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Utes ranked 18th in 2009 Coaches Poll

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The 2009 Coaches Poll has been released and the Utes will start the season ranked 18th, just behind 17th ranked TCU. Boise State, the team most believe to crash the BCS, will start the season two spots ahead of the Utes at 16th.

BYU, who finished last season at 21st, barely gets into the poll this time around, coming in at 24th. 

Oregon, the only other Utah opponent ranked, is at 14th.

I'll be honest, I'm surprised, I expected Utah to be ranked in the 20s, not 18th.

But I'll take it! 

Here's the complete poll:

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. Oklahoma 

4. USC

5. Alabama

6. Ohio State

7. Virginia Tech

8. Penn State

9. LSU

10. Mississippi

11. Oklahoma State

12. California

13. Georgia

14. Oregon

15. Georgia Tech

16. Boise State

17. TCU

18. Utah

19. Florida State

20. North Carolina

21. Iowa

22. Nebraska

23. Notre Dame

24. BYU

25. Oregon State

Others receiving votes (with 2008 records): Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.