BYU enters AP football rankings at No. 25

Sep 09, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne on September 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm
 
Coming off a 45-13 victory over Weber State Saturday, BYU (2-0) received a No. 25 national ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday. The Cougars joined UCLA (No. 22), Tennessee (No. 23) and Arizona (No. 24) as new teams in the AP college football poll this week. 
 
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's teams have now received a spot in one of the two major national polls during each season since 2006 and are one of 11 programs that have earned a final national ranking in five of the past six seasons. The Cougars, who opened the year with a 30-6 win over Washington State, are listed 30th overall among others receiving votes in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll. 
 
The top four spots in the AP poll remained the same with Alabama at No. 1 followed by USC, LSU and Oregon. Florida State moved up from No. 6 into a tie with Oklahoma at No. 5. Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State round out the top 10. 
 
Upcoming BYU opponents also received votes in the AP poll with Notre Dame moving up two spots to No. 20, while Boise State is listed just outside the rankings at 26th, Oregon State at 29th and Utah State at 41st.  
 
Dropping out of the AP poll were Arkansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. Arkansas, which fell from a top-10 ranking in both polls last week after its loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, landed at No. 21 in the Coaches' poll while Wisconsin dropped to No. 22 and Nebraska to No. 24 after losses.  The Cowboys joined idle Boise State in teams dropping out of the Coaches' poll.
 
Alabama also maintained its top ranking by the coaches but LSU was given the nod over USC at No. 2. Notre Dame received a No. 19 ranking by the coaches, while Boise State is listed 26th. 
 
Up next for BYU is in-state rival Utah. The Cougars will face the Utes on Saturday in Salt Lake City in an 8 p.m. MT kick on ESPN2.