The University of Utah first fielded a football team in 1892. After a rocky start, the team started winning more consistently in 1904 under Coach Joe Maddock. He created a more professional culture in the football program, and fans and university officials all appreciated his contributions. The school joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1910. It later joined the Big Seven Conference, the Skyline Conference, the Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain West Conference before joining the Pac-12 when it expanded. Overall, the Utah Utes have won 24 conference championships. In the modern era, there were two undefeated seasons: the 2004 season under Coach Urban Meyer and the 2008 season under Coach Kyle Whittingham. The team has been to 22 bowl games, winning 17 of them, and many of the players have made it to the NFL. Find your Utah Utes football tickets at StubHub.
What are Utah Utes football games like?
The team plays its home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium, an outdoor stadium built on campus. If it seems a little familiar, this is the same stadium that held the opening and closing ceremonies from the 2002 Winter Olympics. When attending a football game, you'll get to visit the Olympic Cauldron Park, which has a cauldron used at the Olympics. The football games are lively, with a large student section called the MUSS leading the cheers. Total seating capacity is over 45,000, so you can imagine how loud the stadium can be when the team is trying to hold off an opponent's drive.
Who are the Utah Utes main rivals?
The Holy War is the nickname given to the Utah-BYU rivalry. Utah leads the intrastate competition by a sizable margin, with a record of 60–34–4. The school has a current eight-game winning streak that it will fight hard to maintain. Another intrastate rivalry is with Utah State. The Utes comes out ahead in that series as well, with a record of 78–29–4. Colorado is another game that's pretty heated. This is especially the case since the two teams joined the Pac-12 at the same time. The outcome of their annual matchup can often affect conference standings.
Who are some of the Utes' notable players?
Alex Smith is one of Utah's most famous alums. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist and ended his college career by being the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The quarterback that took over after Smith - Brian Johnson - ended his career with the most wins in the university's history. Sean Smith, Paul Kruger, Zane Beadles and Star Lotulelei are other players who made names for themselves in college and went on to become pros.
What is the tailgating scene like at Utah Utes football games?
Utah is a great campus for tailgating. In almost every lot around the stadium, you'll see fans gathering with friends and family to hang out before the game. If you want to give some high fives to the team before they warm up, head over to the Ute Walk at the corner of Guardsman Way and 500 South a few hours before kickoff. Once you've eaten your fair share of food at a tailgate, walk over to Utah Village. This is an interactive hospitality area in which you can listen to a pregame radio broadcast and get together with other fans. This area opens up two hours before the game starts.
What is the upcoming Utah Utes season like?
The 2019 Utah Utes season starts with a bang as the team travels to BYU. It plays a few non-conference games before taking on USC and Washington State in September. Home games with Arizona State, California, UCLA and Colorado round out the season.
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