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Phil Steele Ranks Utah Football Among Nation’s Elite

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks around his players as they begin their warmups as Utah and Oregon State prepare to play a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – College Football Guru Phil Steele ranked Utah in the top 15 of his preseason top 40 rankings that will come out in his preview magazine.

Each year, Phil Steele talks to every college football team in the FBS as compiles a ton of information about each team, including the Utah Utes.

Among the plethora of information to get fans ready for the upcoming season, Steele puts out a top 40 preseason ranking. He put Utah in his top 15 and the third highest-ranked team in the Pac-12.

Steele put Oklahoma at No. 1, Alabama at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Clemson at No. 4. The first Pac-12 team in the rankings is Washington at No. 9, followed by USC at No. 13 and Utah at No. 15.

Oregon came in at No. 19, Arizona State at No. 21 and Stanford at No. 40. West Coast CFB tweeted out the rankings of the top four and then all the teams on the west coast in the top 40. Six Pac-12 teams made the top 40, along with three Mountain West teams. BYU did not make the list.

Another thing that Steele does with his preview magazine each year is do a conference outlook by making his projection for each conference. In 2021, Steele has Washington winning the North Division in the Pac-12, followed by Oregon, Stanford, Washington State, California and Oregon State.

In the South Division, Steele picked USC to win it with Utah, Arizona State, UCLA, Colorado and Arizona behind them.

Utah is returning 19 starters from last season, including all but one starter on defense that entered the 2020 season with a completely new secondary.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.