Utes finish 2nd in the nation, highest ranking ever

It's not first, but it's still damn good! 

Utah received 16 first place votes, USC only one and Florida with the rest. 

Who would have thought the Utes would finish 2nd when the season started? Seriously?

Awesome! 

GO UTES! 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS LAST
1 Florida  (48) 13-1 1606 1
2 Utah  (16) 13-0 1519 7
3 Southern Cal  (1) 12-1 1481 5
4 Texas  12-1 1478 3
5 Oklahoma  12-2 1391 2
6 Alabama  12-2 1264 4
7 TCU  11-2 1193 11
8 Penn St.  11-2 1153 6
9 Ohio St.  10-3 1013 10
10 Oregon  10-3 997 15
11 Boise St.  12-1 938 9
12 Texas Tech  11-2 916 8
13 Georgia  10-3 903 16
14 Mississippi  9-4 857 20
15 Virginia Tech  10-4 713 21
16 Oklahoma St.  9-4 534 13
17 Cincinnati  11-3 506 12
18 Oregon St.  9-4 467 24
19 Missouri  10-4 435 25
20 Iowa  9-4 317 NR
21 Florida St.  9-4 246 NR
22 Georgia Tech  9-4 223 14
23 West Virginia  9-4 144 NR
24 Michigan St.  9-4 138 19
25 BYU  10-3 137 17
Others receiving votes: California 128, Pittsburgh 106, LSU 95, Nebraska 64, Tulsa 61, Northwestern 53, Ball St. 13, Boston College 11, Rutgers 11, Rice 8, Arizona 4, Kansas 2.

First-place votes in parentheses

The Coaches Poll has also been released and it isn't nearly as kind to Utah. The Utes are ranked 4th there and you will see that they received one first place vote. I'm assuming that is from Kyle Whittingham. 

Now what will happen to him? Not sure. But screw it, I bet it was the sweetest vote of his life. Also, how much do you want to bet some other BCS coaches pushed Utah down their list?

Oh well, we all know it's the AP that matters anyway. ;)

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1.
Florida (60)
13-1
1,524
2
2.
12-1
1,393
T4
3.
12-1
1,389
3
4.
Utah (1)
13-0
1,375
7
5.
12-2
1,333
1
6.
12-2
1,157
T4
7.
TCU
11-2
1,114
11
8.
11-2
1,091
6
9.
10-3
1,011
13
10.
10-3
904
17
11.
10-3
874
10
12.
11-2
867
8
13.
12-1
809
9
14.
Virginia Tech
10-4
740
19
15.
9-4
620
24
16.
Missouri
10-4
549
24
17.
11-3
493
12
18.
9-4
480
14
19.
9-4
407
25
20.
Iowa
9-4
250
NR
21.
10-3
248
16
22.
9-4
219
15
23.
Florida State
9-4
217
NR
24.
9-4
179
18
25.
California
9-4
116
NR
 
Dropped out
No. 20 Northwestern (9-4, lost to then-No. 23 Missouri 30-23 OT in Alamo Bowl), No. 21 Pittsburgh (9-4, lost to then-No. 25 Oregon State 3-0 in Sun Bowl), No. 22 Ball State (12-2, lost to Tulsa 45-13 in GMAC Bowl).
Others receiving votes
West Virginia (9-4) 101; Tulsa (11-3) 68; LSU (8-5) 65; Northwestern (9-4) 63; Nebraska (9-4) 62; Pittsburgh (9-4) 38; Arizona (8-5) 21; Ball State (12-2) 14; Rice (10-3) 14; Boston College (9-5) 6; Rutgers (8-5) 5; Kansas (8-5) 3; Kentucky (7-6) 3; Connecticut (8-5) 2; Houston (8-5) 1.

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