Gauging the gauntlet: Ranking Utah’s 2019 regular-season matchups by overall excitement factor

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SALT LAKE CITY — The first question posed to Kyle Whittingham at last week’s Pac-12 Media Day was regarding his team’s schedule layout in 2019. In true Whittingham form, he eventually summed it up the way he usually does: “We just play them as they unfold.” The way this schedule unfolded for these Utes is indeed as favorable as its been in recent memory.

Utah avoids Justin Herbert and the Oregon Ducks.

Utah avoids David Shaw’s Stanford Cardinal.

Sure, there’s a trip to Seattle in November, a game already tabbed arguably as the Game of the Year for the Utes. If this group is as good as advertised, if it has the makings to challenge for the Pac-12 crown, Husky Stadium will be the measuring stick this season. To replace the current king of the conference, one must dethrone the incumbent.

That’s how lofty expectations are this season on the Wasatch Front. National media outlets and podcasts alike have mentioned the Utes as a fringe…

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