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Utes Ranked No. 8 In First College Football Playoff Poll Of 2019

Utah Utes defensive back Jaylon Johnson (1) scores on the pick-six against the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Utah won 33-28. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Utes are ranked No. 8 by the committee in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2019 season.

It is Utah’s 25th week that they have appeared in the CFP rankings since the Playoff began in 2014. That is the sixth most in the country behind Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and LSU.

Utah’s No. 8 ranking is the highest in school history. Their previous high was No. 10.

Kyle Whittingham released a statement after the rankings were announced.

“It’s nice for our players to be recognized for what they’ve accomplished so far this season, but this team completely understands there is still a lot of football left and more work to be done. Our guys have done a great job all season long of not looking past anyone and keeping their sole focus on the next opponent. Our full attention now turns to the UCLA Bruins and we look forward to being back in front of our home fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium.”

Here is the entire Top 25 rankings from the College Football Playoff Committee:

  1. Ohio State
  2. LSU
  3. Alabama
  4. Penn State
  5. Clemson
  6. Georgia
  7. Oregon
  8. Utah
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Florida
  11. Auburn
  12. Baylor
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Michigan
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Kansas State
  17. Minnesota
  18. Iowa
  19. Wake Forest
  20. Cincinnati
  21. Memphis
  22. Boise State
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Navy
  25. SMU

The Utes have a bye this week and will return to Rice-Eccles Stadium next Saturday to face the UCLA Bruins at 6 p.m. on FOX.

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