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Utah Utes
Utah logo.png
First season 2014
Head coach Kirby
1st year, 0–0 (–)
Home stadium Rice-Eccles Stadium
Year built 1953
Stadium capacity 45,017
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Salt Lake City
League NCAA
Conference Pac-12
Division South
All-time record 48–55 (.466)
Postseason bowl record 1–5 (.167)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 1
Division titles 2
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors

Crimson and White

          
Fight song Utah Man
Mascot Swoop
Rivals BYU
Utah State
Colorado

The Utah Utes are a football team based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that play in the South division of the Pac-12 Conference. The team is currently coached by Kirby.

History

UserNotSoClever era

In their inaugural season, 2014, UserNotSoClever took the reigns in Utah and guided the team to a 2-10 record. The Utes only managed to win one in-conference match and this culminated in the departure of their coach after only one season. What followed was a coach-less season, and another miserable 2-10 record.

bosskonasegway era

Finally, after a season without a coach, bosskonasegway took control of the team at the start of the 2016 season and finally things were looking up for the Utes. However, after back to back losses to start the season, bosskonasegway went rogue and Utah were once again left without a head coach.

Sleuthofbears era

Coming in mid season is never an easy task... coming in mid season to a team that had managed only 4 wins in over two years is even harder, but this was a task Sleuthofbears relished when taking the hot seat at Utah in the 2016 season. He would go on to be the longest reigning coach the Utes have had to date.

In his first season in charge Sleuthofbears led the team to a 9-3 record including their first ever Bowl visit, narrowly missing out on the Alamo Bowl trophy to Oklahoma 14-28.

The 2017 season saw much of the same success with the Utes amassing an 8-5 record and another bowl berth, which they ended up winning against the highly fancied Clemson Tigers. They defied the odds and won the Mile High Bowl by an impressive 42-17 scoreline.

Another successful season in 2018 was to follow with an illusive 8-5 record and their third consecutive bowl visit, this time coming up short against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.

After three illustrious seasons in Utah, Sleuthofbears decided his time had come to move on and took over the head coaching role at Texas A&M.

Coolio era

There was a lot of speculation in the media and fans over who would take over at Utah, and ultimately the role was given to quirky coach [Coolio]. His reign wouldn't last long though and he was already without a job after only five games in charge.

The Utes found themselves in deep water again and without a steady coach in charge for the remainder of the 2019 season. Even without a coach, they still managed to reach a bowl game for the fourth successive season, losing the Cactus Bowl to Texas.

owensr37 era

2020 saw the signing of owensr37 as Head Coach and he certainly talked a good talk in his introductory press conference. His opening season in charge was however the worst the Utes have had since their inaugural season and their run of four bowls in a row came to an abrupt end.

There wasn't much faith left in owensr37 heading into the 2021 season, and questions were being asked about his recruiting style (or lack of).

Any doubts were without doubt defied though as the Utes had arguably their most dominant season, amassing an 11-3 record, whilst narrowly losing out on the Orange Bowl to Missouri in a hard fought battle. This was the last game owensr37 was in charge, as he suddenly went AWOL.

Kirby era

After an extensive coach search, and multiple interviews, a rabbit was pulled out of the hat when former Bowling Green coach Kirby took over at Utah on the eleventh hour. They were apparently a matter of minutes away from signing a rookie coach, before Kirby put the call in and declared his interest in the role.

His opening press conference installed fans and local media with a lot of excitement, as he speaks of starting a dynasty here in Utah, and that his focus will go heavily on recruiting, something coaches in the past have come under scrutiny for.

All-Time Record vs. Pac-12 opponents

This is the Utes's football record against current Pacific-12 Conference opponents through the 2021 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Arizona 8 3 5 0 .375 154 186 2014 2021 W1
Arizona State 8 3 5 0 .375 140 174 2014 2021 W1
California 3 2 1 0 .667 64 40 2015 2021 W2
Colorado 8 4 4 0 .500 155 184 2014 2021 W2
Oregon 5 2 3 0 .400 97 98 2014 2021 W1
Oregon State 3 2 1 0 .667 82 66 2014 2021 W2
Stanford 4 2 2 0 .500 88 90 2015 2021 W1
UCLA 8 5 3 0 .625 163 147 2014 2021 W1
USC 8 3 5 0 .375 141 181 2014 2021 W1
Washington 4 1 3 0 .250 78 91 2016 2020 L1
Washington State 3 2 1 0 .667 61 58 2016 2020 L1
11 Opponents 62 29 33 0 .468 1,221 1,301 8 Seasons

Season-by-Season Records

Year Coach(es) Conference Overall Record Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses Wins Losses
Utah Utes
2014 UserNotSoClever Pac-12 2 10 1 6 - -
2015 Vacant 2 10 0 7 - -
2016 bosskonasegway 0 2 0 0 Lost Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma (14-28) 14
sleuthofbears 9 3 6 2
2017 8 5 5 2 Won Mile High Bowl vs. Clemson (42-17) -
2018 8 5 4 3 Lost Holiday Bowl vs. Nebraska (35-45) -
2019 Coolio 2 3 1 1 Lost Cactus Bowl vs. Texas (6-24) -
Vacant 1 1 1 1
Trojan17 2 2 1 2
Vacant 1 1 0 0
2020 owensr37 2 10 1 8 - -
2021 11 3 9 1 Lost Orange Bowl vs. Missouri (24-38) -
2022 Kirby - - - - - -
Total 48 55 29 33 (all games)
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

Bowl games

The Utes have appeared in five bowl games, posting a record of 1-4.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2016 Alamo Bowl Oklahoma L, 14-28
2017 Mile High Bowl Clemson W, 42-17
2018 Holiday Bowl Nebraska L, 35-45
2019 Cactus Bowl Texas L, 6-24
2021 Orange Bowl Missouri L, 24-38
Total 5 Bowl Games 1–4

Individual Award Winners

Players

TBD.

All-Americans

TBD.

All-PAC-12 Players

Coaches

sleuthofbears2016 CFBHC Season

External Links

2022 Depth Chart TBD.