SALT LAKE CITY — Behind a pick-six touchdown by Jaylon Johnson and an offensive comeback led by quarterback Tyler Huntley, Utah claimed a 33-28 road win over the Washington Huskies Saturday. The gritty win gave the Utes a quality win against a formidable Pac-12 opponent and bumped them up in the national rankings.
Utah moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 9 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, up one spot from last week’s stop in both polls. The Utes remain an outside contender for the playoffs, but the picture will become more clear Tuesday when the first rankings are released by the College Football Playoff committee.
The Utes are joined in the rankings from the Pac-12 by No. 7 Oregon, who claimed a statement win on the road over a USC program seemingly in shambles as Clay Helton’s future as head coach remains questionable. Oregon and Utah appear destined for a collision course in the Pac-12 Championship game, though Utah has yet to solidify the South.
No other teams from the Pac-12 were ranked in Sunday’s rankings, and Washington received two votes in the AP poll.
The top programs ranked in both the AP poll and the Coaches Poll remain untouched with four of the five teams coming off a bye weekend, though the two polls differ in the order of their top five teams. Only Clemson, which essentially had a bye with its matchup against Wofford, played in Week 10 action. The Tigers routed the Terriers as they draw closer to a potential undefeated season.
LSU remains the top-ranked program in the country in the AP poll and is followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State. Alabama remains the top-ranked program in the Coaches Poll and is followed by No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State.
Alabama and LSU highlight Week 11 play as one team looks to come out on top in the SEC.