Utah grabs top spot among Big 12 teams in preseason Top 25 rankings

Utah is stepping into its first year in the Big 12 with an eye on making the College Football Playoff in its first year in an expanded, 12-team format. 

The Sporting News has Utah ranked at No. 12 in its composite Top 25 preseason rankings, using seven different polls to find the median rankings across the board. 

Utah was one of four teams to land in the composite Top 25, followed by fellow Pac-12 addition No. 17 Arizona, No. 18 Kansas State and No. 21 Kansas. West Virginia also received votes. 

Utah is coming off an 8-5 season and a loss in the Las Vegas Bowl under longtime head coach Kyle Whittingham, who is entering his 20th season — a stretch in which he has only had two losing seasons. 

Utah opens the season against Southern Utah on Aug. 29 then opens Big 12 play at home against Baylor on Sept. 7.


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