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BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: Razorbacks rising after big win at BYU

By Darnell Dickson - | Oct 20, 2022

Marci Harris, Special to the Herald

Arkansas wide receiver Latavious Brini makes a catch during the game against BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

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

1. No. 10 Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12)

Last results: Bye

Game On: Saturday at vs. No. 9 UCLA (8-0, 3-0 Pac-12), 1:30 p.m. MT (FOX)

What’s Up? UCLA had a bye week after beating No. 11 Utah 42-32 on Oct. 8. … The Bruins led the overall series with Oregon 39-31, though the Ducks have won the past three meetings.

2. Arkansas (4-3, 1-3 SEC West)

Last results: KJ Jefferson threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns and the Razorbacks scored on eight straight possessions in a 52-35 win at BYU.

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Arkansas converted 12 of 15 third downs and Rocket Sanders ran for 175 yards against BYU … The Razorbacks have a week off and play at Auburn on Oct. 29.

3. Liberty (6-1)

Last results: Dae Dae Hunter’s fourth quarter touchdown run lifted Liberty to a 21-20 victory against Gardner-Webb.

Game On: Saturday vs. BYU (4-3), 1:30 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

What’s Up? With its win against Gardner-Webb, Liberty has secured its 17th straight season with six or more victories and is bowl eligible for the fourth time. … BYU leads the overall series with Liberty 1-0 and won that meeting 31-24 at Provo in 2019.

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

Last results: The Bears fell to 0-6 in Morgantown as Casey Legg kicked a 22-yard field goal with 33 seconds to play in a 43-30 West Virginia victory.

Game On: Saturday vs. Kansas (5-2, 2-2 Big 12), 10 a.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? Baylor’s Blake Shapen was 14 of 22 for 326 yards and two touchdowns against West Virginia but was knocked out of the game on a targeting play in the third quarter. … The Bears lead the overall series with Kansas 17-4 and have won 12 games in a row, including 45-7 last year in Lawrence.

5. Boise State (4-2, 3-0 MWC Mountain)

Last results: Bye

Game On: Saturday at Air Force (5-2, 2-2 MWC Mountain), 5 p.m. MT (CBSSN)

What’s Up? Brad Roberts had four short touchdown runs and John Eldridge III opened the scoring with a 60-yard run in a 42-7 victory against UNLV. … Boise State leads the series with Air Force 6-4 and the Falcons won last year 24-17 in Boise, breaking a four-game win streak for the Broncos.

6. Stanford (2-4, 0-4 Pac-12)

Last results: Josh Karly’s 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter held up as Stanford knocked off Notre Dame, the first win for the Cardinal in the series since 2017.

Game On: Saturday vs. Arizona State (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12), 2 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network)

What’s Up? The Sun Devils are coming off a bye week and last played in Oct. 8, a 45-38 upset of No. 21 Washington. … Arizona State leads the overall series with Stanford 18-15 and won 28-10 in Tempe last season.

7. Notre Dame (3-3)

Last results: After rolling up nearly 500 yards in last week’s win against BYU, the Irish managed just 311 in a 16-14 loss to Stanford.

Game On: Saturday vs. UNLV (4-3, 2-2 MWC West), 12:30 p.m. MT (NBC)

What’s Up? UNLV managed just 179 total yards and had four turnovers in a 42-7 loss to Air Force. … This is the first meeting between Notre Dame and UNLV.

8. East Carolina (4-3, 2-2 AAC)

Last results: Isaiah Winstead caught nine passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and East Carolina outlasted Memphis 47-45 in four overtimes.

Game On: Saturday vs. Central Florida (5-1, 2-0 AAC), 5:30 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

What’s Up? John Rhys Plumlee passed for 373 yards and four touchdowns — two each to Kobe Hudson and Ryan O’Keefe — in a 70-13 rout of Temple. … The series between East Carolina and Central Florida is tied at 10-10, though the Knights have won the pat six meetings.

9. Wyoming (4-3, 2-1 MWC Mountain)

Last results: Bye

Game On: Saturday vs. Utah State (3-4, 2-1 MWC Mountain), 7:45 p.m. MT (FOX)

What’s Up? The Aggies lost quarterbacks Cooper Legas (concussion) and Levi Williams (heel) to injury in the first half of a 17-13 win against Colorado State. … Wyoming won the last meeting with Utah State 44-17 in Logan last year.

10. Utah State (3-4, 2-1 MWC Mountain)

Last results: Third-string quarterback Bishop Davenport, making his first collegiate start, scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter to give the Aggies the lead for good in a 17-13 defeat of Colorado State.

Game On: Saturday at Wyoming (4-3, 2-1 MWC Mountain), 7:45 p.m. MT (FOX)

What’s Up? The Cowboys had a bye last week after defeating New Mexico 27-14 on Oct. 8. … Utah State leads the overall series 40-27-4 and won four in a row from 2011 to 2015.

11. South Florida (1-6, 0-3 AAC)

Last results: South Florida surrendered 564 yards, including 329 passing, in a 45-31 loss to Tulane.

Game On: Bye

What’s Up? Katravis Marsh and Gerry Bohanon combined to go 14 of 23 for 359 yards in the Bulls loss to Tulane. … South Florida’s next game is Oct. 29 at Houston.

12. Utah Tech (1-5, 0-2 WAC)

Last results: Theo Day threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Northern Iowa to a 42-14 victory against Utah Tech.

Game On: Saturday vs. Sam Houston State (3-2, 1-0 WAC), 5 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Sophomore Will Leota led Utah Tech’s defensive effort against Northern Iowa with a career-high 14 tackles. … Sam Houston State is coming off a 25-17 upset of No. 23 Eastern Kentucky.


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