The Bruins were able to go up even farther in the most recent top 25 by defeating rated Washington and ranked Utah in back-to-back weeks.
Midway through the season, the Bruins’ public image has been further strengthened by another notable victory.
In the Week 7 edition of the AP Poll released on Sunday, UCLA football (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) received 907 points, placing them at No. 11 in the nation. Prior to Week 5, the Bruins had not been ranked at all for the entire season, but they have since made the top 25 in back-to-back weeks.
UCLA moved up to No. 18 in last week’s poll thanks to a 40-32 victory over then-No. 15 Washington, and a 42-32 triumph over Utah this past Saturday gave them an even bigger lift. The Bruins have completed two-thirds of their midseason grueling schedule and have emerged uninjured and ranked among the top teams in the Pac-12.
After its upcoming bye, UCLA will face Oregon, marking just the sixth time in 50 games under coach Chip Kelly that the team will be ranked. The Bruins have been rated at least once every season since Kelly took over.
In the earlier part of Sunday, UCLA rose in the USA Today Coaches Poll, taking the No. 12 slot.
After trouncing Auburn, Georgia reclaimed the top spot in the AP poll. While receiving a few first-place votes, Alabama dropped to No. 3, moving Ohio State up to No. 2 with 20 first-place votes.
Otherwhere in the Pac-12, USC dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 after playing Washington State at home and barely escaping with a win. Due to its defeat by UCLA, Utah fell from No. 11 to No. 20, while Oregon held onto No. 12 after defeating Arizona 49–22.
Washington State was still listed under states getting votes, but fell from No. 26 to No. 36. On the other hand, Washington completely broke apart.
The Bruins, who are ranked second in the Pac-12, play the No. 12 Ducks in Eugene two weeks from now.
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