Ranking the Best UCLA Football Teams

A BRO message board poster takes it upon himself to rank the best UCLA football teams of all-time, starting in 1939. Here are the results, with three of the top ten teams coming in one decade...

A regular poster on the BRO Message Board, Maverick Bruin, ranked the top Bruin football teams since 1939.

There isn't a computer-generated formula that he used, but a fairly logical one, albeit with some subjectivity.

The 67 seasons are divided into three somewhat subjective and irrelevant tiers.  The first 32 teams are those that finished the season ranked somewhere in the top 20 (or 25, but UCLA has never had a team that finished 21-25, so it's moot).  The next 21 were teams that were ranked at some point (other than before the first game, which I disregarded), which suggests that they gave the fans some hope and excitemewnt at some point before fading.  The bottom 14 teams were never ranked. 

RANK YEAR RECORD KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1 1954 9-0  UPI national champion, PCC champion, 2nd AP
2 1965 8-2-1  Rose Bowl champion, AAWU champion, 4th AP, 5th UPI
3 1982 10-1-1  Rose Bowl champion, Pac-10 champion, 5th AP, 5th UPI
4 1975 9-2-1  Rose Bowl champion, Pac-10 champion, 5th AP, 5th UPI
5 1985 9-2-1  Rose Bowl champion, Pac-10 champion, 6th UPI, 7th AP
6 1983 7-4-1  Rose Bowl champion, Pac-10 champion, 13th UPI, 17th AP
7 1946 10-1  PCC champion, Rose Bowl participant, 4th AP
8 1955 9-2  PCC champion, Rose Bowl participant, 4th AP, 4th UPI
9 1953 8-2  PCC champion, Rose Bowl participant, 4th UPI, 5th AP
10 1998 10-2  Pac-10 champion, Rose Bowl participant, 8th USA, 8th AP
11 1997 10-2  Pac-10 co-champion, Cotton Bowl champion, 5th AP, 5th USA
12 1966 9-1  5th AP, 5th UPI
13 1988 10-2  Cotton Bowl champion, 6th AP, 6th UPI
14 1939 6-0-4  PCC co-champion, 7th AP
15 1942 7-4  PCC champion, Rose bowl participant, 13th AP
16 1987 10-2  Pac-10 co-champion, Aloha Bowl champion, 9th AP, 11th UPI
17 1961 7-4  AAWU champion, Rose Bowl participant, 16th AP
18 1993 8-4  Pac-10 co-champion, Rose Bowl participant, 17th USA, 18th AP
19 1984 9-3  Fiesta Bowl champion, 9th AP, 10th UPI 
20 1952 8-1  6th AP, 6th UPI
21 1969 8-1-1  10th UPI, 13th AP
22 2005 10-2  Sun Bowl champion, 13th USA, 16th AP
23 1973 9-2  9th UPI, 12th AP
24 1986 8-3-1  Freedom Bowl champion, 14th AP, 14th UPI
25 1978 8-3-1  Fiesta Bowl participant, 12th UPI, 14th AP
26 1980 9-2  13th AP, 14th UPI 
27 1967 7-2-1  10th UPI
28 1976 9-2-1  Liberty Bowl participant, 15th AP, 15th UPI
29 1972 8-3  15th AP, T17th UPI
30 1957 8-2  T-18th UPI
31 1991 9-3  Sun Bowl champion, 18th USA, 19th AP
32 1951 5-3-1  17th AP, T-17th UPI



33 1950 6-3  Ranked as high as 13th, beat USC 39-0
34 1981 7-4-1  Ranked as high as 6th, Bluebonnet Bowl, lost to USC 22-21
35 1959 5-4-1  Ranked as high as 17th, beat 4th-ranked USC 10-3
36 1995 7-5  Ranked as high as 12th, Aloha Bowl participant, beat USC 24-20
37 1992 6-5  Ranked as high as 11th, beat USC 38-37
38 1994 5-6  Ranked as high as 13th; beat USC 31-19
39 1970 6-5  Ranked as high as 13th, beat USC 45-20, lost to UW 61-20
40 2000 6-6  Ranked as high as 6th, lost to USC 38-35
41 1956 7-3  Ranked as high as 19th, lost to USC 10-7
42 1977 7-4  Ranked as high as 11th, lost to USC 29-27 
43 1990 5-6  Ranked as high as 19th, lost to USC 45-42
44 1945 5-4  Ranked as high as 12th, lost to USC 26-15
45 1960 7-2-1  Ranked as high as 8th, lost to USC 17-6
46 2001 7-4  Ranked as high as 4th, lost to USC 27-0
47 1949 6-3  Ranked as high as 13th, lost to USC 21-7
48 1974 6-3-2  Ranked as high as 12th, lost to USC 34-9
49 2002 8-5  Las Vegas Bowl champ, ranked as high as 20th, lost to USC 52-21
50 1947 5-4  Ranked as high as 16th, lost to USC 6-0
51 1989 3-7-1  Ranked as high as 6th, tied USC 10-10
52 1979 5-6  Ranked as high as 17th, lost to USC 49-14
53 1968 3-7  Ranked as high as 9th, lost to USC 28-16



54 1996 5-6  Beat USC 48-41
55 1962 4-6  Beat #1 Ohio State 9-7; lost to #1 USC 14-3
56 2004 6-6  Las Vegas Bowl participant, lost to USC 29-24
57 1941 5-5-1  Tied USC 7-7, 2 shutout losses
58 1958 3-6-1  Tied USC 15-15
59 1971 2-7-1  Tied USC 7-7
60 2003 6-7  Silicon Valley Classic participant, lost to USC 47-22
61 1999 4-7  Lost to USC 17-7
62 1944 4-5  Lost to USC 40-13
63 1948 3-7  Lost to USC 20-13; 2 shutout losses
64 1964 4-6  Lost to USC 34-13; 2 shutout losses
65 1963 2-8  Lost to USC 26-6; 2 shutout losses
66 1943 1-8  Lost to USC 26-13; 3 shutout losses
67 1940 1-9  Lost to USC 28-12; 4 shutout losses

DONAHUE'S TEAMS

1976 28
1977 42
1978 25
1979 52
1980 26
1981 34
1982 3
1983 6
1984 19
1985 5
1986 24
1987 16
1988 13
1989 51
1990 43
1991 31
1992 37
1993 18
1994 38
1995 36

TOLEDO'S TEAMS

1996 54
1997 11
1998 10
1999 61
2000 41
2001 46
2002 49

DORRELL'S TEAMS

2003 60
2004 56
2005 22
2006 ?

Copyright © 2006 MaverickBruin


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