Here’s some quick hitters on the most recent news coming out of the PAC-12, and some of the material Kyle Gunther and I use on the show:
On Wednesday, former ESPN writer, currently writing for the Stadium Network Brett McMurphy listed the Utes as the 23rd ranked team on his AP Top 25 ballot. The first AP Poll comes out Monday.
AP preseason poll will be released Monday. Here is my AP ballot*
Bama Clem Wisc Wash OhioSt UGA OU Stan MichSt PennSt Aub Mich USC ND WVU Miami MissSt UF FSU BC TCU Boise Utah Texas FAU
*Every fan base except Bama will hate my rankings
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 15, 2018
He has Washington ranked 5th, Stanford 8th, and USC ranked 13th.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura released his PAC-12 preview, he has the Utes finishing second in the South behind USC. He also listed his All-PAC-12 first team offense and defense, Bradlee Anae is the only Ute to make either first team.
ESPN’s 2018 Preseason All-Pac-12 Defensive Team
– Christian Rector, USC
– Bradlee Anae, Utah
– Greg Gaines, UW
– Jalen Jelks, UO
– Cam Smith, USC
– Peyton Pelluer, WSU
– Troy Dye, UO
– Byron Murphy, UW
– Marvell Tell, USC
– Jalen Thompson, WSU
– Taylor Rapp, UW
— SportsPac12 (@SportsPac12) August 16, 2018
Fox Sports Joel Klatt listed his conference power rankings, and listed the PAC-12 as the worst of the five Power Five conferences. Klatt points to the conferences disappointing bowl performance for his low power ranking. The record was 1-8, with the Utes getting the lone victory. (Klatt states the record was 1-7)
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 16, 2018
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