Utah and BYU fans like to define this kind of stuff differently to include or exclude at convenience, so call it what you want.
But there is a group of the best college football teams that you know you could say whether a team is in it or not, and Utah is not.
If you're also being honest you know that Utah doesn't belong among the bottom half of P5s who are the gimmes or likely-wins for the better half of their respective conferences. They're always in the upper half of P5s. Upper quarter some years. Not among the elite programs though. Who knows what the future holds?