SALT LAKE CITY — For the second consecutive week both BYU and Utah are in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Cougars continue to check in at No. 14, while the Utes jumped from 24th to 23rd.
When the CFP rankings were created in 2014, the Beehive State has been represented by top 25 spots in a majority of the polls.
Utah has done a lion’s share of the work. The Utes were in each of the first 20 rankings from 2014-16. Their highest spot was No. 10 in the second poll of 2015.
It remained the standard for local teams, who failed to make the top 25 in 2017. That changed a year later when Utah made all six CFP rankings. Late in 2018, the Utes were joined by Utah State. The Utes were 19th and 17th, while the Aggies were 23rd and 21st at the time.
A banner year followed for Utah. the Utes opened the rankings at No. 8 and managed to get to No. 5 before a lopsided loss to Oregon in the 2019 Pac-12 Championship Game. They spent five weeks in the top eight.
BYU’s turn came in the pandemic-shortened season of 2020. The Cougars were in all five rankings, peaking at No. 13 in the second one.
Highest CFP ranking (2014-now)
Utah — No. 5 in 2019
BYU — No. 13 in 2020
Utah State — No. 21 in 2018
Weeks in the CFP rankings (2014-now)
Utah — 32
BYU — 7
Utah State — 2