UCLA is No. 22 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, which were announced Tuesday evening on ESPN.
The Bruins were popularly touted as a playoff contender before the season started, but have since lost games to Utah and Oregon — as well as struggling to piece together complete games in most of their wins. The best that UCLA can now hope for is likely a Pac-12 South championship, which should give them another shot at the Ducks in the conference title game.
These are the first of six weekly top-25 rankings that will be announced leading up to the inaugural four-team playoff, which replaced the former BCS Championship system. The Pac-12′s other representatives are No. 12 Arizona — the Bruins’ next opponent — No. 14 Arizona State, and No. 17 Utah.
UCLA No. 25 in the Associated Press poll, but committee members are told to disregard polls that set preseason rankings when making their own decisions.