No preference. Just whatever. Whoever ends up selecting us, that’s where we’ll go. So no real preference. —Utah coach Kyle Whittingham
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s bowl destination remains a wait-and-see situation. The Utes (6-6, 3-6) have yet to learn where they’re headed.
“I know absolutely nothing right now,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “There is really no indication, yet.”
As of Wednesday morning, Whittingham noted he has no more insight as to where the Utes might be going bowling than anyone else.
However, news on the matter is expected fairly soon. Whittingham said he’s been told that an announcement should come no later than Sunday and “maybe a few days ahead of that.”
Utah is expected to get an “at-large” berth in a bowl game that does not have a prior arrangement with the Pac-12. The conference, which has nine bowl-eligible teams, is lining up deals with games lacking qualifying teams to assure everyone has a place to play.
Besides a New Year’s Six bowl for its champion, the Pac-12 has deals with the Alamo, Holiday, Foster Farms, Sun, Las Vegas and Cactus bowls.
The Heart of Dallas Bowl tops the “at-large” possibilities. Others mentioned in media reports include the Texas, Independence and Birmingham bowls.
“No preference. Just whatever,” Whittingham said. “Whoever ends up selecting us, that’s where we’ll go. So no real preference.”
Utah is an NCAA-record 10-1 in bowl games under Whittingham.