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ESPN Features Utah Football In 2021 College Football Anthem Music Video

Cole Fotheringham #89 of the Utah Utes lunges for extra yards after making a recption against the Colorado Buffaloes in the third quarter at Folsom Field on November 17, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – ESPN featured the Utah Utes football program in its music video for the network’s 2021 college football anthem.

The sports network released the music video on social media in mid-August.

This year’s college football anthem is the song “Run It” by DJ Snake featuring Rick Ross & Rich Brian.

During the music video previewing the upcoming college football season, the Utes were highlighted multiple times.

“The right music can elevate the sense of excitement for college football all season long,” said Curtis Friends, senior director of sports marketing for ESPN. “This energetic and unique anthem will once again set the tone for the college football season; ‘Run It’ from DJ Snake, Rick Ross & Rich Brian captures the intensity that fans, teams and players feel about the sport, and we can’t wait for them to hear it.”

“Over the last six years Interscope has collaborated with ESPN to create flagship moments that celebrate the intersection of sports and music,” said David Nieman, vice president of sports & gaming for Interscope Records. “With ‘Run It,’ which features DJ Snake, Rick Ross and Rich Brian, as this years’ college football anthem, we’re able to bring that moment to a global scale.”

Utah’s first appearance in the music video is at the 21 second mark and shows the Utes preparing to run from the tunnel onto the gridiron before a game.

Later in the video, Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham is shown hurdling over Colorado Buffaloes safety Derrion Rakestraw during a game in 2020. Fotheringham’s highlight play is shown at the 1:08 mark of the music video.

Past College Football Anthems

The following songs have served as ESPN’s college football anthem in past seasons:

  • “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy (2014)
  • “History” by Lauren Alaina (2015)
  • “Collider” by X Ambassadors & Tom Morello (2016)
  • “Walk On Water” by Thirty Seconds to Mars (2017)
  • “Natural” by Imagine Dragons (2018)
  • “Let Go.” by Judah & The Lion (2019)
  • “Come & Go” by Juice WRLD & Marshmello (2020)

Utah begins its 2021 season against the Weber State Wildcats on September 2 at 5:30 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

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