This will probably surprise absolutely nobody. The Utah Utes are coming off a huge blowout win over the Oregon Ducks that landed them in the AP top ten for the first time this season. They were also given one first place vote when the rankings came out.
The Utes continue to get recognized for their huge feat this weekend. According to the Football Writer’s Association of America, the Utes were named the AutoNation National Team of the Week after their 62-20 win on Saturday.
Quarterback Travis Wilson returned from injury last week and had a huge game. He threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and another touchdown. The 62 points were the most the Utes had ever scored against a PAC-12 opponent since joining the conference and the most points the Ducks had ever allowed in Eugene.
“This is great momentum for us going into the bye week. For right now, this is where we want to be,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. “This should definitely give us some confidence and buy-in. They really controlled the game from start to finish. It really speaks well to how our guys prepared and the type of personnel we’ve been able to assemble. This program is not easy. It’s a tough program to be a part of, but if you do it the right way then you’re going to have good results and tonight is one of those nights.”
The Michigan Wolverines and UCLA Bruins were also nominated for the honor this week.
The Utes next play the Cal Golden Bears at home on October 10 after well-deserved week off.
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