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The 2019 Utah Utes football team represents the University of Utah during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Utes are led by 15th-year head coach Kyle Whittingham and play their home games at Rice–Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. They compete as members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

2019 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes logo.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 14
2019 record0–0 (0–0 Pac-12)
Head coachKyle Whittingham (15th season)
Offensive coordinatorAndy Ludwig (1st season in stint, 5th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorMorgan Scalley (4th season)
Home stadiumRice–Eccles Stadium
(Capacity: 45,807)[1]
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
California   0 0         0 0  
No. 11 Oregon   0 0         0 0  
Oregon State   0 0         0 0  
No. 25 Stanford   0 0         0 0  
No. 13 Washington   0 0         0 0  
No. 23 Washington State   0 0         0 0  
South Division
Arizona State   0 0         0 0  
Colorado   0 0         0 0  
UCLA   0 0         0 0  
USC   0 0         0 0  
No. 14 Utah   0 0         0 0  
Arizona   0 0         0 1  
Championship: December 6, 2019
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of August 25, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Utes finished the 2018 season 9–5, 6–3 in Pac-12 play to win the South Division. In the Pac-12 Championship game, they lost to No. 10-ranked Washington.[2] They received an invitation to the Holiday Bowl[3] where they lost to Northwestern.[4]

Utah announced in January 2019 that Andy Ludwig would be returning to the school as offensive coordinator, replacing Troy Taylor, who left to take the head coaching job at Sacramento State.[5] Ludwig had been head coach Kyle Whittingham's first offensive coordinator at Utah from 2005 to 2008, a tenure which included the Utes' undefeated 2008 season. He had served the previous six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt.

PreseasonEdit

Pac-12 media daysEdit

Pac-12 media pollEdit

In the 2019 Pac-12 media poll, Utah was voted as the favorite to win both the South Division and the Pac–12 Championship Game.[6]

ScheduleEdit

Utah's 2019 schedule will begin on Thursday, August 29 on the road against rival BYU, a football independent. They will round out their non-conference slate with home games against Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference and Idaho State of the Big Sky Conference. In Pac-12 Conference play, the Utes will play the other members of the South Division and draw California, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State from the North Division. They will not play Oregon or Stanford as part of the regular season.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 298:15 p.m.at BYU*No. 14ESPN
September 711:00 a.m.Northern Illinois*P12N
September 142:15 p.m.Idaho State*
  • Rice–Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
P12N
September 207:00 p.m.at USCFS1
September 28Washington State 
  • Rice–Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
October 12at Oregon State
October 19Arizona State
  • Rice–Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
October 26California
  • Rice–Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
November 2at Washington
November 16UCLA
  • Rice–Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
November 23at Arizona
November 30Colorado
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

Source:[7]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 14  
Coaches 15  
CFP Not released Not released

Game summariesEdit

at BYUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Utes 0
Cougars 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–31–4 Nov. 24, 2018 W, 35–27

Northern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sep. 8, 2018 W, 17–6

Idaho StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 Aug. 28, 2014 W, 56–14

at USCEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 0
Trojans 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–11 Oct. 20, 2018 W, 41–28

Washington StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–9 Sep. 29, 2018 L, 24–28

at Oregon StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 0
Beavers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–11–1 Oct. 15, 2016 W, 19–14

Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–22 Nov. 3, 2018 L, 20–38

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 Oct. 1, 2016 L, 23–28

at WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 0
Huskies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–12 Nov. 30, 2018 L, 3–10

UCLAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–11 Oct. 26, 2018 W, 41–10

at ArizonaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 0
Wildcats 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–19–2 Oct. 12, 2018 W, 42–10

ColoradoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0
Utes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–32–3 Nov. 17, 2018 W, 30–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rice-Eccles Stadium. The University of Utah. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Utah vs. Washington - Game Recap - November 30, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  3. ^ Facer, Dirk (2018-12-02). "Utah headed to the Holiday Bowl to face Northwestern in a matchup of Power 5 conference division winners". Deseret News. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  4. ^ "Northwestern vs. Utah - Game Recap - December 31, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ Kragthorpe, Kurt (January 10, 2019). "Kyle Whittingham handing reins to Andy Ludwig, who returns to Utah as offensive coordinator". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  6. ^ "Utah picked as Pac-12 favorite in preseason media poll". pac-12.com. July 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "2019 Utah Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.