Utah Utes announce 2019 football schedule

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 8, 2018 7:04 p.m.

    They should be favored in 11 of the 12 games. I can see them going 11-1 and playing in the CCG again.

    Sadly even if they win and are 12-1, I don’t see them getting a sniff for the playoff. They won’t have a signature win on their resume.

    OSU wins the Big 10, beats a Top 5 Michigan team and doesn’t get in the playoff.

    I don’t see a PAC12 team getting in the playoff unless they’re undefeated.

  • KLL Coug Visalia, CA
    Dec. 8, 2018 12:48 a.m.

    Not sure why the City College fans are upset. The OOC schedule is just as strong as their conf schedule. Most of the games scheduled have no bearing on the City College’s standing in the South Div. They can lose all OOC games, all North Div games, win the five games against the South Div foes and they play in the CCG. It is sad that 58% of the games played just don’t matter. Scheduling Big 10, SEC, Big 12 or ACC games does not change anything. This is like playing golf with someone that gets 11 Mulligans in a round of golf.

  • rslutefan Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 7, 2018 3:23 p.m.

    I think all P5 teams should have to schedule at least 1 game against another P5 conference opponent and 1 game against a group of 5 opponent (I'll include independents Notre Dame and even BYU in that) and they are then allowed to only schedule 1 game against a lesser FBS opponent and no P5 teams should be allowed to schedule an FCS opponent.

    Forget the arguments about money for those smaller schools. For P5 conferences they shouldn't be beating up on significant lesser programs in meaningless games. All the games should be meaningful and challenging and for the amount of TV$, athletic budgets, and even for the fans the games should matter.

    Big Utah fan but disappointed in the non-conference schedule.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 6, 2018 11:03 a.m.

    @Y's lil' bros,

    Reality and dreams haunt you dear soul........and have for a long time. All the best to you.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Dec. 6, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    Unfortunately for the cougars they will have the Utes full undivided attention in 2019. Can you say 9 in a row?!!!

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Dec. 6, 2018 6:49 a.m.

    Aug. 29 (Thursday) — at BYU - LOSS
    Sept. 7 — N Illinois - win
    Sept. 14 — Idaho St - win
    Sept. 20 (Friday) — at USC - LOSS
    Sept. 28 — WSU - LOSS
    Oct. 5 — Bye
    Oct. 12 — at OSU - win
    Oct. 19 — ASU - LOSS
    Oct. 26 — Cal - win
    Nov. 2 — at Washington - LOSS
    Nov. 9 — Bye
    Nov. 16 — UCLA - LOSS
    Nov. 23 — at Arizona - LOSS
    Nov. 30 — Colorado - win

    5-7, maybe 6-6 and a bowl

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 5, 2018 2:09 p.m.

    The U really ought to schedule at least one tough non-conference game maybe in the BIG 10 or SEC as the Y does every year. Playing against either the BIG 10 or SEC is really a win win for the money and the exposure. Idaho and Northern Ill??

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 5, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    @Tomahawk Red:

    "So tired of not having a Power 5 opponent out of conference."

    Unfortunately we are still living in Dr. Hill's "vision".

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 5, 2018 12:38 p.m.

    @CougarForever:

    "Whether Ute fans like to admit it or not, Utah's first 2019 game will be the most important"

    I can admit that it will be the most important game Utah plays ... up to that point. They have nine more games that are far greater in importance. A loss to byu would be a blip on Utah's record, but has zero affect on the ultimate goal of winning a conference championship. A 12-1 Utah team would have a shot at the CFP, and would at worst be in a NY6 game. For byu, an 11-1 record would not get them a sniff at a NY 6 game unless there was significant carnage at the top of the football world. That kind of luck happens once in a lifetime. Your team already used up that luck in 1984. But let's not kid. I see one win in byu's first 8 games - Toledo. Then byu will finish 3-1, maybe 4-0. I see a anywhere from 4-8 to 6-6. Maybe they'll get in to another take-the-bus-to-the-bowl game again. One can dream!

    Go Utes!

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 5, 2018 10:54 a.m.

    @ Old ball coach,

    I vehemently agree with you and am hoping that the FCS-caliber BYU "shadow" won't be scheduled again. I believe that Utah should schedule Utah public schools ONLY, sparingly, but play h-h series against mid-majors in recruit-rich regions and P-5 teams every season. My hope is Utah AD Mark Harlan will cancel BYU in 2021-22 because there is no "buy-out" clause in that contract and immediately schedule important schools to the benefit of the U of U in the longterm. We real Utes can only hope........as of today.

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2018 10:13 a.m.

    This type of scheduling is holding Utah and the PAC 12 back. Not leaving the state of Utah, and playing FCS schools at home are not College Football Playoff worthy!

