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Utah Climbs to 18 in Both Polls

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The Utes continue to climb the polls but are having difficulty climbing over the mass of one-loss teams from all over the country.

Offensive lineman Mark Pouvave celebrates Utah's rise in the polls after beating USC 24-21.
Offensive lineman Mark Pouvave celebrates Utah's rise in the polls after beating USC 24-21.
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After Utah pulled off a dramatic late-game touchdown drive to beat then No. 20 USC 24-21, one could reasonably expect Utah to climb in the polls, but the Utes only inched up one slot in the AP Poll to No. 18 and jumped into the same position in the USA Tdoay/Amway Coaches Poll.

Two-loss LSU leaped the Utes into the 16/17 spot after their home victory over former No. 3 Ole Miss.

Utah also climbed to No. 17 in ESPN's Power Rankings, as well as No. 2 in the ESPN Pac-12 Blog's conference rankings, their highest since joining the conference.

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1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Alabamatd>
2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss
3 Alabamatd>
Mississippi State
4 Auburntd>
5 Michigan State Oregontd>
Florida State
6 Oregontd>
Notre Dame Georgiatd>
7 Notre Dame Ole Miss Oregontd>
8 Georgiatd>
Michigan State LSU
9 Ole Miss Georgiatd>
Kansas State
11 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
12 Baylortd>
13 Ohio State Ohio State Arizona State
14 Arizona State Arizonatd>
15 Arizonatd>
Arizona State Notre Dame
16 Nebraska LSU Clemsontd>
17 LSU Nebraska Nebraska
18 Utah Utah Texas A&M
19 East Carolina Oklahoma West Virginia
20 Oklahoma West Virginia Arizonatd>
21 Clemsontd>
East Carolina Ohio State
22 West Virginia Clemsontd>
23 Marshall Marshall Missouri
24 Duke Duke Utah

Next up for the Utes is a Nov. 1 clash with No. 15/14 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.