Utah football fans got a taste last season of what it's like to be in a chance for a College Football Playoff birth. Ultimately, and obviously that dream fizzled out, but it was still a dream in November. Going into the 2016 season, Utah has a lot of question marks, especially at the quarterback position, but one member of the media has Utah as a dark horse for the CFP Playoff for this upcoming season.
One of my favorites out there, Ted Miller of the Pac-12 ESPN.com blog, pegged Utah as his dark horse to break into the College Football Playoff. He touts Utah's strength in the trenches as one of the biggest reasons, as well as Utah's abilities to knock off the top programs in the conference over the past couple of seasons. Of course, Utah did that with a limited offense, at best, since joining the Pac-12.
While I think it's a long shot Utah will make the Playoff, they do have a good foundation to compete. Utah has very good offensive and defensive lines, and what appears to be a good running game. When you can run the ball and stop the run, you check off some of the most important parts of the game. You take on what looks to be a very high level secondary, Utah has a lot of good going for them.
Give the write up a read, and see what other dark horses from other conferences are being picked.