For the fourth week in a row, BYU stayed at No. 8 in the national polls — take that College Football Playoff Committee. The current ranking, is the highest the Cougars have been under head coach Kalani Sitake and also the highest since the 2008 and 2009 seasons when BYU was ranked No. 7 in the Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the AP Poll.
The program has been ranked in every regular-season poll this year. The last time that happened was in 2008 (12 consecutive weeks), when team was ranked the entire season and strung together 29 consecutive appearances in the polls from 2007 to 2009.
BYU’s opponents — those that actually played last week — went 1-4 with four games (Boise State, La Tech, Houston and Western Kentucky), getting postponed or cancelled due to byes and COVID-19. To date, BYU’s opponents are 34-44 on the season.
Here’s a breakdown of how BYU’s opponents fared and who they will be playing next.
Last result: 10-7 loss to Memphis (6-2)
Next up: vs. No. 22 Tulsa (5-1)
Memphis overcame a deficit to win for the fifth time this season as the Tigers topped Navy 10-7 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Memphis trailed 7-0 before tying the game on a 14-yard touchdown from Brady White to Calvin Austin III with 3:52 remaining the opening quarter. The game remained deadlocked until placekicker Riley Patterson connected on a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give Memphis the victory.
The Midshipmen look to bounce back as they host No. 22 Tulsa (5-1) Saturday afternoon.
Last result: 47-10 loss to Appalachian State(7-2)
Next up: at South Alabama (4-6)
Troy lost its third consecutive game as the Trojans were blown out by Appalachian State, 47-10. Troy had just 231 yards of total offense and managed just 13 first downs compared to the Mountaineers’ 554-yard offensive output.
Troy returns to action on Saturday against South Alabama in the Battle for the Belt.
Louisiana Tech (4-3)
Last week: Game postponed against FIU (0-5)
Next up: at North Texas (3-4)
For the fourth straight week, the Bulldogs weren’t able to play due to COVID-19 issues. Louisiana Tech will now look to take the field on Thursday as the Bulldogs play North Texas (3-4).
Last week: 49-17 win over North Texas (3-4)
Next up: TBD
UTSA running back Sincere McCormick rushed for a program-record 251 yards with two TDs to help UTSA beat North Texas 49-17. It was the first 200-yard rushing game in program history as McCormick broke his own single-game record of 197 yards last year. UTSA also rushed for a program record 410 yards in the blowout win.
Last week: Game postponed against No. 22 Tulsa (5-1)
Next up: vs. SMU (7-3)
For the fifth time this season, Houston’s game was either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. The game against No. 22 Tulsa has been rescheduled for Dec. 19, if neither team is a participant in the American Athletic Conference championship game, which is scheduled for the same day.
Texas State (2-10)
Last week: 49-14 loss to No. 14 Coastal Carolina (9-0)
Next up: Season over
After a 47-45 victory last week, Texas State couldn’t keep its offense going as the Bobcats’ got trounced by No. 14 Coastal Carolina (9-0) in the season finale.
Western Kentucky (4-6)
Last week: Bye
Next up: at Charlotte (2-3)
Coming off a bye week, Western Kentucky is looking for its first three-game winning streak of the season as the Hilltoppers take on Charlotte Tuesday night in the last game of the season.
Boise State (4-1)
Last week: Game canceled against San Jose State (4-0)
Next up: at UNLV (0-5)
Boise State’s game against unbeaten San Jose State (4-0) was canceled lats week due to COVID-19 issues within the Broncos’ program. The game was declared a no contest, and there were no plans to reschedule. The Broncos will be able to return to the field this next week against UNLV
North Alabama (0-4)
Last week: Season ended
San Diego State (3-3)
Last week: 20-10 loss to Colorado (3-0)
Next up: vs. Colorado State (1-2)
After its game against Fresno State got canceled, San Diego State went on the road to take on Colorado (3-0). After going down 14-0, the Aztecs scored 10 straight points to cut the deficit to 14-10. San Diego State had a chance to win the game in the second half, but two missed field goals and several big stops by Colorado’s defense helped the Buffs stay unbeaten. It was a rare Pac-12 loss for the Aztecs, who fell to 5-2 against the league since 2016.