A Bump for BYU...



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An 18-point win over Utah State trumped a 19-point win over Colorado State--at least in the latest college football Top 25 Polls.

After dropping in the polls following a victory over the previously-undefeated Rams, BYU's win over the Aggies has the Cougars up two spots to 18th in the AP survey, and up a spot to 20th in the Coaches' poll

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Notably, Boise State's home win over UC Davis couldn't keep the Broncos from dropping a spot in the polls--perhaps a sign of things to come as Boise's schedule strength comes into play.

With TCU up a spot to 9th (Coaches) and 10th (AP), BYU could very likely be facing its second Top 10 opponent of the season when the two teams meet on October 24th. As I wrote earlier, BYU has never beaten two Top 10 teams in the same season, but it could happen in 2009. Oklahoma (#3 when it lost to BYU) has now dropped back behind BYU in the rankings.

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BYU is now #3 among would-be BCS busters, with Houston dropping out of the polls altogether after UH's loss to UTEP.

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Utah is 30th (AP) and 32nd (Coaches), and remains the third of three MWC teams receiving votes. The way the conference season is going, it's appearing unlikely that the other six MWC teams will get poll recognition the rest of the way.

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Number of teams in Top 25, by conference:

Big 12: 6

SEC: 6 in AP; 5 in Coaches'

Big 10: 3 in AP; 4 in Coaches'

ACC: 3

MWC: 2

Pac-10: 2

Big East: 2

WAC: 1

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Reminder: the first BCS Standings come out two weeks from today.

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Here is the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Ed Graney on Mike Sanford's situation at UNLV.

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