After last night’s College Football Playoff rankings release, the path to the playoff seems clear for Utah. The Utes must win the Pac-12 title Friday night and hope LSU beats Georgia as expected on Saturday.
The Utes are one of the best defensive teams in the country and have a dynamic 1-2 offensive punch in quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Still, even they would probably admit they aren’t the “sexiest” program for a national audience.
In fact, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum claimed to be speaking for the entire country today when he expressed disapproval for Utah potentially being in the CFP.
“Let’s be honest, the country does not want to see Utah in the College Football Playoff. I’m sorry. It’s Utah,” Finebaum said during an appearance on Get Up!.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 4, 2019
Finebaum’s colleague David Pollack threw more fuel on the fire by saying that it wouldn’t whether Utah, Georgia or Oklahoma got the last spot in the playoff. The fourth seed will have “no impact” on the tournament, he said.
You better believe Utah will be using this as motivation heading into its Pac-12 Championship Game showdown with Oregon on Friday.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on ABC.