How high does UCLA enter the top ten of the latest 2022 college football power rankings?
1. Georgia Bulldogs (6-0) | Last week: 1
Georgia bounced back to dominate at home against Auburn, 42-10, to improve to 6-0. The Dawgs racked up 500 yards of offense with a balanced attack that included 292 rushing yards, and the defense held Auburn to 258 yards. Georgia has a bye week coming up, but they must take care of business versus Vanderbilt this Saturday.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) | Last week: 2
Not having Bryce Young (shoulder) hurt, but Texas A&M played Alabama extremely tough, with a shot to win at the end on a play at the goal line. Quarterback Jalen Milroe is inexperienced, but he’s shown that he’s a playmaker. However, overall, the Tide uncharacteristically turned the ball over four times, and Nick Saban credited the home crowd, stating “I thought the fans were great. I think the fans had as much to do with us winning as anything.”
3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) | Last week: 3
C.J. Stroud became the first player in Ohio State history to throw for six touchdowns in three separate games, and he’s done it for two consecutive years against Michigan State. The Buckeyes have completely dominated the Spartans in the series, winning seven consecutive matchups.
4. Michigan Wolverines (6-0) | Last week: 4
It couldn’t have been easy for Michigan to focus on the task at hand in the battle with Indiana after running backs coach Mike Hart collapsed on the sideline; and thankfully Hart is doing well and hopes to rejoin the team soon. The Wolverines did get going in the second half, with a 21-0 margin in their 31-10 victory. J.J. McCarthy threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
5. Clemson Tigers (6-0) | Last week: 5
It’s impressive that Clemson felt a little off, particularly in the beginning of the game, at Boston College but still rolled to a 31-3 road win. Three different players caught touchdowns for the Tigers, and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei again led the team in both passing and rushing. Florida State is up next this Saturday night.
6. Tennessee Volunteers (5-0) | Last week: 8 (+2)
LSU was no match for Tennessee, with Hendon Hooker (239 passing yards, two touchdowns) and Jabari Small (127 rushing yards, two touchdowns) leading the Vols to 40 points. Tennessee had 12 penalties in the win and must clean that up ahead of this weekend versus Alabama, but Josh Heupel’s group has the confidence to do battle with one of the top teams in the nation.
7. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) | Last week: 6 (-1)
The bye came at an ideal time for Penn State, as they’ll go to Ann Arbor to face Michigan Saturday at noon ET in a top-ten matchup.
8. UCLA Bruins (6-0) | Last week: NR
After a convincing conference win over Utah, UCLA is a clear top ten team to us. Chip Kelly has done a fantastic job of building the Bruins program back up over the past handful of years, and UCLA boasts an experienced group led by quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Zach Charbonnet. The defense, which has arguably been the difference in this year’s team, has been forcing key turnovers.
9. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0) | Last week: 7 (-2)
It was looking shaky for a bit, but Oklahoma State ultimately pulled away in their 41-31 home win over Texas Tech. The bottom line is Mike Gundy’s team is finding ways to win, but the Cowboys defense allowed 30 first downs and 527 yards to the Red Raiders. This Saturday at TCU will be a strong measuring stick for OK State, and it’s one of three matchups of unbeaten teams of 5-0 or better in one week—the second time that’s happened in college football history.
10. USC Trojans (6-0) | Last week: 9 (-1)
USC’s defense stepped up to make stops in the second half of the Trojans’ 30-14 win versus Washington State (holding the Cougars to 4/13 on third-down conversions throughout the night). Mario Williams caught both touchdowns from Caleb Williams, and Travis Dye paced the rushing attack with 149 yards and one touchdown. There’s still plenty of time before November 19, but the USC-UCLA matchup looks highly intriguing right now.