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Utes Move Into Top 5 Of AP Poll After Win Over CU, Alabama Loss

Utah Utes defensive end Mika Tafua (42) celebrates after getting a sack on Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez, not pictured, during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Courtesy of Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Utes moved in the top five in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll following their victory over Colorado and Alabama’s loss to Auburn.

The Utes moved up one spot from No. 6 and replaced the Crimson Tide at No. 5 in the poll released on Sunday, December 1. Alabama dropped four spots to No. 9 in the poll.

It’s the highest ranking in the poll for Utah this season and the team’s highest ranking since 2015 when they were No. 3.

In the Coaches Poll, the Utes moved up one spot to No. 5.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Here is the entire AP Top 25 Poll following the 14th week of the college football season:

  1. LSU (12-0)
  2. Ohio State (12-0)
  3. Clemson (12-0)
  4. Georgia (11-1)
  5. Utah (11-1)
  6. Oklahoma (11-1)
  7. Florida (10-2)
  8. Baylor (11-1)
  9. Alabama (10-2)
  10. Wisconsin (10-2)
  11. Auburn (9-3)
  12. Penn State (10-2)
  13. Oregon (10-2)
  14. Notre Dame (10-2)
  15. Minnesota (10-2)
  16. Memphis (11-1)
  17. Michigan (9-3)
  18. Iowa (9-3)
  19. Boise State (11-1)
  20. Appalachian State (11-1)
  21. Cincinnati (10-2)
  22. Virginia (9-3)
  23. Navy (9-2)
  24. USC (8-4)
  25. Air Force (10-2)

Others receiving votes:
SMU (50), Oklahoma State (36), Kansas State (36), UCF (6), Virginia Tech (6), Iowa State (5), Arizona State (4), California (3), Washington (2).

Utah improved to 11-1 overall and 8-1 in Pac-12 play with the win over Colorado. The victory also clinched Utah the Pac-12 South for the second year in a row and secured themselves a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game.

The Utes will face the Pac-12 North champion Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 title game on Friday, December 6. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ABC.

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