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3dTed Miller

Mailbag: Unhappiness from the under-hyped

Pac-12 reporter Ted Miller says Washington State and Utah are the league's sleeper teams and explains his fourth-place ranking of the Cougars.

Phil Murphy ESPN Video 

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham talks growing expectations in Salt Lake City. "I think we've made inroads. I think we've proven ourselves. We were farily well respected as a mid-major -- whatever we used to call it. "There were some bumps in the road when we first joined the Pac-12. Five years in, we've worked ourselves back into the conversation that these guys are for real."

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says that he'd like to see eight teams in the playoff. Says four teams is a good start, but wants to see more.

Phil Murphy ESPN Video 

Utah DB Justin Thomas was asked who is worse to try to tackle: Oregon RB Royce Freeman or Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey. Thomas said Freeman. He said it's simple: one (McCaffrey) will juke you, but the other (Freeman) will run you over.

ESPN Stats & Info

Utah coaches own best bowl records

Kyle Whittingham's 9-1 bowl record gives him the highest winning percentage in bowls among coaches with at least 10 appearances. Former Utah coach Urban Meyer is second.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Utah's Kyle Whittingham doesn't shy away from telling you that he thinks the Utes will be among the Pac-12's best in both lines of scrimmage. But to break Stanford and Oregon's seven-year stranglehold on the Pac-12 championship, they need to throw the ball better after finishing 11th in the league last season in passing offense (180 yards per game). The quarterback job is wide open for 2016, but Whittingham said that's not an excuse. "What kept us from winning the championship last year was not being able to throw the football nearly effective enough," Whittingham said. "That's got to change."

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham on the continuing difference in scheduling: "With as much at stake, I think it needs to be looked at hard as a Power 5 group, not just the Pac-12."

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham thinks the Utes might be the best in Pac-12 on both lines and with special teams. As for QB, he said Troy Williams "was beginning to separate himself" in spring just before he injured shoulder. Said QB competition remains wide open.

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Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Whittingham said that the Pac-12 has gotten better every year since the Utes joined, but that Utah had gotten better every year, too.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford was tabbed by the media as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 for the first time in 56 years. Here are the vote totals: North 1. Stanford (24) 186 2. UW (8) 163 3. Oregon (1) 132 4. WSU 112 5. Cal 67 6. Oregon St 33 South 1. UCLA (19) 180 2. USC (12) 173 3. Utah (2) 127 4. Arizona 87 5. Arizona St 85 6. Colorado 63

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12dKyle Bonagura

Media day questions for the Pac-12 South

With Pac-12 Media Days starting Thursday, here are two questions facing each Pac-12 South coach, one that he will hear and one he should hear.

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12dPhil Steele

Report card: CFP teams lead list of most dominant wins

Not all blowouts and big wins are created equally. Phil Steele's game grades takes into account a variety of factors and names the truly dominating performances over the past three years.

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Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Luginbill discusses ESPN 300 quarterback Jack Sears at The Opening. Sears, the nation's No. 136 overall prospect and No. 5 pocket passer, is the lone uncommitted quarterback at the event and hopes to select his school later this month and said the likely finalists are Duke, UCLA, USC and Utah.

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20dStaff

The Pac-12's most critical position battles

Josh Rosen and Christian McCaffrey are all set at UCLA and Stanford, respectively. But the Pac-12 is loaded with contested positions, including five quarterback battles to watch this August.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

There are 22 Pac-12 players on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which was released today. By position: Quarterback (5): Jake Browning, Washington; Luke Falk, Washington State; Josh Rosen, UCLA; Anu Solomon, Arizona; Davis Webb, Cal Running back (5): Royce Freeman, Oregon; Myles Gaskin, Washington; Ronald Jones II, USC; Christian McCaffrey, Stanford; Demario Richard, Arizona State Receiver (2): Gabe Marks, Washington State; JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC Defensive line (4): Kylie Fitts, Utah; Lowell Lotulelei, Utah; Solomon Thomas, Stanford; Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA Linebacker (1): Salamo Fiso, Arizona State; Defensive back (5): Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado; Budda Baker, Washington; Adoree' Jackson, USC; Sidney Jones, Washington; Paul Magloire, Arizona

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26dKevin Gemmell

Ranking Pac-12's defensive triplets: No. 6 Utah

Experience along the defensive line and talent in the secondary should help the Utes offset the questions among the linebackers and the offense.

Team Stats

Passing Yards189.1100th
Rushing Yards187.843rd
Points For30.458th
Points Against21.8Tied-31st