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Here's the press release about the game from the Utah Athletics: (Full Article)


The No. 14 University of Utah Football team will take on the Florida Gators under the lights on Thursday, Aug. 31, opening the season at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game is set for a 6 p.m. MT kick on ESPN.


Fans can get behind the scenes views and live updates throughout the 2023 season on social media and online at The Utes are active on Twitter (@Utah_Football), Instagram (@UtahFootball), Threads (@UtahFootball), Facebook (Search Utah Football) and Tik Tok (@Utah_Football).


Utah is 112-36 (.756) in Rice-Eccles Stadium (1998-present) and is 84-25 in RES during the Kyle Whittingham era.

  • The Utes have five undefeated home seasons under Whittingham (2022, 6-0; 2021, 6-0; 2019, 7-0; 2009, 6-0; 2008, 6-0) with the Utes winning 25 of its last 26 home games, including a streak of 14 in a row (Dec. 5, 2020-present).
  • It is the second-longest streak in the Whittingham era with the longest streak taking place Sept. 15, 2007 to Oct. 23, 2010 (21 games).
  • Utah has sold out Rice-Eccles Stadium in 76 consecutive games, dating by to the 2010 season opener.


  • Head Coach Kyle Whittingham is set to coach in his 355th overall game at Utah and his 229th as head coach on Thursday.
  • Utah is 77-51-1 all-time in season openers with just three season-opening losses in the last 16 seasons.
  • The Utes have opened the year at home 13 times in the Whittingham era and are 12-1 in those games.
  • Thursday's game will be the 149th played inside Rice-Eccles Stadium.


  • Utah enters the season ranked No. 14 in the preseason AP and Coaches Poll, the fifth straight year the Utes have started the season ranked.
  • Head coach Kyle Whittingham (19th year) is the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 and the second-longest tenured coach at the same school in the FBS.
  • The Utes have posted a winning record in nine straight seasons, dating back to 2014. Utah has finished with a winning season in 16 of Whittingham 18 years as head coach.
  • Utah became the third team in Pac-12 Conference history to win back-to-back Pac-12 Championship games (2022, 2021).
  • The Utes landed a league-high six student-athletes on the preseason All-Pac-12 team (Keaton Bills, OL; Cole Bishop, S; Brant Kuithe, TE; Sataoa Laumea, OL; Karene Reid, LB; Junior Tafuna, DT).

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