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U of U football to end season with Saturday's game, won't pursue bowl eligibility

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 12:55:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah football's home game against Washington State on Saturday will be the team's last game of the season, the team announced Friday.

"Utah Football student-athletes collectively decided that Saturday's game against Washington State will be the team's final competition of the 2020 season. With a victory over WSU, Utah would become bowl eligible but the team is opting out of any potential postseason bowl," a news release from U of U football states.

Coach Kyle Whittingham and the U of U Athletics administration support the decision.

Our number one priority is the well-being of our players, and we support the decision they have made," Whittingham said in the news release. "They have worked extremely hard since they returned to campus this summer, and they have shown tremendous resiliency in dealing with adversity and challenges. We're proud of what they have accomplished on the field and the way they have handled everything off the field. We look forward to beginning our preparations for the 2021 season when the players return to campus in January."