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Utah Utes ranked No. 14 in preseason AP Top 25 poll, Utah State Aggies receive votes

Utes earn their highest preseason ranking in school history

Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown as Utah and Stanford play a football game in Palo Alto, California, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown as Utah and Stanford play a football game in Palo Alto, California, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Utes have been receiving all kinds of hype heading into the 2019 college football season, and on Monday that culminated in them being ranked No. 14 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.

Elsewhere locally, Utah State received eight votes.

The Utes’ ranking comes after they were slotted at No. 15 in the Coaches poll released at the beginning of August.

This year’s poll is the highest Utah has ever been ranked in the AP preseason rankings.

Utah football in the AP preseason Top 25 poll

Year Rank Final record Final AP rank
Year Rank Final record Final AP rank
2004 No. 20 12-0 No. 4
2009 No. 19 10-3 No. 18
2019 No. 14 TBD TBD

The defending College Football Playoff champion Clemson Tigers are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s poll.

Two of the Utes’ fellow Pac-12 opponents are ranked higher in the AP poll, as the Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 11 and the Washington Huskies are No. 13. Elsewhere in the conference, Washington State is ranked No. 23 and Stanford is No. 25.

Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll

Team 2018 Record Pts. Prv.
Team 2018 Record Pts. Prv.
1. Clemson (52) 15-0 1,540 1
2. Alabama (10) 14-1 1,496 2
3. Georgia 11-3 1,403 7
4. Oklahoma 12-2 1,331 4
5. Ohio State 13-1 1,261 3
6. LSU 10-3 1,199 6
7. Michigan 10-3 1,164 14
8. Florida 10-3 1,054 7
9. Notre Dame 12-1 1,044 5
10. Texas 10-4 1,005 9
11. Oregon 9-4 860
12. Texas A&M 9-4 852 16
13. Washington 10-4 786 13
14. Utah 9-5 772
15. Penn State 9-4 651 17
16. Auburn 8-5 578
17. UCF 12-1 410 11
18. Michigan State 7-6 377
19. Wisconsin 8-5 370
20. Iowa 9-4 330 25
21. Iowa State 8-5 302
22. Syracuse 10-3 209 15
23. Washington State 11-2 200 10
24. Nebraska 4-8 154
25. Stanford 9-4 141

Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno St. 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, UAB 3, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, Southern Cal 1.


Here’s a look at the previously released Coaches poll.

Coaches preseason Top 25 poll

Team 2018 Record Pts Pvs
Team 2018 Record Pts Pvs
1. Clemson (59) 15-0 1,619 1
2. Alabama (6) 14-1 1,566 2
3. Georgia 11-3 1,447 8
4. Oklahoma 12-2 1,415 4
5. Ohio State 13-1 1,368 3
6. LSU 10-3 1,218 7
7. Michigan 10-3 1,155 14
8. Florida 10-3 1,103 6
9. Notre Dame 12-1 1,100 5
10. Texas 10-4 1,038 9
11. Texas A&M 9-4 893 16
12. Washington 10-4 834 13
13. Oregon 9-4 787 NR
14. Penn State 9-4 699 17
15. Utah 9-5 642 NR
16. Auburn 8-5 606 NR
17. UCF 12-1 436 12
17. Wisconsin 8-5 436 NR
19. Iowa 9-4 343 NR
20. Michigan State 7-6 313 NR
21. Washington State 11-2 274 10
22. Syracuse 10-3 227 15
23. Stanford 9-4 200 NR
24. Iowa State 8-5 169 NR
25. Northwestern 9-5 161 19

Others receiving votes: Nebraska 152, Boise State 118, Mississippi State 111, Miami 94, Army 91, Kentucky 79, Virginia Tech 64, TCU 63, USC 47, Fresno State 32, Utah State 32, Virginia 30, Cincinnati 25, West Virginia 24, Memphis 24, Oklahoma State 20, South Carolina 15, NC State 12, Duke 10, Boston College 5, Florida State 4, Baylor 4, Appalachian State 4, Houston 3, North Texas 3, Temple 2, Arizona State 2, UCLA 2, Minnesota 1, Ole Miss 1, Tennessee 1, Troy 1.