PROVO -- After routing California on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., 44-16, BYU (3-0) earned a spot on both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and Associated Press top-25 polls. The Cougars tallied 114 votes on the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll to rank 25th, while picking up 148 points to earn a No. 24 ranking in the AP poll.
"I'm happy with where we're at," BYU head coach Gary Crowton said. "It's still early in the season and we just need to continue to play hard; week in and week out. If we do that, things will take care of themselves."
This week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll marks the first time BYU has been ranked nationally by the coaches since the final game of the 1999 season--a 21-3 loss to Marshall in the Motor City Bowl. BYU entered the Motor City Bowl ranked 25th in the coaches poll, while it had dropped from the AP poll on Nov. 21. Nov. 14, 1999 marked the last time BYU was ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. BYU was ranked 19th in each poll that week, but dropped out of the AP poll and fell to 25th in the coaches poll on Nov. 21.
The 24th-ranked Cougars will next travel to No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 15. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CDT). The game is scheduled to be televised live by SportsWest on KSL, Ch. 5 in the Salt Lake City area. The game will mark the first time BYU has played in a game with both teams ranked in the top-25 since playing Marshall in the 1999 Motor City Bowl. The Thundering Herd entered the Motor City Bowl ranked 11th in both polls.