Bruins earn first top-10 ranking since 2005

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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UCLA jumps to No. 11 in Associated Press poll

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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UCLA moves up one spot in AP poll, USC drops Lane Kiffin

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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Bruins stay at No. 13 in AP poll

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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UCLA moves up to No. 16 in AP poll

Despite sitting during a bye week, UCLA moved up two spots today to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. Florida, Notre Dame and Texas — ranked 12th, 14th and 15th a week ago — all dropped below the Bruins after losses, with the Longhorns falling completely out of the rankings after a 40-21 loss to BYU.

Also absent from the AP poll is USC, which lost an ugly 10-7 game at home against Washington State. It was the first time that the Trojans had lost to the Cougars in 13 years, and their first lost against an unranked WSU squad since 1997.

No. 2 Oregon, No. 5 Stanford and No. 19 Washington represent the rest of the Pac-12 this week.

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UCLA moves up three spots to No. 18 in AP poll

A dominant 58-20 win over Nevada bumped UCLA up three spots in the second edition of the Associated Press poll. The Bruins (1-0) are now ranked No. 18 in the country, just behind Michigan and ahead of Northwestern.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon moved up to No. 2 — the earliest in the season it has ever been ranked that high. Stanford dropped a spot to No. 5. Washington moved up to No. 20 after upsetting then-No. 19 Boise State, holding the Broncos without a touchdown for the first time since 1997.

USC stayed in the rankings despite an uneven win over Hawaii, hanging on at No. 25. Arizona State and Arizona received votes. Oregon State dropped out after losing to Eastern Washington at home.

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UCLA ranked No. 21 in preseason AP poll

For the first time since 2007, UCLA will open the season ranked in the AP top 25.

The Bruins slotted in at No. 21 in the country in the Associated Press preseason poll, the same spot they held in the previously released USA Today Coaches Poll. UCLA last made the preseason rankings in 2007, when they clocked in at No. 14.

It is also the first time since 2001 that AP voters put UCLA above USC, 24th, in a preseason poll. Ranked No. 14 in the country, the Bruins opened the season with a 20-17 win at Alabama. For perspective, Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’” was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 that weekend, Jeepers Creepers opened No. 1 at the box office, and Will Ferrell was still on SNL.

Oregon and Stanford unsurprisingly led the Pac-12 ranked third and fourth, respectively. Oregon State is No. 25.

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