AP Top 25: UCLA surges, Utah dips, and Washington falls out of latest media poll
The Pac-12 has four ranked teams in the latest AP Top 25, released Sunday.
It’s one fewer than what the league boasted a week ago. Washington, following a 45-38 loss to Arizona State on the road on Saturday, has fallen out of the poll. Utah also experienced a pretty precipitous fall after losing to UCLA 42-32 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
USC (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) remains the highest-ranked team in the media poll from the Pac-12, sitting at No. 7 in the latest batch of rankings. It’s a one-spot drop for the Trojans week-over-week after beating Washington State 30-14 and pitching a second-half shutout. After its win over LSU, Tennessee moved ahead of the Trojans… just in time for a major matchup with Alabama.
The Trojans face Utah on the road Saturday.
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— USC Football ✌️ (@uscfb) October 9, 2022
UCLA is the next-highest-ranked team in the league. After its second top-15 win in a row, UCLA jumped up to No. 11 in the poll. The Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) dropped then-No. 15 Washington in Week 5 and followed that up by dispatching then-No. 11 Utah on Saturday. In beating the defending Pac-12 champs, the Bruins took their spot in the poll.
It’s the highest spot UCLA has landed in an AP Top 25 since Sept. 27, 2015.
Keep Climbing. pic.twitter.com/DBZryKTLSl
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 9, 2022
Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) held serve at No. 12 for the second straight week after going on the road and handling Arizona, 49-22. The Ducks will be on a bye this week before hosting UCLA on Oct. 22 for a game that looks like it could produce one of the most influential outcomes of the season.
Utah (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) dropped nine spots to No. 20. The Utes will either surge again or fall out of the poll altogether next week. They host USC on Oct. 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Washington (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) fell out of the poll entirely, just three weeks after surging into it. The Huskies will look to regroup at home on Saturday against Arizona.
Washington State (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) is the only other Pac-12 team receiving votes in the latest poll, getting 10 points from AP poll voters even after the loss to USC. The Cougars face Oregon State on the road Saturday night.
The full AP Top 25 can be seen below:
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Ole Miss
- Penn State
- Wake Forest
- NC State
- Mississippi State
- Kansas State
- James Madison
Receiving votes: North Carolina 98, Baylor 91, Coastal Carolina 61, BYU 61, Notre Dame 58, Florida 56, Tulane 42, Purdue 34, Florida State 18, South Carolina 12, Washin gton State 10, Minnesota 5, Maryland 4, LSU 4, San Jose State 1