by Johnny Teixeira | After a 41-10 domination of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, undefeated BYU rises two spots to number nine in the country on this week’s AP Poll.
The Cougars started off hot scoring on the first drive of the game off of the legs of Tyler Allgeier on an easy two-yard touchdown run. Conducting this masterful drive, Zach Wilson started off strong delivering dimes left and right. He proved, once again, why he deserves to be a Heisman finalist. On the first play of the game, Wilson found Dax Milne for 19 yards, setting the pace for the next four quarters of play. A few plays later, Wilson launched one of the best balls I have seen this year, connecting with Gunnar Romney for a 38-yard completion that brought BYU to the three yard-line. Truly beautiful football.
Following WKU’s successful field goal attempt on their first drive, the Cougars went on a rampage, scoring 28 unanswered points to close out the half leading the Hilltoppers 35-3. Wilson accounted for four out of the five Cougar touchdowns, rushing for one and throwing for three with each one of his touchdown throws going to a different receiver.
Although the second half was a little underwhelming, the Cougars got the job done at home with another impressive performance from Zach Wilson. He connected on 18 of his 32 passing attempts for 224 yards and four combined touchdowns. Wilson found eight different receivers throughout this game with Dax Milne and Gunnar Romney leading the receiving duties, both hauling in five receptions for 67 and 59 yards, respectively.
Although BYU’s pass defense has been a note of concern this season, I find solace that they have only allowed more than two scores twice this season while putting up an average of 44 points per game on offense. Although the talent is there on the defensive side, I expect Boise State to fully take advantage of the secondary next week, which could easily spiral out of control if the offense is not lighting it up.
Number Nine in the Country
BYU cracks the top 10 of the AP poll for the first time since 2009, jumping to No. 9 overall in the country in both the AP and Coaches polls. They are the second-highest ranked group of five team. They come after Cincinnati who is ranked at No. 6 in the country following their 49-10 rout of the Memphis Tigers.
Although the playoffs have been unobtainable for any group of five team, expect the Cougars to take hold of a good bowl game. The pollsters most certainly believe in this team and a win next week against now ranked No. 21 Boise State would send BYU further up the AP poll with only North Alabama and SDSU left on their schedule. BYU has a shot to finish this season undefeated, but they have their toughest challenge yet next week.
A Battle in Boise
Next week the Cougars travel into Idaho to face the Boise State Broncos who are 2-0 on the year and jumped up to No. 21 in the AP poll after an impressive 49-30 win over Air Force. I fully expect BYU to come out hot against Boise State taking full advantage of the Broncos’ late start to their season. I expect this game to be an absolute shootout. Both teams are averaging over 40 points per game with offenses that have something to prove. This is a pivotal game for Zach Wilson and the Cougars as this is easily the toughest matchup this year. If BYU wants to stay recognized as a legitimate bowl game candidate and if Zach Wilson wants to be considered for a Heisman, the Cougars need to get the job done in Boise.
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