Palko will need ground game
The Utes will ride QB Alex Smith to a big victory, proving they belong among the nation's elite teams.
Who: Pittsburgh vs. Utah
When: Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Where: Tempe, AZ
Meanwhile, Utah has made history by becoming the first school from a non-BCS conference to earn a berth in a BCS bowl. The Utes have been the outright Mountain West Conference champions for the past two seasons and have lost just two games during that span. A win for Utah would be a win for non-BCS teams around the nation.
The issue of BCS bowl bids won't be the only intriguing story surrounding this game. Both head coaches have agreed to coach other schools next year. The Utes named defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham their new head coach in early December. Whittingham requested that outgoing coach Urban Meyer, who will coach at Florida next year, serve as head coach during the Fiesta Bowl. Walt Harris will coach the Panthers despite the fact that he will coach at Stanford next year.
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