Head-to-head eyeball test: Utah vs. Texas

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I just went through the exercise of comparing Florida and Utah on a game-by-game basis.

The Utes went unbeaten, but the Gators performed better over 14 games despite losing one.

Despite a convoluted system, college football has a correct champion. But will it get No. 2 right?

In one corner are the 13-0 Utes. In the other is 12-1 Texas, which was the real best team in the Big 12.

So let’s line ‘em up, with the advantage taking into account opponent quality, margin of victory and game site:

GameTexasUtahAdvantage
1vs. Oklahoma (45-35) 
vs. Alabama (31-17) 
Even
2vs. Ohio State (24-21)
TCU (13-10)
Even
3at Texas Tech (33-39)
Oregon State (31-28)
Utah X2
4Oklahoma State (28-24)
Brigham Young (48-24) 
Utah
5Missouri (56-31)
at Air Force (30-23)
Texas
6Rice (52-10)
Colorado State (49-16)
Texas
7at Kansas (35-7)
at Michigan (25-23)
Texas
8at Colorado (38-14)
UNLV (42-21)
Texas
9Arkansas (52-10)
at New Mexico (13-10)
Texas
10Baylor (45-21)
at Wyoming (40-7)
Texas
11Texas A&M (49-9)
at Utah State (58-10)
Even
12Florida Atlantic (52-10)
Weber State (37-21)
Texas
13at UTEP (42-13)
at San Diego St. (63-14) 
Utah
Total7
4Texas

Because the top of the schedule favors Utah, someone can credibly rank the Utes at No. 2. It’s also plausible for a voter to give Texas the nod there. Either way, it’s a legitimate debate,

Patrick Stevens

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