Posted on August 10, 2022
The 2021 season saw Utah football fans elated as their team finally broke through and won a Pac-12 championship—and they very nearly captured a Rose Bowl title as well.
Now they come into the 2022 season with high expectations and a big opportunity in Week 1 when they travel to Gainesville to play at Florida. After that, several big opportunities for marquee wins line up on the schedule for Kyle Whittingham and the Utes.
On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I dive into the schedule of the reigning Pac-12 champion Utah Utes.
They should get off to a strong start (including a win at Florida) and be able to get through the month of September unscathed.
After two “revenge games” against San Diego State and Oregon State, which beat the Utes on their respective home fields last year. Both will likely find a tougher time getting a win in Salt Lake City.
Though expectations are high, a 12-0 season is not likely to be in the cards for Utah in 2022. I think this will be the year UCLA finally breaks through against the Utes under Chip Kelly to hand them their first loss.
The following week, a tough back-to-back set of opponents features USC coming into Salt Lake City for a Pac-12 showdown that could have wide-reaching ramifications.
Should the Utes pull out the victory over the Trojans, they could be poised for an emotional letdown the following week at Washington State en route to what I see as an upcoming 10-2 (7-2 Pac-12) record for Utah this year.
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