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BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: Oregon only Top 25 team on list

By Darnell Dickson - | Oct 5, 2022

AP Photo/Andy Nelson

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) heads downfield against Stanford as offensive lineman Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu (71) looks to block during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.

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

1. No. 12 Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12)

Last results: Bo Nix ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for two more scores as No. 13 Oregon raced past Stanford 45-27.

Game On: Saturday at Arizona (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12), 7 p.m. MT (Pac-12)

What’s Up? Jayden de Laura threw a school record six touchdown passes to lead Arizona past Colorado 43-20. … Oregon leads the overall series with the Wildcats 28-17 and has won the past two games, including a 41-19 victory in Eugene last season.

2. Arkansas (3-2, 1-2 SEC West)

Last results: No. 20 Arkansas surrendered 555 yards, including 317 on the ground, and lost to No. 2 Alabama 49-26.

Game On: Saturday at No. 23 Mississippi State (4-1, 1-1 SEC West), 1 p.m. MT (SEC Network)

What’s Up? Mississippi State forced four turnovers and Will Rogers passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 upset of No. 17 Texas A&M. … Arkansas leads the overall series with the Bulldogs 18-13-1 and has won the past two meetings, including a 31-28 victory last season in Fayetteville.

3. Baylor (3-2, 1-1 Big 12)

Last results: Monaray Baldwin caught seven passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yarder, but it wasn’t enough as No. 16 Baylor lost to No. 9 Oklahoma State 36-25.

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? The Bears had won nine consecutive home games before their loss to Oklahoma State. … Baylor’s next game is Oct. 13 at West Virginia (5 p.m. MT, FS1).

4. Notre Dame (2-2)

Last results: Bye

Game On: Saturday vs. No. 16 BYU (4-1) in Las Vegas, 5:30 p.m. MT (NBC)

What’s Up? Notre Dame is coming off its best performance of the season, a 45-32 victory against North Carolina in Week 4 where the Irish ran up 576 total yards (289 passing, 287 rushing). … Notre Dame leads the overall series with BYU 6-2. The two teams last played in 2013, a 23-14 Irish victory in South Bend.

5. Liberty (4-1)

Last results: Dae Dae Hunter ran for 121 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead Liberty past Old Dominion 38-24.

Game On: Saturday at UMass (1-4), 1:30 p.m. MT (ESPN+)

What’s Up? UMass held a 13-0 third-quarter lead against Eastern Michigan but lost 20-13. … Liberty leads the overall series with the Minutemen 3-1 and has won three in a row, including a 62-17 victory in Lynchburg last season.

6. Boise State (3-2, 2-0 MWC Mountain)

Last results: Trailing 13-0 at halftime, Boise State scored 35 unanswered points on five rushing touchdowns in a 35-13 victory against San Diego State.

Game On: Saturday vs. Fresno State (1-3, 0-0 MWC West), 8:45 p.m. MT (FS1)

What’s Up? Logan Fife threw for 157 yards and two interceptions in Fresno State’s 19-14 loss to UConn. … Boise State leads the overall series with the Bulldogs 16-7 and won last year’s meeting 40-14 in Fresno.

7. East Carolina (3-2, 1-1 AAC)

Last results: Holton Ahlers threw for 465 yards and six touchdowns, with CJ Johnson catching seven passes for 197 yards and four scores, as East Carolina raced past South Florida 48-28.

Game On: Saturday at Tulane (4-1, 1-0 AAC), 1:30 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

What’s Up? Third-string quarterback Kai Horton tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyjae Spears in overtime to give Tulane a 27-24 victory against Houston. … East Carolina leads the overall series with the Green Wave 12-6 and won last year’s meeting 52-29 in Greenville.

8. Stanford (1-3, 0-3 Pac-12)

Last results: Tanner McKee threw a pair of second half touchdowns but Stanford couldn’t catch No. 13 Oregon in a 45-27 loss.

Game On: Saturday vs. Oregon State (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12), 9 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? Oregon State suffered four turnovers, including three interceptions by Clark Phillips, in a 42-16 loss at No. 12 Utah. … Stanford leads the overall series with the Beavers 59-26-3. Oregon State won last year’s meeting 35-14 in Corvallis, breaking a losing streak of 11 games against the Cardinal.

9. Wyoming (3-3, 1-2 MWC Mountain)

Last results: Wyoming managed just 256 total yards in a 33-16 loss to San Jose State.

Game On: Saturday at New Mexico (2-3, 0-2 MWC Mountain), 5 p.m. MT (CBSSN)

What’s Up? Miles Kendrick ran for a pair of touchdowns but also threw two interceptions as New Mexico lost to UNLV 31-20. … Wyoming leads the overall series with New Mexico 38-36 but the Lobos have won two in a row, including a 14-3 victory in Laramie last season.

10. Utah State (1-4, 0-1 MWC Mountain)

Last results: Former Orem High quarterback Cooper Legas threw for two touchdown passes and ran for a third in his first college start as Utah State lost to No. 19 BYU 38-26.

Game On: Saturday vs. Air Force (4-1, 1-1 MWC Mountain), 5 p.m. MT

What’s Up? The Air Force ground game finally got on track late in the game as the Falcons held off Navy 13-10. … The Falcons lead the overall series with Utah State 5-4. The Aggies won last year’s meeting in Colorado 49-45.

11. South Florida (1-4, 0-2 AAC)

Last results: Gerry Bohanon threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in a 48-28 loss to East Carolina.

Game On: Saturday at No. 24 Cincinnati (4-1, 1-0 AAC), 1:30 p.m. MT (TBA)

What’s Up? Ben Bryant threw two touchdown passes and Cincinnati scored two other TD’s on fourth down to open its defense of the AAC title with a 31-21 victory against Tulsa. … The Bearcats lead the overall series with South Florida 12-7 and have won four in a row, including a 45-28 win in Tampa last season.

12. Utah Tech (1-4, 0-1 WAC)

Last results: Jeremiah Dobbins ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns to lead Abilene Christian to a 26-10 victory against Utah Tech.

Game On: Bye (Next game Saturday, Oct. 15 at Northern Iowa (2-3, 2-1 MVC), 3 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Utah Tech missed a field goal and couldn’t convert on fourth-and-14 from midfield on its two previous possessions before Dobbins scored his third touchdown. … Northern Iowa’s defense held Indiana State to one red zone touchdown in five opportunities in a 20-14 victory.

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