No. 15: Utah Utes

Utah is a dark horse Pac 12 power, but not much more than that.

Here's the good news coming out of Salt Lake City. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has 14 starters back from last year's Pac 12 South Division team, including QB Tyler Huntley and RB Zack Moss.

The Utes also have a favorable schedule (Pre-season favorite Oregon is not on it) which should get them back to the Pac-12 title game.

But the problem very well may be the schedule. Like most of the Pac 12, what the Utes do won't be noticed by the rest of the country until the final weeks of the season.

Whittingham is one of the better coaches in college football and has done a superb job at Utah, winning twice as many games as he lost since taking over 16 years ago from a guy named Urban Meyer. The Utes have won nine or more games in four of their last five seasons and are a perennial Top 20 team.

The biggest thing Utah has going for it is its experience. The Utes know how to win and are now the team to beat in the Pac-12 South, surpassing UCLA and USC.

But the Utes' dilemna is that even if they win 11 games this season, the best they can hope for is a Rose Bowl appearance, which isn't bad, but is still short of the Final Four.

Such is life these days in the nearly invisible Pac-12.

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WrightTX
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Rose Bowl sounds pretty good to this Utah alum.



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