Utah vs. Florida Fan Guide: TV Info, What To Wear, Biggest Storylines
Aug 30, 2023, 4:35 PM | Updated: Aug 31, 2023, 9:31 am
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SALT LAKE CITY – Want to enjoy football instead of worrying about parking and other nuisances? Check out our comprehensive fan guide for Utah’s season opener against the Florida Gators.
Information on parking, tailgating, what to wear, and more is found below.
Plan your game day down to the minute 👇
Reminder: Gates entering @Rice_Eccles will open 90 minutes before kickoff AND wear RED!!
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) August 30, 2023
Utah Football Fan Guide
Parking For Utah vs. Florida
A full campus-wide parking map can be found here.
Utah Football Tailgate Information
There are three locations on campus where there will be tailgating. The Guardsman Lot, the East Lot, and Grass Spaces.
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— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 20, 2023
All three are currently sold out for the home opener. Visit Utah Tickets to get in on the pregame fun for future home games.
What To Wear To Utah vs. Florida
It’s a red out! Wear red to Rice-Eccles and match the Utes’ red uniforms.
WEAR ALL RED when you come see @Utah_Football take on the Florida Gators on Thursday, Aug. 31 for their home opener!! 🙌
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) August 17, 2023
The forecast is HOT, so dress light. According to the meteorologists at KSL TV the high is 95 with a low of 62 and zero percent chance of precipitation.
How To Watch Utah Football vs. Florida Football
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
See you all tomorrow 🙌
⏰: 8/31 6pm
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/yvzHRO65Ek
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 30, 2023
Reports Indicate Utah’s Cam Rising Is ‘Doubtful’ To Start Against Florida
The dynamic Ute quarterback suffered an ACL tear in the Rose Bowl that was always going to be on a tight timeline to fully recover from to start the 2023 college football season. Rising by all accounts has made great strides, but it was ultimately going to be up to Utah’s medical staff to clear him and Whittingham indicated earlier this week that decision could come as late as game time.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel posted on X Wednesday afternoon that things were looking doubtful for the Utes’ QB1 and to expect Bryson Barnes and Nate Johnson to play against the Gators Thursday evening.
Here's our ESPN story on Utah's quarterback situation. Utes expected to be without Cam Rising, who is still recovering from ACL injury in Rose Bowl. Junior Bryson Barnes expected to start, with some cameos expected from the dynamic Nate Johnson. https://t.co/cxI6NRXYKa
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 30, 2023
Utah Defense Looking For Better Results Against Florida In 2023
Last season, Utah football lost a heartbreaker in the Swamp, 29-26. This season, the Ute defense is determined to do their part to make sure Utah doesn’t lose to Florida again.
Sloppy play- particularly on defense was a main culprit in Utah’s loss and team captains Karene Reid and Cole Bishop are doing what they can to ensure the defense does not repeat that performance.
Between having one more year of experience as a unit and emphasizing tackling a little more in fall camp, Utah is hopeful for better results once the clock strikes zero on Thursday night that will preserve one of the longest active home win streaks in the country.
Utah’s Leadership Talks ‘Bittersweet’ Final Pac-12 Season
On Monday, August 7, Randall and Harlan broke down Utah’s move to the Big 12.
For 14 months, Utah and the Pac-12 were on the defensive trying to keep the “Conference of Champions” alive through the next round of TV negotiations after USC and UCLA announced they were leaving in 2024.
“The Big 12 sets high standards. We are very excited about that” Randall said of the move.
Utah’s president also said that the school is looking forward to a renewed version of the Utes’ rivalry with BYU.
“Of course, it’s bittersweet,” Harlan added. “There is excitement for what’s ahead.”
The athletic director said that the move to the Big 12 won’t be a step back for Utah’s student-athletes.
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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.
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