Best in the West Power Rankings

BYU and Oregon continue to rack up wins and find themselves at the top of the Power Rankings

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1. Oregon


The Ducks secured another big win with a 14 point triumph over a surging WSU squad. The Ducks now take their CFP hopes to Salt Lake City where they will face a ranked Utah program that is peaking at the right time and leads the Pac-12 in scoring offense.

2. BYU


BYU has gone 4-0 against the Pac-12 this season and those performances put them as the 2nd best team in the West. The Cougars get one more test against the Pac-12 on Saturday, November 27th when they take on the talented USC Trojans.


3. San Diego State


The Aztecs are 9-1 with victories over Utah and Arizona. San Diego State's strength is their defense and they've limited 6 teams to 14 points or fewer.

4. Utah


Many feel the Utes will take down Oregon this Saturday and they're even the betting favorite which shows the level of respect people have for Kyle Whittingham's program. Expect Utah to surge up these rankings if they can pull off the win.

5. Arizona State


ASU made a wild 4th quarter comeback to stun the Huskies last Saturday. The win salvaged Arizona State's season and now they will look to beat the Beavers in Corvallis and get their 8th win.

6. Fresno State


Fresno State pushed Oregon to the limit back in September and followed that up with victories over UCLA and San Diego State. While often impressive, the Bulldogs have dropped duds to Boise State and Hawaii. Kalen DeBoer is a hot name on the coaching market and Fresno may be looking for a new coach if he leaves for greener pastures.

7. UCLA


Chip Kelly has found himself on the hot seat in recent weeks when a once promising season went south with losses to Oregon and Utah. Kelly's future may hinge on the final 2 weeks with contests against USC and Cal.

8. Nevada

Jay Norvell has turned the Wolf Pack into a consistent winner and the only losses this year have come to Kansas State, Fresno State and San Diego State. Air Force is the next opponent on the schedule and a lot of eyes may be on the Wolf Pack as P5 AD's gauge if Norvell could be the man to lead their program next season.

9. Oregon State


Oregon State is bowl eligible for the first time since 2013 but the Beavers still have their eyes on the Pac-12 North Title. If OSU wins out and the Ducks lose twice, Jonathan Smith's team will play for the Pac-12 Title.

10. Utah State


Utah State has been one of the best surprises this season after they went 1-5 in 2020. Blake Anderson has done an amazing job to get the Aggies to 8-2 and a 10 win season is in sight with remaining games against Wyoming and New Mexico.

11. Air Force


Air Force is always tough and 2021 is no exception as Troy Calhoun has done a great job once again. The final 2 games of the season come against Nevada and UNLV.


12. Boise State


By Boise State's standards it's been a down year but the Broncos have a chance to finish strong. If the Broncos win out, they may reach the Mountain West Title game.