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Neither UCLA Football nor UCLA Men's Basketball managed to dent the top-25 in the most recent set of national polls, though UCLA Women's Basketball climbed four spots to #20 in the latest AP poll.

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If it weren't for UCLA Women's Basketball, this would be the first time in the 2015-16 season in which UCLA didn't have at least one of its teams in the top-25 in the latest set of national polls. Significantly, neither UCLA Football nor UCLA Men's Basketball make an appearance in either the AP Poll or the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Two months ago, the OC Register had a feature on Dan Guerrero entitled "UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero won't change his successful, criticized ways." A caption under a photo of Dan Guerrero posing in from of some of UCLA's national championship trophies read "UCLA has won 26 national championships during the 13-year tenure of Dan Guerrero, although his critics would point out that none of those have come in football or men's basketball."

Thanks to Coach Adam Wright and the amazing student-athletes on UCLA's Men's Water Polo team, UCLA won its 27th national championship of the Guerrero era on Sunday, but that shouldn't shield Dan Guerrero from criticism of his utter failure to develop elite football and men's basketball programs during his tenure. For what it's worth, a full third of UCLA's national championships under Guerrero's watch have been in water polo.

I'll leave it to Bruins Nation readers to decide if the current state of UCLA Football and Men's Basketball is acceptable. Is "good" good enough as far as you're concerned?

Football

Last Week: UCLA didn't play.

Associated Press Poll (December 7, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Clemson (51) 13-0 1510 1
2 Alabama (9) 12-1 1465 2
3 Michigan St. (1) 12-1 1382 5
4 Oklahoma 11-1 1376 3
5 Stanford 11-2 1221 7
6 Iowa 12-1 1214 4
7 Ohio St. 11-1 1208 6
8 Notre Dame 10-2 1070 9
9 Florida St. 10-2 972 10
10 N. Carolina 11-2 949 8
11 TCU 10-2 936 11
12 Northwestern 10-2 776 13
13 Oklahoma St. 10-2 767 14
14 Houston 12-1 710 17
15 Oregon 9-3 685 15
16 Mississippi 9-3 656 16
17 Michigan 9-3 578 19
18 Baylor 9-3 426 12
19 Florida 10-3 420 18
20 Utah 9-3 323 21
21 Navy 9-2 271 22
22 LSU 8-3 270 23
23 Wisconsin 9-3 197 25
24 Temple 10-3 94 20
25 W. Kentucky 11-2 70 NR


UCLA (8-4) received 4 points (38th place).

USA Today Coaches Poll (December 6, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Clemson (55) 13-0 1,493 1
2 Alabama (5) 12-1 1,438 2
3 Oklahoma 11-1 1,363 4
4 Michigan State 12-1 1,341 5
5 Ohio State 11-1 1,205 6
6 Stanford 11-2 1,202 7
7 Iowa 12-1 1,184 3
8 Florida State 10-2 1,025 9
9 Notre Dame 10-2 1,016 10
10 TCU 10-2 927 11
11 North Carolina 11-2 914 8
12 Northwestern 10-2 775 13
13 Oklahoma State 10-2 764 14
14 Oregon 9-3 655 16
15 Ole Miss 9-3 627 17
16 Houston 12-1 626 18
17 Michigan 9-3 533 19
18 Florida 10-3 502 15
19 Baylor 9-3 485 12
20 Utah 9-3 362 20
21 LSU 8-3 261 23
22 Navy 9-2 251 22
23 Wisconsin 9-3 177 25
24 Temple 10-3 72 21
25 Georgia 9-3 68 NR


UCLA (8-4) received 15 points (30th place).

Men's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA defeated #1 Kentucky 87-77, and defeated Long Beach State 83-76.

Associated Press Poll (December 7, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Michigan State (62) 9-0 1,617 3
2 Kansas (1) 6-1 1,442 4
3 North Carolina (2) 7-1 1,425 9
4 Iowa State 6-0 1,347 5
5 Kentucky 7-1 1,325 1
6 Maryland 7-1 1,299 2
7 Oklahoma 5-0 1,283 6
8 Duke 8-1 1,243 7
9 Villanova 7-0 1,230 8
10 Virginia 7-1 1,003 10
11 Purdue 8-0 997 11
12 Xavier 8-0 930 12
13 Arizona 7-1 811 19
14 West Virginia 7-0 615 20
15 Providence 8-1 548 23
16 Baylor 6-1 488 25
17 Miami 7-1 469 21
18 Butler 6-1 416 NR
19 SMU 6-0 413 22
20 Gonzaga 5-2 399 13
21 Vanderbilt 6-2 377 16
22 Louisville 6-1 373 24
23 Cincinatti 8-1 331 17
24 Oregon 6-1 241 15
25 Utah 7-1 108 NR


UCLA (6-3) received 19 points (31st place).

