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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 3 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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San Diego, CA

It looks like the 2 coaches are trying to out-praise the other.

These 2 schools are really the top 2 in MWC--the so-called tier 1

Tier-2: AFA, SDSU

Tier-3: BYU and the rest of the conference

Springville, UT

Nice to see BYU, a former NC, relegated to a Tier 3 status by SoCalUtesFan. It must really mean something to these Ute fans to run down a historic program like BYU's in an off year. It's just one season, it's temporary and accepted but it's not current news nor has it any historical significance.

The BIG news is the game this weekend. It's ALL or nothin' for TCU and the Utes.

It's going to be a slugfest for the brass ring, a probable ticket to a big BCS game but I doubt the NC. Unless the AQ teams really lose their composure it just doesn't look good for the MWC champs. Still a lot of football to be played and any given team can pull off an upset.

So this weekend the BCS boys will see one team eliminated from the nasty formula they are trying to balance. Look for the BCS to appease last year's backslap by pitting BSU and TCU against other teams to save some face.

Sorry Utes, keep dreamin'

Ogden, UT

@ sammyg

The BCS has so much egg on its face that we have proof already that it couldn't care less about "saving face." Just watch. Whoever wins between Utah and TCU will play Boise State in a BCS, non-NC game. Put money on it. That way the BCS will again dismiss these teams as "ugly sisters" whom they were compelled to include somehow in the BCS end-of-year celebrations.

Two or three years from now the only college football fans who will remember the year that three non-BCSers were in the top five will reside in Idaho, Utah, and a little community outside Dallas.

Draper, UT


"A historic program like BYU's..."

You're correct. The only thing remarkable about BYU's program is its quarter-century old "history."

Other "historical" programs include: SMU, Houston, Pittsburgh, Washington, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and other perennial cellar dwellers.

Unfortunately for Cougar fans, no one respects ancient history.

Stansbury Park, UT

@ Sammyg

You are right. BYU's program is historic.. with an empahsis on history. Now, moving on to this decade.

Utah is looking at a possible 3 undefeated seasons and 3 BCS conference bowl wins in the last seven years. Not bad.. not bad at all. No wonder the PAC 10 looked to Utah to expand their conference. We're not dreamin.. we're living the dream.

TCU is ranked #4 for a reason, and beating them won't be easy. Then again, beating Alabama 31-17 to cap the 2008 schedule and finish #2 wasn't easy either. I wouldn't count the UTE's out quite yet.

To the UTE haters: Sorry dudes. You're going to be a frustrated lot for a long time to come. Utah is getting nothing but better. Wynn's only a sophomore and recruiting will be great in the PAC12. But Don't you worry, the TDS will be back to a solid .500 program in no time.

Big Game This Saturday. Utah by 3.

GO UTES!!!!!!!

Come On
Salt Lake City, UT

sammyg, please let the NC thing go! It was like a 100 yrs ago and really the last 5 or so is all that matters. Can't keep living off things that happened long ago....live in the now!

Game For Any Fuss
Draper, UT

Pretty hilarious to see all the Cougar fans like sammyg and counter intelligence out trolling the Utah articles, again.

What boys, nothing interesting happening in your program? Not stoked for the big UNLV game this Saturday?

I guess I can't blame you for being so obsessed with Utah...

Orem, UT

Go Utes!!! It's great to have a Team in Utah that has a chance for a National Championship. TCU is a great team, but so is Utah and they have TCU at home which I think will be the difference. Utah by 5

Trabuco Canyon, CA

@ Counter Intelligence Interesting comments about "petty Ute fans who seem to hate BYU"
I read a lot of sports articles in the Deseret News, and what I observe is that Utah fans tease and poke fun of BYU fans. But, On the other side, BYU fans quite often express 'hatred' and anger and loathing for the UTAH fans. I would ask you....who is it the really hates who?

Eagle Mountain, UT

May the best team win! My prediction is that TCU will will by less than 2 touchdowns. I think they have a better defense and their more mature qb will handle pressure better. I think that of the two teams, TCU has the best chance of a NC game appearance if the stars align. For all you no class commenters; Graduate from Junior High School already and show some class. Yes BYU is having an off year. They will be back. Utah is having a great year and are definitely on an upswing now. We are all proud of them. Both teams have a lot more class than is being shown by some of your comments.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Goodtimes, counting your redtailed chickens before they hatch?

Moving on to this decade (2010 is the 1st year of the decade, btw):

Utah is 8-0, #6/#6 in the polls, with lots of potential, but no significant wins against the 98th softest schedule to date:

Pittsburgh 5-3
UNLV 1-7
New Mexico 0-8
San Jose St 1-8
Iowa St 5-4
Wyoming 2-7
Colo St 3-6
Air Force 5-4

Combined record of Utah opponents to date 22-47

Yes, I know, it's considered "jealous hating" when you simply state facts to our overly sensitive friends on the hill.

