The UCLA Bruins earned the No. 1 ranking in both the United Press International and Associated Press polls for the first time in 21 years Monday.
UCLA garnered 722 of 735 total points and 37 of 49 first-place votes from UPI's Board of Coaches, and 33 of 60 first-place votes and 1,169 of a possible 1,200 points from AP's nationwide panel of sports writers and sportscasters.The Bruins were second in both polls last week.
On Saturday, UCLA beat California 38-21 and Notre Dame defeated Miami 31-30 to upset the former No. 1 team and end college football's fifth-longest winning streak at 36 games.
The Bruins gained the top spot for the first time since the 1967 season, during which they lost 21-20 to Southern Cal with O.J. Simpson. UCLA's only national championship was in 1954.
"I've never been on a team that's been ranked No. 1 - as a player, an assistant coach or a coach," Bruins Coach Terry Donahue said, "For me, it's a new experience and I'm excited about it.
"There will be a real focus to beat UCLA now. In all candor, though, there's a real focus to beat UCLA anyway. When you're No. 1, 3, 8, as long as you're in the top 10, the opponent is going to be cranked."
And with a tough Pac-10 schedule that includes No. 3 Southern California Nov. 19, Donahue said: "This is not the time to pop champagne corks. I wish it were."
The Fighting Irish jumped two positions to second on both polls. Southern Cal, which held off Washington 28-27, remained third. Miami fell to fourth.
Rounding out the UPI Top 10 were No. 5 West Virginia, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Florida State, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Auburn and No. 10 Clemson.
Completing the UPI ratings were No. 11 Arkansas, No. 12 Wyoming, No. 13 Georgia, No. 14 Indiana, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Syracuse, No. 17 South Carolina, No. 18 Washington, No. 19 Louisiana State and No. 20 Washington State.
In the AP poll, Nebraska jumped from seventh to fifth with 879 points following a 63-42 triumph over then-No. 10 Oklahoma State. West Virginia remained sixth with 974 points after an open date and Florida State slipped from fifth to seventh with 872 points despite a 45-21 victory over East Carolina.
Oklahoma's 70-24 rout of Kansas State pushed the Sooners from ninth to eighth with 777 points while South Carolina fell from eighth to 18th by losing to Georgia Tech 34-0.
Clemson, No. 11 a week ago, moved up to ninth with 700 points by defeating previously unbeaten Duke 49-17. Auburn rounded out the Top Ten, climbing from 12th to 10th with 656 points after a 42-0 trouncing of Akron.
The Second Ten consists of Georgia, Wyoming, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma State, LSU, Washington, South Carolina, Syracuse and Michigan.