Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Cheerleaders lead the players out onto the field as Utah and Stanford play Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — We've reached the midpoint of the 2013 college football season.

With local schools having played at least half of their games, it’s a good time to give out midterm grades for those schools and project the second half of the season.


To be 4-2 and receiving a bunch of votes in the latest AP poll thanks to a win over then No. 5 Stanford is certainly better than most people anticipated at this point. Utah's offense is much-improved, thanks to a more mature Travis Wilson, the unforeseen productivity of running back Bubba Poole, a solid offensive line and the influence of co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson. Then there’s a defense that gets better by the week and a never-miss kicker in Andy Phillips. Two losses, one in overtime and the other by a touchdown, keep the Utes from getting an A.

Grade: B+