SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah football team kicks off the season a week from Thursday when the host Michigan at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The Utes have some extra motivation, but it didn’t come from the Wolverines. In the latest edition of Popular Mechanics, the magazine’s monthly calendar put this on the calendar on September third. “College football season gets underway tonight with the University of Michigan in a cupcake game against Utah.”
The Utes already have the quote up on their bulletin board.
“Our team is always juiced no matter what,” said Utah senior wide receiver Kenneth Scott. “So, with that little thing that they put in our locker room about us being a cupcake game it definitely puts more intensity into the game, just because of that little statement that was made. And plus we’re always trying to prove everybody wrong, because everyone sees us as the underdog, so we always have the chip on our shoulder.”
“There’s no problem getting up for Michigan,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “This game has had our attention since way back in late December of the last year. Our players are excited about it. It’s a great opportunity and it will draw a lot of national attention.”