UCLA’s loss to Arizona State dropped the Bruins all the way down to No. 22 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls — just one spot ahead of USC.
The rivals face off at the Coliseum at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the Trojans opening as 3.5-point favorites.
After Oregon’s upset loss to Arizona, No. 8 Stanford now stands as the Pac-12′s lone top-10 team. The Ducks and ASU sit at 12th and 13th, respectively.
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Despite a 41-31 win over Washington, UCLA fell a spot to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll — switching spots with No. 13 Michigan State.
The Spartans moved up after a 41-28 win at Nebraska that clinched a share of the Big Ten Legends title.
The two teams also made the same switch in the USA Today coaches poll.
USC, still tied with the Bruins for second in the Pac-12 South, moved back into the AP poll to No. 23 after its 20-17 upset of Stanford. It was the Trojans’ first win over the now-No. 10 Cardinal since 2008.
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UCLA’s 45-23 win over Colorado bumped the Bruins up a slot to No. 16 in the latest Associated Press poll, swapping them with undefeated Fresno State.
(UPDATE: The Bruins were also ranked No. 19 in the latest BCS rankings.)
The top six remain unchanged, but Florida State took three first-place votes from Alabama, and one from Oregon. The Seminoles crushed then-No. 7 Miami 41-14.
Arizona State gained two spots after a 55-21 blowout of Washington State. The Sun Devils are now ranked 23rd, ahead of Notre Dame and Texas Tech.
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UCLA was ranked No. 22 in the country in the first Associated Press poll, slotted as the third-best team in the conference.
The Bruins beat Cal State San Bernardino, 96-66, in a home exhibition Wednesday night, but allowed 14 offensive rebounds and made just one of their 12 3-point attempts. They play a second exhibition on Monday against Cal State San Marcos, and open their season against Drexel on Nov. 8.
Arizona paced the Pac-12 at No. 6 in the AP poll. Oregon was ranked 19th. Colorado, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford also received votes.
Kentucky beat Michigan State for the No. 1 spot, taking 27 first-place votes to the Spartans’ 22. The Wildcats finished out of the poll last season, then lost in the NIT to Robert Morris.
Louisville and Duke also received first-place votes.
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A 42-14 loss at Oregon knocked UCLA down five spots in the latest Associated Press poll, the Bruins settling in at No. 17. (They fell to No. 19 in the USA Today coaches poll.) The Ducks stayed at No. 2 and held on to three of 60 first-place votes.
Stanford is one spot out of the top five after a gritty 20-12 win at Oregon State. Arizona State rejoined the rankings following its bye week.
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A 24-10 loss at Stanford dropped UCLA just outside the national top 10. The Bruins are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll, and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The first BCS rankings, to be released tonight, will factor in the latter.
Stanford moved up to eighth in both polls after spoiling UCLA’s perfect record, becoming the highest-ranked one-loss team in the country. Undefeated Oregon held steady at No. 2 after cruising to a 62-38 win over Washington State.
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UCLA’s 37-10 win over Cal didn’t look as good as the box score indicated, but never mind that for now: the Bruins took care of business Saturday night, and they’re now officially a top-10 team.
The Associated Press poll slotted UCLA at No. 9 after losses by Stanford (previously ranked fifth) and Georgia (seventh). It is the team’s first top-10 appearance since Oct. 30, 2005, when it reached No. 7 following a 30-27 overtime win over the Cardinal. Karl Dorrell guided the Bruins to a 10-2 season that year, his best mark as a head coach, and beat Northwestern in the Sun Bowl for his only postseason victory.
Perched again among college football’s elite, UCLA must next travel to No. 13 Stanford to face a team smarting off its 27-21 loss at unranked Utah. Win that one, and ESPN College GameDay will almost certainly be on hand for Bruins’ Oct. 26 visit to No. 2 Oregon.
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Grinding out a 34-27 win at Utah displayed high-powered UCLA in an entirely different light — its offense converting just 36 percent of third downs, its defense grabbing a remarkable six interceptions.
It wasn’t pretty, but the victory in Salt Lake City moved the Bruins up a spot to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll.
The rest of the conference didn’t see too much movement, with No. 2 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford both staying put. Washington dropped a spot to 16th after losing to the Cardinal by three, while Arizona State dropped out completely from No. 22. The Sun Devils made a number of bone-headed decisions in a 37-34 loss to Notre Dame, such as allowing a punt to roll to the 1-yard line.
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Another bye, another jump.
After moving up two spots during its last weekend off, UCLA again made gains in the AP poll despite not playing a game. The Bruins are now ranked No. 12 in the country, ahead of South Carolina and behind Oklahoma. UCLA last made the top 10 in October 2005.
Elsewhere in the conference, Arizona State earned its way back into the rankings at No. 22 by trouncing USC, 62-41, and getting Lane Kiffin fired. Trojans athletic director Pat Haden decided to ax him during the third quarter.
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Today’s edition of the Associated Press poll showed little movement, with the top 14 teams staying put after an unexciting slate of games. UCLA remained at No. 13 after blowing out New Mexico State 59-13. The Pac-12 now has four ranked teams, with Arizona State dropping out after losing to Stanford, 42-28.
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