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What Utah Utes Fans Should Ask For On Their Christmas Wish List

Dec 25, 2020, 9:00 AM
Utah South End-zone construction...
Construction continues on the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In a way, Utah fans have been spoiled over the last couple of years on the football side of things.

Recruiting is getting better, guys are going to the NFL at a higher rate and the transfer portal has been kind to the Utes.

That doesn’t mean that fans should want more. There is more to be had.

Here is the Christmas wish list that fans should expect in the future.

Pac-12 Championship In Near Future

With two appearances in the Pac-12 Championship game, the Utes still haven’t hoisted the trophy in Santa Clara (now Las Vegas). Division titles are nice but Conference Championships are better. The Utes are trending in the right direction with recruiting, transfers and development to accomplish this goal within the next 2 to 3 years.

The Utes just need to piece it all together on the big stage. They have played well in the regular season recently, but need to perform that way when it counts the most. Expect Utah to be in their first Rose Bowl very soon.

Jampacked Rice-Eccles Stadium In 2021

After the COVID-19 pandemic ends, it will be great to see a sold out Rice-Eccles Stadium that will be renovated. The progress in the south end zone is looking really good and the finished product will be amazing to see.

Hopefully with the COVID-19 vaccines coming out now, that fans will be able to pile into Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2021 and cheer on their Utes. There was nothing more strange this season than covering a Utah football game in an empty stadium.

Getting Most Out of Potential From Young Players

Fans saw some promising things from their young players this season, particularly at running back and on defense. The secondary looks to be a step or two ahead of where we expected them to be. The pandemic benefited Utah greatly (silver lining) because the freshmen and sophomores received five games of valuable live reps.

The Utes also signed a great class in 2021 where most of the signees will enroll early and participate in spring ball (if they have one). Picturing the future with this team as it stands and it’s promising and exciting to see.

Happy Holidays to you and your family from the Crimson Corner.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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