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Defensive Statement Not Enough To Move UCLA Back Into the Top 25 Polls

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The UCLA defense played one of its best games of the Jim Mora era, but an inconsistent offense keeps the Bruins out of the Top 25 again this week.

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

As I was watching last night's game, I knew that this morning's article on the Top 25 Polls would look like this. Why?

Voters in both polls like blowout wins, the kind that Louisville had over previous #2 Florida State.

But, an uneventful game played by two unrated teams late on Saturday night with a final score of 17-14? I certainly didn't think that it was going to impress voters enough to move UCLA back into the Top 25 in either poll.

As much as it pains me to say it, I was right.

UCLA remains on the outside looking in as the team heads into one of the biggest games in the Pac-12 this season against Stanford. The Bruins would be 27th in the AP Poll and 29th in the Coaches Poll based on the number of votes they received.

But, UCLA's next opponent, the Stanford Cardinal, come to town ranked #6 in the Coaches Poll and #7 in the AP Poll.

Heading into this week's game, the Bruins have a chance to make a huge statement. It's easy to look at the past eight years and expect Stanford to win, but, with that kind of attitude, would Louisville have thumped Florida State yesterday? Absolutely not.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Washington won and is now ranked 9th in both polls, having slipped from 8th in the AP Poll following Michigan State's big win over Notre Dame.

Utah (3-0) moved into the Top 25 this week at #23 in the Coaches Poll and #24 in the AP Poll while Oregon dropped out of both polls following their loss to Nebraska.

Elsewhere, UCLA's week 1 opponent was the biggest mover this week. They moved up 7 spots in both polls and are now ranked 10th by the AP and 13 in the Coaches Poll.

Alabama remains the #1 team in both polls. Here are the complete polls.

AP Points LW Coaches Points LW
1 Alabama (50) 1510 1 Alabama (59) 1571 1
2 Ohio State  (4) 1442 3 Ohio State (3) 1482 4
3 Louisville (6) 1406 10 Clemson (1) 1447 3
4 Michigan (1) 1277 4 Louisville 1331 10
5 Clemson 1284 5 Michigan 1302 5
6 Houston 1258 6 Stanford 1273 6
7 Stanford 1245 7 Houston 1235 7
8 Michigan State 1084 12 Michigan State 1156 8
9 Washington 1040 8 Washington 1065 9
10 Texas A&M 890 17 Wisconsin 872 12
11 Wisconsin 828 9 Georgia 847 13
12 Georgia 726 16 Tennessee 805 15
13 Florida State 722 2 Texas A&M 791 20
14 Tennessee 707 15 Florida State 742 2
15 Miami 565 25 Baylor 658 19
16 Baylor 529 21 Florida 598 23
17 Arkansas 528 24 LSU 522 22
18 LSU 517 20 Arkansas 500 24
19 Florida 479 23 Miami 441 25
20 Nebraska 420 NR Nebraska 373 29
21 Texas 196 11 TCU 166 26
22/21 SDSU 183 NR Ole Miss 166 17
23 Ole Miss 172 19 Utah 155 28
24 Utah 154 NR Texas 143 16
25 Oklahoma 139 14 Iowa 140 11

Go Bruins.