We are back in the top-25. UCLA officially re-entered the top-25 today by breaking into both AP (HT JoeBruin15) and the Coach's Poll. Bruins are now ranked number 22 in AP and number 23 in USA Today poll. This snaps a 78 week of poll less streak (last time we were ranked was when we went into Utah as no. 7 before Walker's defense got shredded by the Utes).
We are sure somewhere Dan Guerrero is breaking out an extra bottle of chianti. He is probably typing up the headline "mission accomplished" for his weekly "word from Westwood" because just breaking into top-25 is good enough for Dan.
For those with a sense of history of UCLA football program, breaking into top-25 is not all that big of a deal. It feels nice for now after years of ridiculous level of mediocrity due to total lack of commitment from a disinterested administration and an incompetent AD. Yet, despite those bureaucrats, Coach Jim Mora and his staff are off to a good start, and in position to put the Bruins back where they belong - a traditional top-15 program.
In fact if not for total incompetence on the part of Guerrero, the Bruins would be one of the 10 best programs of all time (as Bruins put together its worst decade in the program history during the nightmarish reign of Guerrero).
Anyway, it's good to be back in the polls. The job now for Mora and his staff is to make sure our players know this is not all that big of a deal for UCLA, and they need to keep getting better week by week - to take where Bruins belong. That would be victorious on November 17 and back in a New Year's Day bowl game.