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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lost several players to the NFL last season, but the loss in talent hasn’t done much damage in the eyes of voters in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Utah is ranked No. 25 in the preseason coaches poll that came out Thursday, dropping four spots from last season’s final poll. Utah is one of four teams from the Pac-12 ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 4 USC, No. 7 Washington and No. 14 Stanford, and will play each of them this season.

The only other teams from the Pac-12 receiving votes were Washington State with 99, Colorado with 72, Oregon with 37, and Arizona and UCLA with 1 each. BYU received 10 votes in the poll.

The Utes finished the 2016 season ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Utah remains one of only five teams in the country ranked in every College Football Playoff poll. A preseason ranking in the Coaches Poll is a strong indicator of their possibility of keeping the streak alive.

Alabama was picked No. 1 in the poll, garnering 49 first-place votes. Behind the Crimson Tide are No. 2, Ohio State, with five first-place votes; No. 3, Florida State, with four first-place votes; and USC and Clemson at No. 4 and No. 5. Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 are Penn State, Washington, Oklahoma, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The AP Top 25 Poll will be released in late August, with the first College Football Playoff poll being released on Oct. 31.

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Josh is the Sports Director for KSL.com and beat writer of University of Utah athletics — primarily football, men’s basketball and gymnastics. He is also an Associated Press Top 25 voter for college football.

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