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Utes picked 2nd in Pac-12 South behind USC in preseason media poll

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Media Day Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After a crazy 2020 “season” (I say that because was it really a season?), the Utes are getting some respect going into 2021. The media around the league picked the Utes to place second in the Pac-12 South behind USC. The Utes are also one of three programs to receive votes to win the league, behind Oregon, the favorite, and USC.

Here’s how the league was picked:

Pac-12 South

  1. USC
  2. Utah
  3. ASU
  4. UCLA
  5. Colorado
  6. Arizona

Pac-12 North

  1. Oregon
  2. Washington
  3. Cal
  4. Stanford
  5. Oregon State
  6. Washington State

Likely previously mentioned, Oregon is the pick to win the Pac-12 title game over USC. This year’s conference title game is slated to be played in the new NFL stadium in Vegas.

I find it interesting that the Utes are picked over ASU, with ASU returning quite a lot of offensive talent, including a returning QB. I’m guessing the Utes track record, and of course, their talent, along with Coach Whitt, pushed them over the Devils in the minds of others. UCLA has a lot of returners too, and while I don’t think they should have been picked over ASU and Utah, that is a team to keep an eye on.

We are about a month away from the week zero matchup with UCLA taking on Hawaii.

Camp Kyle starts next week as the Utes will prepare for the season against Weber State.