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Pac-12: Dennis Erickson has faced all of Utah's opponents

Published August 7, 2013 10:04 am

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Among the many remarkable distinctions of Utah co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson's career is the fact that he has gone against every opponent on the Utes' 2013 schedule - as a head coach.

I'm certain that no other assistant coach in the country can make such a claim.

That sequence of events dates to 1982, when Erickson became Idaho's head coach and faced Weber State. In another twist, he met Utah State (the Utes' season-opening opponent) in 2006, when he returned to Idaho for one season. As Miami's coach in 1990, Erickson and the Hurricanes launched their defense of a national championship with a loss to BYU and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

Erickson's stints at Oregon State and Arizona State matched him against all of Utah's Pac-12 opponents at various times - including Colorado, in his last victory as ASU's coach in 2011.