BYU Football Opponents Power Rankings: Wisconsin, LSU with impressive first-game victories

September 7, 2017

1. No. 9 Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten West) Last Week: 1

Results: Alex Hornibrook threw three touchdown passes and Wisconsin had a 49-point second half to defeat Utah State 59-10.

Game On: Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic (0-1), 10 a.m. MT (BTN)

What’s Up? The Wisconsin-Utah State game was tied 10-all at halftime. … Florida Atlantic opened the season with a 42-19 loss to Navy in a game that lasted nearly six hours due to three lightning delays. … Florida Atlantic is coached by former Tennessee and USC head man Lane Kiffin.

2. No. 12 LSU (1-0, 0-0 SEC West)

Last Week: 2

Results: The Tigers held BYU to 97 total yards and didn’t allow the Cougars to cross midfield in a dominating 27-0 victory in the Superdome.

Game On: Saturday vs. Chattanooga (0-1), 5:30 p.m. MT (SEC Network)

What’s Up? The 97 yards LSU allowed against BYU was the lowest total given up by the Tigers since 1982 (50 yards vs. Ole Miss). … Chattanooga — ranked No. 12 in the preseason FCS polls — fell to No. 5 Jacksonville State 27-13 last week. … Nick Tiano threw for 218 yards and a score and ran for 68 yards for Chattanooga.

3. Utah (1-0, 0-0 Pac 12 South)

Last Week: 3

Results: New starting quarterback Tyler Huntley threw for 227 yards, ran for 70 and accounted for three touchdowns as Utah defeated North Dakota 37-16.

Game On: Saturday at BYU (1-1), 8:15 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? Zach Moss ran for 122 yards and a touchdown against North Dakota. … Utah has won six games in a row against BYU. … Utah is 22-1 in non-conference games since joining the Pac 12 in 2011.

4. Mississippi State (1-0, 0-0 SEC West) Last Week: 5

Results: Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as Mississippi State opened the 2017 season with a 49-0 rout of Charleston Southern.

Game On: Saturday at Louisiana Tech (1-0), 5:30 p.m. MT (CBS-SN)

What’s Up? Louisiana Tech opened the season with a 52-24 victory against Northwestern State as J’Mar Smith threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns. … This is the first time Mississippi State has visited Ruston, Louisiana, to play Louisiana Tech since 2008. … Both teams have “Bulldogs” as their mascots.

5. Boise State (1-0, 0-0 MWC Mountain 0-0)

Last Week: 4

Results: The Broncos defense carried the day and Avery Williams returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in a 24-13 victory against Troy.

Game On: Saturday at No. 20 Washington State (1-0), 8:30 p.m. MT (ESPN)

What’s Up? Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-0 victory against Montana State last week, setting the Washington State record for career touchdown passes (92). … The Broncos beat the Cougars for the first time in five tries last season, claiming a 31-28 victory in Boise.

6. Hawaii (2-0, 0-0 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 6

Results: Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown as Hawaii beat Western Carolina 41-18.

Game On: Saturday at UCLA (1-0), 3 p.m. MT (Pac 12 Network)

What’s Up? UCLA completed the second-largest comeback in college football history last Sunday, storming back from a 44-10 deficit to beat Texas A&M 45-44. Josh Rosen threw for 491 yards and four touchdowns for the Bruins. … This is Hawaii’s first visit to the Rose Bowl, meeting UCLA for the first time since 1939.

7. Fresno State (1-0, 0-0 MWC West)

Last Week: 12

Results: Josh Hokit accounted for three touchdowns and Fresno State held Incarnate Word to minus-7 yards rushing in a 66-0 rout.

Game On: Saturday at No. 1 Alabama (1-0), 1:30 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

What’s Up? Alabama’s defense was dominant in a 24-7 victory against then-No. 3 Florida State. … Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the game was played, will also be the site of the 2018 National Championship Game. … Saturday will be the third time Fresno State has faced the No. 1 team in the country (USC in 2005 and Oklahoma in 2003).

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

Last Week: 11

Results: Montel Aaron threw three touchdown passes to lead San Jose State to a 34-14 victory against Cal Poly.

Game On: Saturday at Texas (0-1), 1:30 p.m. MT (Longhorn Network)

What’s Up? Tyrrell Pigrome passed for two touchdowns and ran for another before leaving with an injury as Maryland stunned then-No. 23 Texas 51-41 in Austin. … San Jose State is 3-7 all-time against teams in the current Big 12 and has never played the Longhorns before.

9. Utah State (0-1, 0-0 MWC Mountain)

Last Week: 10

Results: The Aggies played a great first half but had four turnovers in a 59-10 loss at Wisconsin.

Game On: Thursday vs. Idaho State (1-0), 6 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Idaho State scored 37 straight points in Rob Phenicie’s debut as head coach as the Bengals topped Western Oregon 37-6 in their opener. … Utah State leads the overall series with Idaho State 11-2, winning 40-20 in Logan in 2014. The last Bengals win the series was in 2000 (27-24).

10. UMass (0-2)

Last Week: 7

Results: Osharmar Abercrombie rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns as Coastal Carolina dropped UMass 38-28.

Game On: Saturday vs. Old Dominion (1-0), 1:30 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Andrew Ford threw for 316 yards and a score against Coastal Carolina. … Old Dominion ran for three touchdowns and the Monarch defense recorded seven sacks on Saturday in a 31-17 victory against Albany. … Old Dominion leads the series with UMass 2-0.

11. Portland State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: 13

Results: Portland State ran for 291 yards but Oregon State blocked a field goal in the final seconds to preserve a 35-32 victory.

Game On: Sept. 16 vs. UC Davis (0-1), 3 p.m. MT

What’s Up? Rashaad Penny ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns to lead San Diego State to a 38-17 victory against UC Davis in Week 1. … Portland State has a bye this week, but UC Davis will try to earn its first win of the season at home against San Diego.

12. East Carolina (0-1, 0-0 AAC East)

Last Week: 9

Results: Cardon Johnson ran for 265 yards and two touchdowns as top-ranked FCS school James Madison knocked around East Carolina 34-14.

Game On: Saturday at West Virginia (0-1), 10 a.m. MT (Fox Sports 2)

What’s Up? Will Grier passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns and Gary Jennings caught 13 passes for 189 yards and a score but it wasn’t enough as West Virginia fell to Virginia Tech 31-24. … East Carolina was outgained 614 yards to 372 in its loss to James Madison.

13. UNLV (0-1, 0-0 MWC West)

Last Week: 8

Results: FCS member Howard was a 45-point underdog but stunned UNLV 43-40 as Caylin Newton (Cam Newton’s brother) accounted for 330 total offensive yards and three touchdowns.

Game On: Saturday at Idaho (1-0), 5 p.m. MT (ESPN3)

What’s Up? Howard’s win at UNLV was the biggest upset in college football history based on point spread. … Idaho opened the 2017 season with a 28-6 victory against Sacramento State as Aaron Duckworth and Isaiah Saunders combined for 226 yards on the ground.

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