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Utes crack Top 10 in latest College Football Playoff rankings ahead of Oregon game

Utah Utes tight end Logan Kendall (32) scores against the Stanford Cardinal  in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

Utah Utes tight end Logan Kendall (32) scores against the Stanford Cardinal in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY β€” My, how things can change in a week.

Ahead of Week 11, Utah found itself as the fourth-highest team in the College Football Playoff rankings from the Pac-12, with a de facto semifinal matchup against Oregon that loomed.

Utah did its job on Saturday night and beat Stanford at home 42-7 to mark its second consecutive undefeated season at Rice-Eccles Stadium. USC did its job on Friday night, as well, against a one-win Colorado team. But Oregon and UCLA faltered and dropped games against Washington and Arizona, respectively.

Suddenly, the dynamics of the Pac-12 changed.

Oregon went from the top team in the conference and an outside shot in the playoff to being the third-highest ranked team in the Pac-12.

On Tuesday, Utah moved up to No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday night on ESPN sandwiched between a double-header basketball matchup on the network.

The Utes are now the second-highest ranked team from the Pac-12 and are second only to USC, which moved up to No. 7 this week and remains the final team from the Pac-12 with a potential playoff bid.

Utah is now followed by Oregon at No. 12 and UCLA at No. 16; Washington has moved up to No. 17 to make it five-team race for the Pac-12 title game, and Oregon State checks back into the rankings at No. 23 to make it six teams from the Pac-12 ranked this week.

At the top of the rankings it remains unchanged with Georgia at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 TCU. The three teams with an outside shot including No. 5 Tennessee, No. 6 LSU and No. 7 USC.

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

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