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Bowl Projections: Could UCLA End The Season With Déjà Vu?

Where will the Bruins be headed next?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The regular season is over. While we all wait to see if Jim Mora will change offensive coordinators or not, there is the matter of which bowl the Bruins will play in this year.

For the record, it will now be sixteen years since UCLA last played in the Rose Bowl.

So, what third-rate bowl will we head to this year? To figure that out, let's take a look at the Pac-12 Standings.

Team Pac-12 Record Overall Record
1 Stanford 8-1 10-2
2 Oregon 7-2 9-3
3 Washington State 6-3 8-4
4 UC Berkeley 4-5 7-5
5 Washington 4-5 6-6
6 Oregon State 0-9 2-10
Team Pac-12 Record Overall Record
1 USC 6-3 8-4
2 Utah 6-3 9-3
3 UCLA 5-4 8-4
4 Arizona State 4-5 6-6
5 Arizona 3-6 6-6
6 Colorado 1-8 4-9

With a 5-4 conference record, UCLA has the sixth best record.

Obviously, the winner of the Pac-12 Championship Game will head to the Rose Bowl. Then, the loser of the P12CG will likely head to the Alamo Bowl. The Holiday Bowl will likely get Oregon or Utah with the Foster Farms Bowl getting either the one not taken by the Holiday Bowl or Washington State.

The Sun Bowl will then get whomever is left from that group.

This would mean that UCLA is likely headed to the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, December 19th against either San Diego State or BYU. That would mean that UCLA will head back to Vegas where it played its first road game this season and they could face the same team that nearly beat them at the Rose Bowl a week after playing in Vegas.

If that happens, it's just like Yogi Berra once said, "It's déjà vu all over again."

Of course, they could face San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl if ESPN, the bowl owner, decides against a rematch.

Go Bruins.