Utah's football team moved up one spot to No. 7 in Sunday's AP Top 25, thanks to Minnesota's 23-19 loss Saturday at Iowa.
The ranking is another high mark in November for the Utes (9-1) in the program's Pac-12 era. As a Mountain West member, an unbeaten Utah team was No. 7 on Nov. 30, 2008.
Pac-12 North champion Oregon (9-1) remained No. 6. The only change in the top five was Georgia switching places with Alabama, as the Bulldogs moved to No. 4 after a 21-14 victory over Auburn. Alabama beat Mississippi State 38-7, but the loss of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to a season-ending injury may have affected the perception of the Crimson Tide.
The Utes, who beat UCLA 49-3 on Saturday, already were ahead of Minnesota at No. 7 in last week’s College Football Playoff Top 25. The next CFP rankings will be released Tuesday. The CFP committee will select the four semifinalists on Dec. 8, after the conference championship games.
In the Coaches Poll, Oregon is No. 6, Oklahoma is No. 7 and Utah is No. 8.
Oregon will visit Arizona State on Saturday night, when Utah plays at Arizona. Oregon and Utah need each other to keep winning, creating a matchup of highly ranked teams in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 6 at Santa Clara, Calif.