It will be interesting to see who shows up on the boards next year if Utah
implodes in the Pac-something, it will be fun to read the spin and excuses for
why they are so sorry. I can't wait!Meanwhile BYU goes in to SEC
country and beats another BCS opponent, then beats Texas(BCS win 2),(they won't
be much better next year) then beat everyone else they play, including the
Utes(BCS win 3) in Sept. Next year will be so much fun.
The thing I love best about college football is every 4/5 years you have
completely new teams. Some programs have created legacies that enable them to
recruit at a high level. But even in that case as we have seen with Florida and
USC, they too go through cycles, or coaching changes. This years best teams
could be struggling in 5 years from now.What Utah and BYU did this
year will mean little to nothing in 2 years from now. Their recruiting will
have changed completely. Utah will be playing on a stage that includes one of
the biggest TV markets in the country -and while most will not be Utah fans,
most Pac 10 fans will care how the Utes do.BYU has been promised a
national stage each and every week, just like Notre Dame. But just as most of
the nation doesn't tune in to Notre Dame games, most of the nation will equally
care less about BYU football. BYU has two years to prove they are worth
watching or else they will be shoved to Friday nights like Rutgers and other
second tier teams. It should be an interesting ride.
Many seem to peg Utah success on future recruiting- big problem there- lets make
you an 18 year old kid- here are your options- really really nice facilities in
a warm place on the coast or in Az. or even Pacific NW (no snow in most places)
and no weird religious stuff (per the 18 year old mind) or Utah with facilities
out done by several Texas HS and cold and snow a large portion of the academic
year- you pick- I wonder what the average 4 star recruit will take?- yeah you
may still land the 2 and 3 star types but that does not cut it no matter how
hard they play- just ask BYU- talent in the end does matter- all the passion in
the world is nice but just makes you bowl elligible most of the time
@ afro14Way to aim for the stars. The "C" in
"BCS" stands for Championship (it does a poor job, yes, but that's the
crummy system we have today). Have you noticed that nearly all of the time on
the weekly ESPN BCS is centered around the debate of who is playing in the
championship game? But you, you want to debate the access a 1-loss team has to
the lesser BCS bowls. Those games are nothing more than a big fat paycheck for
the team---hush money more like it. As a fan, you don't get to see any of it,
you just get robbed of a true playoff, so why are you so happy? Your team had
as good a resume as 2008 Florida, but we'll never know...My
employer, KU, won the Orange Bowl in 2008. I didn't see a penny. They put up a
sign on I-70 for one year, then took it down, **because it was just one game**.
Three months later, KU took the b-ball tournament. That's the real deal. That
sign (pointing out all 5 championships) is never coming down.
Kyle's record: overall: 58-19BCS: 1-0bowl: 5-0"quest": 1famous t-shirts: 0Bronco's record:overall: 55-21BCS: 0-0bowl: 3-2"quest": 0famous t-shirts: 2 --Quest for Perfection; Band of Little Brothers
@ bigdaddyakat USCat Oregon StateCalUCLAat
Arizonanot to mentionat PittYep. Cupcake Schedule.
You nailed it.
@Rock Chalk BYUYep, Notre Dame went to BCS games in 2006 and 2007,
and they went with a 9-2 and a 10-3 record, respectively, and got killed in both
games. The result of having lots of money, a good deal with the BCS, and a very
flawed post season system. BYU doesn't have the same tradition as
Notre Dame, nor do they have the same connections with the BCS, therefore,
nothing less than a perfect record will do. It'll be very tough to come by,
especially since the weakness of a mostly WAC team schedule forces the Y to
schedule very good teams in order to compensate. Best of luck.
Bottom line...BYU still hasn't figured out how to score 17 points
against teams with 4 or more wins on the road.Utah lost its mojo in
4 of the last 5 games yet still manged to go 3-2.@Xpat"I
was a Sun Devil fan growing up, then they got too big for the WAC and jumped to
the PAC about the same time BYU got Lavell Edwards"So are you
now going to root for Boise or Nevada since BYU is too big for the MWC and
jumping to Indy?Sorry but a true fan doesn't jump from winning team
to winning team.I'm a Ute and Sun Devil alum, but a Ute for life
regardless of which conference they play in.
