Utah football released its 2022 schedule on Thursday, featuring a trip to Gainesville, Florida, to start the season.
The Utes will face Florida, led by new head coach Billy Napier, at the Swamp on Sep. 3. It will the season opener for both programs and the second time the two schools have met, with the Gators defeating the Utes 38-29 in Gainesville in 1977.
Utah rounds out its nonconference schedule with home games against Mountain West opponent San Diego State and WAC opponent Southern Utah.
Utah’s Pac-12 North opponents in 2022 are Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington State. The Utes take on the Ducks, and new head coach Dan Lanning, in the second-to-last game of the season at Autzen Stadium.
The marquee matchup at Rice-Eccles Stadium against USC and new head coach Lincoln Riley, who went 55-10 at Oklahoma and coached the Sooners to three College Football Playoff appearances, will be on Oct. 15.
Utah’s bye week falls on Oct. 22, after the USC game and before playing at Washington State. The Cougars are led by Jake Dickert, who was named the permanent head coach at WSU after serving as the interim coach for five games after Nick Rolovich’s firing.
In all, the Utes play five teams with new head coaches — Florida (Napier), Southern Utah (DeLane Fitzgerald), USC (Riley), Washington State (Dickert) and Oregon (Dan Lanning).
2022 Utah football schedule
Sep. 3 — at Florida
Sep. 10 — Southern Utah
Sep. 17 — San Diego State
Sep. 24 — at Arizona State
Oct. 1 — Oregon State
Oct. 8 — at UCLA
Oct. 15 — USC
Oct. 22 — Bye
Oct. 29 — at Washington State
Nov. 5 – Arizona
Nov. 12 — Stanford
Nov. 19 — at Oregon
Nov. 26 — at Colorado