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How did expected wins impact Utah and BYU in the latest college football power rankings?

Where Utah, BYU and Utah State land in the power rankings and advanced analytics after Week 4

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Utah wide receiver Devaughn Vele looks to get past Arizona State defensive back Timarcus Davis (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz.

Utah wide receiver Devaughn Vele looks to get past Arizona State defensive back Timarcus Davis (7) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz.

Rick Scuteri, Associated Press

Editor’s note: Each week during the 2022 college football season, the Deseret News will update the latest rankings for BYU, Utah and Utah State from a variety of national publications and metrics to track their progression throughout the year.

WEEK 4

It was a relatively quiet week for Utah teams in the latest college football power rankings, after Utah beat Arizona State 34-13, BYU topped Wyoming 38-24 and Utah State lost 34-24 to UNLV.

Top 25 power rankings

ESPN

  • Utah, No. 15 (dropped one spot).
  • BYU, No. 23 (dropped two spots).
  • Kyle Bonagura on Utah: “The Utes picked up right where they left off last season in Pac-12 play with a dominant 34-13 win against Arizona State. That’s seven straight against conference opposition — all by at least two scores.”
  • Kyle Bonagura on BYU: “The Cougars welcomed Puka Nacua back to the field but it was receiver Keanu Hill who had the standout game, catching five passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 win against Wyoming.”

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 9 (no change).
  • BYU, No. 18 (no change).
  • Dennis Dodd on Utah: “In a game Arizona State could have used to make a statement after the loss of its coach, the Sun Devils were mute. The Utes rolled ASU by three touchdowns. The defense sacked Emory Jones five times.”
  • Dennis Dodd on BYU: “Nice bounce back from the Oregon loss in beating Wyoming. Running game (tied for 67th) needs to improve.”

Athlon Sports

  • Utah, No. 11 (climbed two spots).
  • BYU, No. 15 (no change).
  • Steve Lassan on Utah: “An injury to tight end Brant Kuithe was the only downside to Utah’s 34-13 win over Arizona State on Saturday night. The Utes face a critical four-game stretch in their quest to get back into playoff contention: Oregon State, at UCLA, USC, and at Washington State.”
  • Steve Lassan on BYU: “The Cougars used a big night from quarterback Jaren Hall (337 passing yards and four touchdowns) to guide an offense that averaged 8.3 yards per snap in a 38-24 win over Wyoming.”

Advanced metrics

USA Today Jeff Sagarin ratings

  • Utah, No. 6 (climbed four spots).
  • BYU, No. 33 (climbed two spots).
  • Utah State, No. 121 (climbed five spots).

ESPN Football Power Index

  • Utah, No. 10 (climbed three spots).
  • BYU, No. 36 (dropped one spot).
  • Utah State, No. 120 (dropped three spots).

All 131 FBS teams re-rankings

USA Today

  • BYU, No. 18 (climbed one spot).
  • Utah, No. 22 (dropped two spots).
  • Utah State, No. 114 (dropped seven spots).

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 15 (no change).
  • BYU, No. 21 (dropped three spots).
  • Utah State, No. 124 (dropped two spots).

The Athletic

  • BYU, No. 14 (climbed four spots).
  • Utah, No. 17 (dropped one spot).
  • Utah State, No. 102 (dropped eight spots).

WEEK 3

The season’s third week brought about some change in the latest power rankings for the three FBS teams from the state of Utah.

The Utes climbed slightly in most of the rankings after beating San Diego State 35-7, while BYU dropped several spots in most rankings following its lopsided 41-20 loss at Oregon. Utah State was on a bye.

Top 25 power rankings

ESPN

  • Utah, No. 14 (climbed 2 spots).
  • BYU, No. 21 (dropped 10 spots).
  • Paolo Uggetti on Utah: “Since their disappointing loss to Florida in the season opener, the Utes have bounced back in loud fashion, outscoring their two opponents 108-14. Quarterback Cameron Rising threw for four touchdowns Saturday — the most he’s thrown in a game during his college career.” 
  • Kyle Bonagura on BYU: “The Cougars fell flat — falling behind 38-7 before losing 41-20 — in a deflating defeat. QB Jaren Hall played fairly well, but the team’s inability to run the ball or convert on fourth down (0-for-4) were both too much to overcome.”

