PROVO – After passing its toughest test of the 2020 season to date, BYU football held its place with the country’s top team on Sunday morning.
The Cougars climbed two spots to No. 11 in the latest edition of USA Today Coaches ‘Poll, which fit right behind Miami (Fla.) And just ahead of North Carolina after Tar Heels’ first loss of the year to the unranked Florida State.
BYU also ranks sixth in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings with a score of 94.86 and follows only Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Georgia in the largely computer-based metric.
That BYU, who fought to beat Houston 43-26 on Friday night, is ranked among the top 15 teams in the country is not much of a surprise anymore. The Cougars are 5-0 for the first time since 2008 and are one of only 1
Others on this list include top-ranked Clemson, who rolled Georgia Tech 73-7 Saturday; Alabama, the SEC power that selected Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett three times en route to a 41-24 victory over the Bulldogs; Coast Carolina, the 4-0 Sun Belt team that won its first game ever as an FBS program against a ranked opponent with a 30-27 victory over No. 21 Louisiana; and Liberty, the fellow FBS Independent who drove past the ACC program Syracuse 38-21 Saturday at the Carrier Dome to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the Flames was an FCS Big South program in 2008.
Statistically, Cougars ranks sixth in total offense, averaging 541.0 yards per carry. Match with 43.6 points and just outside the top-10 in the total defense with 288.0 yards allowed per. Match
Individually, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s star shines brightly. The junior, who was ready for Corner Canyon, is in third place with 1,641 passing yards, tied for fourth with five touchdowns and eighth overall averaging 348.2 yards per game. Match.
This story will be updated after the release of the AP Top 25, usually around noon MT.
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