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After rivalry win, Utes move up to No. 13 in AP Top 25 — highest-ranked team in Pac-12

By Josh Furlong, | Updated - Sep. 3, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 3, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — After an opening weekend win over in-state rival BYU, Utah moved up in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll while staying put in the Coaches Poll, which were both released Tuesday.

The Utes, who entered the season with their highest preseason ranking in school history, moved up to No. 13 in the AP poll — up one spot from their preseason ranking of No. 14. The Utes are now the highest-ranking team from the Pac-12 in the AP poll.

Utah stayed at to No. 15 in the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll. The Utes were jumped by Auburn after the Tigers defeated Oregon in a neutral game matchup between two ranked teams.

Utah is one of five programs from the Pac-12 ranked in both polls. Following the Utes in the AP poll is No. 14 Washington, No. 16 Oregon, No. 22 Washington State and No. 23 Stanford. The Coaches Poll differs slightly and has Washington leading the conference at No.12. The Ducks come in at No. 18 in the Coaches Poll, and they’re followed by No. 21 Washington State and No. 23 Stanford.

The Utes remain the only team from the South Division ranked in the poll, though Arizona State is receiving votes in both polls after their 30-7 win over Kent State. USC, too, is receiving votes after narrowly beating Fresno State, but a loss of starting quarterback J.T. Daniels clouds the season outlook for the Trojans.

Voters in the AP poll and coaches in the Coaches Poll kept the top five the same, with Clemson leading the group at No. 1. The Tigers are followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 5 Ohio State.

Although the first week of play only had one game featuring two ranked opponents, Week 2 features two games where both programs are ranked: No. 1 Clemson welcomes to town No. 12/11 Texas A&M Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MDT; while No. 6 LSU travels to No. 9 Texas Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. MDT matchup.

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