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 9 (climbed one spot).
  • BYU, No. 18 (dropped seven spots).
  • Dennis Dodd on Utah: “Mark your calendars. The USC game is five weeks away. The Utes are back to humming with a four-touchdown win over San Diego State.”
  • Dennis Dodd on BYU: “The Cougars had won the last five in a row against the Pac-12. A New Year’s Six berth still a possibility with games left against Notre Dame, Arkansas and Stanford.”

Athlon Sports

  • Utah, No. 13 (no change).
  • BYU, No. 15 (dropped six spots).
  • Steve Lassan on Utah: “Kyle Whittingham’s team has rebounded from its opening week loss to Florida with back-to-back dominant performances against Southern Utah and San Diego State. In Saturday’s 35-7 win over the Aztecs, quarterback Cam Rising threw four touchdowns, and the defense allowed only 173 yards (3.1 yards per play).”
  • Steve Lassan on BYU: “Following up last week’s physical battle in overtime against Baylor with a road trip to Oregon was a tough assignment for coach Kalani Sitake’s team. Both sides of the ball had their share of issues in the 41-20 loss, as the offense was unable to establish the run (61 yards), and the defense allowed nearly seven yards a play (6.9).”

Advanced metrics

USA Today Jeff Sagarin ratings

  • Utah, No. 10 (dropped one spot).
  • BYU, No. 35 (dropped seven spots).
  • Utah State, No. 126 (dropped 18 spots).

ESPN Football Power Index

  • Utah, No. 13 (dropped three spots).
  • BYU, No. 35 (dropped 11 spots).
  • Utah State, No. 117 (dropped two spots).

All 131 FBS teams re-rankings

USA Today

  • BYU, No. 19 (dropped 10 spots).
  • Utah, No. 20 (dropped three spots).
  • Utah State, No. 107 (dropped one spot).

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 15 (climbed two spots).
  • BYU, No. 18 (dropped 10 spots).
  • Utah State, No. 122 (dropped five spots).

The Athletic

  • Utah, No. 16 (no change).
  • BYU, No. 18 (dropped seven spots).
  • Utah State, No. 94 (dropped four spots).
  • Chris Vannini on Utah and the Pac-12: “The aforementioned 41-20 Oregon win at BYU suddenly makes the Pac-12 look much better now to go with USC, Washington and Utah, which beat San Diego State 35-7.”

WEEK 2

After a hard-fought double-overtime win over future Big 12 rival Baylor, BYU shot up the latest college football power rankings this week.

Here’s how BYU, Utah and Utah State stacked up in a variety of national rankings and advanced metrics following Week 2, when the Cougars beat the Bears 26-20, Utah blew past Southern Utah 73-7 and Utah State lost big to Weber State, 35-7.

Top 25 power rankings

ESPN

  • BYU, No. 11 (climbed 11 spots)
  • Utah, No. 16 (no change)
  • Paolo Uggetti on BYU: “The defense was able to hold Baylor under 300 total yards of offense and seal the deal in overtime. BYU is now 2-0 with plenty of tough matchups ahead but also plenty of intrigue as a dark horse contender the rest of the season should it continue to win.” 
  • Kyle Bonagura on Utah: “After a deflating opening-week loss to Florida, the Utes took out their frustration on hapless Southern Utah. It didn’t start as well as they would have hoped — the game was tied at 7 after the first quarter — but a 38-point second quarter turned it ugly fast.”

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 10 (dropped three spots)
  • BYU, No. 11 (climbed nine spots)
  • Dennis Dodd on Utah: “They’re called Southern Utah. I don’t know where they’re located. Somewhere in Utah, I’ll bet. Anyway, Utah somehow rebounded from the Florida loss to beat the Thunderbirds, 73-7. Moving on.”
  • Dennis Dodd on BYU: “In a late-night thriller, the Cougars used double OT to beat their first top 10 team at home in 32 years (Baylor). Jaren Hall entered the national conversation (261 yards passing, one TD catch) despite missing his top two receivers. In this preview of a future Big 12 title game, we say, ‘Yes, more please.’”

Athlon Sports

  • BYU, No. 9 (climbed seven spots)
  • Utah, No. 13 (no change)
  • Steve Lassan on BYU: “The Cougars vault into the top 10 after winning a physical 26-20 battle against Baylor in overtime. Quarterback Jaren Hall (23 of 39 for 261 yards and a score) was the difference in the game, while BYU’s defense limited the Bears to just 2.9 yards per carry.”
  • Steve Lassan on Utah: “The Utes took out their frustration from the Week 1 loss with a 73-7 rout of Southern Utah.”

