College bowl: Like the Pro Bowl, we pick the state's two best football teams

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014 2:59 p.m. MST

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Taysom Hill, BYU

Hill made history in 2013 by becoming the first BYU quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards while passing for more than 2,000. Hill dazzled us with his rushing ability to begin the season, particularly as he rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns against Texas. However, he struggled with the passing game as he threw just one touchdown pass in the first five games of the season. That said, he threw 18 touchdowns in the final eight games of 2013. While Hill still has work to do, he has the potential to join BYU’s exclusive club of elite quarterbacks.

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Chuckie Keeton, USU

Keeton was the best quarterback in the state and a potential Heisman candidate before he tore his ACL midway through the season. In six games, he threw for 1,388 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was on pace for 42 touchdowns on the season, which would have been good for second best in the nation.

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Both BYU and Utah State had more players selected to these two teams than Utah did, yet the Utes beat both teams head to head.

Is it possible that some of the Cougar and Aggie players looked better than their Utah counterparts because they didn't play the same level of opponents as the Utes did?

Bountiful, UT

Sorry but way too many Dixie, Southern Utah, Weber St. picks.

St. George, UT

Can I make a third team of NEXT guys? Looks like it would be mostly Utes as DNews decided to ignore the BEST team in the state's players... My team would beat both of these teams handily.

Dallas, TX

This was kind of fun. I hear the Ute fans howling, but hey, you beat Stanford too. If this article were written about the PAC would it make sense to whine about Stanford being over represented on the list? I didn't think so.

Yes, Utah beat BYU and USU. But look at the way things went from there. Taysom Hill became a much better quarterback as a result of that loss and looks to have a pretty bright future, especially when you consider the direction of the NFL quarter back trends (big, dual threat).

USU still managed to put together a good season after losing the key to their offense. You would have to say that they must have had a few other good players to be able to do that.

Utah had lots to brag about. Give them their due. There were some really bright spots. But again, they won the big ones and lost the ones they probably should have won. Either coaches couldn't keep the team focused, or maybe players aren't living up to the hype. So if you're picking these teams, where would you place the blame. And don't give me the "level of competition" argument. One word WSU.

Salt Lake City, UT

It appears to me that alot of these choices have been based on writer's bias seeing as :

Williams is from SUU
Christiansen is from BYU
Peavler is from BYU
Judd is from BYU

For example, Honorable mention PAC 12 - Vincent Jones (center); Jason Whittingham (LB)

No disrespect to Matt Holley or Anthoney Morales, but come on guys.

And Tommy Collett Jr. over Eric Rowe - now that's funny.

Protecting This House
Salt Lake City, UT


Trying to argue that byu's body of work against similar quality opponents makes byu superior to Utah, is flawed in that the number of quality opponents byu faced were nowhere near the number of quality opponents the Utes faced, and will face, for years to come.

This upcoming season guarantees byu 6 plus cupcake games. Which eliminates the 'games against similar quality opponents' aspect of your argument. How big a deal can be made after wins over Savannah State, Middle Tennessee, UNLV, Virginia and the like?

Until byu plays a football schedule comparable to the Utes, the head-to-head will be the only true form of comparison between the in-state teams.

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

Protecting This House

If U can't stand the heat, get out of the house.

The Utes are getting just what they asked for, so stop whining about SOS.

BYU played a tougher schedule this year, than any schedule Utah had ever played prior to this year, yet BYU finished 8-5 with their 9th straight bowl appearance.

Let that sink in a little:

BYU played a tougher schedule in 2013, than any schedule Utah had ever played prior to 2013, yet BYU was still able to finish with a winning record and qualify for a bowl.

Prior to joining the PAC 12, Utah fans arrogantly claimed that Utah could compete with anybody, so stop whining about SOS.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

@Chris protecting the House B,

The lack of Utes on the list could be attributed to how poorly the Utes played as a team when they left the state, the lack of coaching and likely the lack of talent the Utes have currently on the roster. Utah had a tough schedule, definitely top five as most rankings I have seen them (highest 3rd lowest 22nd), but they lost to mediocre teams like Washington State and Arizona. Frankly both BYU and USU were better teams overall who caught the Utes at a bad time.

A win against MTS is comparable to Washington State, Cal or Colorado to more than half the country. MTS is a winning program the last several years and has speed and talent of second tier SEC players.


I guess you can say that there are too many SUU players. EXCEPT they finished their season ranked in the top 25 of FCS. Just because its a smaller school like SUU or Dixie State doesn't mean that the talent is worse. They could have some good players at certain positions. Just watch SUU play. I'm sure you might be a little shocked.


I guess head-to-head results mean nothing. Right?

Logan, UT


For USU vs Utah I would say ya that pretty much is true.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Jarvis

"Frankly BYU and USU were better teams overall who caught the Utes at a bad time."

