Loser: UCLA Bruins (No. 25 to unranked)
The faster they rise, the harder they fall. That’s how the saying goes, right? Probably not, but the UCLA Bruins fell victim to the phrase in Week 3. Two weeks after pulling off the comeback of the year and one week after a blowout win over Hawaii, UCLA snuck into the Week 3 AP Poll.
Sitting at No. 25 with a road game against Memphis looming, the Bruins looked as if they might strengthen their resume just a little more before a Week 4 showdown with Stanford on the road. However, that wasn’t the case as Josh Rosen and Co. were shocked by the Tigers in Memphis.
Rosen once again put up video game-like numbers, passing for 463 yards and four touchdowns, but he had two crucial interceptions that blew opportunities for a comeback. His final pick was what he called trying to play “hero ball” and he tossed it away to avoid a sack. Not a good decision.
The Bruins also had their run game working as it accounted for 170 yards, led by Bolu Olorunfunmi with 77 on 13 carries. Everything seemed to be working but the Bruins’ defense which allowed 40-plus points for the second time in three games and 560 total yards. That side of the ball needs to step up or it’s going to be a long, unranked season.