Following the Cougars' 35-32 victory over Hawaii on Friday, Sept. 6, BYU climbed from among the unranked to No. 24 in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. BYU garnered 164 points, 20 points ahead of No. 25 Penn State (2-0).
The Cougars have been ranked in the top-20 or top-25 polls in 23 of the last 27 seasons. The only years in which BYU has never been ranked during the season (since 1976) were 1978, 1987, 1998 and 2000.
Last season BYU broke into the top-25 on Sept. 9, following a 44-16 win at Cal. The Cougars climbed as high as No. 7 in the USA Today/Coaches' Poll and No. 8 in the AP Top-25 poll.