Every Tuesday during the latter part of the college football season, fans tune in for the weekly reveal of the College Football Playoff poll.

One of the main talking points by the playoff selection committee is always strength of schedule.

Jon Wilner of The Mercury News says the Utah Utes have the “perfect schedule” for a playoff contender in 2022

“The perfect schedule for a playoff contender, with just enough challenges to satisfy the selection committee but no nasty twists or turns and a revenge game (SDSU) in what might otherwise be a trap situation,” Wilner wrote. “The Utes are a 1.5-point favorite at Florida, by the way.”

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Wilner ranks the Utes’ schedule as the fifth-most difficult in the Pac-12, with Colorado, Stanford, Oregon and Arizona ranked ahead of them.

Utah plays Southern Utah, San Diego State, Oregon State, USC, Arizona and Stanford at home, while facing Florida, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State, Oregon and Colorado on the road.

That opening matchup against Florida, at The Swamp, could be a statement game for the Utes and could bolster their playoff resume.

Another matchup to circle on the schedule is the Oct. 15 game against USC at Rice-Eccles Stadium, as the Lincoln Riley-led Trojans have a lot of hype coming into the season with Oklahoma transfer quarterback Caleb Williams and Pitt transfer wide receiver Jordan Addison, and that contest could be for the driver’s seat in the Pac-12.

2022 Utah football schedule

Sept. 3at Florida5 p.m. MDTESPN
Sept. 10Southern Utah11:30 a.m.Pac-12 Networks
Sept. 17San Diego State8 p.m.ESPN2
Sept. 24at Arizona StateTBDTBD
Oct. 1Oregon StateTBDTBD
Oct. 27at Washington State8 p.m.FS1
Nov. 5ArizonaTBD TBD
Nov. 12StanfordTBDTBD
Nov. 19at OregonTBDTBD
Nov. 26at ColoradoTBDTBD
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