between UCLA and NC State is 2-0 in favor of the Bruins. Last meeting in 1960, the Bruins won the last meeting in a low-scoring affair of 7-0. The game will be televised on FOX.

CBS: San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
San diego, california
December 28, 5 p.m.

The Holiday Bowl combines a Pac-12 team and an ACC team. Virginia Tech is 3-3 this season so far. In the history between UCLA and Virginia Tech, they have only played once. This clash was a victory for the Bruins in 2013 at the Sun Bowl. Quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt shared the honor of co-MVP as the Bruins defeated the Hokies 42-12.

Sports News: Valero Alamo Bowl vs. No.20 Baylor
San Antonio, Texas
December 29, 6:15 p.m.

The Alamo Bowl pairs the second-choice Pac-12 team with the second-choice Big-12 team. Baylor is currently 6-1 this season and is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll. Baylor and UCLA have only met once before, and that was in the Holiday Bowl 2012. Baylor won the game 49-26. The game started 21-0 as quarterback Brett Hundley played from behind all night.

The Athletic: SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl vs. Minnesota
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Las Vegas Bowl pairs a Pac-12 squad with a Big Ten squad for the 2021 season. Minnesota is 4-2 over the season so far, with a non-conference game win over foe l ‘UCLA Pac-12 South Colorado. Minnesota has historically had the upper hand with a 2-1 record against UCLA. The last time the Bruins and Gophers met was in 1978, when the Bruins won a 17-3 victory.

247Sports: SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl vs. No.25 Purdue
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Las Vegas Bowl pairs a Pac-12 team with a Big Ten team for the 2021 season. Purdue is 4-2 on the season and recently became the No.25 team in the AP poll. The all-time streak between the two schools is in the direction of UCLA with a 3-0-2 advantage. With two rare encounters against Purdue in 1959 and 1960, the Boilermakers never won. The last time the two teams met was in 1980, when the Bruins claimed a 23-14 victory.

USA Today: Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl vs. Nevada
Inglewood, California
December 18, 4:30 p.m.

The LA Bowl pairs the fifth-pick Pac-12 with the Mountain West champions, and 2021 will be its inaugural year. Nevada is currently 5-1, which is good enough for the top spot in their conference. UCLA has a 1-0 record over Nevada, earning a 58-20 Rose Bowl victory in 2013.

College Football News: Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl vs. San Diego State No.22
Inglewood, California
December 18, 4:30 p.m.

The LA Bowl pits the fifth-pick Pac-12 against the Mountain West champions, and 2021 will be its inaugural year. San Diego State is undefeated at 6-0 so far this season and is ranked No. 22 in the AP poll. All-time against the Bruins, the Aztecs have won only once in 23 games. However, that victory comes against the Chip Kelly-led Bruins in 2019, when UCLA lost to San Diego State in the Rose Bowl by a score of 23-14. As one-sided as the series has been of all time, the regional showdown would arguably put Southern California’s top two teams against each other on the city’s biggest stage – SoFi Stadium.

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