All the flashiest stats in the world don’t mean a thing if the team isn’t winning. Rosen can put up 40 touchdowns, but if the Bruins miss a bowl game, then there is no way he remains a Heisman hopeful.
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Winston and Cam Newton both led their teams to the promise land in their Heisman years, while Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks came oh so close, losing 42-20 against Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship.
UCLA has seen a bowl game just once in Rosen’s first two seasons, a 37-29 loss to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl. He only played six games in 2016 and went 3-3 in that time. Although the overall record isn’t eye-popping, Rosen can’t be blamed for the 4-8 record the Bruins finished with.
Their start so far this season has been a bit shaky. UCLA is 3-2, but losses to Memphis and Stanford are two blemishes that won’t be forgotten unless the Bruins collect a signature win or two. Rosen can go a long way in helping his Heisman chances by putting up big numbers against Washington and USC, and leaving those matches with a win.