Utah will take the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday April 15 at 11:00 a.m. for the annual Red-White Game. The intrasquad game will not be the final spring practice for the first time, but it is the best chance for fans to see the team this spring. The game is mostly for the fans, and whether you make it to the game in person or watch on television, here are three things to watch for.
Since this game is towards the end of spring practice, getting out of it healthy should be the No. 1 goal. While many key players will be held out of the game, all four quarterbacks will play. This game will likely not have much if any influence on the depth chart to start the 2017 season, so let’s just hope everyone comes out of this game healthy.
The defense has to play base 4-3 defense and cannot blitz during the game. In addition, many key defenders will not be playing in the game. With all that being said, this game favors the offense, so watch to see if the offenses for each squad can score a lot of points. While an offensive explosion will far from guarantee a high scoring offense come this season, it will certainly make the game more fun and will likely inspire some hope in the fanbase.
Since this game is primarily for the fans, it would be great to have an exciting, close football game. A blowout or a game where neither team can score (like the 2015 Red-White game) would not be fun for the fans. The 2014 game certainly fit this, it was a very competitive game that came down to the final play, a two-point conversion. The weather is not supposed to be especially warm for the game, but it is not supposed to rain, so hopefully a lot of fans come out for the game and are rewarded with a great game in the final game-type action they will see at Rice-Eccles Stadium until the 2017 season-opener on Thursday, Aug. 31 against North Dakota.
Sound off in the comments below what you want to see and whether you will be attending the game.