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BYU Advances to No. 14 in BCS Standings



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PROVO, Utah (Nov. 16, 2008) — BYU (10-1) moved up three spots to No. 14 in this week's Bowl Championship Series standings after its road win at Air Force on Saturday.

The Cougars maintained their same rankings in the major polls. BYU is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive polls and No. 16 in The Associated Press Top 25.

The BCS standings again feature three Mountain West Conference teams in the top 20. Utah (11-0) maintained its No. 7 ranking, BYU moving up three spots to No. 14 and TCU (9-2), off this past week, advanced two spots to No. 16.

The first nine teams in the BCS standings stayed the same this week with Alabama, Texas Tech, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma making up the top five. Utah has the highest BCS ranking among teams from a conference without automatic qualification into a BCS bowl, two spots ahead of No. 9 Boise State of the Western Athletic Conference.

The highest-ranked team representing each Division I conference in the BCS standings are No. 1 Alabama (SEC), No. 2 Texas Tech (Big 12), No. 6 USC (Pac-10), No. 7 Utah (MWC), No. 8 Penn State (Big Ten), No. 9 Boise State (WAC), No. 17 Ball State (MAC), No. 19 Cincinnati (Big East) and No. 22 North Carolina (ACC). No teams from Conference USA or the Sun Belt Conference are currently ranked in the BCS top-25 standings.

BYU has won 20 of its last 21 games and been ranked each week since cracking the polls on Nov. 18, 2007. BYU opened the 2008 season ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 in The Associated Press Top 25.

BYU will compete for its third straight MWC title when it plays at Utah on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. No. 7 Utah is 7-0 in conference play with No. 14 BYU and No. 16 TCU still in contention at 6-1 in the league standings.

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