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BYU, Utah Football Make Jumps In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

Nov 23, 2021, 5:36 PM
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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.

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

1. Georgia

2. Ohio State

3. Alabama

4. Cincinnati

5. Michigan

6. Notre Dame

7. Oklahoma State

8. Baylor

9. Ole Miss

10. Oklahoma

11. Oregon

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.

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