UCLA football: Chris Foster on Bruins' postseason hopes [Video]
Times reporter Chris Foster, who covers the UCLA football team, spoke with Cinesport's Josh Thomson about the big loss in Salt Lake City on Saturday, when it appeared the Bruins' Pacific 12 Conference South Division title hopes disappeared in a 31-6 defeat to Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
But when Washington State knocked off Arizona State, 37-27, it kept alive UCLA's hopes of playing in the conference title game.
Here's how Foster summarized it in his follow-up article:
Arizona State was in control of the division, but lost consecutive games, one against UCLA, giving the Bruins the tiebreaker if the two teams finish tied.
“I don’t know if it’s surviving, but all we have to do is survive the next two weeks,” linebacker Patrick Larimore said.
That was a decent parting gift from a painful visit to Salt Lake City. But in a division where no one goes home a loser, UCLA is right where it needs to be, provided the Bruins are done rolling over and playing dead.
“I think there is parity in this league,” Coach Rick Neuheisel said. “SC is a talented team, but there were two teams that went out and ran away from everyone else.”
Of course, if UCLA is to represent the South Division in the Pac-12 title game, it will have USC to thank in large part, mainly for being on probation and ineligible for postseason play.