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Utah Utes football picked fifth by USA Today in early Pac-12 South predictions

Spring football is in the air at the University of Utah and one national publication has no confidence in the work the Utah Utes are doing to improve on a 5-7 record.

Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson in action.
Brett Deering

USA Today released its extremely premature Pac-12 South Division football prediction on Tuesday, March 25 -- and Utes fans won’t like it one bit.

First, the publication predicted that four teams -- not Utah, either -- have a high likelihood of finishing with 10 wins or more and a shot at the Rose Bowl. The Utes, they said, would finish fifth, just ahead of last place Colorado.

As for the Utes who have a new offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and wide receivers coach -- and saw Ute legend Brian Johnson leave as its quarterbacks coach -- everything is different.

USA Today reporter Paul Myerberg even predicted that QB Travis Wilson -- riddled by an injury to his brain that sidelined him for a few games last season -- would be unseated by Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson.

“The former Oklahoma transfer could wrestle the starting job away from Travis Wilson with a strong spring, summer and fall camp,” Myerberg said.

Even coaching legend Dennis Erickson has been reassigned to running backs coach at Utah -- after working as a co-offensive coordinator with Johnson last year.

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