UCLA ranked in final AP poll for first time since 2005 season

For the first time in eight years, UCLA is in the final Associated Press poll.

The Bruins matched the No. 16 spot they reached following the 2005 season, adding more symmetry to the program’s seventh and eighth 10-win campaigns. The team had missed the final top 25 for six years running, falling out from 17th in 2012 after a blowout loss to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl.

It also finished 16th in this year’s final USA Today coaches poll.

No. 9 Oregon led the Pac-12 in the AP rankings, followed by No. 11 Stanford, No. 19 USC and No. 21 Arizona State. The league had six ranked teams as Washington snuck in at No. 25, receiving 109 votes to Nebraska’s 107. The SEC, whose seven-year championship streak ended Monday night, led all conferences with seven ranked teams.

Florida State, of course, was a unanimous No. 1 after beating Auburn in one of the most thrilling BCS title finishes ever.

The full AP poll, after the jump.

1. Florida State (60), 14-0
2. Auburn, 12-2
3. Michigan State, 13-1
4. South Carolina, 11-2
5. Missouri, 12-2
6. Oklahoma, 11-2
7. Alabama, 11-2
8. Clemson, 11-2
9. Oregon, 11-2
10. UCF, 12-1
11. Stanford, 11-3
12. Ohio State, 12-2
13. Baylor, 11-2
14. LSU, 10-3
15. Louisville, 12-1
16. UCLA, 10-3
17. Oklahoma State, 10-3
18. Texas A&M, 9-4
19. USC, 10-4
20. Notre Dame, 9-4
21. Arizona State, 10-4
22. Wisconsin, 9-4
23. Duke, 10-4
24. Vanderbilt, 9-4
25. Washington, 9-4

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  • Joe Blow

    #16? What a DISASTER. Wow. With the team we had? The QB? Mora? Barr? Total disaster.

    • BruinAZ

      SCOREBOARD!

      • Joe Blow

        We couldn’t even break the Top 15. DISASTER

        • jameskatt

          Why are you talking “We” Joe?

          Aren’t you a USC fan?

          You’ve been so negative about the Bruins you should be celebrating that the Bruins did not finish number one!

          You’re contradicting yourself by calling this year a disaster.

          • drakejr

            Let’s see, Kiffin fired. Coach O quit. 7 win Sark took over. I’d call that a total disaster for USC too.

          • Joe Blow

            Just the opposite. A lousy team, 4 coaches, reduced scholarships and finish only 3 spots behind the “high and mighty” bruins? I’d call that successful, VERY successful.

          • The EDGE

            Before your reduced schollies, sc had 3 straight (2- @ 5th) top 10 recruiting classes ’09-’11. How many are still on your team? They are sophs through seniors. Kiffin could recruit, not develop, players. He reminds me of Rick N. @ UCLA. You label UCLA as high and mighty and appear to be satisfied to be ranked lower than us with those high ranked classes.

            Your takes are just bitter. Get over it. Start 2014 right.

          • Joe Blow

            Not really, just reality.

          • LTEfan

            14-35

          • Joe Blow

            Nothing to be proud of for bruins. The expectations should be MUCH high than that.

          • LTEfan

            The expectations now are higher. But beating USC is always part of any set of expectations for UCLA, regardless of whether USC has a down year or not. That is irrelevant to the annual goals of the UCLA football program.

          • Joe Blow

            More Kool Aid please

          • Erik Dudley

            Because clowns like Kool Aid? Is that why? Please tell us more Joe!!

          • Joe Blow

            Dolts are not smart enough to understand reality.

          • Erik Dudley

            I see. So its official that you have officially redirected the point of your blog thread from clowns to dolts. May I make some suggestions for your next change of name-calling? Here are some real gems. Chowderhead, doofus, ignoramus, pinhead, and one of my personal favorites, nincompoop. That’s what you are, Joe. A nincompoop.

          • Joe Blow

            And you’re half of that.

          • Erik Dudley

            I’m not sure what half of a nincompoop is. Can you provide the theorem for bisecting a nincompoop with expressed values? I would love to read it.

          • Joe Blow

            I would, but I bet you can’t read.