Was that meant as a funny joke? USU played Utah with a healthy CK the very first game of the season when the Aggies had every incentive to win and maximized healthy talent to do it. Likewise, byu played Utah off of a bye week week, with extra time to prepare and riding the momentum wave of beating Texas. The thing in common with both USU and byu is that they still could not beat Utah under such favorable circumstances.

Also, be careful in designating Washington State and Arizona as 'mediocre' teams. Washington State beat USC in LA, and Arizona took Oregon to the woodshed. A more appropriate mediocre team would be byu, who beats most of the teams they should beat (save Virginia), and loses to every other team that is increased competition.

Layton, UT

I'll take the Utes vs an all star team from the rest of the state. Scoreboard! Go Utes!

Layton, UT

Question...If any college anywhere had their choice of any major college coach in the state, who would they pick?...Whit, hands down! Go Utes!

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah


No joke pal. utah did beat USU with a healthy team, I will give you that... but you barely won. Your head coach, defensive coordinator, and multiple players were quoted as saying "we were lucky", it was not the slaughter you are trying to portray.
Why is it so hard for ute fans to admit they have struggled a bit the last few years? You have quite a few talented kids, some coaching issues and inconsistency you are trying to work through, and in a tough conference. You act as if everyone should believe utah is the best in the country?!
Beating a team on a given week does not equal season dominance. utah started out strong but fizzled, so maybe they are not the best team in the state. utah beat Stanford, but no one, including rational ute fans would say utah was the best team in the pac because they beat Stanford.

maybe when the utes were in the MWC whit would have been the choice, but not anymore!

Riverton, UT

You Utah homers can keep making excuses for not getting into bowl games just because you can't beat Washington State or Colorado in different years and saying that you beat USU and BYU at the first of the year when you actually had less injuries than the other two teams at that juncture, but remember Witt is running for his job, firing and hiring every one in sight, because he knows his heads on the line if they continue their PUC 12 non success. Of all the college coaching vacancies this year, I heard Matt and Bronco, but never Wittingham mentioned. Are you that Utah crazy that you don't see the writing on the wall like Kyle does?

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ sofa

Not the best team in the country by a long shot. Just the best team in the state, even while struggling against a legitimate schedule. Head to head always wins out. No matter how fans like yourself try to spin it otherwise. If it doesn't, what's the point of even playing the game? Utah had a 'W' in the column on the days they played USU, byu, and Stanford. That means they were the better and more prepared team on game day (the only day it matters). It's not important if the win came by 1 point or 40, winning is winning, and losing is losing. I know that stings, but your team will get another shot at the U in a few years. Until then enjoy wins over the creampuffs!

Holladay, UT

So I'm assuming that if Utah had lost to byu and USU, then played a scheduled similar to byu's, going 8-5 with a bunch of wins over teams like Middle Tennessee State (who?) instead of playing a top 5 schedule, then Utah would be considered the best team in the state?

It doesn't make sense.

The fact is, Utah beat both USU and byu (on byu's field). Then they played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and struggled with it. Utah is the best team in the state.

Highland, UT

I enjoy the angst of the utah "fans" over this article, it is as if they don't realize they are "fans" of a multi year loser and multi year non bowl qualifier. lol

I wonder how christina is taking the news that frison decommitted? That's right by the way, he didn't just decide to listen to some other schools, he completely decommitted. Interesting.

John S. Harvey
Sandy, UT

"Question...If any college anywhere had their choice of any major college coach in the state, who would they pick?...Whit, hands down! Go Utes!"

Well if the Utes have another few seasons like the last few probably any college in the country *could* consider making Whitingham an offer as he would likely be available.

California Cougar
Anaheim, CA


So your "third team" of Utes, without Jake Murphy, Jeremiah Poutasi, Bubba Poole, Dres Anderson, Trevor Reilly, Tenny Palepoi and Keith McGill, would beat both of these teams handily? Really?

I think even Chris B would be hard pressed to agree with you on this one.

John Locke
Ivins, , UT

Very Deseret News politeness on this one...everybody wins!

New to Utah

This was really a fun article. I simply cannot get enough college
football especially the positive articles like this one that feature the
accomplishments of these student athletes.

Holladay, UT

Utah is right where I expected them to be, but lower than I hoped. The PAC-12 is a tough conference and Utah is still learning how to win consistently in it, week after week! However, I have no doubt that BYU would flail aimlessly I the PAC-12, probably worse than Utah! Utah fans are totally enjoying playing big time opponents week in and week out, while beating both BYU and Utah St. the majority of the time. It's the best of both worlds: PAC-12 competitor, and the best team (clearly) in the state.

Highland, UT

@86 90

"Competitors" don't go 4-5, 3-6, 2-7. lol

Sparkley Briefs
New York, NY


They don't go 0-4 either. Lol!

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