Brad Rock: Gary Andersen lays out a plan to upset Boise State


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  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Dec. 22, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    Although a life-long Cougar, I will be rooting for the Utes to take care of business against BSU. And I would never lay money against Coach Whitt-who always seems to maximize his team's preparation and effort and just read where Utah maxed out its pre-bowl practices while Boise only used about 2/3 of theirs.

    Also, a quick question of the editors: why did you crop the picture of the coaches? The original pic contained pictures of four people total-two much more beautiful than Whitt and Peterson. Yes, I know that this is a family paper...

    Predict that Cain is truly prepared and the Utes win a squeaker 44-42 and continue their amazing bowl winning streak. Enjoy Utah fans as this will probably be your last bowl game for several years.

  • theforceiswithme Perth, AU
    Dec. 21, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    @ Wally, Wardu is sorry if he offended you about changing the mascot. He started to rant at the end of the post, and he thinks you missed the point. He does not want the Utes to change their name ever, and is flattered that you were willing to quote him in your post. That was a first. He hopes you will avoid the the urge in your future posts to gravitate to the obvious, unless you are willing to change your display name to Captain O. Writing in the third person is really weird.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Dec. 21, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    re: wardu | 10:43 a.m. Dec. 21, 2010

    "Be ready for the liberal Cali. schools to demand that you change you mascot to something that looks like a mouse and to call yourselves the "rodents.". In truth that is how they look at you anyway. "

    Really? Your powers of deduction and perception are that good? Who needs Sherlock Holmes?

    Coming from one school where the mascot (actually its the bands) is a tree, they have little credibility.

    The Ute Tribe have given their consent so lets negate that pipe dream.

    I wonder though how the PETA/Sierra Club crowd feels about the mascots for UW, Ore St, Cal, UCLA, Oregon, Wazzu & UAz mascots. Further, what about the religious right and Az St Mascot?

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Dec. 21, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    UC Aggie - I hope you don't do your own accounting, bounced any checks lately? Those numbers don't add up for Utah, face the facts, adding Colorado and Utah did nothing to help a new PAC 12 TV deal, and the pac has not been showing up in bowls to well lately, except for the conf. winner. Good luck getting close to those figures, and of course you low-balled the BYU numbers being the troll that you are. After splitting the pie 12 ways, it won't look as ROSE-y as you are hoping it will. Be ready for the liberal Cali. schools to demand that you change you mascot to something that looks like a mouse and to call yourselves the "rodents.". In truth that is how they look at you anyway.

  • UC AGGIE Lehi, UT
    Dec. 21, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    2011 BYU 4-6 mill Utes 0
    2012 BYU 4-6 mill Utes 8 mill
    2013 BYU 4-6 mill Utes 12 mill
    2014 BYU 4-6 mill Utes 18 mill
    best case BYU 24 mill UTAH 38 mill

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Dec. 21, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    "the big kids table"?

    You misread the tea leaves wallbanger.

    The Utes didn't get invited to the big kids table; they got invited to dinner, but are still sitting at the rickety card table, with the paper plate and plastic ware.

    Zip, nada, zilch in $$$ from the PAC the first year. A grudging 50% the 2nd year. 75% the 3rd year. The Utes won't get a big kids portion for four years.

    The Utes are simply fillers, a warm body to give the PAC 12 teams so they can have a conference championship game. The new Arizona of the PAC; 30 years in the PAC and still no conference championship or Rose Bowl.

  • UteMan South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    You all have it wrong on the Hardrock fight, a Boise State player threw a plate at Brandon Burton and he blocked it.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Dec. 20, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    @ Hailstorm, it is good that you have never made any comments on a BYU article, so you can cast the first stone.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    @Wallbanger, keep banging your head against that wall, maybe it will knock some sense into you. The Utes share of the big kids table money amounts to less than scraps for my dog their first few years. Your just trying to keep a stiff upper lip and take your lumps, while BYU gets the whole pie for themselves. What are the plans for all that revenue you are not going to see for five years, add a dozen more bleachers in the nosebleed section? Got to have room for the mob that is going to watch USC and Oregon come to town and pick their teeth with you bones. It is going to be ugly.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    @Veritas Aequitas
    Wow, jealous much? Typical zoob, upset that his team didn't get invited to the big kids table.

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:02 p.m.


    From what I've heard, the Utes were trying to act tough, but when the Broncos started beating the tar out of them, Whit took the Utes back to the hotel so they wouldn't get hurt anymore.

    Unfortunately for the Utes, Whit won't be able to do that once the game starts.

  • Realistic Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    Wasn't Gary the architect behind the defense that held Boise St to 36 pts at Rice Eccles in 2006 (the game we lost 36-3)?

