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College Football Week 3 Recap: Whatever Happened to UCLA?

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Every week in college football proves to everyone they don’t know shit about the game.

Case in point, #11 UCLA Bruins at Utah Utes. The Bruins had won all eight previous meetings against the Utes including a 31-10 victory on opening day at the Rose Bowl last season. So instead of a UCLA blowout the opposite happened. The Utes blew the Bruins and their #11 ranking out of the stadium 44-6 preventing the Bruins from scoring a touchdown.

I have one simple question about this game. Where in the hell was the glorified Bruin defense? The defense was supposed to be the cornerstone of this Bruin team, but to be outscored 30-0 in the second half is just pathetic. This game exposed the Bruins as frauds, and head coach Karl Dorrell should be feeling the fire as much as Lloyd Carr in Michigan.

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Now on to the positives. Saturday showed us there are really only four teams that are the cream of the crop in college football: LSU, USC, Florida and Oklahoma. All four were just plain dominant over their opponents. Florida especially impressed me.

Up to this point, Florida hadn’t proved anything in their victories over bad opponents. In their win over #22 Tennessee, they racked up 59 points on a decent team and their defense only allowed one touchdown in the second half. That’s a sign of a great team, and it should be fun to see what they do in their conference schedule.

LAist's Homo Top 15 Rankings

1. LSU (3-0, 1-0, 1)
2. USC (2-0, 0-0, 2)
3. Florida (3-0, 1-0, 4)
4. Oklahoma (3-0, 0-0, 3)
5. West Virginia (3-0, 0-0, 5)
6. Texas (3-0, 0-0, 6)
7. Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0, 8)
8. California (3-0, 0-0, 9)
9. Rutgers (3-0, 0-0, 10)
10. Ohio State (3-0, 0-0, 11)
11. Penn State (3-0, 0-0, 13)
12. Oregon (3-0, 0-0, not ranked)
13. South Carolina (3-0, 1-0, not ranked)
14. Clemson (3-0, 1-0, not ranked)
15. Boston College (3-0, 3-0, not ranked)

I dropped Louisville, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Nebraska out. I was tempted to put in Alabama after their upset over Arkansas, but I don't think they could beat Oregon, South Carolina, Clemson or Boston College head-to-head yet. But like I said, no one knows shit about this game.

AP Photo by Douglas C. Pizac