Brigham Young full-back Masen Wake, at top, dodges a tackle from Giovanni Sanders (20) of Arizona State during an NCAA college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, September 18, 202 ( Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)
PROVO – After a third straight win over a Pac-12 opponent, BYU made its biggest leap of the year in the national rankings.
The Cougars jumped eight spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press’s Top 25 on Sunday, just over 12 hours after BYU’s 27-17 victory over No. 19 Arizona State at LaVell Stadium Edwards.
The Sun Devils (2-1) came out of the Top 25 with the loss, leaving just two Pac-12 teams in the Top 25: No.3 Oregon (3-0) and No.24 UCLA (2-1), which lost to Fresno State late Saturday night and helped the Bulldogs (3-1) enter the poll at No.22. ASU received 24 votes, joining USC (16) and Stanford (3) among the “others who received votes”.
The names in the top five of the AP poll remained unchanged, led by No.1 Alabama (3-0) and No.2 Georgia (3-0). The No. 3 Oregon (3-0) and No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) then alternated, followed by Iowa, fifth (3-0). Oregon and Oklahoma swapped places in a virtually unchanged transition to Week 4 in the top 12, which included Penn State dropping from No.10 to No.6 after the Nittany Lions’ home win over Auburn.
Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Clemson and Ohio State round out the top 10, followed by Florida and Notre Dame.
BYU’s eight-place climb is the biggest jump of any Top 25 team last week, followed by Michigan (six), Penn State (four), Mississippi (four) and Arkansas (four ).
The Cougars also improved to No. 16 in the latest USA Today coaching poll after the win. Utah State received two votes in this poll after the Aggies’ first 3-0 start since 1978 after another comeback win, this time to beat the Air Force in the Mountain West game.
BYU opened the unranked season after the most successful season in more than a decade, a season that ended with an 11-1 overall record and an 11th place finish in the latest AP poll. After spending the first week of the season unranked, they climbed back into the Top 25 with a victory over No. 23 Utah and took the poll to its highest position since then with Saturday night’s victory.
BYU hosts South Florida (1-2) in the Cougars’ first non-Power Five game of the season on Saturday night (8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN2).
The Aggies host Boise State (1-2) in a televised game Saturday on CBS (10 a.m. MT).
If you don’t see the full Top 25 below, read it here.