    Doesn't look like he's figured anything out as the Aggie coach either. Why did you write this article Brad? Are you going to do the next feature on Andy Ludwig and how he knows just what to do offensively to upset the Bronco defense (he was the architect of our 3 pt scoring burst in the 2006 game)?

    Thanks for wasting my time Brad.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 5:00 p.m.

    @ Sportsfan:

    Dust off the DVD of the New Mexico Bowl, it's on your shelf right next to your home video of the Provo Airport celebration for the BYU vs. U of O game, and you will see at least three examples of unsportsmanlike conduct by your beloved cougars on the field during the game.

    From what I heard the Utes & Broncos were just exchanging holiday greetings at the Hard Rock yesterday. Broken dishes and tables are nothing new for the Hard Rock Cafe management. Verbal sparring matches are time honored traditions at Bowl Games.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Wallbanger | 4:35 p.m. Dec. 20, 2010
    Spanish Fork, UT
    Bottom line is, whether Utah wins or loses, Utah will be off to the Pac 12 while BSU will be off to the Wac part II. Bye bye ESPN for BSU and say hello to the Mtn Network. Go Utes!!

    Actually, Utah will be off to the PAC part three...

    I mean, who thinks that Utah will participate with the PAC in basketball?

    And who thinks the Utes will compete against the PAC in football, USC, UCLA, etc. with their tiny fild that was paid for with Olympic money?

    What Utah Fan wants to get real in this discussion...???

    The Utah footprint is BYU's footprint.

    And BYU owns that....

    The PAC would have drawn more viewers watching BYU football than Utah football...

    And, really, Utah basketball? Give me a break. Really, fans want to watch Boylen's JC transfers lose to Oral Roberts, and SWBU?

    Henry Wallbanger, take another sip, Utah in the Pac is a joke, and Larry Scott is your Don Rickles...

    It's purely based upon a religon, and Utah will be the joke of the PAC...

    Tell me why I am wrong.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 20, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    Evne though the teams are different, this does feel a lot like the Sugar Bowl two years ago. Lot of people pounding the "BSU will crush Utah" drum". I'm not so sure this will happen.

    A U win would only give ammo to "fans" like Chris B, Uteology, Hedgehog, Willary and a few others. Which I why I'd love to see BSU hand it to the U.

    No one will really remember this game next year anyway, nor will it have any bearing on standings in the early season as well. I wouldn't count the U out, and I think uncle rico will have some tricks up his sleeve...but so will Cpete.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Bottom line is, whether Utah wins or loses, Utah will be off to the Pac 12 while BSU will be off to the Wac part II. Bye bye ESPN for BSU and say hello to the Mtn Network. Go Utes!!

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    BYU fans usually travel well to bowl games, but even BYU fans have their limits.

    Spending several thousand dollars on a bowl game that was just a little more interesting than playing New Mexico in Albuquerque just wasn't worth the time and expense. Besides, staying home gave BYU fans a chance to watch a double-header of BYU football and BYU basketball.

    Feel free to beat your chests, but BYU-Oregon State outdrew Utah-California by about 7000 fans last year and EVERY BYU home game for the past 30 years has outdrawn the highest attendance in the history of RES.

    Utah wouldn't have had 500 fans show up for a 6-6 Utah team playing a 6-6 UTEP team in the New Mexico Bowl.

    We'll see how well Utah fans travel by the percentage of Utah fans in the stands versus Boise State fans.

    Guaranteed, if a 10-2 BYU was playing an 11-1 Boise State team in Las Vegas, at least 60% of the fans would be BYU fans.

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Everyone is saying BSU over Utah by 2 1/2 TD's. Think I would have to take Utah. Kyle seem to get his teams ready for the bowls. Go Utes!!!!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    "I would rather get blown out by BSU than play UTEP and win."

    So you'd trade Utah's 12-3 bowl record against mostly unranked teams for a 5-10 record against mostly ranked teams.

    Utah fans have been belittling BYU's bowl record for years, even though BYU has played more ranked bowl opponents than Utah has played bowls, but now that the tables have turned and Utah is facing the real possibility of losing their bowl winning streak to a ranked opponent, suddenly Utah fans are singing a different tune.

    Gotta love the hypocrisy.

  • Utesforlife Lehi, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    Thank you SportsFan from Orem for your meaningless opinion based on drivel! Keep up the good work! I heard that BYU ALWAYS travels well to football games. What happened Saturday?

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    I heard the Utes picked a fight with the Broncos at the Hard Rock Cafe, busting up a table and breaking a bunch of dishes in the process.

    It's just like the Utes to instigate a pregame fight, just like they've tried to do the last two years against BYU, coming all the way over to BYU's side of the field to mouth off and start pushing and shoving to try to provoke a fight.

  • cval Hyde Park, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    Why the ragging on Gary Andersen? A reporter asked his opinion, and he shared his opinion.

