SALT LAKE CITY — Coming off a 35-17 win over Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois at home, Utah moved up in the national rankings Sunday.
The Utes moved up to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, up two spots from its previous spot of No. 13. Utah, which hadn't moved in their preseason ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll, jumped up to No. 12, up three spots from their previous spot at No. 15.
Utah benefited from three teams ahead of them — Texas, Texas A&M and Washington — all losing games in Week 2 of play.
With Washington losing to Cal 20-19 in the final seconds of a delayed game that only a few people saw, Utah now holds the top spot in the Pac-12. The Huskies took a big drop in the rankings as a result, falling nine spots to No. 23.
The Utes are followed in the conference by No. 15 Oregon, No. 20 Washington State, No. 23 Washington, and No. 24 USC. The rankings are the same in the Coaches Poll for Washington State and USC, but with Oregon at 17 and Washington at 21.
Stanford, which was previously ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, dropped out of the rankings after USC and its freshman quarterback dismantled the Cardinal in a 45-20 loss. The Cardinal continues to receive votes in the Coaches Poll but not in the AP Poll.
California, Colorado and Arizona State all received votes in the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.
Clemson remains the top team in the country after a 24-10 win over then-ranked No. 12 Texas A&M. The Tigers continue to receive the bulk of the first-place votes, though Alabama, coming in at No. 2, continues to receive votes for the top spot.
Behind the top two teams, the final three spots in the rankings belong to No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Oklahoma in the AP Poll. The Coaches Poll has Oklahoma at No. 4 and LSU at No. 5.
Ohio State, which was previously at No. 5 in both rankings, moved down to No. 6.