After a stunning and very convincing victory in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last Saturday the Utes have a legitimate chance to steal the PAC 12 South and make yet another appearance in the annual PAC 12 Championship Game. It won’t be an easy road, of course, as the Utes have games remaining against three ranked opponents in Arizona State, UCLA, and Oregon. But Utah has a significant advantage: These games will all be played at Rice Eccles Stadium against what appears to be an inspired Utah Team.
In the 2018 season, the Utes were initially expected to win the South Division until they sustained back-to-back losses against the Washington schools, leaving that Utah Team at 2-2. After losing in Pullman to the Wazzu Cougars, Utah won four straight winning by an average of twenty points per game while also scoring at least forty points in each contest. Despite an untimely injury to Tyler Huntley against ASU, the Utes found themselves competing for a PAC 12 Championship, only to be flummoxed by the Washington Huskies in what some considered to be a controversial PAC 12 Championship Game. That Utah team had a certain grit and tenacity that powered them to a second-place finish in the conference after falling a score short against UW.
While there are likely parallels between this year’s squad and the 2018 Team, it’s possible that the 2021 Utes have a certain kind of momentum that the Utah Fanbase hasn’t seen before. Cam Rising has established himself as the leader his teammates believed he would be prior to the season by silencing the Trojan faithful in Los Angeles. Our offensive line has steadily improved and did not allow a single sack against a stout Trojan defensive line on the road. Our defense appears to be what fans have come to expect from a Whittingham coached team, and The Utes seem to have as many offensive weapons as they’ve ever had. Utah is in business.
Aaron Lowe’s tragic passing has proven to be a source of inspiration for this Utah Team. The Utes are not just playing for the University of Utah this season…they’re playing for Aaron. And if the Utes momentous victory in the City of Angels is any indication, this is a Utah Team to truly be feared. Prior to the season everyone expected greatness out of The Utes, but a remarkably slow start quickly made Utah an afterthought in the 2021 NCAA Football Season. Now it appears that the team the country expected to take the field is here, and that greatness may finally manifest itself on the field. Can this Utah team finish strong and position themselves for their first ever Rose Bowl appearance? Time will tell…