Watch the video if you have access. For the first time in quite a while, Oregon and Utah are on the big board with the sports analysts picking the Top 5 in the CFP discussion. The good news is that two Pac-12 teams are “on the board” even if they are outside of the last four at the moment.
One game at a time, I get it. Assuming Utah maintains that focus with favorable results, we know that a number of the top 10 teams in the SEC and Big 10 will face off over the next few weeks. Oregon and Utah are both on winning streaks. What allowed them to ascend in this ESPN exercise is that other top teams are beaten. In other words, the rise is an artifact of winning and not from better analysis by the east coast sports writers, if you see what I am saying.
Last week, after Utah beat ASU on FoxSports1 (I think), the Fox sports announcer the next day or so made some quite favorable comments about Utah’s team. I think I read something like ‘most under rated’. Right now ESPN is focused on their darling SEC, Clemson and a few select teams in the Big 10 and Big 12. You know, the usual power teams. Baylor and Minnesota, like Utah have “backed into” their rankings. For the most part, ESPN looks past them.
Obviously, Utah needs to do what Utah is doing week in and week out. Maintain the focus, continue to win, and create phenomenal stats on D and for Tyler Huntley. If Utah manages that, their relative strength will at some point be impossible to ignore.