Cougars make monster leap in BCS Standings

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PROVO, Utah (November 25, 2007) -- With a 17-10 win over Utah on Saturday, BYU improved to 9-2 on the season, extended its win streak to eight straight games and continued to climb the national polls. Winners of 19 of their last 21 games, the Cougars jumped to No. 19 in the USAToday Coaches Poll, No. 19 in the Harris Interactive Poll and No. 21 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. The two-time, outright Mountain West Conference champions also leaped seven spots in this week's BCS standings to No. 19.

Ranked 19th in this week's BCS standings, the Cougars will need to finish in the top-12 in order to qualify for an automatic bid to one of the five BCS Championship games. Riding the nation's second longest active win streak at eight straight games, BYU will need to defeat San Diego State on Saturday, and have a little help in order to reach that coveted 12th-place position. This week's mark in the BCS standing is the highest since being ranked No. 12 back on December 2, 2001. Last year, BYU spent the final four weeks of the season ranked in the BCS standings, going from No. 25 to No. 20 over the four-week span.

The Cougars have been ranked a total of 225 weeks since earning its first ranking back in 1974. BYU has posted a record of 136-41 when playing as a nationally ranked team.

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