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Utah Football Must Win Conference Championship While Whittingham Is Still In Charge

Jan 8, 2021, 3:14 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Football program has been knocking on the door of a conference championship a lot over recent years, how long will Utah fans have to wait until the Utes crown the Pac-12?

It is a daunting thought for Utah fans following consecutive trips to Levi’s Stadium in 2018 and 2019, yet, no championship to show for it.

The 2019 game, in particular, was troubling. Utah had a team that was stacked with talent and everybody knew it. Utah was on the verge of finishing the 2019 season as a College Football Playoff debutant.

Utah’s defense had six future NFL draft picks. Running back Zack Moss was the best tailback in the conference and senior quarterback Tyler Huntley was seasoned and experienced. The entire team was filled with veteran players.

That 2019 Utah football team was unable to get the job done. So, what makes you think that future Kyle Whittingham led teams can accomplish something no Utah football team has accomplished before?

“I question whether Kyle Whittingham can lead a Utah team to a Pac-12 title,” Tom Hackett said on a recent episode of the It’s Utah’s World podcast. “The recruiting classes that continue to get better, and the fact that 70 percent of Utah’s roster were freshman in 2020 gives me a lot of hope,” Utah insider Steve Bartle said in response to Hackett.

The fact of the matter is that every year the Utah recruiting class improves. The coaching staff is progressing and the program is only getting stronger. The caliber of recruits these days is night and day better than when Utah first joined the Pac-12 in 2011.

Utah is currently in the rebuilding stage. Most of the impact players are underclassmen and are learning how to evolve into elite Pac-12 talents.

The program is setting itself up for glory in a handful of year’s time when the likes of Nate Ritchie, Clark Phillips, Cameron Rising, Micah Bernard and others grow into their roles and guide the Utes to Pac-12 glory.

Make no mistake, however, the pressure is on. Kyle Whittingham is entering the final years of his coaching career and if he hopes to cement his legacy on the state of Utah then a conference championship is certainly required.

Under Kyle Whittingham, Utah has secured a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, multiple bowl wins, many NFL draft picks, and a successful transition into a power five conference. A Pac-12 championship is the only trophy missing and it must occur between now and 2024.

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