Utah will finish 2nd in the Pac-12 South if CBS Sports has anything to say about it.
The Utes are picked to finish behind the USC Trojans, so in their scenario, Utah would be playing in the inaugural conference title game, even though they technically will be the 2nd best team in the division. This is due, of course, to SC's sanctions that block them from winning the Pac-12 and participating in a bowl game.
This is what they had to say about Utah:
Utah received its call-up to the big leagues and cannot be more excited to play in the Pac-12 this year. The team is used to beating BCS programs but will have to do so against a much deeper league week-in and week-out this year. The Utes started out hot and climbed all the way to No. 6 in the polls last season before struggling down the stretch with a banged-up quarterback in Jordan Wynn. Claiming to be fully healthy, the Utes hope he returns to early season form and can help smooth the transition to new OC Norm Chow's West Coast offense. The offensive line isn't much of a question mark but running back is, with true freshman Harvey Langi expected to play a big role. Kyle Whittingham is a very good coach and thinks the defense can get back to where they normally are despite losing several key starters. They get a break from the scheduling gods by missing Oregon and Stanford their first year and end up with the bottom four teams in the Pac-12 to close out the season.
Here's hoping they're right. Though the part about the offensive line not being much of a question mark made me wince.
It kinda is. But we'll look past that part.