PROVO, Utah (Oct. 12, 2008) — BYU football maintained its No. 8 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 9 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 after improving to 6-0 with a 21-3 victory over New Mexico Saturday.
Three Mountain West Conference teams are ranked in the new coaches' poll with Utah remaining at No. 13 and TCU re-entering the rankings at No. 24. Utah is ranked No. 14 by AP while TCU is listed 27th in others receiving votes. BYU plays at TCU on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT (6 p.m. MT) in a nationally televised game on VERSUS.
Texas claimed the top spot in both polls after its 45-35 victory at former No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners feel to No. 4 in AP and No. 6 in the coaches' poll. Other top-10 teams to drop after upset losses were Missouri (No. 2 to No. 12 coaches; No. 3 to No. 11 AP) and LSU (No. 3 to No. 14 coaches; No. 4 to No. 13 AP).
Alabama and Penn State are ranked second and third, respectively, in both polls followed USC and Texas Tech in the coaches' poll and Oklahoma and Florida in AP. Oklahoma and Florida are ranked just ahead of BYU at No. 6 and No. 7 in the coaches' poll, while USC, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are in front of the No. 9 Cougars in the AP poll. Rounding out the top 10 are Georgia (No. 9 coaches/No. 10 AP) and Oklahoma State (No. 10 coaches).
BYU enters its third-straight week ranked in the top 10. Prior to this season, the last time the Cougars were in the top 10 in both polls was 2001, when BYU achieved rankings as high as No. 7 in the Coaches' poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Cougars currently hold the longest winning streak in the country at 16 straight and have won 27 of their last 29 games. BYU is currently the highest-ranked team from a conference without automatic qualification into a BCS bowl.
The Cougars have been nationally ranked each week since cracking the polls on Nov. 18, 2007, following a 35-10 victory at Wyoming. BYU finished the 2007 season with wins over Utah (17-10), San Diego State (43-27) and UCLA (17-16) to earn a No. 14 final ranking. BYU opened the 2008 season ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 in The Associated Press Top 25.