With UCLA football’s 36-7 win over the Cougars of Houston, the AP gave UCLA some love and gave the Bruins a three-spot bump from No. 22 to No. 19.
UCLA rightfully got the bump, moving them past Louisville and Michigan State, the former of which struggled against UNC and the latter having lost to now-11th-ranked Notre Dame.
Oh, and South Cal (USC)? They lost to No. 21 Stanford and dropped to No. 13 in the rankings. UCLA fans in the student section rejoiced upon the PA announcer at the Rose Bowl declaring Stanford the winner in a defensive battle up in Palo Alto.
Also of note: Five Pac-12 teams made the top-25, with Arizona moving up to No. 22, while Oregon moved to No. 3 after the aforementioned fall of Troy and the rise of the Stanford Cardinal. Oregon State narrowly missed the top-25, and they come in at No. 26 in the AP, receiving 68 votes just for beating No. 13 Wisconsin last week while having a bye this past Saturday. Nebraska, UCLA’s week two opponent, also worked their way back to the top-25 at No. 25, making UCLA’s schedule look much stronger than UCLA skeptics had pegged it to be.
Enjoy the rankings, UCLA fans. Something tells us the expectations for this team have now skyrocketed, even if the win against Houston was entirely sloppy.
Oh, and enjoy SUC’s loss, too. Because now, the best college football squad in LA wears Bruin Blue and Gold.