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Published: Thursday, Sept. 1 2011 11:12 p.m. MDT

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Smack
Jefferson City, MO

Nice work by Blechen. Now he just needs to tear up USC's offense.

On the other side of the ball, Wynn and the offense need to dig a little deeper. What we saw tonight is not the death knell for our hopes at USC. Last year, USC's defense was pretty lame. They are supposed to be better this year, but that might be because they couldn't get much worse.

Go UTES!

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Smack "What we saw tonight is not the death knell for our hopes at USC. Last year, USC's defense was pretty lame. They are supposed to be better this year, but that might be because they couldn't get much worse."

So, if I understand you right, you're saying that USC's defense is worse than Montana State's?

Hmmm....you go ahead and think that, Smack, if it gives you comfort :)

Go Cougars!

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

I like Utah's defense and special teams.

UTE Fan in Texas
GRAPEVINE, TX

RE: truecoug1 | 12:39 a.m. Sept. 2, 2011
Provo, UT
Do your fingers get tired from clicking the refresh button on your computer just waiting for a new article on the UTES to pop up so you can be one of the first to comment (@ 12:39 no less)? I am a diehard UTE fan. I certainly don't "troll" the BYU articles waiting to be the first to comment and stir the pot... Having played at the college level, I will say that I love college football. I love the UTES and I know Coach Whit. I know that he will have them ready for next week. Whether we win or not is to be seen but whatever happens, my life will go on:) I root for BYU every game but one and wish no ill will upon them.
When the BYU fans are so eager to post on anything pertaining the "U", it shows me that there is a bit of jealosy in regards to the success the UTES have experienced over the past decade. We will see what happens next week at USC... In the meantime, I will watch the Cougars on Saturday while wearing my RED.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Blechen is a stud! Our linebackers are good now and I expect will only get better as they get more game time. One of the bright spots from last night. Hopefully the rest of the team can catch up.

Smack
Jefferson City, MO

Nah, truecoug1, I don't think USC's defense is worse than Montana State's (though last year's might have been)--I just think that USC's defense is an unknown quantity this year. Accordingly, we Utes need not conclude that the Utes' admittedly less-than-stellar offensive effort last night is the death knell of our hopes. If the Utes can pull some things together and play better offensively, and if USC's defense has not dramatically improved, I'd say the Utes have a fair chance of winning.

Go UTES!

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

With how inexperienced our secondary is it's good to have a converted safety at LB who can cover WRs and RBs, he might end up being the best coverage LB in the Pac 12 this year.

AggieLuva
South Jordan, UT

@UTE Fan in Texas

Everyone who posts on these blogs supposedly played college ball. You do make a few good points. I sure hope Coach Whit can do something to fire the Utes up. Brian Blechen is my favorite player in the state, this kid is special and only a true Sophy. I can wait to see what he does the rest of the year. The biggest problem with Utah is and always has been Jordan Wynn. He is so bad and the sooner Coach Whit and Coach Chow figure that out, the better Utah will be able to prepare someone else to come in who actually has heart and a will to win. That game was sad for Utah and they better change a lot of things by next week because SC is the real deal and are going to welcome the Utes to the Pac in a not so nice way. I expect a bug, bug loss for the Utes this next week. Good luck Utes, you will need it for sure.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

We can all just ignore truecoug1.
He/she doesn't even grasp the 'element of surprise' concept. Apparently there's never been a good team who held back a bit in their opener against an FCS school they were beating 24-0 early in the game.
Makes sense right? I mean it's not like Utah's playing USC next week. (rolling my eyes)
I'm going to go out on a limb and say truecoug1 probably doesn't coach football for a living.

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Ute Fan in Texas "Do your fingers get tired from clicking the refresh button on your computer just waiting for a new article on the UTES to pop up so you can be one of the first to comment?"

