Asmussen's Top 50: No. 8 UCLA

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 8 UCLA

Bob Asmussen reveals the latest college football team in his Top 50 countdown this fall.

No. 8: UCLA

Coach: Jim Mora Jr.

2013 record: 10-3

Projected 2014 record: 10-2

Circle the date: Oct. 11 vs. Oregon

Why No. 8: Did anybody else think it was a good idea when the Bruins hired Mora? Me either, especially after Illinois beat UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. But Mora has the team rolling now. If the Bruins can survive a nasty schedule, they have a chance for a special season. And a spot in the national semifinals isn’t out of the question. Quarterback Brett Hundley put a smile on Mora’s face when he decided to return for another season. Hundley has plenty of help, with talent at receiver and three starters back on the offensive line. The defense is led by two-way player Myles Jack, who helps out at running back when he isn’t tackling everybody. If he gets off to a good start and the team wins a lot, Jack will be a part of the Heisman Trophy conversation. The schedule could work against the Bruins, who have a nonconference game against Texas and Pac-12 games with Arizona State, Oregon, Southern Cal, Washington and Stanford. Wicked.

Previous rankings
No. 9: Baylor

No. 10: Georgia

No. 11: Stanford

No. 12: LSU

No. 13: South Carolina 

No. 14: Texas A&M

No. 15: Wisconsin

No. 16: Notre Dame

No. 17: North Carolina

No. 18: Florida

No. 19: Clemson

No. 20: Texas Tech

No. 21: Southern Cal

No. 22: Mississippi

No. 23: Nebraska

No. 24: Texas

No. 25: Michigan

No. 26: Kansas State

No. 27: Washington

No. 28: Missouri

No. 29: Louisville

No. 30: TCU

No. 31: Iowa

No. 32: Mississippi State

No. 33: Northwestern

No. 34 Maryland

No. 35: BYU

No. 36: Oregon State

No. 37: Miami

No. 38: Cincinnati

No. 39: Pitt

No. 40: Duke

No. 41: Georgia Tech

No. 42: Marshall

No. 43: Arizona State

No. 44: Arizona

No. 45: Boise State

No. 46: Fresno State

No. 47: Penn State

No. 48: Virginia Tech

No. 49: Oklahoma State

No. 50: Illinois