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How BYU Can Make Moves in AP Poll: Week Five

A look at the teams that surround BYU in the AP poll.

BYU's two dominant victories earned them a spot in the AP top 25 for a third week in a row. This week, let's look at the teams surrounding BYU in the AP poll to see where BYU can improve in the polls.

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It's important to remember that all of this will go away if BYU doesn't beat Louisiana Tech and the teams they are favored to beat - something the Cougars have struggled to do consistently over the past few seasons. In the words of Al Davis, "Just win, baby."

#11 UCF: UCF hosts Tulsa on Saturday night. A lost against the Golden Hurricane would probably put UCF below BYU in the eyes of the voters. UCF has a 91% chance to win on Saturday according to ESPN FPI.

#12 North Carolina: North Carolina travels to Boston College on Saturday. The Eagles have a 26% chance to upset the Tar Heels according ESPN FPI.

#13 Texas A&M: Texas A&M travels to Alabama on Saturday. How far would the Aggies drop in the rankings with a loss to the Crimson Tide?

#14 Oregon: Oregon won't play for at least another month.

#15 Cincinnati: Cincinnati will host South Florida on Saturday. Can USF overcome a blowout loss to Notre Dame and upset Cincinnati?

#16 Mississippi State: Mississippi State will look to repeat their first performance under head coach Mike Leach. Mississippi State hosts Arkansas on Saturday.

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#17 Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State plays Kansas on Saturday. The Jayhawks are 0-2 and will probably be 0-3 by Saturday night.

#18 Oklahoma: The Sooners will look to rebound against Iowa State on Saturday.

#19 Wisconsin: Wisconsin won't play for a few more weeks. BYU could jump in front of the Badgers with a few more dominant victories.

#20 LSU: The 2019 national champions will look to rebound at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

#21 Tennessee: The Vols host Missouri on Saturday. A loss would certainly drop the Vols below the Cougars in the rankings. The Vols have a 65% chance to win according to ESPN FPI.

#22 BYU: BYU needs to win and they need to look good doing it.

BYU is also in danger of being leapfrogged by a teams that win big games on Saturday:

#23 Michigan: Michigan doesn't play for a few more weeks.

#24 Pitt: Pitt could leapfrog BYU with another win this weekend. Pitt hosts NC State on Saturday.

#25 Memphis: Memphis travels to SMU on Saturday. At this point, the Tigers probably wouldn't be ranked in front of BYU if both teams win this weekend.