USA Today Coaches Poll (December 7, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Michigan State Spartans (26) 9-0 765 3
2 Iowa State Cyclones (2) 6-0 668 4
3 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-1 631 9
4 Kentucky Wildcats 7-1 626 1
5 Duke Blue Devils 8-1 620 5
6 Villanova Wildcats (2) 7-0 615 7
7 Kansas Jayhawks 6-1 613 6
8 Oklahoma Sooners 5-0 603 8
9 Maryland Terrapins (1) 7-1 602 2
10 Virginia Cavaliers 7-1 503 10
11 Purdue Boilermakers 8-0 490 11
12 Arizona Wildcats 7-1 407 14
13 Xavier Musketeers 8-0 399 18
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 7-0 371 15
15 Baylor Bears 6-1 248 23
16 Vanderbilt Commodores 6-2 242 13
17 Gonzaga Bulldogs 5-2 233 12
18 Providence Friars 8-1 230 24
19 Louisville Cardinals 6-1 199 22
20 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 7-1 198 21
21 Butler Bulldogs 6-1 179 25
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 8-1 151 17
23 Oregon Ducks 6-1 116 16
24 Utah Utes 7-1 63 26
25 Texas A&M Aggies 7-2 58 20


UCLA (6-3) received 5 points (37th place).

Women's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA defeated CSU Bakersfield 82-68.

Associated Press Poll (December 7, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 UConn (32) 6-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 8-0 764 2
3 Notre Dame 7-1 717 3
4 Baylor 9-0 715 4
5 Maryland 8-0 656 5
5 Texas 7-0 656 6
7 Oregon State 6-0 598 7
8 Kentucky 7-0 533 11
9 Mississippi State 6-1 523 9
10 Ohio State 5-3 503 10
11 Florida State 7-1 480 13
12 Northwestern 8-0 418 15
13 Duke 7-2 386 14
14 Stanford 6-1 362 16
15 Texas A&M 6-2 356 12
16 Tennessee 6-2 354 8
17 Oklahoma 7-1 264 21
18 DePaul 6-2 189 23
19 Syracuse 5-2 130 20
20 UCLA 4-2 121 24
21 South Florida 5-2 115 24
22 California 6-2 106 18
23 Iowa 8-1 97 NR
24 Arizona State 4-3 95 17
25 Michigan State 5-2 87 19

USA Today Coaches Poll (December 8, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 6-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 8-0 765 2
3 Notre Dame 7-1 717 3
4 Baylor 9-0 710 4
5 Maryland 8-0 678 5
6 Texas 7-0 639 6
7 Oregon State 6-0 600 7
8 Kentucky 7-0 538 10
9 Florida State 7-1 498 14
10 Mississippi State 6-1 482 9
11 Duke 7-2 413 13
12 Stanford 6-1 408 15
13 Ohio State 5-3 407 12
14 Northwestern 8-0 390 16
15 Tennessee 6-2 381 8
16 Texas A&M 7-2 344 11
17 DePaul 6-2 265 18
18 Oklahoma 7-1 241 22
19 Iowa 8-1 171 24
20 South Florida 5-2 156 23
21 California 6-2 145 17
22 Miami (Fla.) 10-0 118 NR
23 Michigan State 5-2 98 20
24 Arizona State 4-3 78 19
25 Syracuse 5-2 64 25


UCLA (4-2) received 39 points (28th place).

This Week In UCLA Sports

Friday, December 11
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals: #12 UCLA Women's Volleyball vs. #3 Texas in Austin, TX (5:00 PM PST)

Saturday, December 12

  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. #17 Gonzaga in Spokane, WA (7:00 PM PST)

Sunday, December 6

  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI (11:00 AM PST)

Go BRUINS!