BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: High-scoring Aggies holding on to top spot

November 14, 2018

1. #14 Utah State (9-1, 6-0 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 1

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

Game On: Saturday at Colorado State (3-7, 2-4 MWC Mountain), noon MT

What’s Up? Utah State put over 800 yards of offense and routed San Jose State 62-24 with Jordan Love throwing for 491 yards and five touchdowns. … Colorado State lost its third straight game, surrendering 404 yards passing and four touchdowns to Ty Gangi in a 49-10 loss to Nevada.

2. #23 Boise State (8-2, 5-1 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 2

Plays BYU: Broncos held on to beat BYU 21-16 on Nov. 3

Game On: Friday at New Mexico (3-7, 1-5 MWC Mountain), 7 p.m. MT (CBS-SN)

What’s Up? Alexander Mattison ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Boise State rallied from a 17-3 deficit in a 24-17 upset of No. 23 Fresno State. … Air Force rushed for 479 yards to send New Mexico to its fifth straight loss, 42-24.

3. #21 Utah (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12 South)

Last Week: 4

Plays BYU: Nov. 24 in Salt Lake City

Game On: Saturday at Colorado (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12 South), 11:30 a.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? Matt Gay kicked six field goals to lead Utah to a 32-25 win against Oregon. … Gardner Minshew threw for 335 yards and two scores as No. 8 Washington State sent Colorado to its fifth straight loss, 31-7.

4. #17 Washington (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12 North) Last Week: 3

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

Game On: Saturday vs. Oregon State (2-8, 1-6 Pac-12 North), 2:30 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? Washington had a bye last week. … Colby Parkinson caught four touchdown passes as Stanford rolled past Oregon State 48-17.

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

Last Week: 5

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

Game On: Saturday at Purdue (5-5, 4-3 Big Ten West), 1:30 p.m. MT (Big Ten Network)

What’s Up? Despite 185 rushing yards from Johnathan Taylor, Wisconsin lost to No. 20 Penn State 22-10. … Minnesota held Purdue to season-lows in total yards (233) and points in a shocking 41-10 victory.

6. Cal (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12 North)

Last Week: 7

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

Game On: Saturday vs. Stanford (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12 North), 5:30 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? Cal snapped its 14-game losing streak against USC and earned a 15-14 victory. … K.J. Costello threw for 342 yards and four scores as Stanford beat up Oregon State 48-17.

7. Northern Illinois (7-3, 6-0 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. Miami, Ohio (4-6, 4-2 MAC East), 6 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

What’s Up? Marcus Childers ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Northern Illinois won its sixth game in a row, a 38-15 victory against Toledo. … Miami (Ohio) snapped its five-game losing streak to Ohio and kept its bowl hopes alive with a 30-28 win against the Bobcats.

8. Arizona (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12 South) Last Week: 6

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

Game On: Saturday at No. 8 Washington State (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12 North), 8:30 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? The Wildcats had a bye last week. … Washington State remained the last great hope for the Pac-12 to secure a College Football Playoff berth with a 31-7 win against Colorado.

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: Saturday vs. UNLV (3-7, 1-5 MWC West), 9 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Hawaii had a bye last week. … Lexington Thomas ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns to help UNLV out of a 6-game losing streak with a 27-24 win against San Diego State.

10. UMass (4-7)

Last Week: 10

Game On: Saturday at No. 5 Georgia (9-1, 7-1 SEC East), 2 p.m. MT (SEC Network)

What’s Up? UMass took an early 10-0 lead but surrendered 35 consecutive points and 221 rushing yards as BYU claimed a 35-16 win. … Georgia took control with a pair of first-half touchdowns in a 27-10 win against Auburn.

11. McNeese State (6-4, 5-3 Southland)

Last Week: 11

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

Game On: Saturday vs. Lamar, 3 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Jazz Ferguson pulled in a 6-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime to lead Northwestern State to a 37-34 victory against McNeese, which had a chance to win in the first OT but had a 36-yard field goal blocked.

12. New Mexico State (3-7)

Last Week: 12

Game On: Saturday at BYU (5-5), 8:15 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? New Mexico State is the third team to have a bye before playing BYU along with Utah State and Northern Illinois. … BYU is 2-0 all-time against New Mexico State, outscoring the Aggies 92-21 in 2011 and 2012.

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