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Published: Sunday, Sept. 25 2011 9:26 p.m. MDT

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GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Can't wait for the Washington game this weekend. I can't recall looking more forward to any other season at any other time than this year's Utah football schedule. One thing about being in the Pac 12---every week will be an exciting game, not just 2 or 3 times during the year.

Go Utes!!!

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Utah needs to maintain some swagger in their remaining games.

That doesn't mean they go in cocky and run at the mouth, supplying bulletin board material. Just don't go into the games... or publicly display any doubts or worries they may have.

Utah is good enough to roll through the remaining Pac 12 schedule. Certainly not a given. But they CAN do it. They need to believe it.

Excited to see the Huskies' first game in SLC.

Washington 17
Utah 23

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

And thus starts the long 9 week slide. I only hope the true fans will stay on the bandwagon for longer than the BYU game. 6-6 in the Pac isn't a bad season.

niners
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Lets go get this win UTES!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

The next 4 games are the key to winning the south division.
I am predicting a loss to ASU, a 2-1 record against UW, Pitt and Cal and Utah winning big in the last 5 games. The last five games of OSU, AZ, UCLA, WSU and CO are no more difficult than BYU's WAC schedule. 5 of the worst teams in the West. If they lose even one of these it would be a big step back.

SamoanYfan
WEST JORDAN, UT

Ahhhh isn't that sweet! All the Utes have to do is believe and they can do it. Believe in yourselves and you can accomplish anything, nothing will stand in your way.

Softball Dad
Woods Cross, UT

With Whittingham's record with an extra week to prepare, this week is almost a lock. Utah 31 UW 21

GoodLifeFB
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

Watch it Softball Dad. This isn't the MWC. Washington looks good, especially the D. No way Utah puts up 31. No way. I think we need to reset expectations at UT 17 UW 13. If UW gets over 20 the game is theirs. I don't think they'll make it with our D.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

"Washington looks good, especially the D"

You are joking right? Washington's D has been their biggest weakness this year. They are second to last in the conference in total defense and scoring defense.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

UW fan here, looking forward to the BIG game. Comparison:

1) Coaching- advantage Utah. Coach Whit will have his work cut out for him defensing the Husky offense, but he has an extra week to do it. Holt's defense has been less than inspiring, Chow is a legend.

2) UW Offense vs Utah Defense - UW will score, but utah has a very good defense. IF UW avoids turnovers, advantage UW.

3) UW Defense vs Utah Offense - After watching the BYU game I have a renewed appreciation for Jordan Wynn as a playmaker...perhaps his arm is finally healing? White can run the ball as well. UW is stout against the run, but is horrible against the pass. Chow will exploit it if Wynn can rise to the challenge. Advantage Utah

4) Special Teams - UW is excellent here with a great Kicker and two very good punters. Kick off coverage is good, but the kicks are short (very few touch backs). Return team is good with Collier and Smith both being pretty exciting. Utah's Kicker is pathetic, other special teams are very good. Advantage UW.

5) Intangibles - Home PAC opener at Utah, a week to heal, Ad Utah

TheFitz
Murray, UT

Prediction: Juan Blanco el Cuatro goes for 140yds and 2 TD, Wynn goes for 225 yds and a TD and no turnovers. Throw in a FG and the final score with be Utah 24 Washington 17.
If Utah can stay ahead in the turnover margin, I dont think Washington can beat them.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

utes have nothing to worry about. whit is a genius, chow is incredible, qb will be 2011's heisman. soon they will have to be playing in les as r.e. stadium is too small. the stars have lined up the u is just beginning their glory days. bball is assured a 10 game winning season. it doesn't get any better than this.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

The Utes' schedule sets up nicely, with their toughest remaining games at home (Washington, ASU), no Stanford or Oregon, and most of the teams after Cal being truly awful. If they beat Washington and ASU, they are a lock for the championship game, and in one game, anything can happen.

Big R
La Palma, CA

The next four games will either make or break the Utes' season. With ASU beating USC last week that gives ASU a leg up. If they beat ASU then they could lose one other game because ASU will definitely lose to Oregon and will probably stumble against one other team. Utes need to beat ASU and either UW or CAL to be in the driver's seat.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

Rational...you need to take Coach Whit's advice to take each game one at a time. "Truly awful"? UCLA is 2-2, Wash State is 2-1, and Colorado took CAL down to the wire. Oregon State is certainly having an off year, and Arizona will be mentally ruined after a brutal schedule. The Utes should definately be favored, but the PAC is very balanced. The Cougs in Pullman especially have circled your game as being one they want to get a "W" due to a perceived lack of respect from you guys (hang out on their forums). You've been warned.

SoCalUtahFan
Uteville, CA

The next 2 games --UW and ASU--are critical.

ASU looked very good against USC last Sat.

Utah needs to win the next 2 games.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

Fitz, no way Utah holds UW to 17 points. I'm also not sure UW can hold Utah to 24! Turnovers are the key to this game.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@TJ
"The last five games of OSU, AZ, UCLA, WSU and CO are no more difficult than BYU's WAC schedule."

BYU's WAC schedule is Idaho, New Mexico State, Hawaii, Utah State, and San Jose State.

Nuff said!

PG33
Layton, Utah

I have been looking forward to this game for a long time. I've almost forgotten what it was like to watch a home game. Montana State was what, one month ago now? But there is something else that is going on Saturday night in downtown Salt Lake City that takes priority. What a collosal scheduling error!!!! Dissapointed Ute Fan

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Tj
"the next four games are the key to winning the south". That sounds a little like Heaps saying "the game would be different without all the turnovers". No kidding? Way to go out on a limb.
I won't even go into the comment about the back have of Utah's and BYU schedule, it is obviously not based in reality.

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