@UU32 "It will not be an easy road in the PAC-12 for sure. Tough teams week
in and week out. Tough venues and high expectations. But isn't that what we
wanted?"Well put. I love this comment from you. There are a
lot of dreamers on this board that think they can predict a future demise or
mediocrity for your team. No one can predict the future. But in the end, MWC,
been there, done that. U asked for more, and U got it. You can't ask for
anything more than an opportunity to prove yourself.
This article's purpose is to soothe the wounded Cougar fans after a bitter
battle and loss to Utah 17-16.Why would anyone want to talk about
next year while in November--with the incoming class is still
incomplete--especially to bring out the negatives of a 10-2 team?
Funny how these byu fans just can't get over themselves. Despite all their
predictions of Utahs doom and gloom in this game, the Utes came out on top. Sorry cougs, in general you lack class. Utes, great game and
good luck in the PAC. 6th in the PAC is where the expectations lie, but I
believe you will still be better than UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona (and of
course ASU, UW, WSU, UC and Cal). That would put you at 4th. The other 3 schools
will probably dominate, but USC definitely has MORE uncertainty about their
future than the Utes, so that could move you up to 3rd. And who knows if any key
players from the Ducks or the Cardinal leave early for the NFL.Either way, next season will be exciting.
@anti BCSUtah lost by 40 at home to a team that is most likely to
finish #2.The 2009 #7 BYU team lost at home by 26 points to FSU
(54-28). The same FSU team that finished 7-6. The FSU team was 6-6
in the regular season only because they barley beat a Division 2 team
Jacksonville State 19-9. The Ute team that lost 0-27 was mediocre at
best, after that loss Utah is 41-6. Utah State 31 BYU 16... BYU is
5-2 after that loss.So whats more embarrassing? Who cares. My
original point was that if the 2010 Ute team is overrate as BYU fans claim then
I would like to know what you guys think about BYUs 2008 team?I can
live with losing to cupcakes once in a while as long as we rebuild for top 25
rankings and don't become a cupcake our self. Kyle leaves the
conference accomplishing Bronco's "Perfection" quest.
@PavalovaI just hope we are as good as BYU playing in Vegas: 3-2.Being 4-6th place in the PAC-12 is better then being 5th place MWC team
(see 2010 BYU team for details).Will Utah struggle? Yes. We have
problems that need fixing as mentioned in the article.Are we a 6th
place team in the PAC-12? No idea, it depends on the talent coming in and
improvements made by the coaching staff.For example, how many
thought after losing in the national scam called the BCS title game last year
that Texas would finish 5-7 this year?
UteologyWhen was the last time BYU was shutout 0-27 by a two win
team?When was the last time a ranked BYU team lost a home game by 40
points?For all your talk about embarrassing losses, NOTHING in BYU's
history comes close those two stinkers Utah had in the last 5 years.Bronco leaves the MWC having NEVER lost to Colorado State, Wyoming, New
Mexico, or UNLV.Kyle leaves the MWC having lost to EVERY team in the
MWC.Utah, a "Top 5" just a month ago, just barely beat a
6-5 team that was 2-5 earlier in the season. A 9-2, Top 25 team with an
experienced QB, playing at home against a 6-5 team with a true freshman starting
QB, and it took several lucky bounces -- a tipped pass that should have been
offensive pass interference, a shanked punt that took a lucky bounce into the
back of a blocker, and a blown call on a fumble when the runner was clearly down
-- to pull off a 1-point win in a game they trailed from early 1st quarter until
very late 4th quarter.Utah was more lucky than good.
yarrlydarb | 11:16 a.m. Nov. 29, 2010"As Saturday's game proved, the
Cougars were every bit as good as the Utes and truly ended up the better team
overall."---------Really? How many
teams did you win that had 6 or more wins?BYU: SDSU*Utah:
@AFA, @SDSU, Pitt, BYU4 to 1 and not a single win on the road for
BYU.BYU lit up the scoreboard against 3 of the 4 last cupcakes they
played but again struggled to score against a team with a winning record.All year long you haven't scored more then 16 points on the road except
for @CSU (3-9).If Utah is overrated then what does this mean about
the 2008 "Perfection" Quest?#16 10-2 BYU 217-5
Arizona 31BTW unlike that team at least Utah destroyed all its
cupcakes.BYU 280-12 @Washington 27Didn't you only
win that game on a bad call?
