BYU moved up one spot to 16 in the final college football playoff rankings released Sunday, passing USC. BYU also moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 poll to 13, passing Northwestern. BYU’s bowl opponent, UCF, sits 4 spots outside of the AP Top 25 poll at 29. BYU is the highest western ranked team in both polls.
BYU will end is season Tuesday versus UCF at 7:00 ET on ESPN. The Golden Knights are 6-3 and boast one of the nation’s top QBs in Dillion Gabriel. Gabriel has put up similar numbers to Zach Wilson, throwing for 3353, 30 TDs, and 4 interceptions. UCF’s 3 losses are to Cincinnati, Memphis, and Tulsa.
UCF’s top receiver — Marlon Williams — will miss the game as he is opting out to prepare for the NFL Draft. Williams leads UCF with 71 receptions, 1039 receiving yards, and 10 TDs. BYU is currently favored by 4 points and the over/under for the game is 70. UFC is one of the most potent offenses in the nation. They are 6th nationally in ppg, averaging 44.3 points, and are 2nd nationally averaging 585.6 yards per game. For as potent as UCF is offensively, their defense has held them back. UCF gives up 31.4 ppg and 473 yards per game.
The last time BYU finished ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll was when they finished 12 in 2009.