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Scott D. Pierce: Yeah, the Utes’ bowl game kind of sucks. Watch it anyway


It will be played in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, the day after Christmas — not exactly prime TV real estate. (Kickoff is 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, on ESPN.) Yes, a lot of the 92,000 seats in Cotton Bowl Stadium will be empty. West Virginia ...


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Subscribe sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-1"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":320,"height":50},"medium":{"width":728,"height":90},"large":{"width":970,"height":250}},"targetValues":["mob_banner1","leaderboard1","bb1"],"isResizeable":true}; Scott DPierce: Yeah, the Utes’ bowl game kind of sucksWatch it anyway Sports on TV • What else are you gonna watch the day after Christmas? facebook twitter email (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah running back Zack Moss (2) scores the first touchdown for the Utes in PAC-12 football action, Utah Utes vsStanford Cardinals, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, October 7, 2017 sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-940677"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":0,"height":0},"medium":{"width":0,"height":0},"large":{"width":300,"height":600}},"targetValues":["","","monster1"],"isResizeable":false}; facebook twitter email By Scott DPierce  ·  1 day ago The Heart of Dallas Bowl between Utah and West Virginia does not have the makings of a great gameThe Utes are 6-6 and lost six of their past eight; the Mountaineers are 7-5 and lost three of their past five You should watch it anyway It will be played in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, the day after Christmas — not exactly prime TV real estate(Kickoff is 11:30 a.mon Tuesday on ESPN.) sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-7694416"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":300,"height":250},"medium":{"width":728,"height":90},"large":{"width":970,"height":250}},"targetValues":["mob_cube2","leaderboard2","bb2"],"isResizeable":true}; You should watch it anyway USA Today ranks the Utah-West Virginia 29th most-watchable this seasonAccording to College Football News, it’s 23rdSports Illustrated has it 17th (although it didn’t include the semifinals and the championship game in its rankings) You should watch it anyway Yes, a lot of the 92,000 seats in Cotton Bowl Stadium will be emptyWest Virginia’s athletic director told the Charleston Gazette-Mail the Mountaineers will not sell their allotment of 6,176 ticketsAnd nobody expects a lot of Utah fans to be there, either That’s not surprising, given the mediocre records; that it’s more than 1,200 miles from both Salt Lake City and Morgantown; and Dallas isn’t exactly a dream vacation spot in December — particularly when, if you’re traveling, you’ll have to miss Christmas at home to be there sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-649417"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":300,"height":250},"medium":{"width":728,"height":90},"large":{"width":970,"height":250}},"targetValues":["mob_cube3","leaderboard3","bb3"],"isResizeable":true}; But, hey, if I lived in the Dallas area, I’d buy a ticketAnd fans here in Utah don’t have a lot of excuses for not watching The Heart of Dallas Bowl won’t be hard to findIt’s on ESPN, so you can watch it on cable or satellite or stream it on your mobile device What else are you going to watch? “General Hospital”? “Young and the Restless”? “Rachel Ray”? “Maury”? The Liverpool-Swansea EPL match? (Not that there’s anything wrong with Premier League soccer.) If you have to work the day after Christmas, well, that sucks for youBut you could surreptitiously stream the game on your phone on the ESPN appOr you could stay off social media, record the game and watch it laterIt’s not like the winner of the Heart of Dallas Bowl is going to be huge, unavoidable news It’s easy to say Utah vsWest Virginia is not a big deal, but bowls are important to ESPNIt’s prominent programming for two-plus weeks every year, with another week devoted to coverage of the national championship game Which is why 35 of the 40 postseason games are on ESPN, ESPN2 or sister network ABCWhich is why ESPN helps prop up the bowl system by owning of them sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-5117704"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":300,"height":250},"medium":{"width":728,"height":90},"large":{"width":970,"height":250}},"targetValues":["mob_cube4","leaderboard4","bb4"],"isResizeable":true}; Not that there’s anything wrong with that No, the Heart of Dallas bowl isn’t ESPN’s top priorityBut the production team and the on-air talent — play-by-play announcer Roy Philpott; analyst Rene Ingoglia; and sideline reporter Kris Budden — will take the game seriouslyThey’ll provide the same technical expertise that’s become a trademark It’s easy to bag on ESPN, but the fact is that nobody does a better job telecasting live sports This is a chance for Utah to get a win over a team from another Power Five conferenceIt’s a chance for the Utes to finish the season with a winning record You don’t even have to be a Ute fanYou could be a Utah State or BYU fan, rooting for the Utes to loseYou could even be a BYU fan rooting for West Viriginia to lose because the Mountaineers got into the Big 12 and the Cougars didn’t You scoff, but I hear from people who think like that sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-1940277"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":300,"height":250},"medium":{"width":728,"height":90},"large":{"width":970,"height":250}},"targetValues":["mob_cube4","leaderboard4","bb4"],"isResizeable":true}; No, bowls aren’t what they used to beThere are too many of themAnd no bowl other than the two playoff semifinals actually means anything But you should watch the Heart of Dallas Bowl anyway Comments facebook twitter email spierce@sltrib.com twitter Follow @ScottDPierce M More Stories More Utes cruise to win over Northwestern State, 84-62 By Lynn Worthy • 2h ago Favors, looking like Rocky after a fight, cleared to play By Tony Jones • 3h ago Sources: Becky Sauerbrunn becomes Utah Royals' first commit By Maddie Lee • 3h ago More L The Latest Former Ute Kyle Kuzma's sensational 38 points leads Lakers over Rockets By The Associated Press • 1h ago 5 North Carolina 79-75" class="hidden-xs hidden-sm image-lazy img-responsive"> 5 North Carolina 79-75" class="hidden-md hidden-lg image-lazy img-responsive"> Around the Top 25: Wofford stuns No5 North Carolina 79-75 By The Associated Press • 1h ago Isby’s career-high 26 leads Utah Stpast Youngstown St By The Associated Press • 1h ago sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-138531"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":300,"height":250},"medium":{"width":300,"height":250},"large":{"width":300,"height":250}},"targetValues":["","","desktop_cube_a"],"isResizeable":false}; sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-3522552"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":0,"height":0},"medium":{"width":300,"height":250},"large":{"width":300,"height":250}},"targetValues":["","desktop_cube_b","desktop_cube_b"],"isResizeable":true}; sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-7571904"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":0,"height":0},"medium":{"width":0,"height":0},"large":{"width":300,"height":250}},"targetValues":["","","desktop_cube_c"],"isResizeable":true}; sltrib_global.ads.slots["sltrib-promo-99"]={"adUnitPath":"/89799359/new_sltrib.com/Sports_Section","sizeMapping":{"small":{"width":320,"height":50},"medium":{"width":0,"height":0},"large":{"width":1140,"height":90}},"targetValues":["mob_banner_fixed","","desktop_banner_fixed"],"isResizeable":true}; Connect facebook Facebook twitter Twitter Instagram

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