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Utes ranked in first AP poll of the season; BYU gets votes

Utes check in at No. 24 in the first Associated Press poll of the season released Monday.

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Utah Utes players gather on the field.

Utah Utes players gather on the field before the game between the Utah Utes and the USC Trojans at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

After effectively being ranked 26th in the first coaches poll of the 2021-22 college football season released last week, the Utah Utes have cracked the top 25 of a more important poll.

On Monday, the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll was released, and the Utes came in at No. 24.

Utah received 176 points, putting it in between No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette and Pac-12 Conference foe Arizona State at No. 25.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon is ranked No. 11, USC is No. 15 and Washington is No. 20. UCLA was the only non-ranked team to receive votes, getting two.

Like in the coaches poll, Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, but Oklahoma and Clemson are switched at 2 and 3 compared to the coaches poll, where they are the other way around.

After a great 11-1 season last year, the BYU Cougars are effectively ranked 36th in Monday’s poll, as they received six points. The Cougars were effectively ranked No. 31 in the coaches poll.