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UCLA Football Cracks AP’s Top 25

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 | 3:24 pm
 
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UCLA entered The Associated Press Top 25 poll on Tuesday on the heels of the Bruins’ upset victory Saturday over then-No.16 LSU.

The 2-0 Bruins took LSU’s spot in the poll, placed as No. 16 among the nation’s best teams.

UCLA scored a 38-27 win over LSU after blowing out Hawaii 44-10 in the season opener.

The Bruins have an extra week off to prepare for Fresno State Bulldogs on Sept. 18 at the Rose Bowl.

In spite of a traffic jam, UCLA looked great and finished strong Saturday as more than 68,000 attended the game.

Attendance was way up from the home opener when just 32,982 people showed up at the nearly 91,000-seat stadium to see the Bruins defeat the University of Hawaii’s Rainbow Warriors.

Attendance at that lopsided contest was dangerously close to the lowest point in Bruins home game attendance, which was on Nov. 7, 1992, with 32,513 ticket holders watching UCLA beat the Oregon State University Beavers 26 to 14.

Crosstown rival USC is ranked No. 14. The Trojans defeated San Jose State 30-7. USC takes on Stanford in Week 2 before a road trip to Washington State.

The two teams are scheduled to square off on Nov. 20.
This is UCLA’s highest ranking since 2015. A successful college football season could go a long way in helping the Rose Bowl recover after it was shuttered for a year due to the pandemic.

During that time, the city was forced to carry millions of dollars of the stadium’s debt.

In a meeting with the City Council in June, stadium officials painted a gloomy picture and listed declining attendance at college football games throughout the country as a potential revenue issue.

At that time, stadium officials said UCLA’s performance/attendance will have a very significant impact on Rose Bowl Operating Co. net revenues.

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