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Utes Break into National Limelight in 1994

A stunning 16-13 win over Arizona in the Freedom Bowl capped a record-breaking 10-2 season for the 1994 Utes, who basked in the national limelight like no previous Utah grid team. The Utes, who opened the season as Sports Illustrated's No. 20 preseason pick, would break into both the Associated Press and USA Today-CNN Coaches polls before the season's midpoint. They climbed as high as ninth in the AP poll, and twice won a No. 8 ranking in the coaches' poll (including their final finish). Utah closed its remarkable season ranked in the AP Top-10--the only Western Athletic Conference team to do so.

1994 Associated Press Poll

No. School           Points
1.  Nebraska          1,539
2.  Penn State        1,497
3.  Colorado          1,410
4.  Florida State     1,320
5.  Alabama           1,312
6.  Miami             1,249
7.  Florida           1,153
8.  Texas A&M         1,117
9.  Auburn            1,110
10. Utah                995
11. Oregon              810
12. Michigan            732
13. Southern Cal        691
14. Ohio State          672
15. Virginia            648
16. Colorado State      630
17. North Carolina St.  511
18. Brigham Young       500
19. Kansas State        496
20. Arizona             364
21. Washington State    344
22. Tennessee           303
23. Boston College      236
24. Mississippi State   160
25. Texas                90

1994 USA Today/CNN Poll

No. School           Points  
1.  Nebraska          1,542
2.  Penn State        1,496
3.  Colorado          1,382
4.  Alabama           1,344
5.  Florida State     1,329
6.  Miami             1,229
7.  Florida           1,186
8.  Utah              1,029
9.  Ohio State          842
10. Brigham Young       832
11. Oregon              831
12. Michigan            787
13. Virginia            765
14. Colorado State      681
15. Southern Cal        670
16. Kansas State        661
17. North Carolina St.  626
18. Tennessee           520
19. Washington State    449
20. Arizona             405 
21. North Carolina      313
22. Boston College      304
23. Texas               244
24. Virginia Tech       189
25. Mississippi State   158

Weeks In The 1994 Polls

Associated Press
Date    Rank
Oct. 2    25
Oct. 9    21
Oct. 16   18
Oct. 23   12
Oct. 30    9
Nov. 6    12
Nov. 13   21
Nov. 20   15
Nov. 27   12
Dec. 4    14
Jan. 3    10

USA Today/CNN

Date    Rank
Sept. 25  23
Oct. 2    21
Oct. 9    18
Oct. 16   15
Oct. 23   11
Oct. 30    8
Nov. 6    14
Nov. 13   20
Nov. 20   13
Nov. 27   13
Dec. 4    12
Jan. 3     8

Weeks In The1996 Polls

Associated Press
Date    Rank
Sept. 29  24
Oct. 14   24
Oct. 21   21
Oct. 28   20

USA Today/CNN

Date    Rank
Sept. 9   25
Sept. 29  24
Oct. 14   25
Oct. 21   22
Oct. 28   19

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