UCLA football has arrived.
The UCLA Bruins’ dismantling of the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday earned UCLA a spot in the BCS standings, debuting at No. 18 on the list.
The Bruins were unranked in the BCS last week, but earned the No. 25 spot in the AP poll after beating Arizona State in a thriller in Tempe. This week, UCLA also managed to improve their AP standing, earning a 17th spot in the poll.
Obviously, other Pac-12 teams made the BCS standings, but we know there’s only one particular rival you’re concerned about.
This marks the first time since November 2001 that the UCLA Bruins ranked ahead of USC in either rankings, prompting immediate fan-driven trolling of USC fans who are now holding their head in their hands despite giving Oregon its first real challenge of the 2012 season.
Of note, though, is that Nebraska, coming off a win against Michigan State, is behind UCLA one spot, No. 18, in the AP poll but No. 16 in the BCS, putting them ahead of the Bruins by two spots. UCLA beat Nebraska in the second week of the season, 36-30.
Other Pac-12 teams in the BCS: Oregon (No. 3), Oregon State (No. 11), and Stanford (No. 14).
UCLA is leading USC by the margin of .2533 to .1706. In the BCS standings, that’s almost like 50-0.
— Chris Dufresne (@DufresneLATimes) November 5, 2012