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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah football program is among the top schools ranked in the College Football Playoffs rankings.
The college football playoffs began in 2014 and Utah is among the top 10 appearances since the beginning of the era. Utah ranks seventh with Georgia with 30 appearances in the CFP.
Only Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State appeared in each of the top 25 rankings in the College Football Playoffs. Oklahoma is in fourth place with 40 missions, followed by LSU with 33 and Notre Dame with 32. After Georgia and Utah, Oklahoma State is in ninth place with 29, followed by Florida and Wisconsin with 28 each.
Utah has the most CFP rankings in the Pac-12. In the very first CFP Top 25 ranking, released in week 10 when they landed at number 17 in the country. The Utes hit the top 25 every week that season. The same goes for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. During the 2017 campaign, it was the first season that Utah didn’t get the CFP into the top 25 at all.
This wasn’t the case in the 2018 season when they were ranked 15th in the top rankings. The Utes were dropped from the rankings after losing in week 10, but jumped back into the top 20 in week 11. They stayed in the CFP rankings for the remainder of the season.
Up until that point, Utah’s highest rank was in 2015 at number 10. That changed in the 2019 first rankings when they ranked 8th with an 8-1 record. Utah then jumped to 7th in week 11 before moving to 6th in week 13. The Utes were just outside the CFP in week 14 when they ranked 5th in the country. They failed to make the CFP after losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship and moved up to 11th place.
For the second time in the CFP era, Utah failed to top the rankings in the 2020 shortened season of COVID-19. With all the talent Utah is bringing back in 2021, they will surely have the opportunity to reach the top 25 this season.
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports. You can download and listen to the podcast here.