UCLA Bruins Rise in the AP/Coaches' Polls During The Bye Week

We are all sad to see you go, Lane - Christian Petersen

The Bruins may not have played last night, but they did not stay idle in this week's rankings

With the Bruins off getting ready for Thrusday Night's game at Utah, there was not a whole lot for UCLA fans to do yesterday. Really, the big football news out of the southland came early this morning from Southern Cal the private aviation terminal deep inside of LAX.

But the lack of Bruin football action on the field didn't stop them from inching up a little further in the rankings. The AP voters moved us up one place, from 13th to 12th nationally - moving us ahead of Oklahoma State and South Carolina, but getting jumped by Oklahoma after their win in South Bend. Pollspeak.com has the breakdown of how each writer placed us on his/her ballot. The Coaches also moved UCLA up one position, from #14 to #13, ahead of Oklahoma State but remaining behind South Carolina after their narrow win at Central Florida.

The other three Pac-12 teams that were ranked entering the week played on Saturday, and played very well. Oregon took a 41-3 halftime lead against Cal and simply toyed around with the Bears in the 2nd half in securing a 55-16 victory and maintaining their #2 position in both major polls. Stanford and Washington State were close for about a quarter and a half, before the Cardinal caught fire (and did their collective best Anthony Barr impression, knocking a pair of Wazzu QB's out of the game) and blew out the Cougars in their annual Seattle showcase while the Cardinal preserved their 5th place spot in the polls.

In the other game of the day in Seattle, the Huskies beat Arizona, 31-13, a performance that saw UW advance one spot in the AP polls, to15th, and two places in the Coaches/USA Today ranking, to 18th. Not a particularly memorable game but for Bishop Sankey breaking Washington's record for carries in one game (40). And why did Wazzu schedule their one Seattle game on the same day as a UW home game?

After a week of having 4 Pac-12 teams in the top-25, the conference again has a 5th team in the rankings. Arizona State is back, with the voters rewarding them for a 62-41 win over the trojans in Tempe. ASU re-entered the AP poll at #22, while the Coaches/SID's voting on the USA Today poll were not as enthusiastic about their causing Southern Cal to fire Lane Kiffin - the special talent at the head of the SC program that everyone dreaded to see on the sideline of their own team. The Coaches' placed the 'Devils at #24 this week.

AP Poll results:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2
3 Clemson 4-0 1,354 3
4 Ohio State 5-0 1,305 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1,280 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1,171 9
7 Louisville 4-0 1,091 7
8 Florida State 4-0 1,069 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10
10 LSU 4-1 979 6
11 Oklahoma 4-0 838 14
12 UCLA 3-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 3-1 812 12
14 Miami (FL) 4-0 753 15
15 Washington 4-0 665 16
16 Northwestern 4-0 550 17
17 Baylor 3-0 536 19
18 Florida 3-1 481 20
19 Michigan 4-0 471 18
20 Texas Tech 4-0 264 24
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 230 11
22 Arizona State 3-1 192 NR
23 Fresno State 4-0 187 25
24 Mississippi 3-1 132 21
25 Maryland 4-0 119 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan State 5, Rutgers 2

USA Today/Coaches Poll results:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 4-0 1546 1
2 Oregon (2) 4-0 1479 2
3 Ohio St. 5-0 1397 3
4 Clemson (1) 4-0 1352 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1325 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1148 10
7 Louisville 4-0 1147 7
8 Florida St. 4-0 1129 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1072 9
10 Oklahoma 4-0 964 12
11 LSU 4-1 931 6
12 South Carolina 3-1 860 13
13 UCLA 3-0 812 14
14 Miami 4-0 727 15
15 Northwestern 4-0 620 16
16 Baylor 3-0 573 18
17 Michigan 4-0 546 17
18 Washington 4-0 545 20
19 Florida 3-1 515 19
20 Oklahoma St. 3-1 330 11
21 Fresno St. 4-0 270 23
22 Texas Tech 4-0 231 25
23 Northern Illinois 4-0 131 NR
24 Arizona St. 3-1 118 NR
25 Nebraska 3-1 71 NR

Oregon State received 7 points in this week's Coaches poll, while Arizona and Utah received 1 point each.

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