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The University of Utah is the most popular college football team in the Beehive State, while the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are among the favorite pro teams in Utah according to our new poll.

Our new Utah Political Trends poll conducted for UtahPolicy.com by Y2 Analytics finds most Utahns don’t follow college or pro football, but those who do have a clear preference for the University of Utah on the college gridiron.



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42% of our panel respondents who say they follow the college game say their favorite team to cheer for is the University of Utah. 31% say they are devoted followers of the BYU Cougars. Just 8% are die-hard fans of the Utah State Aggies. 19% said they prefer to cheer for another team.

The clear preference for the University of Utah over BYU is not surprising given the recent trajectory of the two programs. Last week the Utes notched their 9th straight win over BYU. The last time the Cougars defeated the Utes was 2009.

The NFL got underway Thursday evening with a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

The professional game is not very popular in Utah, with only about 1/3 of the respondents in our poll saying they follow the game.

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When we asked those who pay attention to the NFL which team was their favorite, 15% said the Denver Broncos. 9% said the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. 7% said the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. Three of those teams are in the NFC West.

The Utah Political Trends Survey was conducted by Y2 Analytics from August 22 to September 2, 2019 among 1,044 registered Utah voters with a margin of error +/- 3.1%. You can read more about how our polls are conducted here, and more on our panel selection here.