Note: The University of Utah offers the NCAA maximum for all sports, should the coach want to use them. Numbers reflect not only people who have quit, are cut or withdrawn, but also cases where a coach held back scholarships (or parts of scholarships in the case of the equivalency sports) in one year so that they would have more to use in another.
Utes at a glance
Advantage: The Utes have put together eight consecutive winning seasons and have an established program in place. Rice-Eccles-Stadium is a tough venue for visiting teams and could be a factor in keeping Utah competitive.
Challenge: Depth. The Utes simply lack the depth that most BCS teams enjoy. It remains to be seen if it'll be an immediate factor. Fact is, it'll likely take a couple of recruiting classes to bring Utah up to speed in that regard.
7-3: Utah's record against Pac-12 teams under Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham.
Norm Chow says: "We're as good as anybody (in the Pac-12). But everybody is as good as we are. So we've just got to execute and work hard."
Leaders of the Pac: Preseason favorites Oregon and Stanford are the only teams in the league Utah isn't scheduled to play this season.
Bottom line: Even without the Ducks and Cardinal, Utah's schedule is challenging and vastly different than life in the Mountain West Conference. A winning season and a bowl bid, however, are likely.
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