    I suspect he has a lot more insight into this topic than those of you who are criticizing him.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 20, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    BSU's loss to UNR showed that after-all, BSU is mortal and they have vulnerabilities. I'm sure Kyle and the staff have gone over every second of that game multiple times and have weeded out those vulnerabilities. I think Cain is capable of playing inspired football. I've seen it. It is going to take big games from him and other key players, and a subpar performance from BSU, but an upset is definitely a possibility.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Dec. 20, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    It will be good for about a quarter and a half then there will be turnovers for Utah. I suspect about 5 for the game. It will get ugly in the second half.

  • Ravenal Kearns, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 1:19 p.m.

    I'm a big time cougar fan who will be hoping for Utah to win. Good luck Utes.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 1:12 p.m.

    The Utes better hope the Broncos spend a whole lot of time in the casinos (which they won't), because if they don't, one string will end and another will increase.

    BSU in the 50s; UofU in the teens.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    I disagree with most of the post here as well as Rock's angle. You are going to Anderson for an article on BSU and your Yewts? What is this? There isn't even a story or a unique angle or anything worth the reader's time.

    "BSU doesn't want to be there." errrrr, yes they do.

    "I would rather get blown out by BSU than play UTEP and win." That's like saying I would rather get b-slapped by a hottie, than have a NCMO with a cutie.

    "BYU fans have nothing to do but comment on a Yewt article." Not at all, we have soooooo much to do. Personally, I need to head on over to the BYU sports section of the D-News and catch up on all the comments Yewt posters.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    "This, then, is the Utes' key to an upset: Limit Boise's scoring flurries, respect the defense, capitalize on turnovers and establish a run game."

    Can I just add one more key?

    Utah needs to score more points than BSU, and they will win.

    There, we have just covered all of the obvious keys to the game.

    What an enlightening story for anyone who has never watched a football game...

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    This was code for good luck Utah you're going to need it!

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    The best thing the Utes have going for them is...
    The Broncos don't want to be in this game!

    They were two-blocked FGs from the BCS Final. There is no way even Coach Petersen can get his kids minds around that.

  • Glfklee Santa Fe, NM
    Dec. 20, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    I admire how BSU plays, exciting play calls and great execution. However, I am not counting out Utah. If the Utes can get focused on their game plan (got to pressure the QB), it could be a competitive game. . . . . Could! Won't bother me much if Utah wins, sincere congrats, if that happens, but I think BSU will get the win. BSU 34-21.

  • Hotrod Sandy, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    thebigsamoan: Really? Since when does Utah care about BYU looking good, how about never! They are desperate because they can't make themselves look good.

  • Sammyg2 springville, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2010 11:00 a.m.

    the football game and basketball game point spread will be exactly the same Utes by 2

  • GACougar Suwanee, GA
    Dec. 20, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    I don't have a dog in this hunt so I can just sit back and watch the show and not really care about the outcome. But if I were to make a bet it would be on BSU. They have a very good team. And Utah is a paper tiger this year.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    We have more BYU fans on this Utah board than showed up in New Mexico for the bowl game.
    I didn't think that things could get any slower in Provo ?
    Just got the news that with the 2,500 no shows out of 5,000 BYU is paying out $.83 to the other teams in the MWC, for their share of the prophets.
    Utah by 5
    Utah 3 All Americans
    BYU 0

  • ElloWasRight Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    Anderson would hold more weight if this article was written before the Utah v BYU game. Considering USU put the beat down on Cougars.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:57 a.m.

    This is the last guy I would listen to on how to get an upset over Boise State.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    I love the picture at the top of these comments. Coach peterson has a big confident smile, but Kwitt looks like he does not really want to be there at all. His aura says overmatched and what will I tell the team after we get our third tail-whipping of the year. We all know Boise is still steamed about that loss to Nevada, and are going to take it out on the Utes.
    I predict this is the last time we we see the U of U in a bowl game for some time. Any Ute fan that thinks they are just going to go into any PAC-X+ii (little i's for the little guys, Colorado and Utah) stadium and win consistantly is up in the night. The Utes are going to have to rethink their team goals, starting with HOPING to be bowl eligible each year from now on.
    It will be fitting to have a big loss to start the Utes new theme "HOPE not to be an also-ran" in the new PAC-X+ii

    Boise St 52 Utah 24

  • KK Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    If Uncle Rico were playing, Utah would win... The case is he is not, so this is what will probably happen.
    BSU 55
    Utah 10

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    The game will be decided on the field by athletes, not the Uncle Rico's of the world on the Des News comment boards.

  • UtahDerek sandy, ut
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    Hey eastcostcoug, Didn't Utah St. beat Byu by double digits? When is the last time Utah lost to Utah St. do some research.

  • Trent Madsen North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:28 a.m.

