Bowl predictions: UCLA slated to play Miami in Sun Bowl

William Mancebo

The Bruins got their eighth win on Saturday night, but other games around the Pac-12 moved them down a lot in the bowl projections.

The UCLA Bruins are projected as the No. 4 team in the Pac-12 and that would mean a spot in the Sun Bowl against ACC No. 4, Miami, according to CBS Sports. The Bruins were predicted for the Holiday Bowl before their fourth-straight win on Saturday, but Oregon State's loss at Stanford knocked the Beavers out of BCS at-large contention. OSU is now predicted for the Holiday over UCLA, because the Beavers won the head-to-head match-up.

Miami isn't yet guaranteed bowl eligibility, as the Hurricanes are 5-5 overall. UCLA would likely be a heavy favorite, and the opponent might be a disappointing one for its fans.

The good news for the Bruins is that they still control their own destiny for the Rose Bowl. UCLA leads the Pac-12 South with a 5-2 record and could clinch a spot in the conference championship game with a win over USC on Saturday. The Bruins should be extra motivated as they can keep their own Rose Bowl hopes alive while dealing a death blow to the hopes of their hated rivals.

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