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Utah's athletic budget was $27.8 million for the fiscal year 2010. It'll rise to $29.7 million in 2011 and $35 million in 2012.

Even with that growth, though, Utah is still well behind the curve in the Pac-12. The Utes will be closing the gap on Washington State, but remain well behind Oregon, California, Washington, UCLA and the others.

The Sports Business Journal takes a look at the rising budgets in college athletics.

ESPN.com's Ted Miller looks at best-worst case scenarios for Utah football.

— The Green Bay Press-Gazette is reporting that young Packers like rookie Caleb Schlauderaff from Utah need to step up.

— The USA Today says defense could be the key for Pac-12 favorite Oregon.

— ESPN 700's "Bill and Spence Show" has interviews with the Utes on its website.