Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham supervises the team as they warm up before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — It’s a busy day up on the hill. Utah football’s agenda is quite full. The Utes have a lot of things to accomplish in their home finale Saturday against Colorado at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
First and foremost, obviously, is winning a second consecutive Pac-12 South title and advancing to next week’s conference championship game against Oregon at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The Utes can only go with a victory over the Buffaloes. A loss gives the crown to USC.
As such, there’s a definite point of emphasis this weekend.
“There’s no margin for error,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “This is really the fourth championship week in a row that we’ve had. So that’s the reality of it.”
The Utes (10-1, 7-1) have won seven straight games since a 30-23 setback at USC on Sept. 20. The Trojans finished the regular season with a 7-2 mark in conference play and hold the tiebreaker because of the head-to-head victory.
“We’ve got to win,” said quarterback Tyler Huntley, who noted that everything else like a division title, Pac-12 championship game appearance and College Football Playoff hopes depend on it.
Utah is sixth in the latest CFP rankings, two spots out of a berth in the national semifinals. The Utes, though, are focused more on the task at hand — a Colorado team in need of a season-ending win to gain bowl eligibility. The Buffaloes improved to 5-6 after back-to-back wins at home over Stanford and Washington.
“I’m just excited for the position we’re in. We’re in a special position,” said defensive end Bradlee Anae, who emphasized that …read more
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