College Football Rankings: UCLA Breaks Into The Top 10 For The First Time Since 2005

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins moved up to #9 in the AP Rankings and #10 in the Coaches'/USA Today Poll after their 37-10 victory over the UC Berkeley Bears.

After college football's first real upset filled weekend, there is a lot of movement in the rankings this week. Luckily, the Bruins benefit from this movement as UCLA took down UC Berkeley on Saturday night 37-10. Other Top 25 programs were not so lucky.

AP Top 25

The top 4 remains unchanged as Alabama, Oregon and Clemson handled business and Ohio State had a bye. Florida State, also on a bye, jumps up into the Top 5. SEC challengers LSU and Texas A&M both moved up a couple spots to #6 and #7 with their victories. Undefeated and uncontested Louisville struggled with a mediocre Rutgers team on Thursday night and stood pat at 8.

Behind them at #9 are the UCLA Bruins, moving into the Top 10 for the first time since Week 9 in 2005. Far too long and the Bruins are in a great place to move up a couple spots with a win over Stanford this upcoming weekend.

Miami rounds out the top 10, moving up 3 spots during their bye week. Bye weeks were very good to teams this past Saturday.

The rest of the top 25 is highlighted by a huge drops for Stanford (from 5 to 13), Georgia (from 7 to 15) and Oklahoma (12 to 18) and jumps for the real USC (14 to 11), Baylor (15 to 11), Missouri (25 to 14), Texas Tech (20 to 16), Fresno State (21 to 17) and Virginia Tech (24 to 19).

New entrants into the 25 are Auburn and Wisconsin after wins from both this weekend.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 6-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 6-0 1,438 2
3 Clemson 6-0 1,352 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,330 4
5 Florida State 5-0 1,242 6
6 LSU 6-1 1,137 10
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,105 9
8 Louisville 6-0 1,077 8
9 UCLA 5-0 1,017 11
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 912 13
11 South Carolina 5-1 896 14
12 Baylor 5-0 849 15
13 Stanford 5-1 824 5
14 Missouri 6-0 749 25
15 Georgia 4-2 615 7
16 Texas Tech 6-0 590 20
17 Fresno State 5-0 383 21
18 Oklahoma 5-1 380 12
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 352 24
20 Washington 4-2 309 16
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 264 22
22 Florida 4-2 249 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 185 23
24 Auburn 5-1 156 NR
25 Wisconsin 4-2 153 NR

Dropped from rankings: Michigan 18, Northwestern 19

Others receiving votes: Michigan 118, Nebraska 94, Michigan State 69, Utah 47, Notre Dame 39, Oregon State 21, UCF 19, Texas 16, Northwestern 7, Arizona State, Houston 3, Rutgers 1

USA Today/Coaches' Poll

Lots of disparity between the Coaches' Poll and the AP Top 25. The weirdest thing to me is that Clemson somehow gained a first place vote despite struggling to beat Boston College (that team that got waxed by Southern Cal). Not difficult to imagine what conference that vote came from.

Other than that, the top 5 teams are the same with Ohio State and Clemson flip-flopped. Louisville somehow gets bumped up to #6, where they actually lost points in the AP Top 25. South Carolina has been higher in the Coaches' Poll all season, so them coming in at #9 isn't shocking.

UCLA rounds out the Top 10 for the Coaches' Poll.

The only new entrant for this poll is the undefeated Missouri Tigers who jumped all the way to 14 from being unranked. Michigan is somehow still hanging around at #24 for the Coaches' Poll, despite a loss that was preceded by two near losses to non-BCS teams.

Rankings Team Record/Points Last Week
1 Alabama (58 first place votes) 6-0/ 1545 1
2 Oregon (3 first place votes) 6-0/ 1485 2
3 Ohio State 6-0/ 1406 3
4 Clemson (1 first place vote) 6-0/ 1365 4
5 Florida State 5-0/ 1293 6
6 Lousiville 6-0/ 1166 8
7 Texas A&M 5-1/ 1156 9
8 Louisiana State 6-1/ 1098 11
9 South Carolina 5-1/ 1024 12
10 UCLA 5-0/ 999 13
11 Miami 5-0/ 905 14
12 Baylor 5-0/ 890 15
13 Stanford 5-1/ 857 5
14 Missouri 6-0/ 617 Not Ranked
15 Texas Tech 6-0/ 587 21
16 Georgia 4-2/ 546 7
17 Oklahoma State 4-1/ 493 20
18 Oklahoma 5-1/ 482 10
19 Fresno State 5-0/ 419 22
20 Virginia Tech 6-1/ 297 25
21 Nebraska 5-1/ 278 24
22 Florida 4-2/ 240 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0/ 224 23
24 Michigan 5-1/ 178 16
25 Washington 4-2/ 137 19
Dropped Out Northwestern 18

Others Receiving Votes Wisconsin 124, Michigan State 83, Auburn 67, Notre Dame 60, Oregon State 23, Texas 23, Central Florida 22, Northwestern 19, Utah 18, Arizona State 13, Houston 6, Boise State 3, Mississippi 2

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