Rivals.com just released its weekly power rankings...and I was shocked and delighted to see a few familiar UCLA faces.
For starters, Rivals has DeWayne Walker as the No. 1 Defensive Coordinator in the country:
Walker moved up from third to first after Monday’s game.
I love DeWayne Walker and lemme tell you, the guy deserves it. Though UCLA will be hurt when he finally does depart, I can’t wait to see how he’s going to do as a head coach. He’s perfect for the college game and, as I’ve said many times, he’s going to kick some major ass. This is what Rivals had to say about Dewayne Walker:
The only other newcomer at the top is UCLA’s DeWayne Walker, who displaced Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster as the No. 1 defensive coordinator. Although UCLA sacked Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton only one time in a 27-24 overtime victory, the Bruins applied constant pressure against a team that allowed the fewest sacks in the nation last season.
Next up, we've got Norm Chow. Chow started off the week as the No. 3 offensive coordinator in the country...now he’s at No. 2:
And last, but not least, head coach Rick Neuheisel went from not even being on the radar to debuting at No. 24:
Alterraun verner moved up from 16th to 11th on the defensive backs list:
Brigham Harwell wasn’t on the list last week. Now, he’s at No. 20 (though I must ask...where is Brian Price?):
And last, but not least, the sure-footed Kai Forbath moved from ninth to eighth on the special teams list:
And there you have it. Personally, I think if a head coach recruits the No. 1 Defensive coordinator in the country, the No. 1 Offensive Coordinator in the country, and beats a ranked SEC team with a third-string quarterback and second-string offensive lineman, tight end, and running back, he should at least be in the top five...but what do I know?