UCLA is off to a 2-0 start in Year 4 of the Chip Kelly era, thanks to last night’s 38-27 win over No. 16 LSU at the Rose Bowl.
Kelly needs a strong season, as he entered the year with a 10-21 overall record with the Bruins. After beating the Tigers, UCLA will likely be ranked this week for the first time under the former Oregon and NFL head coach.
Not that Kelly is overly concerned about that. In fact, he told reporters after the win last night that he doesn’t care at all if his team is voted into the top 25.
“I don’t care,” Kelly said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “It doesn’t really matter in September. I think what’s important is that they played really well tonight, you don’t have to write down a ranking for these guys.”
Should #UCLA be ranked?
Chip Kelly: “I don’t care.”
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 5, 2021
Ranked or not, Kelly and the Bruins will have a bye week to prepare for a pesky Fresno State team in Week 3. The Bulldogs gave Oregon all they could handle yesterday before losing 31-24.
After hosting Fresno State, UCLA will play only Pac-12 foes for the remainder of the season. Given how poorly most of the conference performed this weekend, the Bruins can justifiably hope to do some damage in league play.
Chip Kelly will care about that–probably.
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