Utah using ‘cupcake game’ comments as motivation

Usually, the first week of college football is either filled with high-profile games such as Wisconsin vs. Alabama or throw-away games like Florida State vs Texas State. Games like the latter are usually deemed “cupcake games,” stating that one team will crush the other with relative ease.

Recently, Popular Mechanics was running through the opening week of college football when it stopped at the Utah vs Michigan game. The magazine went on to state that the game was one of those “cupcake games” for the Wolverines and that didn’t sit too well with the Utes.

According to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah players and even their head coach responded to the comments. They actually have tacked that section of the magazine on their bulletin board and are using it as motivation.

“Our team is always juiced no matter what,” said Utah senior wide receiver Kenneth Scott. “So, with that little thing that they put in our locker room about us being a cupcake game it definitely puts more intensity into the game, just because of that little statement that was made. And plus we’re always trying to prove everybody wrong, because everyone sees us as the underdog, so we always have the chip on our shoulder.”

“There’s no problem getting up for Michigan,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “This game has had our attention since way back in late December of the last year. Our players are excited about it. It’s a great opportunity and it will draw a lot of national attention.”

If the magazine wanted to get the Utes riled up, they did a good job of it. The two teams square off in Riccles Stadium in Salt Lake City a week from Thursday.

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  • Caleb BaileyCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
    Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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