After an unbelievably disappointing loss to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, UCLA dropped just a couple of spots in the AP and Coaches Poll on Sunday morning. The Bruins rank No. 11 in the Coaches Poll and come in at No. 12 in the AP poll.
Much of this can be attributed to a bevy of other top-10 and top-25 teams falling. Clemson, Texas A&M, LSU, Louisville, and South Carolina all lost this week, and all but Clemson fell below UCLA in the polls.
Stanford, meanwhile, worked their way back into the top 10, earning a No. 8 placing in both polls after beating UCLA on national television.
Of course, the AP poll won’t matter for much longer as the BCS standings are set to be released, but in some ways, the AP poll still holds some weight.
Regardless, the Bruins will now have to face an uphill battle for a BCS bowl bid, and the first step is beating Oregon, although that task looks like a bigger challenge than it did two days ago. With the Ducks disposing of every team rather easily, it’s likely Oregon will make quick work of the Bruins.
Oregon (steady at No. 2), Stanford, and UCLA are the only teams to find a spot in the polls, as Washington fell out of the rankings following a major setback loss to Arizona State in Tempe, a blowout that was over by the third quarter. The Utah Utes, which received votes last week for their upset over the Cardinal, did not receive any this week after falling to the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson.
These aren’t the only ranking systems the Bruins dropped in, they also dropped one spot in the TiqIQ Top 25.