    Gary Anderson has no idea how to stop or slow down the Broncos. He has been blown out the past two years, if Utah wanted to know how to slow BSU ask Nevada. Turnovers are not going to happen. Kellen Moore is the most accurate Quarterback in NCAAF. he has a touchdown to interception ration of 33:5, and in many games didn't even play the 4th and a lot of the third quarter. BSU is a more rounded team, and i believe they should still be going to a BCS bowl. Look how Terrence Cain did against BYU's secondary. he was 2/7 8 yards and 2 interceptions. Boise State has a much better secondary than BYU so Utah will have to rely on their running game, oh and by the way Boise state has the sixth best rush defense in college football.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    GO UTES!!! I'm a big time Cougar fan but I'm pulling for you guys to get it done and make the state of Utah proud.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:15 a.m.

    The Utes are in for a long game I am affraid. However, I'd rather play Boise and get whipped than play the worst team ever to make a bowl game (UTEP).

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    Utah will compete hard and it should be a good game to watch. I doubt BSU covers this large point spread.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    the blueprint to stopping boise comes from their loss to nevada. true, the kicker missed 2 easy field goals, but the nevada D held off boise's attack long enough to get them back in the game and get them a win. if it wasn't for that break in coverage at the end of the game then the kicker doesn't even get a shot at those field goals. if nevada's defense can hold off boise state, then utah's can too. establishing the run will be quite a tall order though. nevada ran all over boise, but utah isn't as committed to the run as nevada is nor can they run it as efficiently either, but they need to expose boise between the tackles.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    Utes should save their blackout gear to wear on Thursday. Actually they should get some camo gear as they will want to hide after the beating they receive from BSU.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:35 a.m.

    I'll take BSU minus the 17 points any day. Utes will get slaughtered. It's gonna be embarrassing....

    Results of the game aside, the author and interviewee missed the most important key for anyone playing BSU. TCU. UO (Oregon, not OK) or Auburn this year: You have to control time of possession and keeep their offenses off the field. Only by long sustained SCORING drives could Utah or anyone hope to beat these elites. Sorry, Utes, streak ends now.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    "Andersen is careful not to take sides. No reason to offend a conference colleague."

    This just in, Rock. Boise and USU will be in different conferences next year -- unless you know something we don't.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    The vegas spread was only 17 last I checked. I beleive it should be closer to 25, but whatever the spread, the Utes have a chance in this one and they have to execute their game plan.

    The coaches will need to make changes at the half to stay in the game and it could go down to the wire.

    And if we need lady luck on our side to pull it out, I wouldn´t turn her out.

    Utes by 2 in a nail-biter.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    Rock reports: "The other half, of course, is talent. In that area, Andersen said the teams are 'very close.'"

    Hah! I'll take heart and consistency over all the talent in the world every time.

    Even at that, I'd say it's a major stretch on Anderson's part to assert that Utah is "very close" on the talent scale, as talent has much more to do with implementing it than possessing it.

    Just watch: BSU in the fifties. U of U in the teens.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 20, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    Forget about how this makes BYU look (a very strange reason to cheer for your rival when you consider we've recruited vs. one another for years). This isn't about BYU anyway...

    Let's get to the heart of it: BSU is better all-around on all sides of the ball, better coached and super hyped up for this game after narrowly missing a BCS opp.

    BSU by at least 30 points.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 7:38 a.m.

    Maybe Utah should try getting the BSU kicker to miss two chipshots in the final seconds. Think of how close Boise was to playing in the BCS. To be honest, they should have been playing there even with that loss.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 20, 2010 7:26 a.m.

    I'm not a dreamer but I love cheering for the little guy, the underdog, and this will be no different. I say don't count the Utes out yet. I know, I'm a Cougar fan to the core, but I would love to see Utah upset the Broncos. Why? well frankly, because it will make BYU look good too! If the Broncos blow away the Utes in a lopsided win, how does that make BYU look? Utah being exposed/humiliated on national tv by Boise will do nothing to enhanced BYU's image, especially after we lost to them (Utah) in the regular season. So, go Utes!!! Yep, my motives are somewhat selfish but so what? Go get 'em, Utes!!! You can do it!!!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 6:14 a.m.

    Some blueprint plan. This coming from a coach who has been run over by a team two years in a row. "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play." We are all waiting to hear how the utes defeated BSU in the bowl game to see if those wonderful plans worked out. Let's see how a team that is going to the "Conference of Champions" can handle a little 'ol team that is a MWC wantabe. The very conference that the utes are smearing at every chance. Go play with the big boys now....uhhh maybe not.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 6:07 a.m.

    So, let me get this right. Anderson recommends:

    1) not letting Boise score a lot

    2) try and get turnovers

    3) run the ball well.

    That's some great insight! I'm sure KW never thought about that.

    Plus, why does Anderson care about "poking the giant." Not really "conference foes" anymore.