A Rose Bowl win won’t just help the Utah football team

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Utah’s first Rose Bowl appearance could be a godsend for the whole school, not just the football team.

Coach Kyle Whittingham reflected on the fringe benefits of playing in one of college football’s most prestigious bowl games on national television on New Years Day against the Ohio State No.6.

“Tons of benefits. You will see an increase in registrations, especially out-of-state registrations. The community itself will feel the positive effects, ”he said. “I don’t know how you measure this, but I know the effects of going to bowl are going to be huge in the community of Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.”

As millions of people watch the 108th Rose Bowl on television, a large contingent of Ute fans will be in attendance in Pasadena. Sporting director Mark Harlan said he expects 60,000 Utah fans to be on hand while the Buckeyes have had to return part of their ticket allocation. The Rose Bowl can accommodate approximately 90,000 people.

“We are so thrilled. In the Pac-12 Championship game, we had a four-to-one advantage among the fans, ”said Whittingham. “It looks like it’s two for one or three for one. Our fans have been great throughout the season. They joined this team. I cannot thank them enough for the support they have given us throughout the season.

Numbers game

3: With a Rose Bowl win, Utah would claim their third New Years Six Bowl victory.

6: The Utes are one of six Power Five programs, and the only Pac-12 team, which is ranked in the FBS top 30 for both offensive and defensive scoring.

11: With a Rose Bowl win, the Utes would claim their 11th win of the season for Whittingham’s third season with 11 or more wins.


Bonus points

  • Even at Disneyland, Utah and Ohio state wary of virus ahead of Rose Bowl (Deseret News)
  • How Utah handled an ‘alarming’ experience at the team hotel on Sunday night (Deseret News)
  • 4 Ohio State stars withdrew from Rose Bowl (Deseret News)
  • How Utah’s Rose Bowl Date Ranks Among The State’s Biggest Bowl Games (Deseret News)
  • After losing two bowl games in a row, Kyle Whittingham and Utes aim to get back to winning ways at the Rose Bowl (Deseret News)

Fan analyzer

Deseret News Readers’ Comments

“I’m not blaming the four Ohio State players for not playing. They try to take care of their families with money that changes from generation to generation that will come to them if they can avoid devastating injuries. Their school is going to raise millions of dollars, but none of this will go directly to the players. The other reality, and it won’t determine the outcome of the game on January 1, is that the two programs are in different places in the overall scheme of things. Ohio State’s expectations are to be in the CFP and the Rose Bowl for them is below their goals. For Utah, that was their goal and became their goal as soon as BYU beat them in September and ended their CFP dreams. As said before, bowl games are all about selling soap (and other things that we may or may not need) and until the CFP is actually expanded to at least 16 teams, expect that. that more and more players are withdrawing from these bowl games. And by the way, Utah got the chance to play a bowl game last year and the players voted to bail out the opportunity, maybe Ute fans should be careful how they qualify these players. of the Ohio State of cowards or whatever.

– eaglesflyhigh

“Enjoy the moment, Ute fans !! It’s hard to get to the Rose Bowl, just ask U of A; USS; WSU; Cal; Oregon Street; Colorado. Utes go !!! ”



December 30 | 19h | Men’s basketball | against the State of Oregon | @Corvallis, Oregon | Pac-12 network

December 31 | 8 p.m. Women’s basketball | against Oregon | @Eugene, Oregon | Pac-12 Oregon

January 1 | 3pm | Football | against the State of Ohio | @Pasadena, California | Bowl of Roses | ESPN

January 1 | 8:30 p.m. | Men’s basketball | in Oregon | @Eugene, Oregon | Pac-12 network

January 2 | 13h | Women’s basketball | against the State of Oregon | @Eugene, Oregon | Pac-12 Mountain

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