BYU jumps to 15th place in the latest AP Top 25, 16th in the trainer survey

Brigham Young defenseman Masen Wake, above, dodges a tackle by Giovanni Sanders, 20, of Arizona during an NCAA college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 18, 202 (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

PROVO – After beating a Pac-12 opponent for the third time in a row, BYU made the biggest jump of the year in the national rankings.

The Cougars jumped eight spots to 15th in the Associated Press top 25 on Sunday, just over 12 hours after BYU’s 27:17 win over what was then No. 19 Arizona State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Sun Devils (2-1) fell from the top 25 with the defeat, leaving only two Pac-12 teams in the top 25: No. 3 Oregon (3-0) and No. 24 UCLA (2-1) , who lost to Fresno state late Saturday night and helped the Bulldogs (3-1) get in 22nd on the poll. ASU received 24 votes, joining USC (16) and Stanford (3) among “others who got votes”.

The names in the top five of the AP poll remained unchanged, led by No. 1 Alabama (3-0) and No. 2 Georgia (3-0). 3rd place Oregon (3-0) and 4th place Oklahoma (3-0) alternated next, followed by fifth placed Iowa (3-0). Oregon and Oklahoma traded places in the top 12 during a largely unchanged transition to Week 4, including Penn State climbing from No. 10 to No. 6 following the Nittany Lions’ home win over Auburn.

Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Clemson and Ohio State round out the top 10, followed by Florida and Notre Dame.

BYU’s eight-place rise is the biggest jump of any team in the top 25 last week, followed by Michigan (six), Penn State (four), Mississippi (four) and Arkansas (four).

The Cougars also climbed to # 16 in USA Today’s latest coach poll after the win. Utah State received two votes in that poll after the Aggies’ first 3-0 start since 1978 after another comeback win, this time against the Air Force at Mountain West.

BYU opened the season without ranking after the most successful season in over a decade, which ended with an 11-1 overall record and 11th place in the last AP poll. After spending the first week of the season unrated, they climbed with a win over then No. 23 Utah and shot the poll to its highest position since then with victory on Saturday night.

BYU welcomes South Florida (1-2) in the first non-power five game of the Cougars season on Saturday evening (8.15 p.m. MT, ESPN2 or ESPNU).

The Aggies will host Boise State (1-2) in a televised game Saturday on CBS (10 p.m. MT).

If you can’t see the full top 25 below, read them here.


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