After a 11-1 season capped off with a blowout bowl win over over UCF, BYU finished ranked number 11 in the final AP Top 25 poll. This is BYU’s first top 25 finish in the AP poll since 2009 when BYU finished #12 and highest ranked finish since BYU finish #5 after the 1996 season. It is the fourth highest AP finish in program history behind 1984, 1996, and 1983.
BYU was #14 in the previous poll and passed Indiana, Florida and Coastal Carolina, but the Cougars were leap frogged by Northwestern to prevent a top 10 finish. BYU was the highest ranked team out West, ahead of USC at #21. The Trojans were the lone Pac 12 team that finish ranked.
BYU started the season unranked, but entered the second poll of the season at #21 and have been ranked ever since. BYU got as high as #8 in week 10 and stayed there for four consecutive weeks.
BYU will return many starters from this year’s team, but they’ll have to replace QB Zach Wilson, WR Dax Milne, LT Brady Christensen, and a handful of other offensive linemen and defensive starters. BYU will likely receive votes to start out in the 2021 preseason poll, but it seems unlikely that they’ll start out in the preseason top 25 with Zach Wilson gone.
BYU opens the season the 2021 season on 9/2 — the Thursday before Labor Day — versus Arizona at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Here’s to hoping we can have full or close to full capacity by then!