1973 Utah Utes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Utah during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. In his sixth and final season as head coach, Bill Meek led the Utes to a 4–2 mark in the WAC and 7–5 overall.
Five weeks after the season ended, Meek resigned in early
January Defensive line coach 1974.  Tom Lovat, a 35-year-old alumnus from Bingham, was retained for the interim for recruiting continuation, and was promoted later  that month.
  
Date Opponent Site Result
September 15 at No. 20 Texas Tech * L 22–29
September 22 UTEP W 82–6
September 29 at Oregon * W 35–17
October 6 at No. 16 UCLA * L 16–66
October 13 Wyoming Rice Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah W 50–16
October 20 at San Jose State * W 28–21
October 27 at Arizona L 21–42
November 3 No. 8 Arizona State Rice Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah W 36–31
November 10 at New Mexico W 36–35
November 17 Utah State * Rice Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah ( rivalry) W 31–28
November 24 BYU Rice Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah ( rivalry) L 22–46
December 1 at Hawaii * L 6–7 *Non-conference game Homecoming Rankings from AP Poll
1973 Utah Utes football team roster
(C) Team captain
NFL draft Edit
Four Utes were selected in the
1974 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).
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