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Gameweek Utah: The More You Know

August 30, 2010

Opponent: #24 The Utah Utes (0-0)

Mascot: Swoop, the red tailed hawk

Conference: Mountain West Conference.  Well sort of.  They are in the Mountain West this season, but next season when they come to Heinz Field, they will be in the Pac-10…err Pac-12…err actually Pac-11 since Colorado isn’t jumping ship with them until 2012 now.

Series: Utah leads 1-0.  That (1) covers so much history.  Utah, coached by Urban Meyer, was the first non-BCS conference to bust the party and be invited to a BCS bowl game.  It just so happens that was the same year that Pitt won the Big East via tiebreaker and had the pleasure of traveling to Tempe, AZ to meet them in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.  Led by QB Alex Smith, the Utes dominated Pitt 35-7 on their way to a 12-0 season.  The debacle would lead to Walt Harris’ firing, Dave Wannstedt’s hiring, and the reason for our existence.

TV/Radio: 8:30pm Versus.  Probably on between some combination of MMA fighting, professional bull riding, dog sledding, and hunting shows.  No word yet if they are recycling the Pizza Hut Stanley Cup Intermission Report set, Brian Engblom, or his mullet for the halftime show.

Bloggers: “Block U – Home to the University of Utah and all its classless fans!” – (That’s that tag line from their site, we didn’t say that about their fans…yet).  Definitely should check it out this week to get familiar with the Utes.  Block U put together a great “Getting to know the University of Utah” when they had joined the Pac-10 thru 12. Take a look.

Fun Facts: In nearby Salt Lake City, just north of their campus on Mount Van Cott, a giant concrete “Block U” graces the skyline.  The “U” that has become known as the logo for the university, was built in 1907 and spans over 5,000 sq ft.  In 1967, a lighting system outlining the letter was installed.  When the Utes win, the lights outlining the letter flash to let everyone in the city below know the team was victorious.  Who would have ever thought it would be such a great idea to light up your university’s most recognized icon differently for all of the city to see when the football team wins?


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