Yeah, I had to ice them last night...it was pretty rough, but those are the sacrifices we 'trolls' make :)

In all seriousness, I bleed blue, and I love giving U fans a hard time. It's all part of the rivalry. We BYU fans have had to endure the chest pounding U fans have been doing for the past year after the PAC 12 invite, not to mention people like SoCalUteFan and uteovertide talk about the Rose Bowl being a virtual lock for the Utes this year.

So I just had to jump on these comment boards and throw down a little smack talk, all the while watching U fans squirm and throw out nervous comments.

Don't worry, I fully anticipate the same thing from U fans tomorrow if BYU loses to Ole Miss. Smack talk's a part of the rivalry...you should know this by now :)

Go Cougars!

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Smack

Fair points, man. I honestly feel like the Utes are going to be fine this year and they'll clean things up. I fully expect them to give USC all they can handle.

I just enjoy throwing out some smack talk so I can watch fans like motorbike squirm :)

Go Cougars!

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@motorbike "I'm going to go out on a limb and say truecoug1 probably doesn't coach football for a living."

Spot on, man, I'm just a student at the Y and a football lover. I was a basketball and volleyball guy in high school, however.

But since I'm lucky enough to have you as the football expert here, let me ask you a few questions.

1. Were Mississippi State and ASU being conservative last night in their play-calling? If so, how come they scored so much, since according to you, the reason the Utes didn't pile up the points was because they were being 'conservative'?

2. If they weren't, then why would they open up the playbook when both teams are playing tough opponents next week (ASU vs #23 Missouri, MSU @ #20 Auburn)? According to you, that's just craziness!

3. Why did K Whitt leave all of his starters in for the whole game, when he said specifically before the game that in order to compete in the PAC 12 the team needed to be healthy? If they were being 'conservative' in their play calling, that sounds like a perfect time to put in the backups.

Just curious.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

truecoug1 -

I'm glad to see you can admit to others that your comments are more about smack talk than logic. Glad you're coming around.
And yes I'll be happy to answer your questions.

1) ASU's opponent isn't near as good as Montana State. And Mississippi State is in my opinion going to challenge for a national championship this year (thanks to former Utah QB coach Dan Mullen - MSU's Head Coach).

2) Those teams don't have a quarterback coming off shoulder surgery...any logical thinker will understand why Chow might be conservative the first game back when you don't want to aggravate a bad shoulder for the sake of running up a score on a team you know you'll beat regardless.

3) Montana State was still fighting...Whittingham's not going to pull starters when the game could still conceivably be won by the other team. But it still doesn't mean Chow was ever worried enough to have Wynn throw deep.

Too easy dude...what else?

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@motorbike "ASU's opponent isn't near as good as Montana State. "

How do you know that? Based on preseason rankings? Haha, I thought Ute fans all agreed that preseason rankings were completely unreliable, since most of them have Utah being 3rd in the PAC 12 South.

Way to not answer my questions. You're the supposed football expert and I still have no idea whether ASU and Montana St. were being 'conservative' in their games or not.

What we DO know is that ASU's starters put 41 pts on the board against their FCS opponent before being pulled in the 3rd QTR, and they then put their backups is, ran the ball off tackle or right up the middle, and still scored another TD.

Utah managed a FG in the 2nd half while playing 'conservatively'...with their starters.

"Chow might be conservative the first game back when you don't want to aggravate a bad shoulder"

It's been nearly a year, since the surgery...lame excuse, Wynn had 350 yds passing vs SDSU last year WITH that bad shoulder.

And besides, I thought it was supposed to be 'smart coaching' to NOT open the playbook?

Did MSU and ASU open it?

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@motorbike You said "for the sake of running up a score on a team you know you'll beat regardless."

You then said "Montana State was still fighting...Whittingham's not going to pull starters when the game could still conceivably be won by the other team."

Nice contradictory statements...you know you'll beat the team regardless, but you still keep Wynn in because Montana State could still win the game?

And you say I have no logic...

MSU and ASU showed the example of how you're supposed to play against teams that you're supposed to dominate. I don't care that Montana St is the preseason 5th ranked team in the FCS...it's still the FCS!

Utah was a 28 point favorite, and they couldn't cover the spread with their starters playing the whole game.

Try to spin it however you want, but Utah is clearly not up there with the MSU's and ASU's of the world...and clearly Coach Whit doesn't think they are either. I'm pretty sure he's smarter than both of us.

But hey, the U showed they COULD compete at the FCS level...maybe they'd even win the FCS championship!

You can dream, right? :)

Go Cougars!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Do you realize how off topic you get?
I'll say it AGAIN. I have never once said I'm not worried about how good Utah really is.
I have never said I think Utah will beat USC.
I have never said Utah is as good as ASU or MSU.
My opinion on any of that has never been the topic you simply keep trying to spin it that direction which is pathetic.
I answered every one of your questions, you just don't get it.
In summary for you. Did ASU and MSU open the playbook? I'll bet they actually didn't, they were simply that much better than their opponents.
But even with your argument that they did unleash the playbook, they don't have a QB coming of major shoulder surgery.
And yes you can leave starters in to ensure a victory while still being conservative and preserving a lead. No need to say more on that.
Where do I base Montana State being better than UC Davis? Polls and on the field. Last year and this year...that's quite a bit to go on. Talk to me at the end of the year if you want to compare them again.

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@motorbike "Do you realize how off topic you get?"

My only 'topic' that I've been concerned about is smack talking the Utes and stirring the pot, and it seems like I've accomplished that pretty well since you've responded to 3 of my posts :)

My point has to been to show that Ute fans should be worried about their team, and that they're clearly not in the upper echelon of college football teams this year...after the first week.

I'm sure they'll get better, but there are definite areas of concern.

Especially Wynn with his shoulder. He WAS coming off major shoulder surgery...so why not get a big lead and pull him and try to preserve his health?

"And yes you can leave starters in to ensure a victory while still being conservative and preserving a lead."

Again, you run the risk of getting starters injured...that's NOT very smart coaching if, as you say, you can beat the team you're playing REGARDLESS.

Anyhoo, just saying that there are areas of concern. It's been fun smack-talking with you, motorbike. Hope you didn't take any of it personally. :)

Go Cougars!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

My opinion on the conservative play-calling late in the game has to do with the O-Line. There was too much confusion all night. I saw a guard knock over the runningback while pulling on one play. More disconcerting was their pass protection on 7+ step drop passes. Blitzers were coming through untouched and Jordan got nailed several times.

I think they tried to open up the lead earlier on, but it proved to be more risk than sitting on the lead they had and using 3 yard dump routes to the tight ends. It will help having the starting left tackle back, but they all need to do a better job in communication and recognition.

One positive is that Chow and Davis (Utes O-Line coach), coached together at USC, so they have a fair idea of blitz packages to look for. Everyone wants to jump on Chow's and Jordan's backs for this game, but I thought it was handled fine by both of them. With the exception of one 3rd down play where he threw to a well-covered Luke Matthews, Jordan's decision-making looked spot-on.

bgl
Santa Monica, CA

@ aggielover who said--The biggest problem with Utah is and always has been Jordan Wynn. He is so bad and the sooner Coach Whit and Coach Chow figure that out, the better Utah will be able to prepare someone else to come in who actually has heart and a will to win.

I don't know much about the Utes QB, but reading your post I would imagine that he is lucky to have a scholarship. He must have a horrible winning percentage. Could you please tell me what it is? Plus, someone with no heart to play the game will never have a chance to be on a team that beats BYU or comes close to doing so, right? Also, don't the Utes need the kind of kid who could possibly show up big in important games? From what you say, I doubt Jordan Wynn will ever "wynn" a bowl game. Or be crowned MVP of a bowl game? We need a kid who has heart and talent, right? If we give Wynn the boot now, maybe we can get a kid who will challenge Brian Johnson's record for all time "wynns" at the U.

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