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Published: Thursday, Sept. 1 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Park City, UT

Maybe there's a reason UCLA is paying Norm a half mil NOT to coach the Bruins this year.

Is it Wynn?

Is it Chow?

Is it both?

Or, is it just going to be a really long year for Utah fans?

Orem, UT

If the Utes play like that next week they lose by 30+. The offense was TERRIBLE.

Roosevelt, UT

good thing they went to the Pac 12 as the league was getting short on mediocre teams

Bluffdale, UT

A season opener with no turnovers and relatively low penalties is really good for Utah. But, this is Montana State. The score should have been more like the UNLV/Wisconsin game.

Salt Lake City, UT

In answer to BC, it's Wynn. Not once did he even attempt to put any zip on his passes. His drops, whether 3,5 or 7 yards, were slow and sloppy. I hope that it was more mental than physical or the Utes are in for a long season. Teams will load up the box, and if he throws the ball like last night Hays will be the quarterback by October.

Orange County, CA

USC thinks next week's game is a gimme.

Woods Cross, UT

Hey Norm & JayDubU, Don't let the naysayers get you down.

First time working together in a real game situation, bound to be some glitches. The good news is that no one was seriously hurt, there was an excellent opportunity to show some (not all) of the tricks up your sleeve & you found some things that really really work.

The true test is: "What did we learn?"

No team will go undefeated forever, those days will come, so no need to worry about 'em. Just concentrate on fixing what needs fixing & get better every week.

And guess what, next week will not be a perfect game either, nor the next, nor the next.....

And as you can see above, the blue boo birds will be coming out to play every week, it's just part of the landscape. No big deal.

As a first game this was a super beginning, a great start, as well as an excellent opportunity to learn and improve. We're on our way! :)

Eagle Mountain, UT

Chow was cutting edge his first few years at BYU. I wish(hindsight)they would have given him a shot at the HC job instead of Crowton.
Chow is now a peddler of the same offensive system that 50 other shcools use. If he has good players, especially a QB, who can execute, his offenses will do well. I think Wynn has the potential to be successful in Chow's offense but it seemed like the whole offense was out of snyc last night. I really hope they can get things worked out.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

0 turnovers by the "abysmal" offense. You'll win a lot of games on that alone.

Tom in MS
Madison, MS

Obviously most of the people commenting above watched a different game than I did. I don't think the Utes ran more than about 10 different formations. Very vanilla. I would expect as much before a game with USC. You don't want to open the whole playbook in the first game. Think about it this way - how many passes were thrown for more than ten yards? I don't think there were any attempted, much less completed. They didn't show a lot, and I think that was their plan. It was obvious as well that the Utes team speed is there, and the Blechen "experiment" at linebacker started out with a bang.

Enterprise, UT

I'am a BYU and a Utah fan and was dissapointed in the outcome of the game: but maybe Montana ST. is better than everybody thinks. Someone needs to give Montana a little credit.

Magna, UT

Tom in MS,

I think your correct in what you say about cloaking the offense in preparing for USC but Montana State, was able to get to Wynn pretty easily for an FCS program.
3 sacks, 3 more hits and a few more hurries in the Ute backfield exposed all USC needs to know. Utah only sacked MS twice and had less hits and hurries.

As Whitt said to David Lock; "the defense was adequate." but that was about a game with MS, it will not be adequate against USC.

Saratoga Springs, UT

JW quit throwing off your back foot, And step up in the pocket. Nice call Whitt that is why your the coach.


Its way to soon to give judgment on the team, but Mr. Wynn needs to grow up, play with a little swagger and I mean soon. Like now. LA blogs have USC fans saying USC will win this gimme by 30+. I have a feeling USC will be T-ing off all night on Wynn.

paradise, nv

Brian Blechen is the man. Norm Chow is a has been. Should have gotten Mike Sanford after he got the axe at UNLV. He was awesome as the OC under Urban at the U. Not so good as a head coach with not much to work with in Vegas.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What makes college football great? The fans. College football is popular because the fan can sit in the stands or the comfort of their living room and dream that he or she knows just exactly what it takes to have a successful play. If the team does what the fan thinks is correct then he/she is a genius and cheers on his team. (everybody is happy) If the team does something different and it works the fan cheers and is happy anyway. If the team does does something unexpected and it only partially works, well that's OK too, still happy. But if the team does something unsuccessful--then the fan knows more than the coaches and they should be in charge. Sounds like a good deal for the fan, doesn't it. It is!
Comment sections like this work the same way. A fan can say just about anything they want and remain happy. They can smear their rival. They can make things up--no accountability, all they need is a key board, an opinion, and a board name. Who was it that said "most fans have very little real knowledge of he game" someone down south wasn't it?

Iowa City, IA

"But aside from those highlights and the fact Utah currently is in the top two in the Pac-12 in all offensive categories?"

This quote from the article is so laughable it's scary it even got printed. Please someone tell me it was tounge in check and not a desperate, the most desperate spin ever.

Truly, from what I've read is utah fans very desperately looking for anything good that came out of that game. With spins like this, utah is quickly becoming the poster child for being "out of touch" or "in denial".

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I don't think it's the system. I think it's the execution. Wynn wasn't sharp and was telegraphing his passes all night. The line didn't look good in pass protection either.

South Jordan, UT

@RBN | 7:46 a.m. Sept. 2, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
In answer to BC, it's Wynn.

Ding, Ding, Ding!

The problem is and always will be Wynn until they take him out and let someone else play that has Heart, the Utes are in for a very, very long season. I bet after the Y game, Wynnie will be done and be carrying the clip board for the next year and a half of his career. The Utes should try to go grab Alex Hart, I heard he left Utah State and he would fit perfect in Chow's offence. Talk about Detmer being compared to Hart is more of an accurate thought to compare than Wynn. Hart throws for 300+ in his sleep.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"...maybe Montana ST. is better than everybody thinks."

Maybe...but most likely, it was because we were terrible. Hopefully we'll be able to make some substantial improvements over these next few days, because if we play like we did last night when we visit the Coliseum next week, we'll get HOUSED!

While rushing for 150-yds looks good, we should recognize it was against Montana St. If White can get 100+ yds vs. USC, THEN we can be impressed.

Go White!


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