I doubt anyone expected the Bruins to be stay ranked after the Holiday Bowl beatdown, but now it’s official. UCLA received 31 votes, which placed the team at No. 31. Baylor, which won 49-26 in San Diego, finished just outside the polls with 95 votes. The Bruins were last ranked in a final AP poll after a 10-win season in 2005, one that ended in 50-38 Sun Bowl victory over Northwestern.
If it’s any consolation, USC finished with no votes for the second time in three years. Quite a fall for a preseason No. 1.