While BYU moved up a spot in the latest college basketball polls, Utah State made another jump in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the latest Associated Press poll.
USU is ranked No. 17 in the coaches poll; No. 21 in the AP poll. The No. 17 ranking is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll. Utah States' 2008-2009 team rose to No. 19 in the AP poll.
The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
Along with improving on its national ranking, Utah State also extended its current winning streak to 17 straight games following its 77-49 home win against Boise State Saturday.
Utah State's 22-2 start to the 2010-11 season is the third-best in school history trailing the 2003-04 and 2008-09 teams that started the year with identical 25-2 records.
A win at Idaho on Wednesday will give Utah State a share of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference regular-season title for the fourth year in a row.
BYU is ranked No. 7 in the AP poll, and No. 8 in the coaches poll. Ohio State is No. 1 in both polls, while San Diego State -- BYU's chief Mountain West Conference title rival -- is at No. 6 in both polls.
At 22-2, BYU has tied the best 23-game record in program history with last season's squad and the 1987-88 team.