Yesterday's game at Nebraska was a big one for the Bruins on so many levels. On an emotional level, I don't think I can come anywhere close to what gbruin wrote this morning in his Morning After post. From a more normal football aspect, we won big against a ranked opponent in one of the most difficult venues in college football, a stadium that has eaten past - very good - Bruin teams alive.
There was never any question that UCLA would move up in the rankings today. The question was how many spots the team could jump in a week where nobody in the several spots ahead of the Bruins lost (though one came close to an embarrassing home loss). The AP voters moved us up by 3 places this week, from #16 to #13 overall - with a few voters, like Jon Wilner, placing us much higher on their individual ballots. The Coaches were a bit more conservative in their voting, moving the Bruins up a pair of positions, to #15. In both polls, UCLA jumped ahead of idle Oklahoma. The Coaches had Nebraska ranked ahead of us last week, accounting for the second gained ranking position. The AP voters moved us ahead of idle Miami, as well as Michigan after their near-loss at home to Akron.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon remained ranked 2nd in both polls after their domination of Tennessee at Auzen Stadium. Stanford is ranked at #5 in both polls, falling one spot by the Coaches' after a closer than expected visit to West Point, defeating Army 34-20. Washington followed the Bruins rise in the rankings this week after defeating Illinois in Chicago, 34-24. The Huskies moved up to 17th in the AP poll, and 20th in the Coaches.
ASU made their season debut at #23 in both polls after their controversial W over Wisconsin last night in Tempe, putting 5 teams in each organization's top-25. Arizona received votes in both polls after a 38-13 win over Texas-San Antonio, and Southern Cal got a few votes from the Coaches after beating Boston College.
|Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 59, Fresno State 27, UCF 25, Northern Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise State 4, Virginia Tech 3, TCU 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1|
And the USA Today/Coaches Poll:
|Schools Dropped Out|
|No. 15 Nebraska (2-1), No. 18 (Tie) Wisconsin (2-1), No. 24 TCU (1-2).|
|Others Receiving Votes|
|Nebraska 55; Wisconsin 53; Texas Tech 49; Georgia Tech 37; Arkansas 34; Central Florida 33; Arizona 29; Northern Illinois 26; Auburn 15; Virginia Tech 9; Brigham Young 8; Southern California 7; Kansas State 6; Boise State 5; Utah State 5; Rutgers 2.|