8. at California Golden Bears (8-5, 4-5 Pac-12)
Game #12, Saturday, November 26
Here is the rub… the Bruins could be in the running for the Pac-12 Championship. The awkward thing about the Pac-12 football schedule is the how rivalry games are now pushed to the side.
Example: in the final game of the season, UCLA and Cal play each other, and not their heated rivals, USC and Stanford (respectively).
It is weird, but it is what it is. This season, the Bruins end their 2016 regular season campaign in Berkeley, a place that is not too friendly to Bruins.
Two years ago, UCLA needed a late-game interception to secure the win in one of the longest games the Bruins played all season. But also remember that Cal is without the #1 NFL Draft pick, Jared Goff, so they will be in transition too.
Does Cal have enough to beat the Bruins? Probably not, but considering the opponent, time of year and what might be at stake, this is going to be a very difficult contest.
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