UCLA will face Pittsburgh within the Sun Bowl

The date, location and opponent for UCLA’s bowl recreation are set. The Bruins will play Pittsburgh within the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 in El Paso, Texas.

However a number of uncertainty stays. Who will play for the Bruins of their first bowl recreation since 2017? And who will probably be calling their protection?

UCLA coach Chip Kelly presumably can reply a few of these questions when he speaks with reporters later Sunday, however doubts may stay in regards to the standing of NFL-eligible gamers for a number of extra days.

When he final spoke with reporters, late final month, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson stated he had not determined whether or not to play within the bowl recreation or put together for the NFL draft. The fifth-year senior acknowledged it might be arduous to choose out of the Las Vegas Bowl that might be performed in his hometown, however that risk was taken off the (blackjack) desk when the Las Vegas Bowl picked Oregon State to face Florida.

Different gamers who may choose out of the bowl recreation embrace operating again Zach Charbonnet and vast receiver Jake Bobo.

There’s additionally the matter of UCLA defensive coordinator Invoice McGovern, who has returned to follow as a customer in latest weeks however has missed the final 5 video games with what’s believed to be a well being subject. Analyst Clancy Pendergast has taken McGovern’s spot within the press field throughout video games whereas collaborating with a gaggle of veteran assistants to deal with the defensive playcalling.

UCLA will make its first look within the Sun Bowl since 2013, when it posted a 42-12 victory over Virginia Tech. Pittsburgh (8-4) completed tied with Duke for second place within the Atlantic Coast Convention’s Coastal Division after profitable its final 4 video games, together with a overcome Twentieth-ranked Syracuse.

UCLA’s placement was not sudden after the Bruins dropped two of their closing three video games to finish the common season. Fringe Faculty Soccer Playoff candidates as not too long ago as early November, the Bruins have been surprised at dwelling by Arizona earlier than falling to USC in a 48-45 heartbreaker.

A slender overcome California the day after Thanksgiving assured UCLA (9-3 total, 6-3 Pac-12) of its most victories since ending 10-3 in 2014, when the Bruins have been chosen for the Alamo Bowl.

With a victory later this month, the Bruins can tie the college report for victories that was set in 1946 and matched in 1982, 1987, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2013 and 2014. Faculty soccer groups added one recreation to their regular-season schedules beginning in 2006, enjoying 12 video games as an alternative of 11.