UTAH UTES

Possible 2023 Utah Football Bowl Destinations

Nov 27, 2023, 10:46 AM | Updated: 11:56 am

SALT LAKE CITY – The 2023 college football regular season has wrapped up, and now Utah football awaits their bowl destination which will be determined this coming Sunday.

However, before bowl games are divvied up, Conference Championship games have to be played.

While we have to wait a week before officially knowing where the Utes are headed, it doesn’t mean we can’t take some educated guesses as to possible post-season landing spots.

How The Pac-12 Conference Shook Out In 2023

  • Washington Huskies (12-0, 9-0) play in Pac-12 Title Game this weekend.
  • Oregon Ducks (11-1, 8-1) play in Pac-12 Title Game this weekend.
  • Arizona Wildcats (9-3, 7-2)
  • Oregon State Beavers (8-4, 5-4)
  • Utah Utes (8-4, 5-4)
  • USC Trojans (7-5, 5-4)
  • UCLA Bruins (7-5, 4-5)
  • Cal Golden Bears (6-6, 4-5)
  • Washington State Cougars (5-7, 2-7)
  • Arizona State Sun Devils (3-9, 2-7)
  • Stanford Cardinal (3-9, 2-7)
  • Colorado Buffalo (4-8, 1-8)

Eight out of 12 Pac-12 teams are bowl eligible in 2023.

Looking at the Pac-12 Championship Game there is some speculation that regardless of who wins between the Ducks and Huskies that there will be a Playoff Berth for the Pac-12 and a New Years Six invite for the runner up. This opens up the rest of the Pac-12’s bowl tie-ins for the other six bowl eligible teams.

Pac-12 2023 Bowl Tie-Ins

  • Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12 opponent (December 28)
  • Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl vs. ACC opponent (December 29)
  • SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl vs. Big Ten (December 23)
  • San Diego Country Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. ACC (December 27)
  • Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl vs. Big 12 (December 16)
  • Rob Gronkowski L.A. Bowl vs. MWC (December 16)

Other Bowl Tie-Ins If Needed

  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Big 12 or C-USA (December 23)
  • Servepro First-Responder Bowl vs. ACC, American Athletic or Big 12 (December 26)
  • Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl vs. Big 12, ACC, or SEC (December 22)

Which Bowl Game Is Utah Likely To Play In?

It seems likely Arizona with the next best record behind Washington and Oregon will be selected for the Alamo Bowl.

Oregon State, Utah, and USC are tied for the next best in-conference records, with Oregon State and Utah pulling slightly ahead with a better overall record. The Las Vegas Bowl, Sun Bowl and Holiday Bowls are next in line.

The Beavs were just in Las Vegas last year, so it seems unlikely they will head there again.

There seems to currently be a lot of confidence the Utes will be selected for Las Vegas, but there is also a possibility they could be sent to the Sun Bowl too. As of now, the Holiday Bowl seems the least likely of the three possible destinations.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Michelle Bodkin (@bodkinkslsports)

With USC just up the road from San Diego, the speculation has been the Trojans are most likely to be heading there.

That leaves UCLA and Cal to go between the Independence Bowl and L.A. Bowl.

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 XInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

 

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

deivon-smith-celebrates-score-and-foul-against-oregon-state-at-huntsman-center-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Deivon Smith Earns Pac-12 Player Of The Week After Third Triple-Double

The Runnin' Utes appear to be back and rolling after a tough February and part of that is due to the play of point guard Deivon Smith.

29 minutes ago

maile-okeefe-performs-on-beam-during-red-rocks-meet...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Gymnastics Drops A Spot In Latest National Qualifying Score Rankings

The Red Rocks come in at No. 5 in the country in the latest NQS rankings for college gymnastics after a solid performance against Cal.

57 minutes ago

Utah-Women's-Basketball-Coach-Lynne-Roberts...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah WBB Drops A Few Spots In AP Top 25 After Brutal Loss In Regular Season Finale

Utah women’s basketball is back down to No. 22 in the AP Top 25 after splitting the Washington schools at home to wrap up the regular season.

4 hours ago

mike-bajakian-chicago-bears-headshot-2006...

Michelle Bodkin

Report: Utah Football Hiring Northwestern Offensive Coordinator As Analyst

Utah football is hiring former Northwestern offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian as an offensive analyst for the 2024 season.

4 hours ago

ben-carlson-cole-bajema-gabe-madsen-branden-carlson-senior-night-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Seniors Get Emotional After Big Win Over Cal

The Runnin' Utes are done playing in the Huntsman Center for the 2023-24 season and it came with a lot of emotion for Utah's seniors.

2 days ago

gabe-madsen-looks-to-pass-the-ball-against-cal-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Dominates Cal On Senior Night

The Runnin’ Utes home season wrapped up for the 2023-24 season at the Huntsman Center hosting Cal Saturday evening.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

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

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

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.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

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.

Possible 2023 Utah Football Bowl Destinations