College Football Top 25, Week 13: Bruins Hold Steady at #14 in Both Polls

Harry How

The Bruins picked up a solid win over Washington and continued on their run to return to the Pac-12 title game for the third time in a row, with only Arizona State and Southern Cal standing in the way. With Friday's L.A. Midnight win in the books, the Bruins moved down one spot in the AP poll to #14, but moved up one spot in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to #14.

Myles Jack.  Need I say more?

It was a solid win over a Washington team that is much better than its record indicates.  It has been amusing to watch Washington fans call for Sark's firing, as if they (i) forgot how terrible they were before he arrived and (ii) that they're no-one-really-cares Washington, not Alabama.  But I digress: it was a solid win for our Bruins, one they had to get to stay on track for winning the Pac-12 South for the third year in a row.  Yet, despite the win, it felt like the Bruins could have really blown out the Huskies but failed to capitalize on the opportunities to do so: so we're still waiting to see UCLA take the next step and learn to be cutthroat and go for the kill, instead of letting off the gas and letting scrubs like Berkeley or Colorado hang around (side note: congrats to Colorado for finally getting a conference win, although I'm not sure beating Berkeley counts since they're practically a Division I-AA program at this point).

But, it's another week, another win for the Bruins, and they're holding steady in the polls.  So, beginning with the USA Today/Coaches' Poll, where our Bruins moved up from #15 to #14, courtesy of our friends at the mothership at SB Nation:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
10-0 1544 56 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
10-0 1487 6 2 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
10-0 1404 0 3 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
9-0 1386 0 4 4/NR
5 Oregon
Ducks
9-1 1231 0 7 2 2/7
6 Clemson
Tigers
9-1 1217 0 6 4/10
7 Auburn
Tigers
10-1 1145 0 9 2 7/NR
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1129 0 8 7/NR
9 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
9-1 1030 0 10 1 9/20
10 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 928 0 11 1 6/15
11 South Carolina
Gamecocks
8-2 882 0 12 1 6/20
12 Stanford
Cardinal
8-2 865 0 5 7 4/13
13 Michigan State
Spartans
9-1 729 0 16 3 13/NR
14 UCLA
Bruins
8-2 700 0 15 1 10/21
15 Louisville
Cardinals
9-1 627 0 13 2 6/17
16 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 622 0 14 2 14/NR
17 Wisconsin
Badgers
8-2 511 0 20 3 17/NR
18 Oklahoma
Sooners
8-2 502 0 17 1 8/18
19 LSU
Tigers
7-3 478 0 18 1 6/19
20 Central Florida
Knights
8-1 446 0 19 1 19/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
10-0 418 0 21 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
8-2 352 0 22 22/NR
23 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 173 0 25 2 23/NR
24 Duke
Blue Devils
8-2 131 0 NR 24/NR
25 USC
Trojans
8-3 115 0 NR 22/NR

Yes, folks, you see that right: Coach O has turned the hapless Trojans around and got them back into the top-25, which makes you really wonder when Haden is going to remove the interim tag.  The only reason for a delay, at this point, is if Haden is looking at other candidates (likely Sarkisian and Tedford).  In any event, turning to the AP Top 25 poll, our Bruins, despite Friday's win, actually fell from #13 to #14:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 10-0 1,495 1
2 Florida State (5) 10-0 1,445 2
3 Baylor 9-0 1,351 4
4 Ohio State 10-0 1,343 3
5 Oregon 9-1 1,210 6
6 Auburn 10-1 1,205 7
7 Clemson 9-1 1,115 8
8 Missouri 9-1 1,067 9
9 Texas A&M 8-2 956 10
10 Stanford 8-2 899 5
11 Oklahoma State 9-1 889 12
12 South Carolina 8-2 870 11
13 Michigan State 9-1 749 14
14 UCLA 8-2 710 13
15 Fresno State 9-0 572 16
16 Wisconsin 8-2 559 17
17 UCF 8-1 535 15
18 LSU 7-3 439 18
19 Arizona State 8-2 430 21
20 Northern Illinois 10-0 426 20
21 Louisville 9-1 412 19
22 Oklahoma 8-2 318 22
23 USC 8-3 187 NR
24 Mississippi 7-3 119 NR
25 Duke 8-2 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1

You know it's a crazy college football season when the Duke Blue Devils break into the top-25 of both polls.  But for the Bruins, they'll be in prime position to turn this into a special season, with an end of the season slate of #19/22 Arizona State, #23/25 Southern Cal, and likely #5 Oregon (hard to see the Ducks falling to Arizona or Oregon State at this point to give Stanford the edge in the Pac-12 North) in Eugene for the conference title.  Three straight wins and Jim Mora can go into the new year 11-2 with the Pac-12 title in tow, and playing at home in the Rose Bowl on January 1.  Let's see if he can get it done.

And Jim, in case you're reading this: no more punting in short yardage situations in opposition territory - let's just JACK those dudes up!

Myles Jack, need I say more?

GO BRUINS

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