Advanced metrics

USA Today Jeff Sagarin ratings

  • Utah, No. 9 (climbed four spots)
  • BYU, No. 28 (climbed eight spots)
  • Utah State, No. 108 (dropped 14 spots)

ESPN Football Power Index

  • Utah, No. 10 (climbed nine spots)
  • BYU, No. 24 (climbed four spots)
  • Utah State, No. 115 (dropped 13 spots)

All 131 FBS teams re-rankings

USA Today

  • BYU, No. 9 (climbed 12 spots)
  • Utah, No. 17 (no change)
  • Utah State, No. 106 (dropped 21 spots)

CBS Sports

  • BYU, No. 8 (climbed 13 spots)
  • Utah, No. 17 (dropped four spots)
  • Utah State, No. 117 (dropped 47 spots)
  • Chip Patterson on BYU: “Down its top two receivers, BYU quarterback Jaren Hall found a way to make enough plays to lead the Cougars to a 26-20 win in double-overtime against Baylor. Up next is a great challenge for BYU’s newly minted status as one of the top teams in the country, traveling to Eugene for a road test against Oregon.”

The Athletic

  • BYU, No. 11 (climbed 10 spots)
  • Utah, No. 16 (dropped five spots)
  • Utah State, No. 90 (dropped 25 spots)
  • Chris Vannini on BYU: “BYU’s overtime win against Baylor vaults the Cougars up, and it’s not unreasonable to start talking about them as a College Football Playoff contender with a few more wins.”

WEEK 1

Utah and BYU remain in the public conversation following the first full week of the 2022 college football season.  

Here’s how Utah, BYU and Utah State stacked up in a variety of national rankings and advanced metrics following Week 1, when Utah lost 29-26 to Florida, BYU beat South Florida 50-21 and Utah State lost to No. 1 Alabama, 55-0.

Top 25 power rankings

ESPN

  • Utah, No. 16
  • BYU, No. 22
  • Andrea Adelson on Utah: “The Utes played the type of game they wanted to against Florida but have to be lamenting the missed opportunities after a 29-26 loss.”
  • Kyle Bonagura on BYU: “No slow start here. Before the first quarter had even concluded, BYU had its opener against South Florida all sewn up, and went on to score the game’s first 38 points before halftime.”

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 7
  • BYU, No. 20
  • Dennis Dodd on Utah: “You could hear the groan from here to Salt Lake City when Cam Rising threw that interception at Florida with 17 seconds left. How do the Utes recover?”
  • Dennis Dodd on BYU: “For those of you wondering who the new dominant team is going to be in the future Big 12, behold the Cougars. They scored 38 unanswered at one point, throttling South Florida 50-21. Alabama is 24-2 in its last 26. BYU is 22-4.”

Athlon Sports

  • Utah, No. 13
  • BYU, No. 16
  • Steve Lassan on Utah: “Two missed scoring opportunities inside of the six-yard line — including an interception in the end zone with less than 20 seconds left — will haunt the Utes in a 29-26 loss at Florida.”
  • Steve Lassan on BYU: “Dominant. That’s the easiest way to sum up BYU’s 50-21 victory over USF on Saturday.”

Advanced metrics

USA Today Jeff Sagarin ratings

  • Utah, No. 13
  • BYU, No. 36
  • Utah State, No. 94

ESPN Football Power Index

  • Utah, No. 19
  • BYU, No. 28
  • Utah State, No. 102

All 131 FBS teams re-rankings

USA Today

  • Utah, No. 17 (dropped 10 spots)
  • BYU, No. 21 (dropped one spot)
  • Utah State, No. 85 (dropped 19 spots)

CBS Sports

  • Utah, No. 13 (dropped nine spots)
  • BYU, No. 21 (climbed five spots)
  • Utah State, No. 70 (dropped seven spots)

The Athletic

  • Utah, No. 11 (dropped six spots)
  • BYU, No. 21 (no change)
  • Utah State, No. 65 (dropped seven spots)
  • Chris Vaninni on Utah: “Utah and (No. 6) Notre Dame are examples of teams that aren’t out of the Playoff race despite Week 1 losses.”