UCLA ranked below USC in AP poll for the first time since 2012

For the first time in almost two years, UCLA is ranked below USC.

The Bruins fell a spot to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll following Saturday’s 42-35 win over Memphis — their second straight closer-than-expected victory over a seemingly inferior opponent. UCLA had started the season at No. 7, and was a trendy pick to make the inaugural four-team College Football Playoff.

Meanwhile, USC rose to No. 9 in Sunday’s poll after upsetting Stanford, 13-10, on the road. This is the first time the Trojans have been ranked above UCLA in the AP poll since Oct. 28, 2012, when they were seven spots ahead at No. 18.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon rose a spot to No. 2 — earning 16 first-place votes after a 46-27 blowout of then-No. 7 Michigan State. The Cardinal and Arizona State are ranked 15th and 16th, respectively.

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UCLA falls four spots to No. 11 in AP poll, USA Today coaches poll

So much for that top-ten billing.

UCLA fell four spots to No. 11 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls, its 28-20 win at Virginia not nearly matching up to wide expectations of a blowout. Although the Bruins’ defense looked elite in returning touchdowns on two interceptions and a fumble, the offense rarely found its rhythm.

There’s still time for UCLA to fix itself up before Pac-12 play begins, but mustering just one offensive touchdown against the Cavaliers on ESPN dispelled a lot of the national title hype of recent weeks.

Oregon remains the highest-ranked team in the conference at No. 3, while Stanford, USC and Arizona State follow the Bruins at 13th, 14th and 17th, respectively.

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UCLA returns to Associated Press top 25

UCLA’s emphatic win over Arizona State has pushed the Bruins back into the national top 25.

A 15-point victory convinced enough voters that Steve Alford’s team belonged at No. 25, tied with Oklahoma. UCLA is now just two spots behind Duke, a team that last month — then ranked No. 8 — defeated the Bruins by 17 points at Madison Square Garden.

No. 1 Arizona remains undefeated, and received all but four first-place votes. No. 21 Colorado is the Pac-12′s only other ranked team.

Oregon fell out of the poll from No. 17 after a 96-83 home loss to Cal. Both the Ducks and the Bears, who started 3-0 in conference play, received votes.

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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.

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UCLA falls eight spots to No. 22 in polls

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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UCLA falls to No. 14 in polls despite beating UW

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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Bruins move up a spot in Associated Press poll

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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Bruins debut at No. 22 in preseason AP poll

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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UCLA falls to No. 17 in Associated Press poll

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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UCLA falls to No. 12 in Associated Press poll

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.

The Bruins’ blemished record did little to dissuade ESPN College GameDay, which will travel to Eugene for Saturday’s 4 p.m. clash between UCLA and Oregon. Continue reading

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