Utah's 2023 opener against Florida could see date moved, per report
Utah could be opening its 2023 season on a Thursday instead of a Saturday, according to a new report from The Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson.
The Utes and Florida Gators are discussing moving the Sept. 2 game in Salt Lake City to Thursday, Aug. 31, per Thompson. Such a move would be allowable by the terms of the game contract.
Utah played Florida in Gainesville to open the 2022 season — a 29-26 loss that stunned the Utes. The Gators are scheduled to return the trip this upcoming season.
Utah has opened 12 of its last 14 football seasons on a Thursday. The only times Utah has played its season-opener on a Saturday during that stretch were during the 2020 season when COVID significantly impacted the schedule and this most recent season. Every year from 2009-2019, Utah opened on a Thursday.
The Gators haven’t played a regular-season game on a Thursday since Oct. 1, 1992, according to Thompson. That game ended in a 30-6 loss to Mississippi State.
When the SEC released the 2023 schedules last September, the league listed the game as a Sept. 2 kick. According to Thompson, the Pac-12 Network will play a role in the decision. The Pac-12 has yet to release its 2023 schedule, but that announcement is expected soon.