    Step outside your comfort zone (UTAH), and play a neutral site or road game against a Power 5 school? Then people who matter will take note of what UTAH is about. Local FCS (BIG SKY) teams are not impressing anyone!

    FIGHT ON!

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 5, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    I truly believe that everyone in the sports world is tired of how BYU and its fans act. It is all lip service, mean-spirited speculations-assessments, self-righteous mistreatment of all others, excuses extraordinaire, bizarre and certainly unrealistic hero-worshipping.......it goes on and on and on..........?

    Well, look at where BYU football and basketball is today.........where they belong and have earned unequivocally and to their misfortune undoubtedly as the end is near, of course it is.

    Goooooo Utes!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    "BYU gets a season-opening tune up game"
    The Utes need the tune-up. They are slipping.
    Utah only needed 10 minutes to put the Las Vegas Bowl out of reach.
    Utah needed 17 minutes to win the game this year.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Dec. 5, 2018 8:14 a.m.

    Uteology - East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2018 7:04 a.m.

    It's been 10 years since BYU beat Utah.

    Enjoy the tune up game...

    --------------

    He meant "tuned up" game, because he knows full well he's getting shellacked (again).

    Don't be fooled by the phony paper-thin veneer of confidence. He's in an 0-8 hole and he knows it'll be deeper by next September.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2018 7:37 a.m.

    "BYU gets a season-opening tune up game"

    Swept:

    Hahaha! coog fans bring us the 'all talk, no action' smack EVERY year! How hilarious!!

    "It’s been more than 30 years since the Utes played a road game versus an SEC team"

    Ooooohh! Meaning what? That BYU-P will play a one-and-done game anytime for a little coin, and Utah won't?

    Wow, you really threw some shade!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2018 7:04 a.m.

    Swoop - Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:41 p.m.
    BYU gets a season-opening tune up game, before launching into a challenging early schedule.

    08/29 - Utah
    09/07 - at Tennessee
    09/14 - USC
    09/21 - Washington
    09/28 - at Toledo
    10/12 - at USF
    10/19 - Boise State
    11/02 - at Utah State
    11/09 - Liberty
    11/16 - Idaho State
    11/23 - at UMass
    11/30 - at San Diego State

    It’s been more than 30 years since the Utes played a road game versus an SEC team.

    ------

    It's been 10 years since BYU beat Utah.

    Enjoy the tune up game, this time BYU is not a trap game. You'll have Utah's full attention the entire game.

    BYU will most likely start 0-4. There's at least 7-8 potential losses.

    Don't worry your tune up games for 2020 are in November.

  • Impartial8 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 11:28 p.m.

    Wow, the bottom feeders of the conference instead of the top teams from the north. Lucky them.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:41 p.m.

    @Cougar Forever, you have been an Independent so long, that you have clearly forgotten what it means to play in a conference and play for the conference championship. For the record, there are exactly nine PAC 12 games that are more important than the BYU game. Losing one game can mean the difference between winning the Southern Division, the PAC 12 Championship and perhaps a shot at the National Championship at some point in time. BYU is probably the 10th most important game on Utah's schedule, however, many Utah fans would disagree with that. The real truth is your (BYU) game with Utah is the most important game of the season for the Cougs. They can handle loosing to USC and other PAC 12 teams, but loosing to Utah again after all those years of loosing will just simply screw up your entire day along with all the faithful Coug fans that can't admit that BYU just isn't a power or considered a big deal anymore. Those days are gone for now. You might live long enough to see that fact change.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:41 p.m.

    BYU gets a season-opening tune up game, before launching into a challenging early schedule.

    08/29 - Utah
    09/07 - at Tennessee
    09/14 - USC
    09/21 - Washington
    09/28 - at Toledo
    10/12 - at USF
    10/19 - Boise State
    11/02 - at Utah State
    11/09 - Liberty
    11/16 - Idaho State
    11/23 - at UMass
    11/30 - at San Diego State

    It’s been more than 30 years since the Utes played a road game versus an SEC team.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:25 p.m.

    CougarForever - "Predicting outcomes next year is tricky because teams obviously change significantly. Utah will lose the heart of its defense (LBs Hansen and Barton) + some other key players on D and O"
    The new heart of the defense will probably be LB's Francis Bernard and Penn State graduate transfer Manny Bowen. This year was Utah's smallest group of seniors, so many players return.

    "Utah's first 2019 game will be the most important"
    Utah's most important OOC game, but the game shouldn't be most important for BYU. Yes, fans want to interrupt the streak, they should be more concerned about Boise State and Utah State. A loss to Utah can be explained away with "talent gap" or "bad coaching" depending on your mood, but why are the Cougars losing to BSU and USU? That's the true sign of the program's downward turn. BYU cannot right the ship and tell they handle the basics.

  • CougarForever Holladay, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2018 9:39 p.m.

