I'm not going to say that they are the best team in the country. It's because I cannot. Utah was able to handle themselves with style an aplomb against an Alabama team who took Florida to the limit as well as killed the meme of Georgia as a #1 team. Put it this way. They're good.
Utah was much better.
They ran the table. They beat several quality opponents along the way. They did not lose to a team they were not supposed to (Hi Ole Miss!) And when they were faced with a quality opponent? They did not get beat.
If Oklahoma faced Utah, would they win? Probably. But this is why they deserve a shot.
This is why we need the playoffs!