Blackout at Rice-Eccles Stadium

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A big night at Rice-Eccles stadium as the undefeated 8th ranked University of Utah host the 12th ranked TCU Horned Frogs.

This game not only has major conference implications, but a possible BCS invite on the line. And, the University is doing all it can to get fans involved and excited by calling for a "blackout."

"The concept is for fans to get excited and wear black to create as much of a home field advantage as we can," says Univ. of Utah Assistant Athletic Director, Zach Lassiter. "When thinking about which game to have the blackout we thought this would be a good one since both teams are nationally ranked. We've had so much positive response from students excited to wear their black Utah stuff."

Blackout at Rice-Eccles Stadium

And the Utah students like the idea of the blackout for this game.

Earlier this week, some had to wait as long as three hours to get tickets and then had to buy a new black Ute shirt.

Ute fans didn't mind. "I think it's cool, the football team in black. It's a change," one fan told KSL.

Another reason for the blackout, besides creating a home field atmosphere and excitement, is to put up the best image on the field and in the stands for tonight's national television audience.

Blackout at Rice-Eccles Stadium

"We looked at every angle that we could make the fans look good, the players look good especially for national television," said Lassiter. "We wanted to put our best foot forward of our football program."

Utah is also handing out black towels to fans to wave during the game.

Kickoff between the Utes and Horned Frogs is scheduled for 6 p.m. Stay with for a live game blog beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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