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Pac 12 prohibits neutral site games



Today the Pac 12 announced that there will be no more neutral site football games like last years match between Oregon and LSU in Cowboy stadium. There are permissible exceptions that include the Pac 12 gettinging TV rights to the game, or the match-ups being an 'away' game like next years contest between USC and Syracuse at Met Life Stadium.

This rule doesn't effect Utah too much as there were no neutral site games ever in the works that I know of. But it does, once again, limit the games that Utah can schedule. With the 9 game conference schedule and the BiG - Pac12 scheduling agreement that will start in 2017, Utah will only have 2 flexible games per year. If the rivalry game stays as is, the Utes will be looking at one game a year to surprise fans with. A part of me was hoping on an exciting neutral site game against an AQ team in a large stadium once in a while. These games are usually brokered by a network and take the negotiations out of dealing with other schools and trying to find time to do home and homes. Now, it looks like the Utes will likely look to use that one game a year for a FCS warm up.

As much as I love the Pac 12 schedule, it may mean Utah will not play any FBS team outside of BYU, the P12 or the BiG during the regular season for a very long time, and I find that thought deflating.

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