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BYU football comes in at No. 25 in Associated Press poll, first ranking since 2015

September 16, 2018

It may seem like an eternity since the BYU football team was ranked in one of the two major weekly college football polls but it’s really only been since 2015.

The Cougars started that season with a pair of dramatic Hail Mary passes by a freshman quarterback named Tanner Mangum to win at Nebraska and to defeat No. 20 Boise State in Provo.

The Cougars jumped to No. 19 before a road game against No. 10 UCLA and nearly pulled off another last-second win. A Bruin interception allowed UCLA to escape with the 24-23 win, knocking BYU down to No. 22.

The next week the Cougars went on the road to play Michigan, only to get manhandled in a 31-0 loss.

Since that point, BYU has been an afterthought on the national landscape -- at least until the Cougars once again headed to Big 10 country.

With Saturday’s stunning 24-21 win over No. 6-ranked Wisconsin in Madison, BYU picked up what many have called the most stunning upset of the young season.

That big win combined with a 28-23 win at Arizona was enough for the Cougars to outweigh their disappointing 21-18 home loss to Cal and get 75 points in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Cougars earned the No. 25 spot, 11 points behind No. 24 Michigan State and 11 points ahead of Iowa, the top team in the “Others receiving votes” category.

In the coaches poll, BYU has the eighth-most points in the “Others receiving votes” which would slot the Cougars in at No. 33 if the poll went that high.

Ironically, the Cal team that beat BYU would be at No. 38 in the coaches poll and No. 30 in the AP poll, even though the Bears are undefeated.

The Cougars likely will move up if teams ahead of them lose, as long as they take care of business against McNeese State on Sept. 22.

BYU will then get it’s best chance to make a bigger jump when it heads on the road to face Washington in Seattle on Sept. 29. This week the Huskies are tied for No. 10 in the AP poll and 12th in the coaches poll but host a dangerous Arizona State on Sept. 22.

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