The final grades of the 2018-19 college football season are in, courtesy of USA Today Sports‘ Paul Myerberg.
The rules, according to Myerberg, are simple.
Since the beginning of the season, the publication “has been tracking how each team in the Bowl Subdivision (FBS) has fared relative to preseason expectations.”
Final marks range from an A+, a grade just six out of 130 schools managed to obtain, to an F — six teams were also given failing marks.
The school that earned the highest grade in the state of Utah was Utah State. The 10-2 Aggies were awarded an A, and were one of just nine teams to do so.
Utah, which finished the season 9-5, was given a B+ grade, alongside the likes of Virginia, Washington, Oregon and Boise State.
As for BYU, the Cougars earned a B- for their 7-6 campaign, placing them squarely with the likes of Memphis, Mississippi State, Pitt and Purdue.
The A+ marks belonged to UAB, Army, Cincinnati, Clemson, Fresno State and Washington State.
The F’s, meanwhile, were given to UConn, Louisville, UNC, Rutgers, USC and Western Kentucky.
Utes ranked No. 18 in extremely early preseason rankings
ESPN released its 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25 following the national championship game, continuing the tradition of extreme college football prognostication.
Senior writer Mark Schlabach was the author of the rankings, and while the Pac-12 didn’t make the top 10, four teams out of the Conference of Champions earned a spot in the poll, led by Oregon at No. 12.
Per Schlabach, the Ducks “look like the Pac-12’s best team on paper for 2019,” but face a daunting schedule that includes a season-opener against the Auburn Tigers in Arlington, Texas.
Immediately after Oregon in the poll were the Washington State Cougars. Rival Washington came in at No. 16 and Utah at No. 18.
Of the Utes, Schlabach noted, among other things, that “Utah will have to replace two starting offensive linemen, but everybody else on offense is expected back. … The Utes lose only four starters on defense, but they’re the top four leading tacklers.”
No. 1 in the poll were the champion Clemson Tigers, followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Notre Dame.
And finally …
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo hit Rockets start James Harden in the head with an attempted cross-court pass.
Despite the hit, Harden stayed in the game.
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