Eric Christian Smith, AP
Two weeks ago, nine ranked teams went down including five that were ranked in the top 10. This week, teams across the nation seemed to get the message as they took care of business. Of the 25 teams that were ranked, only six teams went down. Out of those six, four lost to other ranked opponents.
For the third week in a row, at least two teams ranked in the top 10 lost. This past weekend, then-No. 5 Missouri and No. 10 Texas Tech both fell from the unbeaten ranks, losing to South Carolina and Oklahoma, respectively.
Meanwhile, the top four teams in the country continued to distance themselves from the rest of the field as they steamrolled their way to impressive wins this past weekend. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State combined to outscore their opponents 199-55.
The local in-state teams had some big-name opponents this past weekend in Boise State and USC — so how did they fare?
After one of the biggest wins in Utah football history (over then-No. 5 Stanford) just two weeks ago, the Utes have come out flat the past two games, losing to both USC and Arizona on the road.
“We’ve got to do some soul searching offensively,” coach Kyle Whittingham told the Deseret News, who added that the coaching staff would need to figure out the deficiencies and get them corrected. “That’s the bottom line. We’ve got really no throw game right now. The run game wasn’t a whole lot better.”
The turnovers, he continued, are really what have led to the team’s demise in its four losses this season.
The Utes have a bye week this week, which comes at a perfect time for the team as they deal with injuries and figuring out what they need to do in order to turn things around.
With only four games remaining, the Utes will have to win at least two games if they want to go bowling this year. Next up for the Utes is a Nov. 9 showdown against the Pac-12 South leaders, No. 25 Arizona State.
Boise State came into Friday’s night game with a 20-game winning streak over opponents from the state of Utah. The Cougars made sure the Broncos' streak did not get to 21 as they took care of business Friday night.
BYU dominated the game right from the get-go as they jumped out to a 24-3 halftime lead. The Cougars coasted from there as they won 37-20.
“It was a really big win for our program,” quarterback Taysom Hill told the Deseret News, noting that it was BYU’s first-ever victory over the Broncos. Hill continued his impressive performance with another great game. Hill threw for 339 yards, three touchdowns and most importantly, no interceptions.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall talked about the win, saying, “It was a big game, a big stage, against a really good opponent. ... That was as dominant a first half of football that we’ve played since I’ve been the head coach against a quality opponent. That was really strong football and probably the best half we’ve played yet collectively.”
Just like the Utes, the Cougars also have a bye week this week before they take on No. 22 Wisconsin in a nationally televised game, either on ESPN or ABC at 1:30 p.m. MT.
After having a bye week last week, the Aggies will look to keep their momentum going as they take on Hawaii this Saturday at Romney Stadium. The Aggies are still very much in the running to claim the top spot in the Mountain Division as they are tied atop the standings with Boise State.
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