    Whether Ute fans like to admit it or not, Utah's first 2019 game will be the most important -- no specific predictions for now but I like what Wilson brings (the pick-6 at RES this year notwithstanding).

    Next year's set-up for the Utes seems much more favorable than this year's schedule with 7 home and 5 away games (including against us in Provo).

    You get Oregon State rather than Oregon -- a clear benefit. Cal may be as good as Stanford next year so that will be a wash. The two byes are well placed. PAC-12 South teams will have nice byes except Arizona which, like Utah this year, will play 9 straight weeks without a break (Utah is the 8th team AZ plays during that stretch).

    As noted, Utah won't have back-to-back away games unlike the two times this happened in 2018.

    Predicting outcomes next year is tricky because teams obviously change significantly.
    But, back to the important first game of 2019: We will miss C Kaufusi and Takitaki on D but have few other notable losses. Utah will lose the heart of its defense (LBs Hansen and Barton) + some other key players on D and O and I have no expectation that Utah will ever have a good P-5 QB. I think we may have a chance on Aug 29.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Dec. 4, 2018 8:37 p.m.

    top of the world:

    The cougars were NOT ranked in the Top-25 this year on the merits of the "power of the name BYU". They got there on the merits of the "power of the name Wisconsin". Well THAT and the fact that Wisconsin was proven to have been extremely overrated. Had the cougars beaten Wisconsin at the END of the season, nobody would have cared, because Wisconsin would have been an unranked team. But any time a 1-loss team beats a team in the Top-5, they ALWAYS surface in the Top-25 in the next poll release. Did you really not know that, or were you being deliberately disingenuous?

  • top of the world ,
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:46 p.m.

    I see two losses in a very favorable schedule, yet one that will not be easy. Looking forward to next season already. Sure glad I can enjoy each game and not keep spouting off that one of the teams should be dropped. History between the two schools has been great. An eight game streak in favor of the Utes must feel pretty good. As to having nothing to win and lots to lose, a big chuckle for those comments. Did y'all notice how quick the Y was put into the top 25 this season? They didn't deserve it, but it testifies to the power of the name BYU. Some will not believe that comment, but I couldn't care less about that. If they are fortunate to win a few up front next season the same attention will be given. I recognize that as a fairly substantial 'if'.

    I'm an avid, faithful fan of the Y and while I get tired of reading all of the 'drop the Y' comments, I can handle it.

    I'm not into the 'coulda,shoulda' arena, but I will say we very easily could have beaten Cal, NIU and Boise State. We lost and those games are history, but who's to say (other than the haters) what next year will bring?

    As to Utah's sched, best of success. I'll miss Chase.

    Thanks, DN. Good stuff!

  • oldtimeftballer Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:32 p.m.

    How about Utah plays someone decent in out of conference scheduling? No not knocking BYU, but it is what it is. BYU is a #64 team. Idaho St is a joke and N ILL is not a great game. Remember when Utah played Michigan?

    Quit with the crappy preseason and play someone. Please.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 5:24 p.m.

    Avoral - "Come on, play the Aggies!"
    I like that the Aggies don't feel like they have to measure themselves against the Utes to feel good about themselves. Still, it would be nice for the two teams to play. Any idea why Athletic Director Josh Hartwell hasn't tried to schedule a game?

  • BYURUGGER Fulshear, TX
    Dec. 4, 2018 5:14 p.m.

    Nothing they can do about it but there aren't many teams on there that were better than about .500 this year, so it should be an easy schedule.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Dec. 4, 2018 5:07 p.m.

    Spokane Ute - Spokane, WA
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:58 p.m.
    blue & white - Boise, ID

    I'm sure you predicted the same thing this year. How did that work out? Keep hoping for Utah's demise, it only makes success that much sweeter.

    -----------------

    That's the funny thing about byu fans. Every single year they make these claims... "can't wait to beat you"... "Utah gonna lose to X Y and Z"... and on and on and on.

    Seen it every year since 2010. Then they lay an egg.

    For fans of a team in an 8-0 hole the last eight meetings, you'd think by now they'd have learned to keep a lid on it until that elusive win actually happens.

    But then we wouldnt be talking how 'unique' they are.

  • Avoral Logan, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 4:15 p.m.

    Come on, play the Aggies!

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Dec. 4, 2018 3:43 p.m.

    This looks like a 10-2 season is very achievable. If Moss returns, who knows how high the Utes can soar? Yeah, I can always dream.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 3:42 p.m.

    USC/Washington State, back to back Texas Tech air raid offenses.
    Nice to have that in state rival back in the traditional September slot.
    Nice to have our PAC rival at the end of the season again.

  • Fast Aggie Lehi, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    That is a crappy non-conference schedule. I like BYU on there, but Northern Illinois. Why... who cares about that game. Play USU, or another old rival from the MWC, not a G5 school nobody cares about. You've only got 3 games to schedule do better than that.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:58 p.m.

    blue & white - Boise, ID
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:33 p.m.

