The AP top 25 college football poll is out, and the Pac-12 has more teams represented than it ever has.
With six teams from No. 3 to No. 25, the poll is an indication that expectations are high in one of the country's toughest leagues. And Utah, though not ranked, will have almost all of the league's top foes on its schedule.
Starting with Oregon at No. 3, UCLA is the only other top-10 ranked Pac-12 team at No. 7. The Ducks are tied for their all-time highest preseason ranking, while UCLA has its highest preseason ranking since 1998.
After No. 11 Stanford, USC (No. 15) and Arizona State (No. 19) aren't far behind. The Cardinal is last year's conference champion. The Sun Devils made the poll for the first time since 2008.
Washington got the last spot in the poll at No. 25. The Huskies are ranked for the first time in 11 years.
The Utes will see the top five ranked Pac-12 programs this season, all in a span of six games. After road trips at UCLA and Oregon State, Utah then hosts USC, visits Arizona State, comes back to Salt Lake to face Oregon, then goes to Palo Alto to play Stanford.
The AP poll nearly mirrors the coaches' poll, with the exception of Oregon one spot higher and Arizona State one spot lower in the more recent poll.
While the AP poll does carry a hefty bit of weight, this isn't the poll that will matter this year. The inaugural College Football Playoff poll will be released in October by a 13-member committee, replacing the old BCS system.
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