Ogden, UT

All you Utah fans sound like teenagers talking to their parents and claiming that 70s, 80s, and even 90s were ancient history. Just look at the Wittinham/Mendenhall years, if you don't want to look at earlier years. How many times has Bronco beat Kyle? Three out of five.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Last 5 years:

2006 #16/#15 BYU(11-2) 1st, unranked Utah(8-5) 3rd; BYU 33-31
2007 #14/#15 BYU(11-2) 1st, unranked Utah(9-3) 3rd; BYU 17-10
2008 #25/#21 BYU(10-3) 3rd, #2/#4 Utah(13-0) 1st; Utah 48-24
2009 #12/#12 BYU(11-2) 2nd, #18/#18 Utah(10-3) 3rd; BYU 26-23
2010 unranked BYU(3-5) TBD, #6/#6 Utah(8-0) TBD; TBD

Top 25 Finishes
Utah 2 + TBD

MWC Championships
Utah 1 + TBD

BYU is going through a rebuilding year and Utah is having a great year, so far.

BYU just finished their 2nd decade with 5 or more Top 25 finishes.

Utah has never done that.

Beat TCU and finish with a national championship and Utah will move into elite status, at least for this decade.

Lose to TCU and Utah risks finishing with another good, but not great season.

Aggie Fan
South Jordan, UT

Love it "anti BCS". You make more sense than anyone on here. I love how Utah fans think they are really that good this year. You haven't played anyone. I would love to see Utah win Saturday, but it isn't going to happen. Jordan Wynn will be exposed as the average QB he really is. Terrance Cain is better than Wynn, but that's besides the point. Wynn, please step into a pass this year when someone is about to hit you and quit running away and throwing off your back foot. You won't be able to throw off your back and not get picked in this game. It's true Utah fans. BYU has beaten you 3 of 4 years. 1 year doesn't change the fact that Utah has a better program. Good luck on Saturday, you will need it.

San Diego, CA

"A historic program like BYU's..."

Yes, this is a correct statement.

BYU football program is the 20th century story.

Utah football program is a great story of this century. And will continue as such.

And this year is not just "an off year".
It will be the start of the down-hill slide from now on.
BYU is going down the same path with Notre Dame.

Springville, UT

A Hostess Twinkie toast to the Utes for running the gauntlet of cupcakes thus far.

AFA was your toughest game so far this season and you're about to open a whole can of 'you know what' this weekend.

Let the beatings begin!

TCU by 14.

I can hear the 'buh bye' from the BCS boys already.

There will be extra psychiatric help and shock therapy for those 'special' fans that need some mental support for the remaining season after Saturday's game.

I'll do what I can from this end for moral support.

And just to help you Ute fans along, there is more football next week, then next week, AND THEN there's that BYU game too!

Football will never be the same after this year. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Ann Arbor, MI


The tds bitterness and jealousy is just oozing for one post to the next. So much for the moral high ground. At some point in the near future you’ll crawl back under your rock and live the life you’ve been destined to — an independent Mid- Major.

Las Vegas, NV

SammyG: Thanks for bringing up 1984 AGAIN! Come into this CENTURY!! Can't wait for November 27 when we will be your host and you will be our Hostess!!

Thanks for your predictions. You have never been correct on a single one! So I feel comfortable about our chances this weekend. Are you going to be able to swallow your hate next week and give us our due like you promised if we win?

"It's just one season, it's temporary and accepted but it's not current news nor has it any historical significance." In the last 17 years, you had 5 ending rankings, two at 25 and your highest was 12. No BCS games and your coach has a 3-2 bowl record, ALL in Vegas with no bowl this year! Hardly temporary considering this is the first year of mostly total Bronko recruited players. 17 years is a trend, a pattern, not temporary!! Now you have WAC "independence"!

Good luck this weekend against the .... who are you playing? Never mind, No one cares!! Whoever you are playing, you will need luck. No more help for you from the booth officials!!

Go Utes!! Squash the Toads!!

Salt Lake City, UT

I think that's the first Hostess joke I've heard from a BYU fan. Congrats on your originality!

Las Vegas, NV

Sorry, I said the last 17 years, I should have said since 1996, which would make this the 15th season, not 17th. Anyway, you get the idea!

Hello SammyG! Let me introduce you to the 21st century, I believe you two have never met!

Go Utes!! Squash the toads! Make Sammy cry!!

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