The first College Football Playoff ranking was released Tuesday night and there were some surprises, while Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama claimed the early lead. Yes, it's early, but the first ranking is the best indicator in knowing what the selection committee is looking for out of the teams.
In this week's episode, DeseretNews.com writers Carter Williams and Brandon Judd discuss the first rankings, and how important November will be for everyone. Utah comes in at No. 12 in the first poll, and coach Kyle Whittingham says it's solid starting point while senior receiver Kenneth Scott says winning is the most important part, not the current poll. "Right now we can be No. 13 and the next week we can be No. 23, so we don't really pay too much attention to that. We just worry about after the season, like at the end — once all our games are done where we're sitting at. All we're controlling right now is how much we win," Scott says.
Meanwhile, Carter and Brandon discuss if the Big 12 Conference is in trouble again this season, and if Utah (this season) and BYU (down the road) can capitalize off of that, as well as how an undefeated season doesn't mean as much anymore.
PODCAST BONUS: On a completely different note, Carter replays parts of an interview he conducted back in August with one-time Taylorsville High infielder Christian Colon, who helped Kansas City win the World Series with a go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning of Game 5 Sunday night. In the interview, Colon reminisces about the 1 1/2 years he spent living in Utah and returning 10 years later.
This and more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!