SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah football program is among the top schools to make the college football playoff rankings.
The college football playoffs began in 2014, and Utah has been in the top 10 for most appearances since the start of the era. Utah is tied for seventh with Georgia with 30 PSC appearances.
Only Alabama, Clemson and the state of Ohio have been featured in each Top 25 college football playoff ranking. Oklahoma comes in at No. 4 with 40 appearances, followed by LSU with 33 and Notre Dame with 32. After Georgia and Utah, Oklahoma State is ninth with 29, followed by Florida and Wisconsin with 28 each. .
Utah has the most CFP appearances in the Pac-12. In the very first CFP Top 25 ranking which was released in week 10 when they came in 17th place in the country. The Utes have made the top 25 every week this season. Ditto for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. During the 2017 campaign, it was the first season that Utah did not feature in the CFP’s top 25 at all.
This was not the case during the 2018 season when they were ranked No. 15 in the first ranking. The Utes were dropped from the standings after a loss in Week 10, but returned to the top 20 in Week 11. They remained in the CFP standings for the remainder of the season.
At this point, Utah’s highest ranking was No.10 in 2015. That changed in the first ranking of 2019 when they were ranked No.8 with an 8-1 record. Utah then moved up to # 7 in week 11 before moving to # 6 in week 13. The Utes were just outside the CFP in week 14 when they were # 5. in the country. They failed to reach the PSC after losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship and went down to No.11.
For only the second time in the CFP era, Utah has not made the shortened 2020 season standings from COVID-19. With all the talent that Utah is returning in 2021, they will certainly have the ability to make it into the top 25 in the standings this season.
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes insider for KSLSports.com and the host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports. You can download and listen to the podcast here.