          • Erik Dudley

            Tsk, tsk, Joe. Obviously I can read dummy or how would I be responding to your social invective. I expect a lack of geometry in your GED background is more likely the reason for your reticence. Perhaps we should just start with simple adding and subtracting. I wouldn’t want to tear you away from your XBox for too long.

          • Joe Blow

            From now on, address me as:
            Joseph B. Lowe

          • Erik Dudley

            Hardly worth the trouble of typing all that out, Joe. Since you are following in the footsteps of previous cowardly trolls and hiding behind a nom de plume, I hardly feel required to play along. And since I was able to cognate your post and reply in sentient fashion, you lost the previous bet. Pay up.

          • Joe Blow

            I’m sure your mommy read it to you. Address me by my name or I will not respond to a disrespectful dolt such as yourself.

          • ProbationU

            JB getting them all riled up this morning. Amazing…your SC boys are rated above one team that beat you by 3 TD’s and B. Lowe the other team that beat you by 3 TD’s. Polls are quite curious.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (That’s why only playoffs — not popularity contests — crown champions.)

          • Erik Dudley

            That’s OK, Joe. I will still enjoy our one-sided conversation without having to be bogged down by your insipid remarks.

          • Moises Rosiles

            JB UCLA is trending upwards following up a 9 win season with our first 10 win season since ’05, keeping our coaching staff intact, having our stud QB come back for another season!!! All this while SC is heading downhill settling for a mediocre head coach, chasing away Coach O, underclassmen heading for the draft depleting an already thin roster and flipping 3* recruits away from us. Times sure are a changin’!!!!

          • Joe Blow

            Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

            Even when you had the 8-9 game streak, you still won NOTHING. Team OR Individual.

          • Erik Dudley

            When have you won anything, Joe? Are you or have you ever been on any team you profess to have won anything? Did you even actually attend the school you claim to have won something with?

          • Joe Blow

            2 National Championship teams, with rings. When you win ONE, let me know and we can compare.

          • jameskatt

            UCLA has ONE National Chapionship in Football. In 1954, the UCLA football team earned the national title.

            UCLA has won 110 NCAA team championships, and 130 total national team championships—more than any other university.

          • Joe Blow

            Girly Ball. ROFLMAO

          • Moises Rosiles

            the BCS era changed the CFB landscape, we didn’t have the money to compete and we got left behind. For 2014 instead of finishing in the top 2 we just have to end in the final 4. ESPN already has UCLA ranked 7th where’s SC…oh yeah in our rear view mirror!

          • Joe Blow

            Dream On! BTW, Stanford AND Oregon are ahead of ucla, so NO WAY you make it to the playoffs. Dolt.

          • Erik Dudley

            Dream on… is that the replacement for Fight On? And please excuse Joe’s overuse of the word “dolt” today. He just learned it and, like a new toy, he just can’t stop playing with it. And where are these standings for next year you’re referring to Joe? And why isn’t USC among those “ahead” of UCLA? Are you predicting another season of Trojan misfortune? I don’t think that’s fair at all. USC has a lot to look forward to with the new regime and building off this year’s success. Don’t paint them with the failure of previous seasons.

          • Moises Rosiles

            And we have both at our house this year including you dolts!!! UCLA will be representing the Pac-12 in the playoffs and you can take that to the bank!!!

          • Joe Blow

            Right, the bank of RUPTCY

          • jameskatt

            Nothing means zero wins. Obviously, UCLA won 10 games and won the Sun Bowl. That is something.

          • jameskatt

            Nice website, Joseph B. Lowe.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (Trojan “math”?)

          • LTEfan

            Striving is not Kool Aid. Resignation to failure is apparently the tonic that you are selling. We are not buying.

          • jameskatt

            Here’s some Kool Aid. Better yet, your are such a nice person when drunk. Just get some hard liquor.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            They are much higher now: Due to the recent progress in Westwood and South-Central, we not only expect to beat the Trojans every year, we expect to humiliate them.

            Thanks for raising our expectations!

          • Joe Blow

            blah blah blah Same old line

          • jameskatt

            You’re contradicting yourself, Joe.