It will not be an easy road in the PAC-12 for sure. Tough teams week in and week
out. Tough venues and high expectations. But isn't that what we wanted? It may
take a few years to get the depth required to operate at a high level, but Coach
Whit is up to the task. We also may have to spend the money to upgrade the
offensive coaching staff. Would love to see A-Rod stick around as a position
coach, but he could use a few more years of seasoning on the play calling front
(Maybe he could learn from Norm Chow?). I say bring on the PAC-12 the football
team is ready for it. Now basketball, that is one that needs an overhaul.
Utah may have to bring in a junior college transfer to compete for the
quarterback job, And the weakness at safety was first exploited by TCU, then
Notre Dame. San Diego State is an imporving team, so the Ute's win there was a
quality win.While everyone is saying one-loss Boise State is a fake,
I think Boise State and Nevada are both top tier teams this year and I wish
either one had played Alabama or Florida this year. But Bama needs to schedule a
Divison 3 team for a much needed breather. Tennessee scheduled Wyoming for that
reason and got beat by the cowboys on their home field.Everything
rises and falls year to year. i. e. Florida.Utah has a winning
record against the pac-10 now in recent years so it should at least be a
mid-level team, even next year If the QB and safety weaknesses can be worked on.
But maybe TCU looks smarter for bolting the MWC for the Big East,
where it can beat up those teams for a few years and then people will realize
the MWC of the pst few years was a very good conference.
@y be good when U CAN BE a YEWT!Looking at developing trends BYU is
on an upswing and the Pew is going in the opposite direction. Factor in the Pews
.500 record vs the Pac 10 during Kwhitt's tenure and it's a recipe for
disappearing into mediocrity next season. Your one saving grace is they gave you
a cupcake schedule again, no Oregon or Stanford.Next season you can
look forward to an inconsistent QB who falls apart in big games (and got worse
as the season wore on), an O-line that can't run block, a smallish defense with
no team speed, and a rushing attack bereft of Pac 10 caliber running backs.Meanwhile BYU has almost their entire team returning, put a ton of
freshman on the field this year and watched them gel and put it altogether on
the field getting better week after week. They also have better team speed on
defense than the Yewts.Next season will be a fun one in more than
one way.It doesn't instill a lot of confidence.
Mike Sorenson said, "But after that, the Utes will need to make a few
serious upgrades to compete well in the Pac-12 and have any chance to make it 11
straight bowl wins next year."That's kind of funny, the Yewts
have to upgrade just to get back to the Poinsettia Bowl or the LVB. The problems
this year is they were too small and slow on defense in their back 7. Up front
they were big enough but still slow.Scott would be a nice addition
at WR along with Christopher who has turned into a very good one. The big
concern is the QB. Wynn has been very inconsistent. That's okay in the MWC but
will be a recipe for disaster in the Pac 10. Also, RB is a concern.
I like little Vakapuna but he's raw and inexperienced. Same with Sean Asiata and
anyone else on the depth chart.Fortunately for the Yewts they don't
have to play Oregon or Stanford next year. Another lucky break.
The only thing certain about Utah's football future is that they will be playing
for the LV bowl or nothing every year.
BYU fans used to argue that the MWC was every bit as strong as AQ conferences
like the PAC10. What has changed, besides their arch rival getting their golden
Just because Utah barely beat SDSU, AF, and BYU doesn't mean there goung to
killed in the pac 12. Auburn, Oregon, TCU and many other top ten teams have had
close games but pulled out the victory.
This article is about how Utah will do next year in the PAC-12. It has nothing
to do with BYU, sportsmanship, Max Hall etc. Sportsmanship is getting
ridiculous and like most things in life, there seems to be a shrinking middle
ground and there are those that are way too sensitive about upsetting someone
and those that are way too over the top about celebrating a victory. I prefer
the raw emotion of college sports, whether it is over zealous celebrating at the
end, stinging comments about a rival, or some pushing and shoving before, during
and after a game. it is all great.
