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UCLA Bruins are not included in either the 2018 AP or USA Today Coaches Preseason polls, but it is not where you start that matters.

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It is no surprise that the recently released preseason polls do not include the UCLA Bruins. The 2017 Preseason Top 25 polls also did not include the Bruins. We have to go back to 2016 to find the last time UCLA showed up in a preseason poll. UCLA entered that year ranked 16th ranked team in the AP Poll and 24th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Of course, we all remember that debacle of a year in which UCLA ended 4-8.

The 2018 AP Poll does include four Pac-12 teams in the top 25 and two more teams in the “other teams that received votes” category.

The Pac-12 North has the Washington Huskies ranked No. 6, the Stanford Cardinal ranked No. 13, and the Oregon Ducks ranked No. 24.

The Pac-12 South has the Southern Cal Trojans ranked 15th and the Utah Utes and the Arizona Wildcats receiving votes but not ranked in the AP Top 25.

Meanwhile, Washington, Stanford and Southern Cal are ranked exactly the same in the USA Today Coaches Poll. While Oregon missed the cut in that poll, they join Utah and Arizona as other teams receiving votes.

2018 College Football Preseason Polls

Rank AP Points Last Week Coaches Points Last Week
Rank AP Points Last Week Coaches Points Last Week
1 Alabama (42) 1505 1 Alabama (61) 1621 NR
2 Clemson (18) 1476 4 Clemson (3) 1547 NR
3 Georgia 1350 2 Ohio State (1) 1458 NR
4 Wisconsin (1) 1271 7 Georgia 1452 NR
5 Ohio State 1256 5 Oklahoma 1288 NR
6 Washington 1215 16 Washington 1245 NR
7 Oklahoma 1173 3 Wisconsin 1243 NR
8 Miami 1027 13 Miami 1091 NR
9 Auburn 1013 10 Penn State 1050 NR
10 Penn State 1012 8 Auburn 1004 NR
11 Michigan State 877 15 Notre Dame 892 NR
12 Notre Dame 804 11 Michigan State 870 NR
13 Stanford 778 20 Stanford 768 NR
14 Michigan 773 NR Michigan 752 NR
15 USC 543 12 USC 691 NR
16 TCU 533 9 TCU 530 NR
17 West Virginia 511 NR Virginia Tech 524 NR
18 Mississippi State 450 19 Mississippi State 407 NR
19 Florida State 384 NR Florida State 328 NR
20 Virginia Tech 351 24 West Virginia 310 NR
21 UCF 312 6 Texas 265 NR
22 Boise State 292 22 Boise State 261 NR
23 Texas 216 NR UCF 259 NR
24 Oregon 148 NR LSU 254 NR
25 LSU 106 18 Oklahoma State 168 NR

AP Poll Others receiving votes: South Carolina 96, Florida 68, Utah 60, Oklahoma St. 51, FAU 38, Arizona 28, NC State 22, Texas A&M 21, Boston College 18, Northwestern 13, Kansas St. 10, Iowa St. 8, Houston 6, Memphis 3, Troy 2, Iowa 2, Kentucky 1, Arkansas St. 1, Fresno St. 1.

Coaches Poll Others receiving votes: South Carolina 138; Florida 135; Oregon 105; Utah 81; Texas A&M 67; Northwestern 67; Kansas State 35; Florida Atlantic 27; Boston College 23; Memphis 23; NC State 22; Troy 19; Arkansas State 19; Appalachian State 16; San Diego State 15; Kentucky 8; Iowa 8; Iowa State 8; Washington State 7; South Florida 6; Duke 5; Fresno State 4; Louisville 3; Houston 2; Arizona 2; Northern Illinois 1; Army 1.


Just because you are ranked in the AP Preseason Poll does not necessarily equate to success as Brett McMurphy’s Tweet shows.

I was reading an interesting article about the overall history of the AP Poll. The article touched on the fact that teams ranked number one in the preseason poll have not finished the season number one in the history of the AP Poll very many times. According to this article, last year Alabama became just the 11th of the previous 68 preseason number one teams to finish the season where they began. So, it is clear that the preseason poll is not always a true indicator of where teams are going to finish. We definitely need to highlight that the Trojans were the last AP Preseason No. 1 to finish the season unranked. This occurred back in 2012.

AP Poll History

YEAR PRESEASON NO. 1 FINAL RANK
YEAR PRESEASON NO. 1 FINAL RANK
1950 Notre Dame NR
1951 Tennessee 1
1952 Michigan State 1
1953 Notre Dame 2
1954 Notre Dame 4
1955 UCLA 4
1956 Oklahoma 1
1957 Oklahoma 4
1958 Ohio State 8
1959 LSU 3
1960 Syracuse T-19
1961 Iowa NR
1962 Ohio State NR
1963 USC NR
1964 Mississippi NR
1965 Nebraska 5
1966 Alabama 3
1967 Notre Dame 5
1968 Purdue 10
1969 Ohio State 4
1970 Ohio State 5
1971 Notre Dame 13
1972 Nebraska 4
1973 USC 8
1974 Oklahoma 1
1975 Oklahoma 1
1976 Nebraska 9
1977 Oklahoma 7
1978 Alabama 1
1979 USC 2
1980 Ohio State 15
1981 Michigan 12
1982 Pittsburgh 10
1983 Nebraska 2
1984 Auburn 14
1985 Oklahoma 1
1986 Oklahoma 3
1987 Oklahoma 3
1988 Florida State 3
1989 Michigan 7
1990 Miami (Fla.) 3
1991 Florida State 4
1992 Miami (Fla.) 3
1993 Florida State 1
1994 Florida 7
1995 Florida State 4
1996 Nebraska 6
1997 Penn State 16
1998 Ohio State 2
1999 Florida State 1
2000 Nebraska 8
2001 Florida 3
2002 Miami (Fla.) 2
2003 Oklahoma 3
2004 USC 1
2005 USC 2
2006 Ohio State 2
2007 USC 3
2008 Georgia 13
2009 Florida 3
2010 Alabama 10
2011 Oklahoma 16
2012 USC NR
2013 Alabama 7
2014 Florida State 5
2015 Ohio State 4
2016 Alabama 2
2017 Alabama 1
2018 Alabama ???

In the current state of college football, the AP Poll has absolutely no bearing on the College Football Playoff Rankings; the 13-member selection committee is tasked with selecting and seeding the teams in the ranking. However, we all know that each year when the AP Poll comes out, fanbases start seeing where their teams land in the rankings. The AP Poll then adds to the hype of the season that is soon to start.

This year’s College Football Playoff Rankings will come out October 30th. The remaining dates of the College Football Playoff Rankings for 2018 are listed below:

  • Tuesday, November 6
  • Tuesday, November 13
  • Tuesday, November 20
  • Tuesday, November 27
  • Sunday, December 2 (Selection Day and Playoff Semifinal teams announced)

Two of UCLA’s first three opponents do show up on the preseason polls. Oklahoma is ranked 5th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 7th in the AP Poll, while Fresno State received four votes in the Coaches Poll and just one vote in the AP Poll. A strong showing by UCLA against their first three opponents should propel the Bruins into the rankings, unless the Sooners were to lose to Florida Atlantic and Fresno State were to lose to Idaho and Minnesota. Needless to say, the Bruins being ranked in any poll is not the focus right now for UCLA. We will all be content with quality football at this point.


Go Bruins!