Kirk Herbstreit had Chip Kelly as one of his top-performing coaches of the week, Dorian Thompson-Robinson as one of his top-performing players of the week, and UCLA as one of his top-performing teams of the week.

Essentially, the ESPN personality couldn’t have shown more love to the Bruins after their 42-32 win over then-No. 11 Utah than he did earlier this week.

Texas’ Steve Sarkisian got the nod as Herbie’s top-performing coach in America for Week 6 after a 49-0 romp of Oklahoma, but Kelly was Herbstreit’s No. 2 coach. With UCLA off to a 6-0 start, Kelly is even getting some National Coach of the Year buzz. Things are clicking this season the way the Bruins thought when they brought Kelly to town years ago.

Thompson-Robinson got the nod from Herbstreit after an 18-for-23 performance against the Utes. Facing a defense that entered the game top-15 nationally in scoring defense, DTR totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and over 300 yards of total offense.

For the win, UCLA took Utah’s place at No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25. From 2014-2020, UCLA couldn’t top more than six wins in a single season. Now, the Bruins have their best start since going 8-0 to open the 2005 season.

The Bruins are on a bye this week, but when they return to the field they’ll be in Eugene, Oregon to take on the 12th-ranked Oregon Ducks. A similar performance might land them right back on Herbstreit’s lists.