UCLA Football Drops Out of the Polls But Not Out of the Pac-12 South Race


The UCLA Football team drops out of both Top 25 polls, but surprisingly is still in the hunt for the Pac-12 South Division.

One would think that after the UCLA Football (7-3, 4-3) team lost to Washington State (7-3, 5-2) 31-27 at the Rose Bowl, that their future would be in serious jeopardy. The Bruin’s post-season hopes did take a hit, especially in the college football landscape as the Bruins have dropped out of the Amway Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 Poll. Come Tuesday, the Bruins might also drop out of the College Football Playoff Rankings.

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But that is not important anymore. The only thing that matters is the Pac-12 South. This loss puts a damper on the Bruin’s plans for capturing the division, but it did not knock them out of the running.

Surprisingly, they still control their own destiny. With Utah losing to Arizona last night, that left the door open for the Bruins. Though the circumstances have changed, it is still as tight of a race as ever in the Pac-12 South Division.

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The Utah loss keeps the Bruin’s hopes alive in the South Division, which remains a three team race between UCLA, Utah and USC. As it has been the last few weeks, if the Bruins win out, then they capture the South and head to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Simple. Or not really. UCLA has two more games left and guess which teams it is against… that is right, Utah and USC. The Bruins, at this point, have not met expectations this season, but fortunately they still have a chance, but it will be difficult.

The Bruins finish the season on the road against the two teams they are trying to win the Division against, so it will not be a cakewalk, but it can happen. This is not how the Bruins imagined they would end the season, but it is something to fight for and to get wins against Utah and USC would be extraordinarily satisfying in addition to winning the South.

Go Bruins!