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Pac-10 Best/Worst Case Scenarios: #8 UCLA

If you aren't familiar with Ted Miller's Best/Worst Case Scenario Posts, then you definitely need to check them out:
http://espn.go.com/blog/pac10/post/_/id/11103/best-case-worst-case-oregon-state-3.

This is third in a series looking at potential dream and nightmare scenarios for all Pac-10 teams, starting at the bottom and working up from my 2010 predictions.

Understand: These are NOT predictions. They are extreme scenarios and pieces of fiction.

BEST CASE

After beating up on the Kansas State Wildcats in front of a nation wide audience, the Bruins returned home for a game against Stanford. UCLA takes care of the Cardinal by a score of 30-17, and they sit atop the Pac-10 Standings alone.

Next up is a visit from the Houston Cougars. UH keeps it close for a Half, but the Bruins pull away late for a 34-17 win.

UCLA then travels to Austin, where they meet the #2 Ranked Longhorns. UCLA keeps it close for a half, but Texas pulls away in the third quarter and ends up winning 41-17.

After demolishing Washington State, the Bruins lose to California and Oregon on the road. But they bounce back a week later with a win against Arizona, and another one against the Beavers.

Sitting at 6-3, the Bruins go up to Seattle for a heated rivalry game against the Huskies. Both teams battle for four quarters, and at the end of regulation, the score is tied at 27. UCLA gets the ball to start OT, but they can only cash in a Field Goal. Jake Locker then finds a wide open Husky Reciever in the back of the endzone, and UCLA is sent back to LA with a heart-breaking loss.

After bouncing back with a win in Tempe, the Bruins head home to try and complete their first 8 Win Regular Season since 2005. UCLA hangs around, down 17-10 at Halftime against the #15 Trojans. After getting even at 31, the Trojan QB leads a game winning touchdown drive down the field to win the game 38-31.

The Bruins end the season in San Francisco with a 27-10 win against Louisiana Tech in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Worst Case Scenario after the break

WORST CASE

After losses to Kansas State and Stanford, the Bruins are desperate for a win against the Houston Cougars. After an ugly first half, the Bruins piece together a great final two quarters for a 27-20 win.

After getting demolished by Texas, the Bruins narrowly get a win against Washington State, but then suffer massive defeats at the hands of Cal and Oregon.

The Bruins then lose 4 out of their final 5 games, beating only Arizona State on a last second Hail Mary pass. Rick Neuheisel is then found out to have been betting against the Bruins throughout the season. He is fired, and Bruin Fans turn to their Basketball and Baseball Teams.