    BYU -loss
    NIU- loss
    Idaho State- win
    Rest of schedule 50-50 for win-loss
    ---------
    I'm sure you predicted the same thing this year. How did that work out? Keep hoping for Utah's demise, it only makes success that much sweeter.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:51 p.m.

    Finally we get Cal and Oregon State instead of Oregon and Stanford.

    Go Utes!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:39 p.m.

    "something Mr. Harlan corrects, and soon."

    Tomahawk Red:

    Keep in mind this schedule was set by Dr. Hill several years ago. Give Harlan a year to grow into the job, and the day we all see coming will arrive, when he can demonstrate to all--including the legislature--that BYU-P has proven itself a "B" team.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:35 p.m.

    And the USC game with feature the new offensive coordinator - Kliff Kingsbury - so the secondary will get an early test.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:33 p.m.

    BYU -loss
    NIU- loss
    Idaho State- win
    Rest of schedule 50-50 for win-loss
    Maybe S. champ to play in front of 30,000 fans at Levi stadium and another year the 2-6 PAC is out of the playoffs.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:53 p.m.

    wwookie - Payson, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    Great schedule, but missing a non conference A game.

    ----------------

    Yep, as usual.

    This better be something Mr. Harlan corrects, and soon.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:52 p.m.

    So tired of not having a Power 5 opponent out of conference.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:32 p.m.

    Early Prediction: The defense is going to miss Barton and Hansen, you just don't replace guys like that in a year.

    Utah at BYU - Win
    Utah vs Northern Illionois - Win
    Utah vs Idaho - Win
    Utah at USC - Loss *It just always seems to take Utah some time to warm up. By this point, they will not have played anyone to the caliber of USC. On road, calling early loss.
    Utah vs Washington State - Win, their leader in QB-Minshew is gone.
    Utah at Oregon State - Win
    Utah vs Arizona State - Win, at home! This game is always close and tough.
    Utah vs California - Win
    Utah at Washington - Win, I think Utah's defense is better coming back next year. Browning and Gaskin are gone
    Utah vs. UCLA - As much as it pains me to say this, Win, but closer than this year. UCLA is getting better. Especially if they can figure out the Defense and realize that you just can't try to outscore everyone for the win. Closing out the season averaging 30 plus points per game after the loss to Utah.
    Utah at Arizona - Loss, there is always one for Utah, and I am going to take this game.
    Utah vs. Colorado - Win

    10-2 Overall and 7-2 Pac12, but still going to say South Champs, playing Stanford for the P12 'Ship!

  • BrianB Greencastle, IN
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:27 p.m.

    Two good games to start the season. Who knows what BYU will bring, but they will have a year more experience. NIU is returning most of their impact players and is poised to knock off Utah if they don't play well. NIU was tough this year and will be a year tougher next year.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:26 p.m.

    Favorable schedule; especially compared to this year. Toughest games appear to be @ USC and @ Washington. I agree with others; play one tough non conference game at a so called neutral site. I.e. Georgia, Auburn, Florida in Atlanta. Or Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M in Dallas. Drop BYU; Utah has everything to lose and nothing to win by playing BYU.

  • PacUtes Orange County, CA
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:07 p.m.

    At USC and at UW...
    Overall, excited for next year...

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:54 p.m.

    No back-to-back conference roadies next year. That will make a huge difference. Utah won the PAC South with two sets of back-to-back road games and a tougher overall schedule.

    It will be a fun year .... again.

    Go Utes!

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    The BYU "bye" in week #1 is appropriate. At least Utah gets $1.375 million from the Y to show up for a couple hours.

    Gooooooo MUSS! HAHA!

  • footballfan57 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    I think it would be great to drop ID ST and play a power 5 school, even at a neutral site.

  • Arningad Cheyenne, WY
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:42 p.m.

    Going out to 2027, the differences between the Utah and Colorado OOC Schedules is shocking!!!!! Utah has one Power 5 Team scheduled - Baylor. Colorado has Nebraska, Texas A&M, Minnesota, TCU, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Kansas State. Utah schedules like a lot of the SEC Schools.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    Getting 2 byes is fantastic and will help focus the team throughout the season. Great schedule, but missing a non conference A game.

    Go Utes !

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2018 12:12 p.m.

    Weaker schedule with Cal and Oregon State than this years #18 SOS.

    With Moss, Utah should be a favorite to win the title with U$C being adumbster fire who has a better chance of landing Urban Meyer than winning the P12.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 4, 2018 11:36 a.m.

    The Utah schedule is very nice as it stands today. We could actually run-it undefeated if we know who is coming back, the O-line gets sorted, as well as our safeties and linebackers.......could be a great season for Utah folks.......?