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Utah Still Receiving Votes in the AP Poll

NCAA Football: Arkansas State at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Utes (2-0) are stuck at No. 26 for the second-straight week in the AP Poll, despite the No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks and and No. 25 Florida Gators both losing. The Utes are No. 27 in the Amway Coaches Poll (a.k.a. the grad assistant poll). While Utah’s 17-6 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies was less than impressive, they likely should have slid in. Instead, the Arizona State Sun Devils (deserving) and the Oklahoma State Cowboys moved into the top 25, and the Michigan State Spartans did not fall out, despite looking bad in a week one win over the Utah Sate Aggies and losing to ASU. The Alabama Crimson Tide are still atop the poll.

With ASU moving into the top 25, the Pac-12 now has five teams ranked in each poll. The Stanford Cardinal leads the way in both at No. 9. The Washington Huskies, Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans, and Arizona State Sun Devils are all ranked in both polls as well. The Coaches Poll has undefeated Arizona State one spot behind the Michigan State team they just beat. I do not put much of any stock in that poll and favor the AP Poll until the College Football Playoff Poll comes out.

Early season polls are dumb, but they really do influence the season because a win over an overrated team early in the season can jump a team up, and they are not knocked for it typically when the team they beat falls out of the rankings. Utah’s first real test of the season comes next Saturday when they host No. 10 Washington. A win in that game would absolutely vault Utah into the rankings, likely into the top 20. The poll will sort itself out as the season progresses, but do not kid yourself, these early rankings will have an influence for far too long this season.

AP Poll

1. Alabama (54)

2. Clemson (6)

3. Georgia

4. Ohio State

5. Oklahoma

6. Wisconsin (1)

7. Auburn

8. Notre Dame

9. Stanford

10. Washington

11. Penn State

12. LSU

13. Virginia Tech

14. West Virginia

15. TCU

16. Mississippi State

17. Boise State

18. UCF

19. Michigan

20. Oregon

21. Miami (FL)

22. USC

23. Arizona State

24. Oklahoma State

25. Michigan State

Amway Coaches Poll

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Georgia

4. Ohio State

5. Oklahoma

6. Wisconsin

7. Auburn

8. Notre Dame

9. Stanford

10. Penn State

11. Virginia Tech

12. Washington

13. Louisiana State

14. Texas Christian

15. West Virginia

16. Mississippi State

17. Boise State

18. Central Florida

19. Oklahoma State

20. Miami

21. Southern California

22. Michigan

23. Oregon

24. Michigan State

25. Arizona State