College GameDay in Salt Lake City: Utah's full history with ESPN's traveling pregame show
College GameDay will broadcast live from Salt Lake City on Saturday. The traveling pregame show for ESPN is in town to highlight the matchup of the week in the Pac-12 — a top-15 game between Utah and Oregon.
Two years ago, these two teams met twice. Utah won both, with the second netting the program its first Pac-12 championship. Last season, Oregon took the grudge match in Eugene. Now, both teams are 6-1 on the year, 3-1 in Pac-12 play, and in the hunt for a berth in the Pac-12 title game. The stakes are massive, as they’ve been each year lately when Utah and Oregon get together.
The Week 9 visit will mark the fifth time GameDay will be live from Salt Lake City, and it’ll be the first time for the show since 2016.
Utah is 2-2 in its previous four games as a host.
Overall, the Utes have appeared on the show seven previous times. The last two appearances came during their Rose Bowl games to cap the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
- Rose Bowl game vs. Penn State on Jan. 2, 2023 — Utah lost 35-21
- Rose Bowl game vs. Ohio State on Jan. 1, 2022 — Utah lost 48-45
- vs. Washington on Oct. 29, 2016 — Utah lost 31-24
- vs. Cal on Oct. 10, 2015 — Utah won 30-24
- vs. TCU on Nov. 6, 2010 — Utah lost 47-7
- at TCU on Nov. 14, 2009 — Utah lost 55-28
- vs. BYU on Nov. 20, 2004 — Utah won 52-21
Both Rose Bowl losses featured injuries to quarterback Cameron Rising and late-game entrances from Bryson Barnes.
Rising is out for the year, and Barnes has taken hold of the quarterback spot for the Utes over the last two weeks. In a Week 8 win over USC, Barnes threw for 225 yards, ran for another 57, and supplied four total touchdowns. He also had a 26-yard run with less than 20 seconds on the clock that set up Utah’s game-winning field goal.
Utah will need the same kind of play from him on Saturday against the Ducks.
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX.