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Utes fooball: Utah, Colorado both face 'little brothers' in Pac-12 opening weekend

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 1:42 a.m. MDT

Utah Utes wide receiver DeVonte Christopher (10) cant come up with the last chance pass as Utah State Aggies cornerback Will Davis (17) defends in Logan  Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes wide receiver DeVonte Christopher (10) cant come up with the last chance pass as Utah State Aggies cornerback Will Davis (17) defends in Logan Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The University of Utah and the University of Colorado may have more in common than being Pac-12 newbies together.

Although the Buffaloes have had a significantly less successful three-year bout in the conference, both football teams have struggled tremendously. Another commonality: Colorado and Utah have both had recent struggles with their "little brothers."

Ted Miller of the ESPN Pac-12 blog pointed out that last season the Utes, as everyone in the state of Utah should know by now, lost to Utah State for the first time in 12 contests. A fact that is lesser known in Utah is that the Colorado Buffaloes also lost to their "little brother" during the same season.

The Buffaloes fell to Colorado State in their 2012 opener, 22-17. This loss, as was Utah's loss to the Aggies, was disheartening and possibly set the tone for the entire season.

Colorado State outside linebackers Aaron Davis, left, and Cory James, right, stop Colorado tailback Tony Jones in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Colorado State outside linebackers Aaron Davis, left, and Cory James, right, stop Colorado tailback Tony Jones in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

"Me personally, I didn't take it well," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I wasn't able to put it behind me and move forward quick enough."

Now, in a repeat of last year, both the Utes and the Buffaloes have something against their Mountain West Conference in-state foes.

Read the full blog post on ESPN's Pac-12 Blog.

Whitney O'Bannon is a new media sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow on Twitter at @whitney_oban.

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