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BYU players try to make a tackle in the Cougar’s 38-24 loss to Baylor in Waco, Texas on Saturday, October 16, 2021 (Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo)

Here is our weekly ranking of BYU football opponents with an overview of their schedules and games.

1. Baylor # 20 (6-1 overall, 3-1 Big 12)

Results: Baylor controlled both lines of scrimmage and rushed for 303 yards in a 38-24 victory over the No.19 BYU.

Game activated: Goodbye (next game on October 30 against Texas)

What’s new? BYU only managed 67 yards on 24 carries, and the Bears fired Jaren Hall five times. … Baylor is ranked No. 21 this week, the first time for bears in the AP poll since week 7 of 2019 (22nd).

2. Utah (4-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-12 South)

Results: Utah beat No.18 Arizona State 28-0 in the second half to claim a 35-21 victory.

Game activated: Saturday at Oregon State (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12 North), 5:30 p.m. MT (Pac-12 network)

What’s new? The Beavers last played on Oct. 9, a 31-24 loss to Washington State. … The series between Utah and Oregon State is deadlocked at 11-11-1. … The Utes have won five in a row against the Beavers, including 30-24 in Salt Lake City last season.

3. Virginia (5-2 overall, 3-2 ACC Coastal)

Play BYU: October 30 in Provo

Results: Virginia scored on all six possessions in the first half and Brennan Armstrong threw for 364 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-0 shutout against Duke.

Game activated: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-2 ACC Coastal), 3:30 p.m. MT (ACC network)

What’s new? Georgia Tech last played on Oct. 9, a 31-27 victory over Duke. … The Yellow Jackets lead the 21-20-1 overall series, with Virginia winning 33-28 at Charlottesville in 2019.

4. Arizona State (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12 South)

Results: Jayden Daniels threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a third, but Arizona State couldn’t maintain a 21-7 lead at halftime and lost to Utah 35-21.

Game activated: Goodbye (next game on October 30 against Washington State)

What’s new? After scoring 21 points in the first half against Utah, Arizona State did not score any four possessions in the second half, totaling just 82 attacking yards. … The Sun Devils fell to 18th place in the PA to break out of the Top 25, receiving seven votes.

5.USC (3-3 total, 2-3 Pac-12 South)

Play BYU: November 27 in Los Angeles

Results: Bye

Game activated: Saturday at No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1), 5:30 p.m. MT (NBC)

What’s new? Pro Football Focus named USC’s Drake London (64 catches, 832 yards, 5 TDs) as the favorite to win the Biletnikoff Award for the best wide receiver in college football. … Notre Dame leads the overall series with USC 47-36-5 and has won the last three meetings, including 30-27 at South Bend in 2019.

6. State of Utah (4-2 overall, 2-1 MWC Mountain)

Results: Eleyon Noa scored on an 11-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left as Utah State earned a 28-24 victory over UNLV, keeping the Rebels winless at 0-6.

Game activated: Friday vs. Colorado State (3-3, 2-0 MWC Mountain), 7:30 p.m. MT (CBSSN)

What’s new? Cayden Camper kicked five baskets as Colorado State faced New Mexico 36-7. … The Rams lead the overall series with Utah State 39-35-2 but the Aggies have won the last two games: 29-24 at Fort Collins in 2018 and 34-24 at Logan in 2019.

7. Washington State (4-3 overall, 3-2 Pac-12 North)

Results: Washington State rallied at Stanford 34-31 as Laura’s Jayden threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

Game activated: Saturday vs BYU (5-2), 1:30 p.m. MT (FS1)

What’s new? Washington State has won three straight games (Cal 21-6, Oregon State 31-24, Stanford 34-31). … BYU leads the overall series 3-1 and won the last meeting 30-6 in Provo in 2012.

8. Boise State (3-4 total, 1-2 MWC Mountain)

Results: Brad Roberts had 138 yards and two touchdowns for the Air Force in a 24-17 victory at Boise State.

Game activated: Goodbye (next game October 30 at Colorado State)

What’s new? Boise State scored two touchdowns on his first three possessions, but fell out of the end zone in the loss to the Air Force. … Boise State lost their third home game of the season, the first time since 1998.

9. South Florida (1-5 overall, 0-2 AAC)

Results: Shamari Brooks scored on a 3-yard rush with 47 seconds left to lead Tulsa past South Florida 32-31.

Game activated: Saturday vs. Temple (3-3, 1-1 AAC), 5 p.m. MT (ESPN +)

What’s new? South Florida led Tulsa 24-10 midway through the second quarter. … Temple, who last played Oct. 8 in a 52-3 loss to Cincinnati, leads the overall series with the Bulls 5-2 and has won three straight games (2018-2020).

10. Arizona (0-6 overall, 0-3 Pac-12 South)

Results: Colorado shutout Arizona 34-0, extending the Wildcats’ losing streak to 18 games.

Game activated: Friday vs. Washington (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12 North), 8:30 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s new? Arizona’s last victory dates back to October 5, 2019 (Colorado 35-30). … Washington leads the overall series with Arizona 23-11 and has four straight series wins, including 44-27 in Seattle in 2020.

11. Georgia Southern (2-5 overall, 1-3 Sun Belt East)

Play BYU: November 20 in Provo

Results: Jake Bentley became the first player in Southern Alabama history to score five touchdowns in a game, rushing for two and passing three more in a 41-14 win over Georgia Southern.

Game activated: Goodbye (next game on October 30 against Georgia State)

What’s new? Georgia Southern quarterbacks Justin Tomlin and Cam Ransom were limited to seven assists on 25 passes for 112 yards. … The Eagles are winless on the road (0-4) this season.

12. State of Idaho (1-5 overall, 1-3 Big Sky)

Play BYU: November 6 in Provo

Results: Portland State took a 24-7 halftime lead to a 31-10 home win over Idaho State.

Game activated: Saturday at Montana State (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky), 1 p.m. MT

What’s new? Idaho State suffered four turnovers in the loss to Portland State. … Montana State leads the overall series with Idaho State 11-3 but won the last game 24-17 at Pocatello in 2018.

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