BYU, Utah Football Make Jumps In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings
SALT LAKE CITY – The latest College Football Playoff rankings see both BYU and Utah making jumps.
Like in the AP Top 25 poll, Utah was a big riser in the rankings after dismantling the Oregon Ducks over the weekend. The Pac-12 South Champion Utes, now at 8-3 on the season, jumped four spots from No. 23 to No. 19 in this week’s rankings.
Oregon made a significant fall down the poll dropping eight spots from No. 3 a week ago to now No. 11 after suffering their second loss of the season.
BYU is still hovering around a potential New Year’s Six bowl at-large spot as the Cougars jumped from No. 14 to No. 13 in the poll. The Cougars are 9-2 and, according to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, “an incredible story this year.”
The Cougars are coming off a 34-17 win over Georgia Southern from the Sun Belt Conference this past Saturday in Statesboro.
For BYU to be in the pool of teams for a potential New Year’s Six bowl game, the Cougars need to be in the Top 12 of the committee’s rankings. Then to go to a Fiesta or Peach Bowl, they have to be selected as an at-large bid by the playoff committee. As an Independent, BYU has no guaranteed access to the major bowl games.
Here are the full #CFBPlayoff selection committee rankings for games played through November 20 and as we head into rivalry week
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— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 24, 2021
If Utah wins the Pac-12 Championship on December 4, they will be in the Rose Bowl as the Pac-12 Champion representative.
BYU travels to Los Angeles this weekend to close out their regular season against USC, who enters the game with a 4-6 record. BYU under Kalani Sitake has never expressed a desire to produce “style points,” but maybe an emphatic statement against a blueblood brand could elevate the Cougars into the Top 12.
Utah will host the Colorado Buffaloes on Senior Day at Rice-Eccles before traveling to Las Vegas the following week to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
College Football Playoff Rankings
2. Ohio State
6. Notre Dame
7. Oklahoma State
9. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
13. BYU (9-2)
14. Wisconsin (8-3)
15. Texas A&M (8-3)
16. Iowa (9-2)
17. Pitt (9-2)
18. Wake Forest (9-2)
19. Utah (8-3)
20. NC State (8-3)
21. San Diego State (10-1)
22. UTSA (11-0)
23. Clemson (8-3)
24. Houston (10-1)
25. Arkansas (7-4)
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 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.