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BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: Pac-12 South goes to Utah

By Darnell Dickson - | Nov 23, 2021

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, left, hands the ball to Utah running back Chris Curry, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

Here’s our weekly ranking of BYU football’s opponents with a look at their schedules and matchups.

1. No. 9 Baylor (9-2 overall, 6-2 Big 12)

Results: Redshirt freshman Blake Sharpen replaced an injured Gerry Bohanon at quarterback and completed 16 of 21 for 137 yards and the defense smothered Kansas State in a 20-10 Baylor victory.

Game On: Saturday vs. Texas Tech (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12), 10 a.m. MT (FS1)

What’s Up? Oklahoma State held Texas Tech to just 108 total yards in a 23-0 shutout victory. … The overall series between Baylor and Texas Tech is tied 39-39-1, with the Red Raiders earning a 24-23 victory last season.

2. No. 16 Utah (8-3 overall, 7-1 Pac-12 South)

Results: Britain Covey returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and Utah shut down No. 4 Oregon’s run game in a 38-7 victory.

Game On: Friday vs. Colorado (4-7 overall, 3-5 Pac-12 South), 2 p.m. MT (FOX)

What’s Up? Colorado created four turnovers, including an 88-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jack Lamb, in a 20-17 victory against Washington. … The overall series between Utah and Colorado is tied at 32-32-3, though the Utes have won the past four meetings.

3. Boise State (7-4 overall, 5-2 MWC Mountain)

Results: Boise State held New Mexico to just 96 total yards in a 37-0 shutout victory.

Game On: Friday at No. 22 San Diego State (10-1 overall, 6-1 MWC West), 10 a.m. MT (CBS)

What’s Up? San Diego State needed a touchdown in the final three minutes to subdue UNLV 28-20. … The series between Boise State and the Aztecs is tied at 3-3, with San Diego State winning in 2018 19-13.

4. Utah State (8-3 overall, 5-2 MWC Mountain)

Results: Titus Swen ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns – one of 43 yards and another of 98 yards – to lead Wyoming to a 44-17 victory against Utah State.

Game On: Friday at New Mexico (3-8 overall, 1-6 MWC Mountain), 11 a.m. MT (FS1)

What’s Up? New Mexico has lost eight of its past nine games after a 37-0 loss to Boise State. … Utah State leads the overall series with the Lobos 14-13 and has won the past four meetings.

5. Arizona State (7-4 overall, 5-3 Pac-12 South)

Results: Oregon State held Arizona State to just 266 total yards and forced a pair of turnovers in a 24-10 victory.

Game On: Saturday vs. Arizona (1-10 overall, 1-7 Pac-12 South), 2 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? Arizona’s only win this season came in Week 9 against a COVID-depleted Cal team, 10-3. … The Wildcats lead the overall “Duel in the Desert” series 49-44-1, though the Sun Devils have won the past four meetings.

6. Washington State (6-5 overall, 5-3 Pac-12 North)

Results: Jayden de Laura threw four touchdown passes and Max Borghi rushed for 139 yards and two scores as Washington State became bowl eligible with a 44-18 victory against Arizona.

Game On: Thursday at Washington (4-7 overall, 3-5 Pac-12 North), 6 p.m. MT (FS1)

What’s Up? A week after firing its head coach, Jimmy Lake, Washington lost a 20-17 decision to Colorado. … The Huskies have a commanding 74-32-6 lead in the Apple Cup and have won seven in a row. … The last Washington State win in the series came in 2012.

7. Virginia (6-5 overall, 4-3 ACC Coastal)

Results: Jordan Addison caught 14 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns as No. 18 Pitt outscored Virginia 48-38.

Game On: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech (5-6 overall, 3-4 ACC Coastal), 1:45 p.m. MT (ACC Network)

What’s Up? Less that a week after firing head coach Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech lost to Miamia 38-26. … The Hokies led the overall series with Virginia 59-38-5, with the Cavaliers’ 39-30 victory at Charlottesville in 2019 ending a 15-game losing streak.

8. USC (4-6 overall, 3-5 Pac-12 South)

Results: Dorian Thompson-Robinson passed for 349 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for two more as UCLA hammered USC 62-33.

Game On: Saturday vs. No. 13 BYU (9-2), 8:30 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? BYU took care of Georgia Southern 34-17 behind 312 passing yards and two touchdowns from Jaren Hall. … USC leads the overall series with the Cougars 2-1 but BYU won the last meeting (30-27 in overtime in 2019).

9. Georgia Southern (3-8 overall, 2-6 Sun Belt East)

Results: Georgia Southern trailed No. 14 BYU just 20-17 at halftime but went scoreless the rest of the game and lost 34-17.

Game On: Saturday at Appalachian State (9-2 overall, 6-1 Sun Belt East), 12:30 p.m. MT (ESPN+)

What’s Up? Chase Brise threw three touchdown passes to lead Appalachian State to a 45-7 victory against Troy. … The Mountaineers lead the overall series with Georgia Southern 19-15-1 and won the last meeting at Statesboro 34-26.

10. South Florida (2-9 overall, 1-6 AAC)

Results: Freshman Michael Pratt passed for a career-high 311 yards and three touchdowns as Tulane beat up on South Florida 45-17.

Game On: Friday at Central Florida (7-4 overall, 4-3 AAC), 1 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? Freshman Mike Keane thew a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score as Central Florida crushed UConn 49-17. … The overall series between South Florida and Central Florida is tied at 6-6 but the Knights have won four straight.

11. Arizona (1-10 overall, 1-7 Pac-12 South)

Results: Will Plummer passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns as Arizona fell to Washington State 44-18.

Game On: Saturday vs. Arizona State (7-4 overall, 5-3 Pac-12 South), 2 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? Arizona State is coming off of a 24-10 loss at Oregon State. … Arizona’s last victory against the Sun Devils came in 2016, a 56-35 win in Tucson.

12. Idaho State (1-10 overall, 1-8 Big Sky)

Results: Idaho notched its first shutout since 1997 with a 14-0 victory against rival Idaho State in the Battle of the Domes.

What’s Up? End of regular season


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