It’s fitting that Friday’s Pac-12 showdown takes place in an NFL venue: Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.

LAS VEGAS — Following a frustrating and disappointing 2020 season that saw Utah play only five games due to the pandemic, a number of Ute players could have ended their collegiate careers and declared for the NFL draft.

One of the main reasons they all chose to return was for this moment — a chance to win a Pac-12 championship and go to the Rose Bowl, two feats the program has never accomplished before.

A chance to make history.

Not to mention produce a 10-win season.

That opportunity presents itself Friday (6 p.m. MST, ABC) when No. 17 Utah faces No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.

It’s fitting that this showdown will take place in an NFL venue — Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s the debut of the Pac-12 title game at Allegiant Stadium.

Linebacker Devin Lloyd, a Butkus Award finalist, postponed a lucrative NFL contract to play one more season for the Utes — and win a title.