@pavalovalol, i am glad you know me so well. 1)
frankly, I dont care about Max Hall's comments. It has never once bothered me.
What bothered me is that he took the attention away from his teammate who really
made the big play. 2) Austin Collie, eh, who cares? 3)
you need to watch the video. I wouldn't bring it up, but Jan Jorgenson has
repeatedly said on his radio show that Max deliberately found sylvester and
shoved him. The two have some history from previous games. But yes, max
deliberately did that, and it is no different from what martinez did. Both were
wrong. But, your own guy, Jan, disagrees with your assessment. Sorry!
@ Big Ben,There's a difference in running into the endzone chasing
down the player that just scored, compared to running up to the kicker who just
missed and getting in his grill 3 seperate times.Hall may have
pushed Sylvester on his way to the EZ to meet up with George, but he didn't seek
out Sylvester and yell in his face. Not sure if you realize there
is a difference between those actions...then again being a U fan, you tend to
blow things out of proportion when they're against you, (Hall and Collie's
comments) and minimize them when it's not to your advantage.
Isn't it funny that USC is inelgible & the PAC hasa shortage of qualifying
teams?Whit will be able to outcoach Neuheisel, whoever will be @ CU
& Az St.Worst case scenario; its a lateral move. Utah IMO will
be fine next yr & in seasons to come.I look fwd to their
crushing Oregon St or the mutts from Seattle and their overrated coach & QB
in the Vegas Bowl.
"However, the Utes won't have any UNLVs, New Mexicos or Colorado States to
pile on in the Pac-12."Ahem. Washington State?
@Kyle Loves BYU,wow, I haven't posted in a long time here!Anyway, what the poster is referring to is Max Hall running up and shoving
Stevenson Sylvester in the back last year after the Andrew George run, he isn't
referring to Max's comments. If you call out Martinez, you ought to
call out Hall too. Gotta be fair.
Nothing uncertain about your future..you fit in right below Washington State and
right above Colorado. But look at the beright side...you were the booby prize
and so you won't get any money!
yarlydarb, Funny how Y fans continually talk about BYU is the better team.
Cougars lost the total yardage and turnover battle not to mention the final
score. As for the full season, BYUs SOS was 52, Utah's 67... not much
difference there. When comparing common opponents, BYU lost to AF at home while
Utah beat AF on the road. When you consider that BYU lost the head-to-head game
to the Utes and also lost to Utah State, you're really making a huge leap to say
BYU is the better team this year
re: Cottonwood LowsFiction: They can still make it to a championship
game (BYU wouldn't know what that is) Fact: BYU played in a couple
of WAC championship games, but more importantly, the Cougars won the ultimate
championship, the National Championship; BYU proved that it doesn't matter what
bowl you play in, the most important thing is finishing #1 in the polls Fiction: then to the Rose Bowl... Fact: get there first,
then U can crow about it; until then, the U is nothing but the next Arizona - 30
years in the PAC and still looking for it's first Rose BowlFiction:
There is no reason Utah can't win the SouthFact: Actually, there's
one very glaring reason; the Utes aren't capable of beating good PAC teams on
the roadThe 10-2 Utes are still more worried about BYU than they are
the PAC 12.Guaranteed, Utah fans will be far more focused on BYU
next year, than on any team in the PAC 12. There won't be a day go by that Utah
fans won't make some reference to BYU.
This 6-6 team had you beat in your stadium. You lose a lot of offensive weapons
next year so perhaps the worrying should come from RES. U won't be last in the
P10, that belongs to Colorado and/or WSU. The U is probably a 4-6th place team
and will be an annual invitee to the Vegas bowl on the years that U are bowl
@ All of you Yners You and and the author of this article know next to nothing
about football or sports for that matter.Utah's defense didn't all of the
sudden become bad. The biggest concern is that it is in their head. They lost
confidence in the TCU game. (Which they weren't mentally prepared for in the
first place.) They will be great again next year. The Utes do have a problem at
QB with 'Happy Feet' Wynn. Hopefully someone can beat him out of the starting
position next year.As far as the Yner cewgs go, You guys barely had
winning record this year. You're going 'Independent' next year, and will LOSE
each of your first three games of the season. All you can do is predict bad
results for the Utes. MMM sounds like 'Loserville' to me. The good news is...
