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BYU Football Jumps Into Top 10 Of Latest Top 25 Polls

Oct 3, 2021, 12:22 PM | Updated: 12:22 pm
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Brigham Young Cougars coach Kalani Sitake celebrates a field goal in a game against the Utah State Aggies in Logan on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
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PROVO, Utah – BYU football has moved into the top 10 of major college football top 25 polls. After defeating Utah State on Friday night to improve to 5-0, BYU moved up from 13 to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and five spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 10 as well.

This is the second consecutive season BYU has found itself in the top 10 of the major polls. In addition, it’s the first time in program history that BYU has opened up back-to-back seasons with a 5-0 record.

BYU benefitted from a lot of programs in front of them this past weekend, suffering defeats. Arkansas, Notre Dame, Florida, and Ole Miss were all ranked ahead of BYU entering week five, and each one of them suffered a loss.

What also helped BYU is that Arizona State strengthened the Cougars over the weekend. The win over Arizona State got even better after the Sun Devils took down nationally-ranked UCLA in the Rose Bowl. As a result, ASU jumped back into the Top 25 polls at No. 22 in the AP and No. 25 in the Coaches.

What’s impressive about BYU’s rise into the Top 10 is that they are doing it by testing their depth. On Friday, the Cougars played their third-string quarterback in Jacob Conover against Utah State after Baylor Romney suffered a head injury. In addition, Jaren Hall has been out the past two weeks due to a rib injury he suffered against Arizona State.

BYU will have more opportunities to climb in the national polls in the coming weeks, with games against Baylor, Washington State, Virginia, and USC still on the schedule. But first, the Cougars will host Boise State this Saturday in Provo at 1:30 p.m. on ABC.

BYU football moves into top 10 of AP Top 25 poll

Week 6

1. Alabama (5-0)

2. Georgia (5-0)

3. Iowa (5-0)

4. Penn State (5-0)

5. Cincinnati (4-0)

6. Oklahoma (5-0)

7. Ohio State (4-1)

8. Oregon (4-1)

9. Michigan (5-0)

10. BYU (5-0)

11. Michigan State (5-0)

12. Oklahoma State (5-0)

13. Arkansas (4-1)

14. Notre Dame (4-1)

15. Coastal Carolina (5-0)

16. Kentucky (5-0)

17. Ole Miss (3-1)

18. Auburn (4-1)

19. Wake Forest (5-0)

20. Florida (3-2)

21. Texas (4-1)

22. Arizona State (4-1)

23. NC State (4-1)

24. SMU (5-0)

25. San Diego State (4-0)

Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Iowa

4. Penn State

5. Oklahoma

6. Cincinnati

7. Ohio State

8. Michigan

9. Oregon

10. BYU

11. Michigan State

12. Oklahoma State

13. Notre Dame

14. Kentucky

15. Coastal Carolina

16. Arkansas

17. Ole Miss

18. Florida

19. Auburn

20. Wake Forest

21. Clemson

22. NC State

23. Texas

24. SMU

25. Arizona 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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