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Utes Move Up in the Polls

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Without playing a game, Utah benefitted from the key losses of teams above them in the polls to both move up in the AP Poll and slide into the Amway Coaches Poll.

Nate Orchard (8), a terror to opposing quarterbacks, has helped his Utah team to a Top 25 ranking in both the major polls.
Nate Orchard (8), a terror to opposing quarterbacks, has helped his Utah team to a Top 25 ranking in both the major polls.
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Even without playing a game this past weekend, the University of Utah football team moved up in the two major polls. The 4-1 Utes check in at No. 20 in the AP Poll, up from 24 the previous week. They boys in crimson and white also made their first appearance of the season in the Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 23, which is, interestingly, below two-loss Clemson, Texas A&M, and Stanford.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Auburn
2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss
3 Ole Miss Ole Miss Mississippi State
4 Baylor Baylor Oklahoma
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame Baylor
6 Auburn Michigan State Alabama
7 Alabama Alabama Georgia
8 Michigan State Auburn TCU
9 Oregon Oregon Texas A&M
10 Georgia Georgia Oregon
11 Oklahoma Oklahoma Florida State
12 TCU TCU LSU
13 Ohio State Ohio State Notre Dame
14 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
15 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Ohio State
16 Arizona East Carolina Stanford
17 Arizona State Arizona Kansas State
18 East Carolina Arizona State Clemson
19 Nebraska Nebraska Florida
20 Utah Stanford UCLA
21 Texas A&M Texas A&M USC
22 USC Clemson Tennessee
23 Stanford Utah Utah
24 Clemson Marshall Nebraska
25 Marshall USC Arkansas
For a composite Top 25 college football ranking, visit SBNation.com

The Utes next game is Thursday at 8 p.m. MT in Corvallis, Ore. against the Oregon State Beavers (4-1, 1-1). Another road win could move the Utes past the two-loss teams solidly into the Top 20, as well as keep them on track in the Pac-12 South division race and the conference title hunt.