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Published: Saturday, Oct. 23 2010 11:49 p.m. MDT

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NC UTES 2010
Salt Lake City, UT

Tougher? So we'll beat SDSU, Air Force, Notre Dame, and little brother by an average of 30 instead of the 50-60 point range the past few weeks.

TCU is good no doubt. But with a national title game on the line(YES BOTH ESPN and Sports Illustrated have agreed there is a good chance) the outcome will be the same as last time TCU visited Rice Eccles.

The past few weeks TCU has been winning big - but not nearly as big as our victories, against comparable opponents.

I have said it since week 1 and I will say it again.

Utah WILL win the 2010 national championship.

We've seen the carnage going on in the rest of the big conferences. The ONLY undefeated teams at the end of the season will be Utah and Boise. With Boise's weak schedule we'll jump them and end up playing the SEC champ - likely Alabama even though they have 1 loss now.

It'll be a SUGAR BOWL REPEAT.

Utah over Alabama in the 2010 national championship.

Mark it down!

wwookie
Payson, UT

The TCU-Utah comparison is now taking shape.

TCU pitches shutouts or allows less than 10 pts while putting up 30 or 40.

Utah allows 10-20 points, but puts up 50 or 60.

Utahs defense is not as good as TCUs, but the Utah offense is better than the frogs offense. If it comes down to special teams, then Utah has a SLIGHT edge on them with both Shaky and Reggie in the return game and Phillips and Sellwood in the kicking game.

It will be a showdown, but the early prediction will be that Utah wins because of the homefield advantage. Rice-Eccles is a hard place to play and by the way this season has gone, anyone watching knows the Utes perform better at home. All of this will depend, of course, on whether Utah can maintain the turnover margin within 1.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Show down it will be.

"EARLY SACK: It didn't take long for Utah's starting offensive line to give up its second sack of the season. CSU's Mychal Sisson got to Wynn midway through the first quarter, sacking him for an 8-yard loss."

TCU defense is no cupcake and if the UTE O line is allowing sacks against these weaker teams what's going to happen when real teams show up to play? A Wynn train wreck?

I hope I have enough anti-depressants on hand in the ER for my Ute friends after this game. I really fear that life as they know it will end when their team loses.

Cougs4Life
Gilbert, AZ

"The ONLY undefeated teams at the end of the season will be Utah and Boise. With Boise's weak schedule we'll jump them and end up playing the SEC champ - likely Alabama even though they have 1 loss now."

I'm not sure that Utah fans should be disparaging anyone else's schedule at this point? Even if the Utes beat TCU, they won't be able to jump enough teams (even 1 loss teams with a significantly better schedule) to make it to a top 2 slot.

I still predict three loses for the U, maybe a fourth in the bowl game.

Not So Common Sense
Lehi, UT

Go Utes!

Utah vs TCU is the first time in history that two top 10 teams have played head to head in the state of Utah.

Its another BLACKOUT game for Utah.

Ute fans wear your black, and be LOUD. Lets show the Frogs what home field advantage is all about.

Go Utes!!

fender
Washington, UT

Cougs4life

So how is it you know more than the people who do this stuff for a living? Obviously, if the Utes win out anything is possible. While the scenario is unlikely, this is exactly the kind of wierd stuff that unfolded in '84 when BYU snuck in the back door with a weak schedule after much better teams sustained losses against much stronger schedules. Difference is an undefeated Utah will have played a better schedule than '84 BYU and would face a top notch opponent in the BCS bowl.

afro14
Sandy, UT

@ sammyg

Utah's starters have given up two sacks all year. That's about as close to perfection as you can get my friend.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington DC, MD

Don't even talk about BYU being a tough team on the schedule this year. 3-5 is laughable. Notre Dame is a joke this year as well.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington DC, MD

The last time Auburn went undefeated, so did Utah.

The deck is stacked in our favor this year with the cupcake cougars playing the part of BCS doormat that they have perfected by now.

Thriller
Saint George, UT

You're really bringing sack statistics as smack talk against the Utes?

You might as well trash their special teams, or their scoring offense, or their scoring defense. Oh wait, you can't because they excel in all those categories as well as just about every other major statistical category.

You're really scraping the bottom of the jealous smack-talk barrel if the only thing you can come up with is how many sacks Utah has allowed this year.

We've had a dominating year so far. The only thing the tougher part of the schedule will change is how much playing time our starters get. Instead of coming out in the 3rd quarter they might have to play the full game.

How great is it that we are nine weeks in and our starters have relatively little mileage on them. Being so rested will give them even more of an edge through the remainder of the year.

swaps
Las Animas, CO

Wish two of these tougher teams had already been played and two of the weaker teams were slated to be played now.

Utah will have to be up week after week from here on out. That is a tough mental challenge. Even Alabama had a down day, according to national media, but Utah won't be given a pass like 'Bama was. Neither will the Frogs. It's all or nothing for the busters...

The MWC did a good job of scripting this dramatic late season scenario. And if Utah sweeps it deserves the BCS championship game - against Auburn if it goes undefeated.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Cougs4life...

I doubt the Utes have a chance for the NC. I'm not touting that. But you are seriously a dolt if you think we will have four losses this year.

Oct. 30: @ AFA (definite win)
Nov. 6: TCU (win, but a possible loss)
Nov. 13: @ ND (definite win)
Nov. 20: @SDSU (definite win)
Nov. 27: BYU (definite win)
BOWL GAME: TBA (definite win)

Where do you find those four losses? Air Force? Nope. They lost to a SDSU team that lost to BYU. That's about as weak as it gets.

TCU? Doubtful, but possible. TCU is a great team, but so is Utah. Home field advantage is the difference here.

Notre Dame? Nope. The Irish are terrible.

SDSU? They're better for sure, but no chance they hang with Utah.

BYU? This is the weakest team left on the schedule and the biggest lock for a win remaining on the schedule.

Bowl? Nope. The Utes don't lose bowl games... to anyone.

Don't know where you get four losses from.

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