This has been an interesting week for the Utah Utes football team. They were supposed to play the Arizona State Sun Devils today, but the game was moved to Sunday to give the Sun Devils more time to recover from the COVID outbreak that hit their team a few weeks ago. The Washington Huskies had the Apple Cup against rival Washington State Cougars canceled early in the week due to a COVID outbreak at Wazzu. The Huskies reached out to a different Cougars about a game, the BYU Cougars, who declined and got lambasted by national media. Then, Utah and Washington got scheduled to play at 8:30 p.m. tonight before other game cancellations opened up primetime on ABC. This truly is any team, any place, any time and is the reality of a football season during a pandemic. Utah is young so any experience they can gain in this asterisk of a season will only help them moving forward. Oh and Utah’s opponent last week the USC Trojans have a COVID outbreak of their own now which cancelled their game against the Colorado Buffaloes.
With the Oregon Ducks going down last night to the Oregon State Beavers, Washington is now in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 North. This will be a tough game for this young Utah team. I would have preferred if Utah could have faced what would have been a very shorthanded ASU team. Instead, they are playing a Washington team that is probably the class of the Pac-12 (if they win the North, I think they will easily beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game). Utah will have to play in Seattle in back to back seasons. Utah has actually faired better against Washington in Seattle than they have in Salt Lake City, winning two of their last three games in Seattle and nearly pulled off a massive upset in 2017.
Location: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
Time: 5:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. PST)