How BYU Football Can Make Moves in AP Poll: Week Eight

Casey Lundquist

BYU has been climbing in the AP poll over the last few weeks. Heading into their matchup against Texas State, BYU is ranked #12 in the AP poll and # 11 the coaches poll. This week, let's look at the teams surrounding BYU in the AP poll to see where BYU can improve in the polls.

It's important to remember that all of this will go away if BYU doesn't beat Texas State 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."

#3 Notre Dame: Notre Dame takes on Pitt on Saturday. The Fighting Irish have a 79% chance to win according to ESPN FPI.

#4 Georgia: Georgia will look to rebound after their loss against Alabama as they travel to Kentucky this week.

#5 Ohio State: Ohio State kicks off their season against Nebraska on Saturday. The Buckeyes are heavy favorites to beat Nebraska.

#6 Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State faces arguably their toughest challenge so far against Iowa State. The Cowboys are 3.5 point favorites against the Cyclones.

#7 Texas A&M: Texas A&M has a bye on Saturday. They will host Arkansas in a few weeks.

#8 Penn State: Penn State kicks off their 2020 campaign against Indiana this weekend. The Nittany Lions are six point favorites on Saturday.

#9 Cincinnati: The Bearcats face #16 SMU on Saturday. A loss to SMU would drop Cincinnati below BYU in the polls. However, SMU could potentially leapfrog BYU with a 6-0 record and a big win over Cincinnati.

#10 Florida: Florida has a bye this week. They host Missouri on Halloween.

#11 Miami: Miami hosts Bronco Mendenhall and Virginia on Saturday. Miami has an 84% chance to win according to ESPN FPI.

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

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

#13 Oregon: Oregon kicks off their season on November 7th.

#14 Wisconsin: Wisconsin hosts Illinois on Friday. A convincing win against Illinois could put Wisconsin ahead of BYU in the rankings.

#14 North Carolina (tied for 14th): North Carolina faces #23 and in-state rival NC State on Saturday.

#16 SMU: See note on #9 Cincinnati.

#17 Iowa State: See note on #6 Oklahoma State.

#18 Michigan: Michigan travels to Minnesota on Saturday. Michigan could jump multiple teams in the rankings with a win on Saturday.

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Comments (9)
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Casey Lundquist
Casey Lundquist

Editor

Yes, the point the jutton makes is important. Some voters haven't included the Big Ten who kicks off this week. Wisconsin, for example, looked great last night and could leapfrog BYU in the polls.

juttonn
juttonn

Usually that's true, but there are several poll voters that haven't voted for any teams that haven't started playing yet. Obviously, during most seasons all teams start playing pretty much at the same time, but this is an unusual year. With the Big 10 resuming play this week, the ranked Big 10 teams stand to move up (assuming they win) just by the fact that they'll receive votes from all the voters. The team most likely to effect us with this is Wisconsin, which is a couple spot below us.

I'm a BYU fan, so I hope we win big and that there are some upsets that allow us to keep moving up, but polls are subjective and it'll be interesting to see how things shake out with the Big 10 resuming play and in a couple of weeks with the PAC 12 starting up.

Winnertakesall
Winnertakesall

If the Cougars win big on Saturday they will not drop in the polls regardless of what other teams do.

Casey Lundquist
Casey Lundquist

Editor

You're not wrong haha. However, I've felt that way a few times as I compile this article and then crazy upsets happen! That's why we love college football.

Casey Lundquist
Casey Lundquist

Editor

Yes, in the end I think the B10 and Pac12 will start to beat each other up and give BYU the opportunity to move up. For example, Penn State has been in the top 10 for weeks now without an opportunity to lose.

gladejo
gladejo

It looks like there is little chance for BYU to move up this week, and a good chance that they might drop. I hope not! Hoping for upsets!

Mpatt
Mpatt

We need Houston to help us out in a few weeks against SMU and Cincinnati. It will be nice to start competing ( indirectly) against the actual B10 and Pac12 on field results and not just the belief of what their results will be


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