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Utah cracks AP Top-25 at #24, just outside Coaches Poll

Utah has jumped into the rankings for this week, coming in at No. 24 in the AP Poll.

The Utes have cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010.
The Utes have cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010.
Kevork Djansezian

For the first time since 2010, the Utes have broken into the polls, and it's the first time they've broken in as members of the Pac-12 conference. After the win over previously Top 10-ranked UCLA in the Rose Bowl, Utah has caught the attention of some of the voters around the country. Utah was receiving votes before the loss to Washington State, but those votes vanished after the disaster that ensued on that rainy night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Last season after the Stanford win, Utah was flirting with the polls and receiving votes, but the subsequent five-game losing streak buried the Utes in a deep hole.

Utah is one of six teams from the Pac-12 to be in this week's AP Poll, along with Arizona (10), Oregon (12), UCLA (18), Arizona State (20) and Stanford (25).

Utah received 80 votes in the Coaches Poll, which leaves them at 27th, if the polls went beyond 25. If anything this past Thursday and Saturday taught us, being ranked doesn't mean a thing, especially in the Pac-12.

*edit - Utah is also No. 26 in the Sagarin rankings (thanks to Simon Grundy for pointing that out).

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