The 2020 football season was challenging, interesting, and reinforced people’s love for sports. The 2021 season looks like it may be fairly close to normal, as of right now, and as things potentially continue to improve around the country, we all may be back in Rice Eccles Stadium to enjoy the newly expanded stadium.
The PAC-12 released the conference schedule, completing what we can potentially expect for the 2021 season for the Utes. It is a six home game schedule, with five conference home games. When you look at the scheduled, below, it is a manageable schedule, with a pretty soft non-conference slate, but a trip to San Diego does sound like a good time. This is the last season of a soft non-con slate, as the Utes really bulk things up the following season with Florida coming onboard, and a run of other SEC and Big-12 foes in the coming season.
One big win early in the schedule is a bye right before the USC game, in Southern California. That is a great week for the Utes to regroup, get healthy, and make a run for a division title. That’s huge, because with ASU a week later, the run for the division can be setup with those first two division games. The Utes miss Washington and Cal this go around, and get Oregon and Stanford. Stanford has been struggling the last few seasons, but the Utes will get the Ducks at home late in the season, for what could be a huge game conference wise, and potentially nationally.
I really hope things are safe enough for a full almost 52k people being in Rice Eccles for the first time. That would be really special and a ton of fun.
2021 Utah Football Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 2 Weber State
Saturday, Sept. 11 at BYU
Saturday, Sept. 18 at San Diego State
Saturday, Sept. 25 Washington State*
Saturday, Oct. 2 BYE
Saturday, Oct. 9 at USC*
Saturday, Oct. 16 Arizona State*
Saturday, Oct. 23 at Oregon State*
Saturday, Oct. 30 UCLA*
Friday, Nov. 5 at Stanford*
Saturday, Nov. 13 at Arizona*
Saturday, Nov. 20 Oregon*
Friday, Nov. 26 Colorado*