College football re-rankings: Where do BYU, Utah and USU stand after week 14?
Several seniors made key contributions in the win against Colorado. Trevor Reilly led the way with 14 tackles, including an interception at the end of the game to seal the win. Defensive tackles Tenny Palepoi and LT Tuipolutu had eight tackles and two fumble recoveries, respectively, and running back Kelvin York ran for a career-high 132 yards and two touchdowns.
The Utes, who faced their toughest football schedule in school history, need better play from their perimeter players if they want to make a splash in the Pac-12.
“It’s all about the perimeter players, and we’ve got to get it done in recruiting to make that happen,” said Whittingham, who added that it’ll also involve guys already in the program (redshirts and young players) stepping up and being factors.
So what does the national media think about how the local teams have fared this season?
Every week, USA Today's Paul Myerberg re-ranks all the college football teams. Utah State made the biggest jump as the Aggies jumped seven spots to come in at No. 48. BYU comes in at No. 34, while Utah checks in at No. 76.
BYU is the first team to check in, coming in at No. 38. The Cougars’ victory over Nevada didn't shock anybody and not surprising, didn't sway voters either. Utah State jumped 15 spots after beating Wyoming and claiming the top spot in the Mountain Division for the right to play Fresno State in the inaugural MWC championship game. As for the Utes, last weekend's win over Colorado didn't do much for them as they dropped two spots to check in at No. 67.
The Sagarin rankings come from Jeff Sagarin, a well-known sports statistician who developed a methodology for ranking and rating a variety of sports. The NCAA has used his ratings for events such as the NCAA tournament, as well as the BCS.
Looking over his latest rankings, the Cougars check in at No. 28 and the Utes come in at No. 33, while the Aggies come in at No. 42. Looking at strength of schedule, the Utes have faced the toughest schedule nationally, easily beating BYU's (32nd) and USU's (90th) schedules.
While the season didn't go as expected for fans across the state, the college football season brought plenty of great games and victories to the state of Utah. The Utes beat then-No. 5 Stanford at home, while the Cougars beat then-No. 15 Texas at home. There's also the Cougars' victory over Boise State that broke the streak of teams from the state of Utah losing to the Broncos.
Justin Giles is a recent graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism and sports communication. Twitter: Justingiles22 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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