AP Top 25: UCLA enters the poll for first time after Washington beatdown
For the first time this season, UCLA is ranked.
The 5-0 Bruins finally entered the AP Top 25 ahead of Week 6 after a 40-32 win over then-No. 15 Washington at home on Friday night. UCLA moved all the way up to No. 18 in the latest media poll, released on Sunday. Washington dropped to No. 21. The Bruins sit behind three other Pac-12 teams — No. 6 USC, No. 11 Utah, and No. 12 Oregon.
Job’s not finished. pic.twitter.com/EZ9oejIVwr
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 2, 2022
This is UCLA’s first time back in the AP Top 25 since Sept. 26 of last season. They sit behind six one-loss teams in the poll.
With its win over Washington, UCLA extended its winning streak to eight games — one of the longest active streaks in the FBS. The Bruins did it in a dominant fashion, too. They effectively stymied UW’s Michael Penix Jr. and got absolutely wonderful play from their own quarterback, Dorian Thompson-Robinson. UCLA had a 40-16 lead going into the fourth quarter.
And they’ll have a chance to pick up another marquee win this Saturday when another top-15 team comes to the Rose Bowl. UCLA will host Utah (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX.
The Bruins are one of five ranked teams from the Pac-12 in the latest media poll. The rest of the Top 25 can be seen below:
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Ole Miss
- Penn State
- NC State
- Wake Forest
- Kansas State
- Mississippi State
Receiving votes: Washington State 91, Baylor 88, Florida State 78, Arkansas 76, James Madison 39, Florida 37, Maryland 25, Coastal Carolina 17, Minnesota 14, Tulane 9, Illinois 6, North Carolina 5, Texas A&M 4, Purdue 2, Oklahoma 2