Brigham Young fullback Masen Wake, top, dodges a tackle by Arizona State’s Giovanni Sanders (20) during an NCAA college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 18, 202 (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)
PROVO — After a third-straight victory over a Pac-12 opponent, BYU made its biggest jump of the year in the national rankings.
The Cougars jumped up eight spots to No. 15 in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, just over 12 hours after BYU’s 27-17 win over then-No. 19 Arizona State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The Sun Devils (2-1) fell 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 receiving votes.”
The names in the top-five in the AP poll remained unchanged, led by No. 1 Alabama (3-0) and No. 2 Georgia (3-0). No. 3 Oregon (3-0) and No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) alternated next, followed by fifth-ranked Iowa (3-0). Oregon and Oklahoma swapped spots during a mostly unchanged transition to Week 4 across the top 12, which included Penn State jumping up from No. 10 to No. 6 follow 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-spot rise is the largest jump of any team from last week’s Top 25, followed by Michigan (six), Penn State (four), Mississippi (four) and Arkansas (four).
The Cougars also improved to No. 16 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll following the win. Utah State received two votes in that poll after the Aggies’ first 3-0 start since 1978 following another comeback win, this time to beat Air Force in Mountain West play.
BYU opened the season unranked after the most successful season in over a decade, one that ended with an 11-1 overall record and No. 11 finish in the final AP poll. After spending the first week of the season unranked, they climbed back into the Top 25 with a win over then-No. 23 Utah and rocketed up the poll to their highest position since then with Saturday night’s win.
BYU hosts South Florida (1-2) in the Cougars’ first non-Power Five game of the season Saturday night (8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN2 or ESPNU).
The Aggies host Boise State (1-2) in a network-televised game Saturday on CBS (10 a.m. MT).
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