The Utes will be entering their second go-round in the Pac-12, fighting through adversity to a 8-5 record and a Sun Bowl win over Georgia Tech in their inaugural season.
Which games are the biggest obstacles in their way? Which games are the most important?
Utah is picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South Division in the preseason media poll released Tuesday. The Utes only trail USC, who is not only picked to finish first in the south, but take the conference championship as well.
Utah's Star Lotulelei has been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, which increases the senior defensive tackle's preseason watch list count to four. Senior wide receiver DeVonte Christopher has earned a place on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
Kyrie Irving is quickly becoming one of my favorite NBA players, not just for his sensational rookie season, but also by his personality off the court. The Pac-12-Big Ten scheduling deal is over before it even started, and BYU released a football promo gearing up fans for this upcoming season.
Over the next two weeks different college football awards will be releasing their preseason watch lists that cover all players that they will be keeping a close eye on throughout the 2012 college football season.
The Pac-12 is not known for its dominant defenses. With the addition of offense gurus in Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez and Todd Graham to the conference's coaching ranks during the offseason, defensive-minded is not a reputation the Pac-12 will earn any time soon.
With John White IV sitting out, already having proven himself as the clear cut starter for the Utes after breaking numerous school rushing records last year, four running backs made their case for playing time Saturday at the Red-White game.
It was very noticeable on Saturday, at least to me and my colleague Jeremiah Jensen. There are just so many players up there now. And not just players filling roster positions, I mean guys that will, can, and are going to play.