In football, Utah's best win came against a decent Texas A&M team, or perhaps the 8-4 Pittsburgh squad they hammered in the Fiesta Bowl.
Still, despite their pillow-soft schedule, I firmly believe that the Utes deserved their top-five ranking. They were that good, and probably could have beaten anyone in the country except USC and maybe Auburn.
But nobody talks about Utah's mens basketball schedule. It's equally as soft, perhaps even softer. And the Utes still haven't beaten a ranked team.
Their best win is arguably Air Force from the terrible Mountain West Conference, or perhaps a decent LSU team in the pre-season.
The Utes have played two ranked teams, and lost to both--a not-so-close game against Washington and a tough contest against Arizona. Then they were blown out by Utah State.
Here's what I would consider their "quality" wins. Colorado, LSU and Air Force. That's it. Other wins--such as UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State, BYU and Colorado State have to be taken into consideration because conference wins are always tough. But let's be honest here. The Mountain West is a terrible, terrible basketball conference this year.
And what about the rest of Utah's wins? Mostly teams that couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag. See if any of these teams do anything for you: Stony Brook, High Point, Furman, Southern Utah, Western Montana, Northern Colorado, Coppin State, Cal Poly, Weber State, Whitworth.
Besides Weber State and Southern Utah, is there anyone out there who can even tell me where these schools are located? I guess Western Montana is in, well, western Montana.
Is this what it takes to get ranked in the top 15? Play a bunch of schools nobody has ever heard of, including three or four schools for the blind, and presto: a top 15 ranking.
I think the main reason that Utah is ranked as high as they are is tradition. Voters back East know about Utah because of their Final Four run, and because of Rick Majerus.
They see that the Utes have an impressive record, but haven't actually watched a Utah game or seen who they've played.
Not Utah's fault. They've done what they're supposed to--beaten up on the crappy teams that were scheduled for them. They're not going to give that top 14 ranking back, nor should they.
Don't get me wrong here. Utah IS a good basketball team, and the class of the Mountain West. Andrew Bogut is among the best basketball players in the NCAA.
But I doubt the Utes are a GREAT basketball team, which is what a top 15 ranking indicates.
We'll have to wait until March to find out if I'm right or wrong, however, because they certainly won't be tested by any Mountain West teams.
And--just like in football--that's a shame.