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The final ESPN college football power rankings were released and the Utah Utes made the top 25 coming in at No. 23.

Of the Utes’ solid season, they wrote, “the story of Joe Williams had one more amazing chapter left; the senior racked up nearly 280 yards of offense to help the Utes hold off Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl. Utah certainly has its sights set on getting into bigger games down the road, but there’s no reason to be disappointed with nine victories.”

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BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake was part of ESPN News’ coverage of the College football Playoff National Championship in the Coaches Film Room with a handful of other coaches.

During the conversation, Syracuse coach Dino Babers looked in Sitake’s direction and said, “Lot easier to protect when those offensive linemen are a little bit older than everybody else,” before bursting into laughter.

Amidst the laughter from the other coaches, Sitake fired back with a quick response, as seen in this video shared on @LukeTheSaint’s Twitter page.

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Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked all 40 bowl games and the games the Utah Utes and BYU Cougars played in both made an impression.

The Poinsettia Bowl, in which the Cougars knocked off the Wyoming Cowboys 24-21, was ranked No. 11.

Speaking of the close finish, he wrote, “There is a law in college football that BYU can only play in close games. I’m grateful it exists, and I was grateful for this game.”

The Utes’ 26-24 win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Foster Farms Bowl landed at No. 9 on the list.

Discussing the Utah win, he wrote, “I didn’t have high hopes for this one before the games started, and that was a result of my own stupidity. All Indiana games are crazy. It doesn’t matter who it’s playing, or where. Things are going to be hectic, and this game was in the right ways.”

The 52-49 Rose Bowl thriller between Penn State and USC came in at No. 1.

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