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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BYU holds at No. 8 in both major national polls after largely idle week across top 25

By Sean Walker, | Updated - Nov. 15, 2020 at 12:26 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 15, 2020 at 11:05 a.m.

PROVO — After 11 weeks of college football and a scheduled bye week, BYU maintained a top 10 ranking nationally Sunday.

The Cougars held from last week's standing at No. 8 in both major national polls, one spot behind top Group of Five challenger Cincinnati, in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top 25.

Led by No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame, no changes were made in the top 11 spots of the coaches poll. The highest movement involved No. 12 Wisconsin, which rose two spots after beating Michigan. In the AP Top 25, the top nine remain unchanged, with Wisconsin joining the top 10 and Indiana moving up to No. 9 after its first 4-0 start in Big Ten play since 1987.

Only 10 teams moved up or down in the coaches poll, including former No. 19 SMU and No. 25 Army, which both dropped out. Tulsa was the lone newcomer to the AP poll, entering at 4-1 after the American Athletic Conference team's 4-1 start included a 28-24 comeback victory over SMU.

In all, 11 teams ranked in the top 25 did not play this week.

BYU was one of six Associated Press Top 25 teams with byes in Week 11, an idle list that also included No. 4 Clemson and No. 14 Oklahoma State.

Additionally, postponed games because of COVID-19 included No. 1 Alabama's game against LSU, No. 5 Texas A&M against Tennessee, No. 12 Georgia against Missouri, No. 15 Coastal Carolina against Troy, and No. 24 Auburn against Mississippi State.

No. 3 Ohio State's game against Maryland was canceled due to COVID-19, a decision made by the Big Ten stating that canceled games would be immediately declared a no contest and not made up.

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