Remember 1984?!? Wahoo!Go Utes!!
After dismal performances this year and a "lucky to win" game last
Saturday, recruits won't be to encouraged to look at Utah. The Utes really
needed to make a statement and get steam to end this year. They've really ended
on a sour note. Nobody was really impressed with their win over BYU, they are
being considered lucky, not good.
Utah will be just fine, no one expects them to go undefeated like they did in
'08, but they don't have to. They can still make it to a championship game
(tds wouldnt know what that is) and then to the Rose Bowl (tds wouldnt know what
that is either) if they pull off the win. There is no reason Utah can't win
the South, that ND team beat USC too. Utah did enough to beat AFA, did enough
to beat SDSU and did enough to beat tds; they will do it next year! That is
what good teams do! For all the tds fans making comments you need to
worry more about not starting 1-5 again next year. Stop worrying about a 10-2
Utes and concentrate on your 6-6 team.
Utah will be just like Arizona in the PAC; many seasons of mediocrity sprinkled
with occassional break-through years when the Utes will finish in the top third
of the conference and might even finish in the Top 25.
@afro14, ND went to BCS bowl games in 2006 and 2007, pay attention. Maybe you
have only been a football fan since 2004. Also, if today's rules were in place
in 1996, BYU (13-1, #5) would have gone BCS. Perfection is not required, only a
rank of #16 and better than an AQ champ (like Big East).Hey
everyone, let's get one thing straight right here and now: the BCS games are for
those that the BCS is **compelled** to take (i.e., the 6 AQ champions, #3 in the
BCS standings, etc), and the rest of the BCS slots are for OU, OSU, Michigan,
USC, Texas, ND, Nebraska, Alabama, LSU, Florida...If Utah isn't the
Pac-12 champion, and isn't #3 in the rankings, don't expect an invite. Kstate
was #3 in 1997 and wasn't invited (which caused the #3 rule to be created).
Tulane was an undefeated nonAQ in 1998 and wasn't invited. Do you think the BCS
loves Utah more than Kstate? BCS robbed U of the chance of seeing how good your
school really was in 2004/2008, they don't deserve any love fromU.
I don't see the yewts winning the Pac-12 championship anytime soon. They simply
don't have the athletes to win the conference and they were exposed by a bunch
of BYU underclassmen Saturday.
1. Utah is not as good as people thought, but then again neither is the PAC-10.
2. Given the choice between winning every game over cream puff
competition as Boise State has done and losing some games on the way to becoming
better, I'll take the latter. 3. The rivalry between BYU and Utah
will be different now that we are going our separate ways. Hopefully one part of
that difference is for both sides to drop all the "little brother"
barbs and classless taunts and wish the other school success. In that spirit:Here's To You Cousins. I wish the Cougars all the best in your new
adventure!A Ute Fan
I think the Utes will win 9 games next year -- maybe more:Montana
StateWashington* Arizona State* at Pittsburghat
California*Oregon State* UCLA* at Washington
I think Utah will do fine. The bottom of the PAC12 is better than the MWC, but
to top is not as tough. Utah would face Boise and TCU every year (well, not
now), so Oregon is not that big a deal.I'm a BYU fan, but think Utah
will be a real force in the PAC12 South.
I seem to remember Wynn doing just fine against Cal last year. I also seem to
remember Cain holding his own at Oregon last year. I think Utah will be just
fine. Wynn's biggst problem is mental: he has been dinged up a lot
in his career and he does not like to get hit. He needs to put on 10 pounds of
muscle this year and take some good pops. He will be just fine.The
only difference between the top teams from a conference like the MWC and the top
teams from the PAC is depth. When injuries happen, the USC's, Oregons,
Stanfords, and Cals of the world have a lot of talent to fill the loss. Teams
like Utah, BSU, TCU and BYU do not have the same level of depth. That will take
4-5 years of solid recruiting to address. Those years the Utah avoids key
injuries, they will do well. Those years that they have lots of injuries, not
What's better, playing in a power conference with a chance to go to a BCS bowl
even with an imperfect record, or being independent, playing weak teams, and
becoming like Notre Dame, who hasn't been to a BCS bowl in how long? It truly shows who is the big brother and who is the little brother. GO UTES!!!
