Playoff projections: Is UCLA the team to beat out west?


Playoff projections: Is UCLA the team to beat out west?

The UCLA Bruins looked as if they had one of the most talented rosters in the nation heading into the 2015 season. Why were they not more hyped? Because they also had a major question mark at the most important position, quarterback.

With three-year starter Brett Hundley gone, head coach Jim Mora turned the reins over to true freshman Josh Rosen. Could a true freshman really be able to turn the Bruins into a playoff contender?

Four games into the season, the answer appears to be a resounding yes.

UCLA is 4-0 with a win over BYU and a dominating 56-30 win over Arizona. Rosen has been impressive with 7 touchdown throws. Most importantly, the Bruins look like they have established themselves as the team to beat in the Pac-12. Oregon and Arizona State both have two losses, Stanford lost their opener to Northwestern and USC lost to Stanford. The only two teams other than UCLA from the conference to remain unbeaten are Cal, who has not played a difficult schedule to this point, and Utah.

Utah is now officially in the playoff race after handing Oregon a blowout loss in Autzen. Everyone else is looking up at the Bruins and the Utes and that's not what most experts believed would happen at this point in the season.

Who else joins UCLA in the top four spots in the playoff projections? How realistic a contender is Utah? What on Earth is going on in the SEC? Find out here in this week's College Football Playoff projections.

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.