Bennett Rank released its preseason rankings which placed the BYU Cougars at No. 20 in the country heading into the 2013 season. The preseason ranking also has the Cougars as the No. 1 team in the West Coast Conference and the No. 1 team in the region, which includes teams from the WCC, Mountain West, Big West, Summit League, Conference USA, Great West and the Sun Belt.
BYU opponents were also highly ranked. Baylor is 14th in the ranking, LSU is 22nd, and conference foe Portland is 23rd and Santa Clara 26th.
Bennett Rank takes an analytic approach to ranking teams. Check out the rankings and methodology at bennettranking.com.