Stewart Mandel: UCLA still a darkhorse for CFP


From his mailbag:"As for other candidates, no one’s talking about UCLA, having written off the Bruins back when they lost consecutive home games to Utah (30-28) and Oregon (42-30). But UCLA, now 8-2, quietly soared from 18th to 11th in the committee’s rankings this week and, following a bye week, will close out with USC and Stanford. If the Bruins win both games and if Arizona beats Arizona State, they’d go to the Pac-12 title game for a rematch with the Ducks. If UCLA pulls that off, too, it’d be the 11-2 champion of the nation’s deepest conference with wins over two current top-six teams, Oregon and ASU, plus top-15 Arizona, and decent non-conference wins over Texas and 6-3 Memphis. It’s probably not enough to usurp a one-loss power champ, but there’s going to be more carnage."

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