Utah maintains spot in latest AP Top 25 poll after avoiding upset at Baylor
Utah held its spot at No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, released Sunday.
The Utes are coming off a 20-13 win over Baylor on the road. Without their starter and leader at quarterback, Cameron Rising, the Utes rallied late and outscored Baylor 14-0 in the fourth quarter to pull off a stunning victory and move to 2-0 on the season.
As Rising makes his way back from offseason ACL surgery, Utah has had to manage without its captain and offensive engine through an opening two-game stretch against Power Five competition. The Utes used a punishing defensive effort to beat Florida 24-11 in Week 1. In Week 2, it was a rousing, late-game effort from quarterback Nate Johnson to help the Utes escape.
The Utes return home next Saturday to face Weber State. Rising appears to be nearing a return, but Utah has managed to get the job done thus far without him.
Utah is one of eight Pac-12 schools ranked in the latest AP Top 25. The Utes are joined in the poll by No. 5 USC, No. 8 Washington, No. 13 Oregon, No. 16 Oregon State, No. 18 Colorado, No. 23 Washington State, and No. 24 UCLA.
The rest of the media poll can be found below, with first-place votes in parentheses:
- Georgia (55)
- Michigan (2)
- Florida State (3)
- Texas (2)
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Kansas State
- Oregon State
- Ole Miss
- North Carolina
- Washington State
Others receiving votes: Clemson 86, Arkansas 33, TCU 19, Kansas 19, Tulane 17, Wisconsin 10, Kentucky 5, Mississippi St. 5, Minnesota 3, Cincinnati 3, Fresno St. 2, Wyoming 1, Oklahoma St. 1, Maryland 1, James Madison 1.