In a commanding performance on the road, UCLA decimated the San Diego State Aztecs, emerging triumphant with a resounding 35-10 victory. The game’s score belied the true dominance of the Bruins, who could have easily secured a more than 40-point lead if Coach Chip Kelly had not eased off the accelerator.
Fresh off this emphatic win, UCLA has earned a place in the esteemed Associated Press’s Top 25 rankings, solidifying their status as a formidable force in college football.
The suspense was palpable as football enthusiasts waited with bated breath to see if UCLA would also make an appearance in the Coaches’ Poll. The verdict is in, and it’s good news for the Bruins. They’ve notched the 25th position in the Coaches Poll, while also claiming the 24th spot in the AP Poll.
The 2023 season in the Pac-12 is shaping up to be a memorable one, with a touch of irony from the football gods. The Pac-12 conference boasts an astonishing eight teams gracing the AP Poll—an impressive feat in itself. Furthermore, the Coaches Poll features seven Pac-12 teams:
Coaches Poll (Week 2 Rankings):
- USC at No. 5
- Washington at No. 8
- Utah at No. 12
- Oregon at No. 13
- Oregon State at No. 17
- Colorado at No. 21
- UCLA at No. 25
The Pac-12 is off to a blazing start this season, currently holding an impressive 18-3 record in non-conference games. Utah has been a standout performer, toppling both Florida and Baylor in consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, Colorado clinched victories against TCU and Nebraska, showcasing their prowess.
Washington made a statement by trouncing Boise State, while UCLA displayed their mettle with a dominating performance on the road against San Diego State. Washington State also made waves by handling a ranked Wisconsin squad with confidence. The three losses suffered by Pac-12 teams were closely contested battles: Auburn narrowly edged past Cal in a nail-biter, Arizona lost in overtime against Mississippi State, and Oklahoma State secured a 12-point victory over ASU.
UCLA’s non-conference schedule is set to conclude next week with a home game against North Carolina Central. Assuming the Bruins continue their winning streak, it sets the stage for an electrifying conference clash between UCLA and Utah in Salt Lake City.