            If the expectations are low, then we Bruins have a lot to be proud of because we accomplished our goals.

            It is OK to have accomplishable goals, not pie in the sky goals.

            Next year, the goal is Rose Bowl, not National Championship.

          • Erik Dudley

            Hey Joe. Back shaking the Bruin tree again I see. Just how do you define successful vs. unsuccessful? Isn’t that a subjective term? Should we be open to accepting the definition of UCLA success from a Trojan apologist? Hardly a compelling argument I fear. I expect you could find success in any USC undertaking and I applaud your dedication. But expecting anyone to take you seriously here is even a bit beyond the scope of your rose-colored lenses my friend. Fright On!

          • Joe Blow

            I don’t expect clowns to understand the realities of college football. Hasn’t happened at ucla in about 60 years. Why change now?

          • Erik Dudley

            Oh Joe. “Clowns”? Really? Better start coming up with some new material. Your GED is showing.

          • Joe Blow

            Ok, you’re a dolt.

          • Erik Dudley

            Oooh, dolt!! Nice one. Now you have something to label successful. Well done, my friend.

          • Erik Dudley

            Just out of curiosity Joe, why 60 years? Are you saying that before 1953 clowns were more understanding or was 1953 the year that UCLA started utilizing clowns for PR purposes?

          • Joe Blow

            Dolt, if you could read, it say ABOUT.

          • Erik Dudley

            ah, so it might have been 1952 or even 1951 then. No wonder my Google search wasn’t coming up with anything. Thanks for the clarification.

          • deucesevenoff

            Hey JB – you talk about how lousy SC is. What is lousy? A roster with forty-five 4 star+ recruits? UCLA had 28. Fourteen of which were true freshmen, 4 red shirts and Owa was out for the year. A loaded SC team on a roll under coach O got run in their own house by a dreadful UCLA squad of 3 stars. And you talk about expectations! ok, 2012 pre-season #1. chuckle chuckle

          • Joe Blow

            A lousy team is one that can’t beat a sorry @$$ school like ucla. It’s a joke.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (See, Joe can compare ‘SC to UCLA and it’s a valid argument.

            But when we compare our success to the Trojans’, they don’t care about us at all.)

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (Don’t forget two years of humiliation at the hands of the Bruins.)

          • Joe Blow

            I WAS a disaster. Other than beating a lousy SC team, what did we accomplish?

          • LTEfan

            Well, the voters must be wrong about USC, voted them 19? Is that what you mean?

          • Joe Blow

            What I mean is we only finished 3 spots ahead of a program that is DOWN. And we’re running around like we’re Florida State.

          • LTEfan

            In that case, maybe the voters unfairly shorted UCLA a bit?

          • Joe Blow

            I think they OVERRATED ucla again. We did nothing.

          • LTEfan

            Maybe, but that’s hard to know given how weak most of the bowl affiliations are. Oregon played a lousy Texas team in the Pac-12′s 2nd bowl slot. How much can be gleaned from that? What can be taken from UCLA beating 8-4 VT by 30 points? Who knows.

          • LTEfan

            As long as your disaster is worse than ours, I can live with that!

          • Joe Blow

            Do you ever see me comparing SC to ucla? No. That’s because the bruins are irrelevant to the goals and achievements SC strives for. Aren’t you even a little embarrassed that you have to always try to get in the same boat as SC? Probably not. That’s why you’ll never get the the top.

          • LTEfan

            Well, if you guys are the top (as you say), then UCLA needs to climb over you to get there. It’s that simple. That is why SC is relevant to UCLA’s goals. If you think it should be otherwise, then please petition someone to stop playing the annual game, and then maybe move SC out of the Pac-12 conference. That would make SC irrelevant to UCLA. Until then, we dance.

          • Joe Blow

            Here you go again. Look at the body of work. You’re boring me. I’m busy.

          • Erik Dudley

            He’s busy on his XBox. He only gets to game full sound until his Mom gets home and makes him turn the volume down.

          • Joe Blow

            Actually busy doing your mom.

          • Erik Dudley

            Wow Joe. My mom’s dead. Didn’t know you rolled that way. Explains a lot.

