The intriguing thing for the Utes isn't just getting in; it's that they could compete immediately, no warm-up required. Arizona and Arizona State have seldom shone, despite being in the Pac-10 since 1978. Between them, they've won one Rose Bowl. But the first two years they were in the conference, USC was a monster, going 23-1-1 and winning a national championship.
No such monster exists now.
Oregon is good, but that's about it, and its quarterback just got kicked off the team.
Since 1999, Utah has defeated every Pac-10 school except the ones it hasn't played (Washington, Stanford and Arizona State). Considering Washington went 4-5 last year in the conference, ASU 2-7 and Stanford 6-3, it's safe to say nobody's unbeatable.
Bowl jokes aside, maybe the only stop Ute fans make in Vegas from now on will be to gas up on the way to the West Coast.
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