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Hundley Leads UCLA Bruins to First Final Top Ten Ranking Since 1998

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1998 was the first year of the BCS. It was also the last year UCLA won the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Conference Championship. And, of course, it was the year a hurricane forced the re-scheduling of the infamous Miami game that kept us from being in the BCS title game. It was also the last time UCLA finished the season ranked in the Top Ten in both polls, until now, that is.

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UCLA's Alamo Bowl victory over K-State was enough to push the Bruins into the Top Ten in both the AP and USAToday Amway Coaches polls, barely in the case of the Coaches Poll, but it was enough.

Amazingly, both polls look remarkably similar to each other now that the season has concluded. The first six spots are the same in both and the top ten in each only flip-flop Baylor and Georgia Tech.

This marks the first time that UCLA has finished the season in the Top Ten in both polls since 1998 and only the twelfth time ever that UCLA has accomplished this.

While we are the first ones to wonder what could have been if Fairbairn's kick against Utah was a few feet different, we want to congratulate the Bruins for what they accomplished this season.

Of course, that would not have been possible if it wasn't for the amazing abilities of QB Brett Hundley. He will definitely be missed. From his first game until his last, there has never been a doubt that Brett was the leader of this team.

Here's to hoping that this year serves as a building block for next year and future seasons and that others will step up to fill the leadership void left behind by Brett's graduation.

Here are both polls with first-place votes in parentheses:

AP Points LW Coaches Points Previous
1 Ohio State (59) 1475 5 Ohio State (62) 1550 4
2 Oregon 1402 3 Oregon 1477 3
3 TCU 1349 6 TCU 1408 6
4 Alabama 1297 1 Alabama 1363 1
5 Michigan State 1212 7 Michigan State 1282 7
5/6 Florida State 1212 2 Florida State 1262 2
7 Baylor 1098 4 Georgia Tech 1136 9
8 Georgia Tech 1071 10 Baylor 1135 5
9 Georgia 925 13 Georgia 1018 13
10 UCLA 908 14 UCLA 909 15
11 Mississippi St. 767 8 Missouri 907 14
12 Arizona State 756 15 Mississippi St. 799 8
13 Wisconsin 724 17 Wisconsin 765 17
14 Missouri 710 16 Arizona State 750 16
15 Clemson 683 18 Clemson 733 15
16 Boise State 653 21 Boise State 627 21
17 Ole Miss 543 9 Arizona 574 11
18 Kansas State 509 11 Kansas State 556 10
19 Arizona 499 12 Ole Miss 444 12
20 Southern Cal 315 24 Utah 331 25
21 Utah 302 23 Southern Cal 297 NR
22 Auburn 216 19 Marshall 178 NR
23 Marshall 161 NR Auburn 167 19
24 Louisville 116 20 Louisville 113 20
25 Memphis 94 NR Memphis 93 NR

Go Bruins!