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BYU Football Soars Up Latest AP Top 25 Poll After ASU Win

Brigham Young fullback Masen Wake (13) celebrates after winning against Arizona State during an NCAA college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – After three consecutive wins over teams from the Pac-12 Conference, BYU football is flying up the AP Top 25 poll.

The week four poll was released and BYU, now sitting at 3-0 on the 2021 season, was the biggest riser in the national rankings.

BYU’s 27-17 win over previously ranked Arizona State sent the Cougars up from No. 23 last week to now No. 15 in the latest poll. The eight-spot jump was the largest this week among teams in this week’s poll.

Last season, after starting 3-0, BYU jumped seven spots to the same No. 15 ranking. Nobody outside of the BYU football program envisioned the Cougars replicating the early season success from last year’s team, but they are on the same trajectory.

What’s different about this year’s group compared to 2020 is that BYU is beating Power 5 opponents. BYU is the only 3-0 team in college football, with all of their wins coming against teams from Power Conferences.

That streak will end this upcoming week when BYU takes on the USF Bulls from the American Athletic Conference. Still, any doubts about the validity of BYU’s success in 2020 have quickly been erased by the national pollsters with this climb up the rankings.

BYU Football climbs up AP Top 25

Week 4 rankings

1. Alabama (3-0)

2. Georgia (3-0)

3. Oregon (3-0)

4. Oklahoma (3-0)

5. Iowa (3-0)

6. Penn State (3-0)

7. Texas A&M (3-0)

8. Cincinnati (3-0)

9. Clemson (2-1)

10. Ohio State (2-1)

11. Florida (2-1)

12. Notre Dame (3-0)

13. Ole Miss (3-0)

14. Iowa State (2-1)

15. BYU (3-0)

16. Arkansas (3-0)

17. Coastal Carolina (3-0)

18. Wisconsin (1-1)

19. Michigan (3-0)

20. Michigan State (3-0)

21. North Carolina (2-1)

22. Fresno State (3-1)

23. Auburn (2-1)

24. UCLA (2-1)

25. Kansas State (3-0)

BYU climbs the Amway Coaches Poll

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Oklahoma

4. Oregon

5. Texas A&M

6. Iowa

7. Clemson

8. Penn State

9. Cincinnati

10. Notre Dame

11. Florida

12. Ohio State

13. Ole Miss

14. Iowa State

15. Wisconsin

16. BYU

17. Coastal Carolina

18. Arkansas

19. Michigan

20. North Carolina

21. Michigan State

22. Oklahoma State

23. Auburn

24. UCLA

25. Fresno State

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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