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The Utah Utes are gearing up for an intriguing season opener against the Florida Gators, as they aim for revenge against a rebuilding Florida team. With key players returning, the Utes are primed for another successful campaign under head coach Kyle Whittingham.

In their previous clash, Utah showcased its resilience against Florida, nearly securing a victory. The Utes had the Gators on the ropes, only to be denied by a late interception. The memory of that close encounter serves as motivation for Utah, and the team is eager to start the season on a strong note, building upon their past success.

Utah’s recent history speaks volumes about its football prowess, as they enter the 2023 season as the two-time defending Pac-12 champions. The program’s consistent success has solidified its reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the conference. As the team prepares to face the Gators, Utah is confident in its chance to seek revenge and make a statement on the national stage.

One of the Utes’ biggest advantages lies in its roster continuity. Quarterback Cameron Rising, whose recovery is on track from the knee injury sustained in the Rose Bowl, returns to lead the offense. Rising’s experience and leadership will be invaluable in guiding the team to victory. With a talented supporting cast, including a formidable offensive line, the Utes possess the firepower to overcome any defensive challenge posed by the Gators.

However, the season opener against Florida will not be a walk in the park. The Gators, led by head coach Billy Napier, are determined to rebound from a challenging 2022 campaign and regain their position as contenders in the SEC. While Florida’s roster has undergone changes, they remain a formidable opponent. Utah cannot underestimate the Gators’ potential to surprise, particularly in a high-stakes season opener.

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