USC is the trendy topic du jour in college football, and Oregon is probably a close second given all the excitement around new head coach Dan Lanning, but the Utah Utes are still the reigning Pac-12 champions and the football-specific analysis—not the hype train fueling or the way-too-early prognosticating—shows the Utes as the overwhelming team to beat still in the league.

As such, 247Sports’ Clint Buckley tabbed Utah as the team best positioned in all of college football to earn its first College Football Playoff appearance.

Here’s what Buckley wrote on the Utes:

Yes, the National Championship game was still SEC vs. SEC, but all conferences can ask for is a shot in the four-team field.

For the Pac-12, Utah feels like the best immediate shot until there’s more clarity on what the USC roster looks like and how it’ll mesh with Lincoln Riley’s system.

The Utes were slotted at the top of the conference and 14th nationally in Bill Connelly’s early 2022 SP+ projections. They return 66% of last year’s production, per Connelly, and though the losses of Devin Lloyd, Nephi Sewell, Britain Covey, and Nick Ford, among others, will be key pieces that need replacing, the Utes are still bringing back stars in quarterback Cameron Rising, running back Tavion Thomas, and corner Clark Phillips III.

The rest of the Top 10, according to 247Sports:

2. Texas A&M

3. Baylor

4. USC

5. Wisconsin

6. Oklahoma State

7. Wake Forest

8. Pitt

9. NC State

10. Houston