UCLA moves back into AP top-15 after win at Washington

A month after falling out of the Associated Press poll, UCLA is back in the top-15.

The Bruins’ 44-30 win at Washington was arguably their most complete performance of the season, earning them a four-spot bump to No. 14 in the country. UCLA had jumped seven spots in the previous poll following their win against No. 17 Arizona.

With two games left at the Rose Bowl after the upcoming bye week, the Bruins have a decent chance at winning out against USC and Stanford. But even a 10-win regular-season might not be enough for the Pac-12 South title. UCLA needs Arizona State, ranked No. 7 after beating Notre Dame, to lose one of its last three conference games to inch ahead in the division.

Oregon is still the Pac-12′s highest-ranked team, moving up two spots to No. 3 after a 51-27 win at Utah. The Utes fell to No. 25.

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UCLA jumps seven spots to No. 18 in Associated Press poll

Quarterback Brett Hundley celebrates UCLA's 17-7 win over Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Rose Bowl. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Quarterback Brett Hundley celebrates UCLA’s 17-7 win over Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Rose Bowl. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

All the hype surrounding UCLA football dissipated a month ago, but the Bruins are quietly making sure they stay on the national consciousness.

The Bruins moved up seven spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll after holding offoff Arizona in 17-7 win — one that never felt in danger in the final minutes due to a strong defensive performance. It was their largest jump in the poll this season, as well as the largest of any team this week.

UCLA still has little room for error in a tight Pac-12 South race. Even if the Bruins win out against Washington, USC and Stanford, it needs one-loss Arizona State to drop one more game. The Sun Devils remaining conference schedule consists of Oregon State and Washington State — two of the Pac-12′s worst teams — as well as their rival Wildcats.

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UCLA moves back into Associated Press poll after beating Cal

UCLA’s absence from the national rankings didn’t last long.

A 36-34 win at Cal moves the Bruins moved into the Associated Press poll at No. 25. The team had fallen out completely from No. 18 a week earlier, following back-to-back losses to Utah and Oregon.

UCLA remains unranked in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

The Ducks remain the Pac-12′s highest-ranked team, jumping three spots to No. 6 after blowing out Washington.

Stanford is now unranked after entering the weekend at No. 23. A loss to Arizona State gave the Cardinal their third of the season.

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UCLA unranked in AP poll for first time since Jim Mora’s first season

This is a strange time for the Pac-12.

Stanford, the back-to-back conference champion, has two losses and is ranked No. 23. Arizona and Utah — which entered the season unranked since 2012 and 2010, respectively — are 16th and 20th.

And then there’s UCLA, which just two weeks ago was still a top-ten team.

For the first time since third-year head coach Jim Mora’s debut season, the Bruins have fallen out of the Associated Press completely. A 42-30 loss to Oregon on national television — one in which the Ducks led by as much as 32 — dispelled what little hope UCLA had left for making the inaugural College Football Playoff, dropping the Bruins from No. 18 to “receiving votes.”

They now sit one spot outside the top-25 rankings, with 110 points to No. 25 Marshall’s 148.

UCLA hadn’t been absent from the AP poll since Jan. 8, 2013, the final set of rankings following the 2012 season. The Bruins ended that year with a 49-26 loss to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl and dropped out from No. 17.

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After loss to Utah, UCLA falls to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll

Jim Mora stands on the field before UCLA's eventual 30-28 loss to Utah at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Jim Mora stands on the field before UCLA’s eventual 30-28 loss to Utah at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Poised to move up in the rankings after a slew upsets on Saturday, UCLA instead dropped to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll.

The Bruins lost 30-28 to Utah on Saturday night, a game in which the Utes sacked Brett Hundley 10 times and held off a late comeback attempt. Utah debuted in the rankings at No. 24.

Arizona is now the only undefeated Pac-12 team left, a turn of events that would have stunned any college football pundit before the season started. The Wildcats upset No. 2 Oregon on Thursday, dropping the Ducks to 12th.

Stanford fell 11 spots to No. 25 after losing their second game of the season, a 17-14 decision at Notre Dame. The Cardinal also lost to USC last month, which in turn fell out of the polls after losing to Arizona State on a Hail Mary.

The Sun Devils — blown out by UCLA, 62-27, a week ago — are now ranked 20th.

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