BYU Opponent Power Rankings: LSU faces huge showdown with No. 1 Alabama

November 1, 2017

1. No. 4 Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten West)

Last Week: 1

Results: Wisconsin offensive lineman Michael Deiter scored on a trick play and the Badgers defense was solid, resulting in a 24-10 victory against Illinois.

Game On: Saturday at Indiana (3-5, 0-5 Big Ten East), 10 a.m. MT (ABC)

What’s Up? Indiana is coming off a 42-39 loss to Maryland, a game where Hoosier quarterbacks Peyton Ramsey and Richard Lagow combined to complete 43 of 62 passes for 410 yards and five touchdowns. … Wisconsin won the last meeting with Indiana 51-3 in 2013.

2. No. 19 LSU (6-2, 3-1 SEC West)

Last Week: 2

Results: Bye

Game On: Saturday at No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC West), 5 p.m. MT (CBS)

What’s Up? Alabama last played on Oct. 21, a 45-7 victory against Tennessee. … Last year, Alabama topped LSU 10-0 in Baton Rouge. … The Crimson Tide leads the overall series with LSU 51-25-5 and has won the past six meetings between the two schools.

3. No. 21 Mississippi State (6-2, 3-2 SEC West)

Last Week: 4

Results: Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 245 total yards and three touchdowns as Mississippi State blasted Texas A&M 35-14.

Game On: Saturday vs. UMass (2-6), 10 a.m. MT (SEC Network)

What’s Up? Fitzgerald has been named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and sophomore defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons has been selected as a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award. … This is the second meeting between Mississippi State and UMass. The Bulldogs won 47-35 in 2016.

4. Boise State (6-2, 4-0 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 3

Results: Brett Rypien passed for 260 yards and three touchdowns as Boise State became bowl eligible with a 41-14 victory at Utah State.

Game On: Saturday vs. Nevada (1-7, 1-3 MWC West), 5 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

What’s Up? Nevada last played on Oct. 20, a 45-42 loss to Air Force. … Boise State leads the overall series with Nevada 28-13 and has won 14 of the past 15 games. … The Broncos are 4-0 in MWC play, but have never been 5-0 in their seven seasons in the league.

5. Fresno State (5-3, 4-1 MWC West)

Last Week: 5

Results: Jordan Mims ran for a pair of touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Fresno State fell to UNLV 26-16, ending the Bulldogs’ four-game winning streak.

Game On: Saturday vs. BYU (2-7), 8:45 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? BYU is coming off its first win vs. an FBS school (41-20 vs. San Jose State). … The all-time series between BYU and Fresno State is tied at 5-5. … Fresno State opponents have scored just three points combined in the first quarter of four games at Bulldog Stadium.

6. Utah (4-4, 1-4 Pac 12 South)

Last Week: 6

Results: Oregon ended a three-game losing streak and extended Utah’s losing streak to four games with a 41-20 victory.

Game On: Friday vs. UCLA (4-4, 2-3 Pac 12 South), 7:30 p.m. MT (FOX Sports 1)

What’s Up? Last week UCLA lost at No. 12 Washington 44-23, giving up 333 yards rushing to the Huskies. … The last time Utah lost four straight games was 2013, which ended up being a five-game losing streak. … UCLA leads the overall series 11-4, but Utah won the last meeting 52-45 in 2016.

7. Utah State (4-5, 2-3 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 7

Results: Utah State trailed 28-7 at halftime and lost to Boise State 41-14. The Aggies managed just 279 total yards of offense.

Game On: Saturday at New Mexico (3-5, 1-4 MWC Mountain), 3:30 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Last week New Mexico coughed the ball up seven times in a 42-3 loss at Wyoming. … The Lobos lead the overall series with Utah State 13-10 and have won the past two meetings, including 24-21 last season in Logan.

8. UNLV (3-5, 2-3 MWC West)

Last Week: 10

Results: UNLV held Fresno State to 292 yards — only 152 through the air — in a 26-16 MWC victory.

Game On: Saturday vs. Hawaii (3-5, 1-4 MWC West), 4 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Last week Hawaii lost to San Diego State at home 28-7. … Freshman kicker Daniel Gutierrez, who scored 14 of his team’s 26 points in the upset of Fresno State, was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week.

9. East Carolina (2-6, 1-3 AAC East)

Last Week: 9

Results: Bye

Game On: Saturday at Houston (5-3, 3-2 AAC West), 10 a.m. MT

What’s Up? Houston is coming off a 28-24 upset of No. 17 South Florida. … East Carolina came away with a 48-28 victory against the Cougars in 2012 as Shane Carden threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns.

10. Hawaii (3-5, 1-4 MWC West)

Last Week: 8

Results: Rashaad Penny ran for a career-high 253 yards and two touchdowns to lead San Diego State to a 28-7 victory against Hawaii.

Game On: Saturday at UNLV (3-5, 2-3 MWC West), 4 p.m. MT

What’s Up? UNLV upset Fresno State 26-16 last week. … Hawaii has lost five of its past six games. … The Rainbow Warriors were held to season lows in points (7), total yards (195), rushing yards (35) and first downs (12) against San Diego State.

11. UMass (2-6)

Last Week: 12

Results: Logan Laurent kicked a 36-yard field goal in the second overtime to lift UMass to a 30-27 victory against Appalachian State.

Game On: Saturday at No. 21 Mississippi State (6-2, 3-2 SEC West), 10 a.m. MT (SEC Network)

What’s Up? After starting the season 0-6, UMass has won its past two games (55-20 vs. Georgia Southern and 30-27 2OT against Appalachian State). … Quarterback Andrew Ford has thrown for 1,990 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions for the Minutemen this year.

12. San Jose State (1-8, 0-4 MWC West)

Last Week: 11

Results: Tyler Nevins ran for 112 yards for San Jose State, but the Spartans turned the ball over six times in a 41-20 loss at BYU.

Game On: Saturday vs. San Diego State (7-2, 3-2 MWC West), 8:30 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

What’s Up? San Jose State has lost seven straight games. … San Diego State beat Hawaii last week 28-7. …The series between San Jose State and San Diego State is tied at 19-19-2. The Aztecs have won the past four meetings, including a 42-3 win last year in San Diego.

13. Portland State (0-8, 0-5 Big Sky)

Last Week: 13

Results: North Dakota scored 34 consecutive points in the second and third quarters in a 48-21 victory against Portland State.

Game On: Saturday at Cal Poly (0-8, 0-5 Big Sky), 7:05 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Last week Cal Poly lost to UC Davis 31-28 and trailed 31-14 at halftime. … The Mustangs lead the overall series 12-11. … Last year, Cal Poly won 55-35 at Portland.