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BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: Washington has big showdown with Oregon

October 10, 2018
Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) shakes hands with Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake, left, following an NCAA college football game against BYU, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Seattle. Washington won 35-7. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

1. No. 7 Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12 North) Last Week: 1

Plays BYU: Huskies defeated BYU 38-7 in Seattle on Sept. 29

Game On: Saturday at #17 Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12 North), 1:30 p.m. MT (ABC or ESPN)

What’s Up? Myles Gaskin ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns as Washington earned a 31-24 win to keep UCLA (0-5) winless. … Oregon had a bye. … Last season, Washington pounded Oregon 38-3 in Seattle.

2. No. 15 Wisconsin (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten East)

Last Week: 2

Plays BYU: Cougars upset Wisconsin in Madison 24-21 on Sept. 15

Game On: Saturday at #12 Michigan (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten East), 3:30 p.m. MT (ABC)

What’s Up? Jonathan Taylor ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yard sprint, as Wisconsin kept Nebraska winless (0-5) in a 41-24 victory. … Shea Patterson threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan as the Wolverines sped past Maryland 42-21.

3. Utah State (4-1, 1-0 MWC Mountain) Last Week: 3

Game On: Saturday vs. UNLV (2-3, 0-1 MWC West), noon MT

What’s Up? Utah State scored 21 points off of BYU turnovers and won consecutive games in the series for the first time since 1973 and 1974 with a 45-20 rout of the Cougars in Provo. … UNLV managed just 166 total yards and surrendered 502 to New Mexico in a 50-14 loss.

4. Utah (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12 South)

Last Week: 6

Plays BYU: Nov. 24 in Salt Lake City

Game On: Friday vs. Arizona (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12 South), 8 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? Zach Moss ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns as Utah took down No. 14 Stanford 40-21. … Arizona was out-gained 476 yards to 265 but caused four turnovers in a 24-17 victory against Cal.

5. Hawaii (6-1, 3-0 MWC West)

Last Week: 7

Game On: Saturday at BYU (3-3), 8:15 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? The nation’s leading quarterback, Cole McDonald, didn’t play but Hawaii managed to hold off a late Wyoming charge to earn a 17-13 victory. … BYU, which lost at home to Utah State 45-20 last Friday, took care of Hawaii 30-20 in Honolulu to end the 2017 season.

6. Boise State (3-2, 1-1 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 4

Plays BYU: Nov. 3 in Boise

Game On: Saturday at Nevada (3-3, 1-1 MWC West), 8:30 p.m. MT (CBS-SN)

What’s Up? San Diego State held Boise State to 229 total yards and pulled off the 19-13 victory. … Nevada had three turnovers and couldn’t get into the end zone in a 21-3 loss to Fresno State.

7. Arizona (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12 South)

Last Week: 8

Plays BYU: Cougars defeated Arizona 28-23 on Sept. 1

Game On: Friday at Utah (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12 South), 6 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? Scottie Young Jr. returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown to help Arizona secure a 24-17 victory against Cal. … Utah took a big early lead and held on for a 40-21 victory against No. 14 Stanford.

8. Cal (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12 North)

Last Week: 5

Plays BYU: Cougars lost to Cal 21-18 on Sept. 8

Game On: Friday vs. UCLA (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12 South), TBD

What’s Up? Brandon McIlwain combined for 422 yards of offense (315 passing, 107 rushing), but threw three interceptions as Cal lost to Arizona 24-17. … Joshua Kelly ran for 125 yards and a touchdown for UCLA, which fell to 0-5 with a 31-24 loss to Washington.

9. No. 9 FCS McNeese State (5-1, 4-0 Southland)

Last Week: 9

Plays BYU: The Cougars topped McNeese 30-3 on Sept. 22

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? James Tabary threw for 244 yards and a touchdown as McNeese State held off Abilene Christian 24-21. … The Cowboys have a bye before traveling to Incarnate Word on Oct. 20.

10. Northern Illinois (3-3, 3-0 MAC West)

Last Week: 10

Plays BYU: Oct. 27 in Provo

Game On: Saturday vs. Ohio (3-2, 1-0 MAC East), 1:30 p.m. MT (ESPN+)

What’s Up? Tre Harbison ran for two scores as Northern Illinois held off Ball State 24-16. … Nathan Rourke passed for 284 yards and a touchdown and scored on an 8-yard run with 1:28 to play as Ohio rallied past Kent State 27-26.

11. New Mexico State (2-4)

Last Week: 12

Plays BYU: Nov. 17 in Provo

Game On: Saturday at Louisiana (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt West), 3 p.m. MT (ESPN+)

What’s Up? Freshman Josh Adkins threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns as New Mexico State outscored Liberty 49-41. … Elijah Mitchell ran for 191 yards and three scores to lead Louisiana to a 42-27 victory against Texas State.

12. UMass (2-5)

Last Week: 11

Plays BYU: Nov. 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Andy Isabella caught 13 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown but UMass gave up 302 yards rushing and three scores to Jordan Cronkrite in a 58-42 loss to South Florida. … UMass has a bye and will host FCS Central Connecticut on Oct. 20.

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