I wouldn't be too quick to declare them the winner of this year's Vegas Bowl.
If Boise State should wind up there after their debacle last Friday they'd eat
Utah for lunch - and it wouldn't even be a close contest - more like another TCU
and Notre Dame combined.
Neximus....I have to whole heartedly agree with you.Wynn passed up
multiple opportunities Saturday to gain yardage and 1st downs. He AGAIN slid
3-4 yard short of what he could have gained had he been agressive!!!! You sure
don't see Michigan's quarterback being afraid to take a hit!!!As a
Utah fan...I hate to say it, but the UTE's are in for a big hurt next year. That said...our LV bowl is still better than BYU's!!! LOL!!!
I thought what Max Hall said was pretty classless and I'm glad he apologized.
That being said I don't blame him for saying what he thought. Max Hall really
hates the Utes and if thats how he feels I don't have a problem with him saying
it. I wish he didn't hate the Utes, but if he does then he does.My
best friend is my brother and he graduated from the U and he is a pretty big
fan. It's hard for us to get along when rivalry games come around because I'm a
pretty passionate BYU fan. We were both disgusted by Martinez' behavior after
the game.I just can't get over how poorly people treat each other
over the stupidest things. If Martinez apologizes that would be commendable, but
I just wish people could learn to treat each other with respect. When I see a
Ute player act like that after a win I just think he has a total lack of respect
for sportsmanship and for his opponent.For me the rivalry isn't fun
because too many people can't act with dignity and its sad.
To T-Mac:You say that you are surprised at Utah's pass defense that
struggled in the last half of the season. The fact is, they were
obviously overrated for their first eight games, and still are despite their
final BCS ranking at #20.Had Utah played BYU's schedule, they would
never have been in the top five and they would have ended up -- maybe, but just
maybe -- a 7-5 team in the regular season.As Saturday's game proved,
the Cougars were every bit as good as the Utes and truly ended up the better
team overall.It will be a hard row for the Utes to hoe in the
PAC-12, just as hard it has been most of the time for Arizona and Arizona State
from the time they joined the PAC-8 and made it the PAC-10 many years ago.
Put down the Kool-aid. TCU is Not one of the best teams in the nation. Along
with BSU, what quality wins, Utah, Oregon State????????. Utah will be an
average PAC-12 team next year and the years after that
RazzleI think he was referring to this year? The Pac 10 does not
have enough teams that are bowl eligible so the LV bowl is struggling to find a
team for Utah to play THIS year.Will not be easy but with increased
"intensity" on the recruiting side, they can compete. I think the
Harvey Langi kid would be a great move. Play it as he can come in and be the man
from the get go.... Could happen.Whatever, it will be a work in
progress in mind anyway. Go Utes!
I was surprised that Utah's pass defense and running game struggled in the back
half of the year. We definately need work there. However, the biggest areas
for convern are QB and OC.Kyle, just want to know if you were
calling for a reprimand of Max Hall after last year's game? Didn't think so.
The U does need to improve. But then to have been competitive in the new MWC,
they would have had to improve. The PAC-12 if you notice has its own share of
below average teams. Maybe slightly better than New Mexico, and LV, but not
much. The U played similarly talented teams in Notre Dame, SDSU and BYU and
they won two out of three of those contests. They will do just as much next
year in the PAC. Winning 2 out of 3 may not keep the stands filled, but it
certainly keeps them bowl eligible.
Why do you run a spread with a quarterback who never runs? Doesn't that seem
predictable? At least with BJohns and Alex Smith you knew they had a chance of
breaking one big, but you know for a fact that Wynn will never run.
I could not agree more with you Mike. Kyle has some real problems and issues to
deal with up here. We do not have a quarterback, a running back, and our
offensive line is poor at best. On the defensive end, our linbebackers are
garbage, we have no pass rush, and Burton is our only real defensive player.
Kyle has a lot of work to do.
One of the best things for the Utes' move to the PAC-12 is the fact that they
will no longer be overrated! Their overrating this year just about
did them in.In their last five games, we really saw the type of team
they truly were. I wish them luck; it will be tough.
