SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s 2014 football schedule was released Wednesday, revealing the order in which the Utes will face their Pac-12 foes following nonconference games against Idaho State (Aug. 28), Fresno State (Sept. 6) and Michigan (Sept. 20).
Utah opens Pac-12 play Sept. 27 at home against Washington State. The Utes will visit UCLA the following week before getting their second and last open date of the season (the other coming between the Fresno State and Michigan games). They’ll close things with seven straight game weeks, beginning with a Thursday date at Oregon State on Oct. 16.
The remaining games will all be played on Saturdays — alternating between Rice-Eccles Stadium and the road. The challenging stretch starts with USC in Salt Lake City and is followed by a trip to Arizona State, a home game against Oregon and a visit to Stanford. Arizona comes to town Nov. 22 and the regular-season finale is Nov. 29 at Colorado.
“When it comes to competing in the Pac-12 Conference there are no weeks off and a nonconference schedule that includes Michigan and Fresno State will be challenging as well,” Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham said in a released statement. “As was the case this past season, our schedule should prove to be among the toughest in the country, which is the kind of competitive situation you expect when you are a member of one of the nation’s premier conferences. Both the players in our program and our incoming recruits look forward to competing at the highest level.”
The Pac-12 championship game is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the home of the team with the best conference record.
All football games played at Pac-12 stadiums during the season will be televised — 44 on ABC, the ESPN channels, Fox or Fox Sports 1, as well as 35 on the Pac-12 Networks. Exact schedules will be announced later.
“The depth of our conference will be on display every week next season,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in the official announcement. “Coming off a record nine teams competing in this year’s bowl season, next season’s nine-game conference schedule will be the toughest in the nation.”
EXTRA POINTS: Senior linebacker V.J. Fehoko (54 tackles, 31 games), junior linebacker LT Filiaga (35 tackles, 20 games) and senior defensive back Joseph Smith (six tackles, four games) are transferring from the program. ... Brighton High offensive lineman Jackson Barton and Stansbury High defensive lineman Allan Havili have already enrolled at Utah. ... Defensive back Tevin Carter, who signed with the Utes last year but did not make the grade academically, has been admitted into school and is eligible to enroll in classes. ... Wyoming quarterback Jason Thompson has enrolled at Utah. He’ll have two seasons of eligibility after sitting out in 2014 because of NCAA transfer rules. ... The Michigan game is part of a home-and-home series that will bring the Wolverines to Salt Lake City in 2015.