Pac-12 Releases 2023 Football Schedule, Utes Have Tough Road To Three-Peat

Jan 18, 2023, 11:23 AM | Updated: Jan 19, 2023, 12:00 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – After several delays, the Pac-12 announced the 2023 football schedule for all conference members, including the defending back-to-back champion Utes who will not have an easy path to three-peat.

To kick-off non-conference play, Utah will host Florida at Rice-Eccles Stadium on either Thursday, August 31 or Saturday September 2 in the much-anticipated re-match. They will then hit the road to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor on Saturday, September 9 before wrapping things up against Weber State at home in Week 3 on September 16.

The conference schedule does not appear to ease up anymore for the defending champs who have to play USC, Washington and Oregon State on the road while playing host to Oregon. The one thing Utah has going for them in 2023 is seven home games.

A Deeper Dive Into The Utes’ 2023 Pac-12 Schedule

RELATED: Unrivaled: How Many Wins For Utah Football In 2023?

Utah will open up Pac-12 play on September 23 hosting UCLA at Rice-Eccles Stadium and will wrap things up with Colorado at home on November 25. The Utes will enjoy a week six BYE week on October 7 to rest up after going up to Oregon State and before hosting Cal.

Utah’s 2023 Pac-12 Schedule:

  • September 23- UCLA vs. UTAH
  • September 29- UTAH vs. Oregon State
  • October 7- BYE WEEK
  • October 14- CAL vs. UTAH
  • October 21- UTAH vs. USC
  • October 28- OREGON vs. UTAH
  • November 4- Arizona State vs. UTAH
  • November 11- UTAH vs. Washington
  • November 18- UTAH vs. Arizona
  • November 25- Colorado vs. UTAH

Utah does not have the easiest schedule in 2023 having to play every ranked Pac-12 opponent from 2022 (UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington) that will presumably pick back up where they left off. They also will have to play three of them on the road (Oregon State, USC, Washington) plus Baylor who will also most likely be ranked in the preseason.

The one area of good news for the Utes is it does appear the tougher opponents have been spread throughout their season instead of having to have back-to-back gauntlets every couple of weeks. Still, anyone that has watched Pac-12 football over the years knows even the “easy” teams can take down the “best” teams any given Saturday. If Utah wishes to three-peat it will require their very best effort in 2023.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women’s Basketball Pull Through Bogged Down Game Against USC Trojans

Utah women's basketball got the win over USC at the Huntsman Center Friday night after a slow fourth quarter.
1 day ago
Cam Rising and Micah Bernard - Utah Utes vs. Ohio State - Rose Bowl Game...
Michelle Bodkin

Sources: Micah Bernard Returning To Utah Football After Time In Transfer Portal

After spending time in the transfer portal, sources tell KSL Sports running back Micah Bernard is on his way back to Utah football.
1 day ago
Michelle Bodkin

Lynne Roberts, Utes Finding Joy In Helping Others

Not only has Beyond the Paint begun to spread joy to those in need, but it's helped Utah women's basketball find joy in service too.
1 day ago
Red Rocks - 2022 Pac-12 Champions...
Michelle Bodkin

Understanding College Gymnastics Wins/Losses, Ranking System

Here we explain NQS (National Qualifying Score) versus traditional wins and losses and how they are used to rank college gymnastics teams.
1 day ago
Michelle Bodkin

Runnin’ Utes Stifle The Oregon State Beavers With Defense On The Road

The Runnin' Utes hit the road to take on Oregon State after a dominant performance last weekend against the Washington schools.
2 days ago
Craig Smith - Utah Utes vs. Boston College...
Michelle Bodkin

Runnin’ Utes Becoming Greater Than The Sum Of Their Parts

What can't be denied is a somewhat hodgepodge Utah basketball team has figured out how to be greater than the sum of their parts.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Pac-12 Releases 2023 Football Schedule, Utes Have Tough Road To Three-Peat