Utah Cancels Football Series With Boise State

Utah has canceled the next three football games of a four-game contract with Boise State. Boise State won the first game of the scheduled series 36-3 in Salt Lake City. The Broncos now have openings for a home game next season and in 2013 and a road game in 2012.

Utah has canceled the remaining three football games of its four-year contract with Boise State. Boise State won the first game of the series 36-3 in Salt Lake City. Just when the Mountain West Conference was on the verge of being awarded automatic qualifier status, the Pacific-10 Conference lured the Utes away.

Utah only had space on their schedule for three non-conference games and Utah wanted to play BYU, Pittsburgh and Montana State instead of Boise State. Pittsburgh is currently 2-2 while BYU is 1-4. Montana State is a Football Championship Series (FCS) opponent. The Broncos are 4-0 and ranked fourth in the nation in pursuit of their third consecutive unbeaten season and fourth in their last five years.

The official Utah announcement and 2011 non-conference schedule is included here. The decision to cancel the series with Boise State gives Utah openings in their out-of-conference schedule in 2012 and beyond. At this point, the only games scheduled are rivalry games with BYU for at least 2011 and 2012 and games with Utah State from 2012-2015.

Meanwhile, Boise State has had trouble getting opponents to come into Boise. #10 Utah would have been the first top ten opponent ever willing to come to Bronco Stadium. It is not known at this time if another top ten team is willing to challenge the #10 home team in college football history (73-2). Utah's decision to drop the Boise State series opens up a home game for 2011, an away game in 2012 and another home game in 2013.

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