UCLA Bruin Football Rises to 13th in the AP Poll; 15th in the Coaches Ranking

Eric Francis

After Saturday's emotional 41-21 win over Nebraska in front of a record crowd in Lincoln, the Bruins have moved up to 13th in this week's AP college football poll, and 15th in the Coaches/USA Today poll.

Yesterday's game at Nebraska was a big one for the Bruins on so many levels. On an emotional level, I don't think I can come anywhere close to what gbruin wrote this morning in his Morning After post. From a more normal football aspect, we won big against a ranked opponent in one of the most difficult venues in college football, a stadium that has eaten past - very good - Bruin teams alive.

There was never any question that UCLA would move up in the rankings today. The question was how many spots the team could jump in a week where nobody in the several spots ahead of the Bruins lost (though one came close to an embarrassing home loss). The AP voters moved us up by 3 places this week, from #16 to #13 overall - with a few voters, like Jon Wilner, placing us much higher on their individual ballots. The Coaches were a bit more conservative in their voting, moving the Bruins up a pair of positions, to #15. In both polls, UCLA jumped ahead of idle Oklahoma. The Coaches had Nebraska ranked ahead of us last week, accounting for the second gained ranking position. The AP voters moved us ahead of idle Miami, as well as Michigan after their near-loss at home to Akron.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon remained ranked 2nd in both polls after their domination of Tennessee at Auzen Stadium. Stanford is ranked at #5 in both polls, falling one spot by the Coaches' after a closer than expected visit to West Point, defeating Army 34-20. Washington followed the Bruins rise in the rankings this week after defeating Illinois in Chicago, 34-24. The Huskies moved up to 17th in the AP poll, and 20th in the Coaches.

ASU made their season debut at #23 in both polls after their controversial W over Wisconsin last night in Tempe, putting 5 teams in each organization's top-25. Arizona received votes in both polls after a 38-13 win over Texas-San Antonio, and Southern Cal got a few votes from the Coaches after beating Boston College.

AP Poll results:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (59) 2-0 1,499 1
2 Oregon (1) 3-0 1,413 2
3 Clemson 2-0 1,347 3
4 Ohio State 3-0 1,330 4
5 Stanford 2-0 1,241 5
6 LSU 3-0 1,134 8
7 Louisville 3-0 1,092 7
8 Florida State 2-0 1,058 10
9 Georgia 1-1 1,051 9
10 Texas A&M 2-1 1,001 6
11 Oklahoma State 3-0 848 12
12 South Carolina 2-1 821 13
13 UCLA 2-0 757 16
14 Oklahoma 3-0 692 14
15 Michigan 3-0 672 11
16 Miami (FL) 2-0 641 15
17 Washington 2-0 496 19
18 Northwestern 3-0 487 17
19 Florida 1-1 412 18
20 Baylor 2-0 355 22
21 Mississippi 3-0 300 25
22 Notre Dame 2-1 277 21
23 Arizona State 2-0 229 NR
24 Wisconsin 2-1 87 20
25 Texas Tech 3-0 60 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 59, Fresno State 27, UCF 25, Northern Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise State 4, Virginia Tech 3, TCU 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1

And the USA Today/Coaches Poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama 2-0 1549 1
2 Oregon 3-0 1477 2
3 Ohio St. 3-0 1398 3
4 Clemson 2-0 1331 5
5 Stanford 2-0 1314 4
6 Louisville 3-0 1128 7
7 LSU 3-0 1121 8
8 Florida St. 2-0 1113 9
9 Texas A&M 2-1 1033 6
10 Georgia 1-1 1022 10
11 Oklahoma St. 3-0 908 11
12 Oklahoma 3-0 839 13
13 South Carolina 2-1 811 14
14 Michigan 3-0 743 12
15 UCLA 2-0 699 17
16 Northwestern 3-0 582 16
17 Miami 2-0 559 18
18 Florida 1-1 398 20
19 Baylor 2-0 375 22
20 Washington 2-0 361 23
21 Notre Dame 2-1 331 21
22 Mississippi 3-0 303 25
23 Arizona St. 2-0 176 NR
24 Michigan St. 3-0 131 NR
25 Fresno St. 2-0 75 NR
Schools Dropped Out
No. 15 Nebraska (2-1), No. 18 (Tie) Wisconsin (2-1), No. 24 TCU (1-2).
Others Receiving Votes
Nebraska 55; Wisconsin 53; Texas Tech 49; Georgia Tech 37; Arkansas 34; Central Florida 33; Arizona 29; Northern Illinois 26; Auburn 15; Virginia Tech 9; Brigham Young 8; Southern California 7; Kansas State 6; Boise State 5; Utah State 5; Rutgers 2.
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