October 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (1) celebrates after he runs the ball to score a touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue: 'We may be a top-five team'

The UCLA Bruins are in control of their own destiny through seven weeks of the college football season, and its an interesting one at that. Currently, after Saturday’s win over Cal, the Bruins are 5-0 and ranked ninth in the country. They have maybe the toughest two-week stretch coming up now, however, with back-to-back road games against Stanford and Oregon.

But, should the Bruins be able to pull off two huge wins in these next two weeks, then this team could be on the fast track to playing for a national championship inside of their home stadium at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6.

It’s not only a testament to how well Jim Mora has resurrected this program, but also a throwback to some very good teams in the 80s, coach by the legendary Terry Donahue. Under Donahue, the Bruins captured Rose Bowl victories in 1982, 1983 and 1985.

Before the game against Cal last night, Donahue had some words about this generation of Bruins and he seems to be one of those believers that the sky is the limit for this squad.

“I think we’re clearly a top-10 team and we may be a top-five-caliber team,” Donahue said before the game. “We’ve got a road to go before we can prove that, but I think Jim has come in and he and his coaches have really instilled their vision of how UCLA should play and their program as to what he wants out of his athletes. They’ve done a fabulous job recruiting.

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