UCLA moves up to No. 9 in AP poll after beating USC

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley celebrates UCLA's 38-20 win over USC on Saturday night. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley celebrates UCLA’s 38-20 win over USC on Saturday night. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA was already ranked in the top 10 of the playoff rankings last Tuesday, but the Associated Press voters followed suit after watching it thump USC for the third straight year.

The Bruins moved up two spots to No. 9, the same spot they held in last week’s playoff rankings. The selection committee has consistently placed Pac-12 teams higher than their placements in AP poll, which bodes well for UCLA’s chances to continue creeping up on Tuesday evening.

The Bruins are in the top 10 of the AP poll for the first time since September, when they were ranked eighth following a blowout win at Arizona State. Jim Mora’s squad is currently the second-highest ranked two-loss team, one spot behind Georgia.

Oregon stayed at No. 3, and will play the Bruins for the Pac-12 title if the latter beats Stanford. If UCLA loses, the Ducks will instead face the winner of Arizona vs. Arizona State. Both of those games will kick off Friday at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Utah and USC are both out of the poll entirely, as well as out of the Pac-12 South race.

The Pac-12 and the SEC each have four teams ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll. The Big 12 and the Big Ten have three each, while the ACC’s lone entry is No. 1 Florida State.

See the full Associated Press poll below: Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Five-star linebacker Keisean Lucier-South commits to UCLA

The news got a bit buried as UCLA began its 38-20 demolition of USC at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, but the Bruins picked up their biggest 2015 commitment yet an hour before kickoff.

Five-star prospect Keisean Lucier-South picked the Bruins over offers from just about every other team in the Pac-12, as well as top programs such as Alabama, Florida State and TCU. Ranked fifth-best outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, and the third-best by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder is a consensus top-40 recruit across all positions.

The Orange Lutheran product is the second five-star recruit to commit to UCLA’s 2015 class. Top quarterback Josh Rosen has already signed a grant-in-aid agreement with the Bruins.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

UCLA wins third straight over USC in emphatic fashion

Receiver Devin Lucien and the rest of the Bruins celebrate UCLA’s third straight win over UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

For anyone looking to relive UCLA’s 38-20 win over USC on Saturday night, check out the photo gallery our staff photographers Hans Gutknecht and Keith Birmingham shot by clicking through above. Here’s the rest of the game coverage from LANG:

» Mark Whicker’s column on just how quickly UCLA has turned around the Los Angeles football rivalry.
» Brett Hundley’s three touchdown passes made him the first UCLA quarterback to win three straight over USC since Cade McNown.
» A closer look at linebacker Eric Kendricks’ key interception, one that stood up to video review.
» UCLA’s win over USC sets up a potential rematch with Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship on Dec. 5.
» On the opposite sideline, first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian flopped despite his USC pedigree.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email