The University of Utah Utes football team will open their season on Sept. 26 in Pullman, Wash. to take on the Washington State Cougars, the Pac-12 announced Friday.
The team's home opener is slated for Oct. 10 against the Oregon State Beavers. Important social distancing guidelines are still being finalized and that information will be sent to season ticket holders soon.
Ute Director of Athletics Mark Harlan says:
We are in close consultation with University, state and local officials, and through those discussions we anticipate a reduced capacity at Rice-Eccles Stadium this season because of physical distancing requirements. Every effort is being made to provide the safest experience possible for fans attending games, and for all involved. Season ticket holders will receive information soon to provide details on the ticketing and seating approach for the 2020 season, and the various options they may choose.”
The conference released a 10-game slate -- five home games and five away games for each team.
Teams will only play other Pac-12 teams as the conference decided against playing any non-conference games.
2020 UNIVERSITY OF UTAH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
- Sept. 26 at Washington State
- Oct. 3 at Colorado
- Oct. 10 Oregon State
- Oct. 16 (Fri.)at UCLA
- Oct. 24 Bye
- Oct. 31 Arizona
- Nov. 7 at Arizona State
- Nov. 14 Washington
- Nov. 21 at California
- Nov. 27 (Fri.) USC
- Dec. 5 Oregon
Home dates are in bold.
Head coach Kyle Whittingham says:
With the unknowns that everyone has been dealing with, it is exciting to see a schedule come to fruition and to be one step closer to getting our student-athletes on the field. The No. 1 priority of our program, university and conference is the health and safety of our student-athletes and we will continue to work together to make sure we operate that way in everything we do.”
The Pac-12 says it designed team schedules "to provide maximum flexibility and to prioritize the health and safety of all involved, through extensive consultation with the Pac-12's Medical Advisory Committee," the conference said in a news release.
Each team has a bye week, and any postponed games can be made up then, or on Dec. 12.
This is an exciting announcement as we continue to plan for fall sports seasons while taking all precautions for doing so in a safe and healthy manner. I am particularly excited for our student-athletes and coaches in our fall sports who now have dates to plan for. We, and they, know we must also remain flexible as we go forward."
Teams can begin their fall camps on Aug. 17.