Utah Football, Kyle Whittingham Named Top Performers By Kirk Herbstreit

Oct 19, 2021, 12:27 PM

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(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – ESPN’s top college football analyst and College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit gave high praise to Kyle Whittingham and Utah football.

Each week, Kirk Herbstreit compiles a list of his top individual performances, team performances and head coaches and Utah football was included in two of those lists.

Herbstreit put the Utes at No. 3 on his list of team performances after their 35-21 win over No. 18 Arizona State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They are one of two Pac-12 teams to make the list.

Here is his list of top 11 team performances from Week 7:

  1. Purdue
  2. LSU
  3. Utah
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Air Force
  6. Washington State
  7. Baylor
  8. Auburn
  9. Alabama
  10. Ole Miss
  11. UL Monroe

Purdue knocked off No. 2 Iowa, LSU beat Florida at home, Oklahoma State defeated Texas, Air Force beat Boise State, Washington State knocked off Stanford, Baylor defeated BYU, Auburn beat Arkansas, Alabama dominated Mississippi State, Ole Miss took down Tennessee and UL Monroe beat Liberty.

Herbstreit put Kyle Whittingham at No. 2 on his top 8 list of coaching performances:

  1. Ed Orgeron, LSU
  2. Kyle Whittingham, Utah
  3. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
  4. Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss
  5. Nick Rolovich, Washington State
  6. Terry Bowden, UL Monroe
  7. Dave Doeren, North Carolina State
  8. Jeff Brohm, Purdue

All of those coaches with the exception of Dave Doeren where included in the top team performances list. NC State dominated Boston College on the road.

Utah improved their record to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 play. They will hit the road on Saturday, October 23 to face Oregon State. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Network.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.

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Utah Football, Kyle Whittingham Named Top Performers By Kirk Herbstreit