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Utes fall in national power rankings, in QB limbo heading into rivalry game

Utes fall in national power rankings, in QB limbo heading into rivalry game



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The Utes' first loss in 15 years to in-state rival Utah State attracted attention — of the unwanted variety — from national media across the country. It comes at an inconvenient time with Utah's biggest rival BYU — now nationally ranked — headed for Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night.

— Yahoo Sports looks at the surprises of Week Two, listing Utah's loss in with the "bad" surprises.

— Athlon Sports includes the Utes in its list of top 10 disappointments through two weeks of college football.

Utah quarterback Jon Hays (9) talks with head coach Kyle Whittingham during the Utah State game in Logan. (Photo: Deseret News)
Utah quarterback Jon Hays (9) talks with head coach Kyle Whittingham during the Utah State game in Logan. (Photo: Deseret News)

— Brian Shaw of Examiner.com describes Utah's loss to Utah State as flipping the Utah college football picture upside-down.

— The Utes get a frowny face from ESPN's Ted Miller in his Weekend Rewind. Miller says that Utah and fellow Pac-12 newcomer Colorado looked "shabby".

— Utah falls from No. 3 to No. 9 in ESPN's Pac-12 power rankings, and from No. 5 to No. 8 in CBS Sports' version.

— Kevin Gemmel's updated bowl projections leave the Utes in the New Mexico Bowl, falling from an Alamo Bowl projection last week.

— Jordan Wynn's injury and subsequent retirement from football received a lot of national attention as well, including articles from NBC, USA Today, and SB Nation.

Withthefirstpick.com discusses how Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei could be taken with the No. 1 pick of next spring's NFL draft.

— Provo's Herald Extra, presenting this week's opponent's point of view, describes Utah's quarterback and psyche situation as in "limbo".

A brief look at Week 3 in the Pac-12, including the showdown between the Utes and Cougars.

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