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Utah football’s 2021 schedule released

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks around his players as they begin their warmups as Utah and Oregon State prepare to play a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks around his players as they begin their warmups as Utah and Oregon State prepare to play a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Assuming no postponements or cancellations because of COVID-19 like last year, the University of Utah on Tuesday morning released its full 2021 football schedule in conjunction with the Pac-12’s conference schedule reveal.

Here’s a look at the schedule.

Courtesy Utah Football

The Utes will open the season Sept. 2 at home versus in-state foe and FCS power Weber State, a matchup that will see head coach Kyle Whittingham go against former assistant Jay Hill. The next week, Utah will travel south for its rivalry game against BYU in Provo.

A week later, the Utes will close nonconference action with a game at San Diego State, and they’ll follow that by opening Pac-12 action at home against Washington State on Sept. 25.

After a bye the week of Oct. 2, Utah will hit the road to face USC on Oct. 9 and then will play Arizona State Oct. 16 at home. The Utes will follow the same road-home pattern the next two weeks, as they’ll face Oregon State in Corvallis on Oct. 23 and UCLA at home on Oct. 30.

Utah will then play two straight road contests, Nov. 5 against Stanford and Nov. 13 against Arizona. It will then close the regular season with two consecutive home games, Nov. 20 against Oregon and Nov. 26 against Colorado.

The Utes finished their 2020 pandemic-shortened season with a 3-2 record. They lost their first two games before rebounding to close things out with three consecutive victories.