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Utah football gets preseason ranking love, even with no fall season

NCAA Football: Colorado at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Even though there will be no fall football for the Utes, they have been getting recognition in the preseason national polls, with the AP Poll ranking them No. 22, the third time in program history the school has been ranked in the preseason AP Poll.

  1. Clemson
  2. Ohio State
  3. Alabama
  4. Georgia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Penn State
  8. Florida
  9. Oregon
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Auburn
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Texas
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Michigan
  17. USC
  18. North Carolina
  19. Minnesota
  20. Cincinnati
  21. UCF
  22. Utah
  23. Iowa State
  24. Iowa
  25. Tennessee

Utah, and other schools not playing in the fall, will fall out of the rankings, obviously, when the season starts in about a week. Utah was one of three Pac-12 schools ranked, behind Oregon and USC. The respect that Utah is receiving now, especially losing a ton of starters, plus a starting quarterback and running back is very impressive, and shows the foundation that they are building upon as they become a national program. The Utes were also ranked No. 20 in the first Coaches Poll.

A ranking like this, although not a super high ranking, is bitter sweet for a Utah program that is in the process of reloading with a ton of young talent, and a potentially exciting offense with a lot of returning pieces. We will have to wait until the spring, at the earliest, to see what the next chapter in this program’s history is going to look like.