With the help of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Utes surprised Ali’i Niumatalolo, son of Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, with a scholarship. The 6-foot-2 junior has appeared in 21 games for the Utes over the past two seasons.
.@AliiNiumatalolo YOU’RE ON SCHOLARSHIP!
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 16, 2019
College football is back!
ESPN’s College GameDay made its debut Saturday morning at Walt Disney World. The GameDay crew broke down all the action before tonight’s showdown between Miami and No. 8 Florida, including who they expect to make the College Football Playoff this year.
Kirk Herbstreit — who unveiled his picks on Friday — has Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Texas making the playoff, with Alabama and Clemson meeting in the national title game.
— GoUtahUtes (@UtahUteFans) August 24, 2019
On Saturday, and at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” ESPN’s Lee Corso unveiled his picks, which includes Utah. Corso believes the Utes will win the Pac-12 championship and will make the College Football Playoff. Not only does he expect the Utes to make it, but also sees Utah taking down Clemson — last year’s national champion — before falling to Alabama in the championship game.
The video below shows how Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham reacted to the news:
— ESPN 700 (@ESPN700) August 24, 2019
While a number of national national prognosticators have Utah as a dark horse to make the playoff, Corso’s take is certainly the boldest.
To make that happen, it all starts on Thursday as Utah travels to Provo to take on rival BYU in what will arguably one of the best games in Week 1. The Holy War never disappoints, including last year’s dramatic come-from-behind victory and oddsmakers have it being another close contest with Utah being favored by just 4.5 points.