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A few good runs: a brief look at the history of UCLA football

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Oct. 17, 2013 1:01 p.m.

After starting the 1982 school year ranked No. 18, UCLA slowly moved up in the polls, finishing the season at No. 5 in the nation with a 10-1-1 record. UCLA won the Rose Bowl that season, defeating Michigan 24-14.

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UCLA had high expectations in 1987, entering the season ranked No. 3, but a week two loss to No. 2 Nebraska dropped UCLA to No. 13 in the polls. The Bruins bounced back into the top 10 midway through the season, ending the year ranked No. 9 after defeating Florida 20-16 in the Aloha Bowl.

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The Bruins spent the entirety of the 1998 season in the top 10 after opening the year ranked No. 6 in the nation. After 10 straight wins, UCLA lost its final two games to finish the year at No. 8. The second of those losses was UCLA's 38-31 defeat at the hands of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

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2005 was the last time the Bruins broke into the top 10. UCLA started the season unranked but jumped up in the polls after a 47-40 win over No. 10 Cal. UCLA finished the season ranked No. 16 and won the Sun Bowl in a matchup against Northwestern.

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