After a dramatic victory over no. 6 Wisconsin during prime time on national television Saturday, the BYU Cougars football team finds itself ranked no. 25 in the AP poll for the first time since week 4 of the 2015 season.
BYU football finally has what many thought Independence would bring, a signature win against a high-profile team. All the better, it was against a team that was ranked in the top 10 when the game was played. Wisconsin is also still ranked, but dropped to no. 18.
One of the main beliefs of most fans when Kalani Sitake took over was that he would improve the recruiting practices of the program. In order to get multiple highly ranked recruits, your team needs to win games. Now the coaches can go out this week and and tell recruits how they will not only play on national television, but they will win on national television. There is now proof that BYU can win on the big stage, and on the road in hostile environments.
This provides a huge turn of events when many media personnel predicted that BYU would most likely be 0-3 to start the season with a potentially embarrassing loss at Camp Randall Stadium. Instead, the Cougars find themselves at 2-1, with a win against a top 10 team, and ranked no. 25 after the first 3 games of the season.