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BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: Utah State takes over top spot

November 7, 2018
Utah State Aggies quarterback Jordan Love runs in for a touchdown during the game against the Brigham Young Cougars on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

1. No. 14 Utah State (8-1, 5-0 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 2

Plays BYU: The Aggies thrashed the Cougars 45-20 in Provo on Oct. 5.

Game On: Saturday vs. San Jose State (1-8, 1-4 MWC West), 2 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Darwin Thompson and Gerold Bright each ran for three touchdowns to lead Utah State to its eighth straight victory, a 45-17 thrashing of Hawaii. … San Jose State surrendered 187 yards rushing to Nico Evans in a 24-9 loss to Wyoming.

2. Boise State (7-2, 4-1 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 3

Game On: Friday vs. #23 Fresno State (8-1 5-0 MWC West), 8:15 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? The Broncos executed a goal-line stand in the final seconds to preserve a 21-16 victory against BYU, keeping the Cougars winless (0-5) in Boise. … Fresno State has won seven straight games after routing UNLV 48-3.

3. No. 20 Washington (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12 North)

Last Week: 5

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

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Miles Gaskin ran for 148 yards and a touchdown and Taylor Rapp intercepted a pass on the final play of the game as Washington took care of Stanford 27-23. … The Huskies are off until Nov. 17, when they will host Oregon State.

4. Utah (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12 South)

Last Week: 1

Plays BYU: Nov. 24 in Salt Lake City

Game On: Saturday vs. Oregon (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12 North), 3:30 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? N’Keal Harry caught three touchdown passes and Utah lost starting quarterback Tyler Huntley to a shoulder injury as Arizona State pulled off a 38-20 victory. … Justin Herbert threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 Oregon victory against UCLA.

5. Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten West)

Last Week: 6

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

Game On: Saturday vs. #21 Penn State (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten East), 10 a.m. MT (ABC)

What’s Up? Jonathan Taylor rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns as Wisconsin powered past Rutgers 31-17. … Penn State was dominated by the Michigan defense, which allowed just 186 total yards, in a 42-7 loss.

6. Arizona (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12 South)

Last Week: 7

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

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Khalil Tate threw for a career-high 350 yards and five touchdowns as Arizona held off Colorado 42-34. … Tate has accounted for 1,954 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air. … The Wildcats are off until Nov. 17, when they will travel to Washington State.

7. Cal (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12 North)

Last Week: 4

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

Game On: Saturday at USC (5-4, 4-3 Pac-12 South), 8:30 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? Garner Minshew threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Easop Wilson with 32 second left to lead Washington State to a 19-13 victory against Cal. … Aca’Cedric Ware rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns to lead USC to a 38-21 win against Oregon State.

8. Northern Illinois (6-3, 5-0 MAC West)

Last Week: 8

Plays BYU: The Huskies held on for a 7-6 win in Provo on Oct. 27.

Game On: Wednesday vs. Toledo (5-4, 3-2 MAC West), 6 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? Tre Harbison rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown as Northern Illinois held off Akron 36-26 to stay unbeaten in MAC play. … Toledo and Ball State combined for ten turnovers (five each) but Eli Peters threw for 327 yards and two scores as the Rockets prevailed 45-13.

9. Hawaii (6-5, 3-3 MWC West)

Last Week: 9

Plays BYU: Rainbows lost 49-23 to the Cougars on Oct. 13.

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Hawaii gave up 601 yards of offense and trailed 28-3 after one quarter in a 56-17 loss to Utah State. … The Rainbow Warriors have a bye this week and will host UNLV on Nov. 17.

10. UMass (4-6)

Last Week: 10

Game On: Saturday vs. BYU, 10 a.m. MT (BYUtv)

What’s Up? Ross Comis threw for 540 yards and four touchdowns — with 303 yards and two touchdowns receiving by Andy Isabella — and Cooper Garcia kicked a field goal in the third overtime as UMass outlasted Liberty 62-59. … Isabella has 77 catches for 1,394 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Minutemen this season.

11. No. 12 FCS McNeese State (6-3, 5-2 Southland)

Last Week: 11

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

Game On: Saturday at Northwestern State (3-6, 2-5 Southland), 5 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Injuries to quarterbacks Cody Orgeron and James Tabary wore down the Cowboys in a 23-6 loss at Southeastern Louisiana. … Northwestern State failed to convert on a two-point conversion late in the game in a 49-47 loss to Abilene Christian.

12. New Mexico State (3-7)

Last Week: 12

Plays BYU: Nov. 17 in Provo

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Jason Huntley returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and added three more scores to lead New Mexico State to a 52-42 win against Alcorn State. … The Aggies are off this week and will travel to Provo to play BYU on Nov. 17. …The Cougars have won both matchups with New Mexico State by a combined score of 92-21.

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