When did Utah join the PAC 12 as Utes claim first-ever title?

Jake Nichol December 4, 2021
When did Utah join the PAC 12 as Utes claim first-ever title?
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Utah’s college football team claimed their PAC 12 conference title with a comfortable win over Oregon, but when did Utah actually join the PAC 12?

One of the highest levels of college sports in the United States, the PAC 12 consists of 12 university and college programmes near the Pacific Ocean.

Naturally, college football is one such sport.

For the first time, the Utah Utes claimed the PAC-12 conference title against Oregon.

But when did Utah first join the PAC 12, and what happens to them now?

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When did Utah join the PAC 12?

The PAC 12 was first founded in 1915, becoming its current incarnation of 12 teams in 2011.

The likes of the University of California, Berkeley, University of Oregon, Oregon State, and University of Washington were all founder members.

In 2011, two new universities were added to the league, the first since 1978.

They were the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Utah.

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The university was founded in 1850, and upon joining were placed in the South Division.

Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC) are also in the South Division.

As champions of their division, Utah advanced to the conference games against the Northern champions, Oregon.

They ran out comfortable 38-10 winners for their first-ever PAC 12 title.

What happens now?

As is tradition, the PAC 12 champions face off against the Big 10 champions in a match known as The Rose Bowl.

This will feature Utah for the first time, and will take place on January 1st, 2022, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena.

Utah will face the winners of the Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State University in the match on New Year’s Day, 2022.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.