The UCLA Bruins finished off the 2017 campaign with a win over California to gain bowl eligibility. While the win over Cal was a good way to finish off the regular season, the big news this week is that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly is now the head man at UCLA. The bowl game will provide him and his new staff an opportunity to not only evaluate current UCLA players, but also assistant coaches and support staff.
For Bruins fans, the bowl game likely means the end of the Josh Rosen era in Westwood. Rosen could enter the 2018 NFL Draft and will likely be a high first-round pick, should he leave. Kelly may try to convince Rosen to stick around for his senior year, but the talented junior seems to be on his way out, though he has said he will play in the bowl game.
UCLA has not won a bowl game since 2014, when Jim Mora and the Bruins beat Kansas State 40-35 in the Alamo Bowl.
The bowl game preparation will be odd for the Bruins considering Mora’s staff will be coaching the game, while Kelly and his new team begin to rebuild the program. Nonetheless, its a big opportunity for the Bruins.