Toledo or Temple or whomever the Las Vegas Bowl is able to scrounge up? Wow, I
sense some jealousy. If Utah finishes 5th in the Pac 12 they still go to the
Vegas Bowl. Nothing but green lights ahead for the taking.
Kyle,I'm sure Whit will do the same thing that Bronco did to Max
when he shouldered sly from behind and yelled at him after the game last year.
Nothing. Both were bush league, but, I'm sure nothing will come of it.
I have a feeling Brandon Burton will leave for the NFL...if so, Ute is in for a
world of hurt and the safety position next.
Mike thanks for a very honest and in depth analysis of the Utes and their
chances next year. I too wonder about Wynn's health. He did not look like the
same player from last years bowl game.Mike would you please report
also what the Utes have done to discipline #52 Martinez for his actions after
the game ended Saturday. I was disgusted by what I saw from him after the game.
I recognize I'm a BYU fan but I'm also a Utahn and I found his behavior simply
unacceptable from any player representing our state. Incredibly poor
sportsmanship.I mean who goes after the opposing teams kicker
instead of celebrating with his own teammates after his team makes a big block
to win the game?
Keith McGill is a good junior college transfer who should do well replacing
Taplin-Ross. If Blechen moves to linebacker Greg Bird has played well behind him
and has created a turnover in the three games he has played a lot in. He blocked
the punt at San Diego and recovered the ball that bounced off the byu
There is no uncertainty regarding the Utes future in the Pac-12. They will be a
bottom feeder. I hope they enjoy their trip to the Las Vegas bowl this year.
In the future, they will most likely not be bowl eligible and, even if they are,
it will be the Las Vegas bowl again. And again. And again.Enjoy.
I'm pumped for next year. It will be a test, but I think it will help very much
for them to be in a dogfight week in and week out. Look what happened Boise St.
when they had to finally play a game in the 4th quarter. Utah will do fine in
the Pac 12. The coaching staff is excellent, there is good talent in the
pipeline and more coming in because Utah is now a Pac-12 team. Only good things
I am really excited for the Utes in the Pac-12. Good luck there. You guys have
got to step up and be the man. But what I really look forward to is an early
season meeting with an improving and independent BYU team. Out of Conference
games will not be any easier on the Utes than there new conference games.
Finally a realistic assessment of the Utes in PAC 12 land. However,
the Utes have been able to recruit in the past and should fix some of the
weakness. There is no reason to think the Utes are any better than
last year but they do have a better record. They will have a decent foundation
to build from. I expect them to be a middle PAC team, especially
with USC and UCLA down as bad as they are. The South PAC 12 is weak next year
and Utah could win the South with some luck and a few key recruits.I
am not a Utah fan and do not wish them luck but they are capable of being a
pretty good team at times.
The utes also need at least one more cornerback who can cover worth a darn -
Conroy Black can't cover anyone. A good, big running back like Harvey L. out of
Bingham would be a big plus as well. I think that if Blechen moves to
linebacker, he will need to put on about 20-25 lbs and that leaves another void
at safety. We would need a Robert Johnson type Safety plus someone for Blechen
who has done well in Robert's stead. Hopefully Nai Fotu and VJ Fehoko will be
the linebackers we need and we do need to find some explosive edge pass rushers
- perhaps some weight on Trevor Reilly (6'5") and Joe Kruger (6'7")
would help fill that need. The receiver position needs to get better -
hopefully 4-star receiver Kenneth Scott will be fully healed and can add some
muscle and be like the SDSU and TCU receivers and with continued development by
Devonte and Luke, along with the others, we could have a good group.
Sorenson:Excellent assessment of the Utes, I agree 100%. (And I'm a
Ute fan by the way.)
I'm very excited to see the Utes enter the Pac-10 because they will be in about
5th or 6th place every year, if they're lucky. No more playing chump teams and
getting 5th place. The Pac-10 is full of very good teams that will send Utah a
clear message. That message is "you should have stayed in the MWC with
your weak schedule"
Curious to see how the Utes do playing in a real conference. All the cheap
shots taken against the BCS conferences. Now that Wyoming, New Mexico, etc etc
are gone Utah will have to get up for more than one or two games a year.