How BYU Can Make Moves in AP Poll: Week Five

Casey Lundquist

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.

#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.

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Comments (9)
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Mpatt
Mpatt

Overall except for Navy getting sunk a pretty good week with several ranked upsets in our favor. And of course we looked far superior to our opposition

DaveDUtah
DaveDUtah

#25 is confusing. It's not clear what Memphis and SMU have to do with Kentucky.

DaveDUtah
DaveDUtah

#25 is confusing. It's not clear what Memphis and SMU have to do with Kentucky.

Icecougar
Icecougar

I love the aggressive team culture that Kalani has instilled this season. Too often in the past we’d see BYU coaches call off the dogs after a couple of good quarters of offense and they’d be content to try to run out the clock and let their defense bring the game home.

This year’s BYU team goes full steam for 59 minutes. Okay, they kneeled out the last minute of the game vs Navy and Troy but they did it at their opponents goal line so even then BYU’s offense had it’s foot on the gas the entire way start to finish.

Casey Lundquist
Casey Lundquist

Editor

Yes, good point. And BYU needs their future opponents to win games as well. UTSA is 3-0 right now so go roadrunners!

Casey Lundquist
Casey Lundquist

Editor

Ah yes that was just a copy & paste error from last week. The PAC-12 and Big Ten were both included in the article.

Mpatt
Mpatt

Other thing that would help BYU is for Navy to beat Air Force by a lot and for Troy to win next time they play

nda18
nda18

The Big 10 is included in this week's poll. So was the Pac12.


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