Bulldogs’ takedown of UCLA propels them into Top 25 rankings for first time since 2018

The Fresno State Bulldogs are nationally ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and USA Today-AFCA Coaches Poll.

It’s the nationally-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs, now.

For the first time since 2018, the Bulldogs are nationally ranked in both the Associated Press poll of college football programs and the USA Today-AFCA Coaches Poll.


Fresno State, who upset the once-13th-ranked UCLA Bruins in a Saturday night thriller at the Rose Bowl, were placed a 22nd overall in the Associated Press poll.

With the ranking, Fresno State is the highest ranked California-based college football program heading into week five of the college football season.

In a bizarre twist, coaches in the USA Today poll ranked Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins – who were handed the stinging defeat by Jake Haener and Kalen DeBoer – at 24, one slot higher than the Bulldogs.

Fresno State, which has a four-game winning streak over the Bruins, invited a bevy of remarks

Following a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, former Fresno State standout and current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr joked that his alma mater.

“If you’re a kid and you want to play college football in California, I’d pick – what we beat UCLA like four times in a row,” Carr joked during a post-game press conference, turning to ask reporters a question Bulldogs fans have often tossed around.

“How are we not in the Pac-12?”

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