SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah football program will be ringing a bowl game in a much warmer climate this year.
After a heartbreaking 10-3 defeat of Washington in the Pac-12 Championship game in Santa Clara, California, Friday, Utah, was selected to play at the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which opened on 31 May. December is played.
The Utes are paired with the Big Ten runner-up Northwestern 45-24 fell in Ohio State Saturday in the Big Ten Championship game. The Wildcats finished the season with an 8: 5 record to claim the West Division in their conference.
The two programs have met twice before, with the final game in 1981 ̵
It's the first time that Utah is playing in the Holiday Bowl, though this is a former WAC bowl game. Northwestern has never appeared in the Holiday Bowl and will perform for the first time in San Diego.
The game will be played at 5 pm on December 31 at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. MT. The game will be transferred to FS1.
Mark Harlan, Athletics Director of Utah, tweeted on Saturday that he was working with the conference and bowls to place Utah in a convenient bowl, and that in Utah fans might show their ability to travel and represent the team in a final game of the season, most likely the Alamo Bowl or Holiday Bowl.
"We hit the phones hard with our Bowl partners," Harlan tweeted. "The conference rule allows teams that lose a league in the standings to qualify for Alamo, Holiday and Redbox, so many teams in the mix. I said that Utah fans will travel to support this team!
We have and have been knocking hard on the phones with our key partners. The conference rule allows teams with a league behind in the standings to qualify for Alamo, Holiday and Redbox, meaning many teams in the mix. I have stated that fans from Utah will be traveling to support this team!
– Mark Harlan (@MarkHarlan_AD) December 1, 2018
This article is being updated.