          • Joe Blow

            She moves more than your wife did last night.

          • Erik Dudley

            And now we get to the real Joe. What a sad excuse for a troll you are if you have to resort to those tired insults. Your mom, your wife, your sister, your aunt, your grandma, you’re predictable… and sad.

          • Joe Blow

            And to think they all look like you. Heeee Haawwww

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (Trojans are always classy.)

          • Hogsman

            Yeah, busy being obsessed with a UCLA blog. I just counted – you’ve posted 22 times on this thread alone today, and it’s still early afternoon. You’re making Charlie Bucket look like a part-timer.

          • Joe Blow

            I’m not afraid to respond to you clowns.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (If anyone knows OVERRATED, it’s a Trojan.)

          • Joe Blow

            Your wife doesn’t think so

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            Even if the Bruins were to finish #1, not curing cancer during half-time of the “championship” game would be a DISASTER.

    • BruinAZ

      BLOWOUT!

      • Joe Blow

        I agree. TOTAL BLOWOUT DISASTER of a season.

        • LTEfan

          DISASTER? You mean like the last 6 weeks for you? 14-35? Mora, Klemm and Hundley all staying at UCLA despite your openly wishing to the contrary? You getting stuck with another mediocre head coach, despite claiming to have one of the best jobs in the country? Laughable that you would criticize anyone else’s season as a DISASTER. Just completely laughable.

          • Joe Blow

            DISASTER. Name our accomplishments! You can’t. Sun Bowl? Ha Lott Trophy? Ha People staying due to being afraid to compete on the next level? Ha

          • LTEfan

            10-3, 16th ranked, kicking your team’s backside, laughing at your terrible coaching hire, keeping our coach from going to his alma mater or Texas, having our best recruiter reject USC’s job offer. Given our recent history, those are all noteworthy (and putting aside what individual players accomplished in awards). The playing field has been flipped, but keep trying to read from the old script and spinning your narrative to the wrong audience.

          • Joe Blow

            Pass the Kool Aid.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Cowardly response. He gives you answers, and you can’t respond. Come on, our court jester is wittier than this. Entertain us, JoJo! Or it’s no dinner for you tonight.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Let’s not forget whiffing on a AAA coach such as Peterson, the hiring of Sarkiffian, who owns a worse P12 record than Karl Dorrell (bizarre, but true!), Pola becoming a Bruin (and immediately landing to RB’s to our recruiting class), and ZERO freshmen making the All-America Team, compared to UCLA landing three on the list (the most of any team in the nation). He’s a funny little court jester, than JoJo.

    • LTEfan

      You need new material, JB. Start drinking heavily, it may come to you.

      • Joe Blow

        You can’t take the truth.

        • LTEfan

          No, you utter the same lines over and over again. If it’s truth, say it once and be done.

          • Joe Blow

            What do you think you’ve been doing?

          • LTEfan

            Nah, I don’t keep invoking the same word over and over. DISASTER appears to be your favorite word, for many weeks now. New material, please. Drinks on me.

          • drakejr

            Hang in the LTEfan, I’m sure Joe will be back with some fresh your momma jokes in no time.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            You just have to picture JB in his court jester outfit, with the pointy hat. Puts everything in perspective.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      I, for one, think this court needs its jester. Enter JB!

      • Joe Blow

        You’d be it.

        • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

          We’ve already appointed you! Welcome to our court JB!

  • NonAlumBruin

    LOL! That was JB’s 3rd funny comment. The replies are a waste of time (and, unfortunately, degraded quickly). Just laugh. It was actually funny.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      He’s like our own little court jester–poking fun at the king, while oblivious to those at court laughing at him.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      Joe has had one or two moments of actual wit or insight.

      Mostly he just tries to incite with absurd name-calling, racist jabs, and rape fantasies involving other people’s wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters.

      • NonAlumBruin

        Yes. Three moments of actual wit in my experience.

  • jameskatt

    To reiterate:

    UCLA has won ONE National Championship in Football. The 1954 UCLA Football team won the National Championship.

    As of December 2013, UCLA has won 110 NCAA team championships, and 130 total national team championships—more than any other university.