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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 5 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

I have been saying this all week. Arizona State has a guaranteed loss against Oregon next week. That means if we beat ASU, which I believe we will, we control our own destiny to the Pac 12 championship game. Everyone agrees only Utah and ASU have a chance to win the division.

When we beat ASU, we hold the tiebreaker over them as clearly Oregon will steamroll them. We still control our fate. It still could be a very Rosey year. Hayes will "rise up" with Chow showing him how.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I'm looking forward to the game Saturday. The Vegas odds makers have us only a 3 point underdog. I know that's not always the predictor of success, but it gives me some hope. If Coach Chow can tailor the offense to Jon Hays skills, I think we'll do fine. Time to dig deep and gut it out.

Sandy, UT

Utah at 0 - 2 in the PAC 12 is where Larry Scott thought they would be when he required them to play this season for nothing. Come on Utes. Come on Kyle. Prove to Larry that he was wrong. Learn from the legend down South and turn this season around like Bronco did last year and is doing again this year. Prove to the PAC 12 that you are worth more than you are being paid to play this year which is nothing. Come on Utes....Come on!Yes you can. Yes you can. Follow Bronco's example and you will have a win in the can

Saint George, UT

It's do or die time this week. If we win, we're right back in it. If we lose, it's the end of any hope of a conference championship this season.

Honestly, my biggest fear is of a conference win becoming a monkey on our back. Even if we lose this week, we need to keep battling to get that monkey off before if turns into a 500 lb. gorilla and we miss out on a bowl this year.

That said, I have a surprising amount of confidence in John Hays. At the beginning of the year I thought if Jordan were to go down, we'd be finished. Now, after seeing John play against BYU and UW, I have some hope that he can come in and perform well enough after a week of preparation to get a win.

Go Utes!

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

I'm a realist and I'm looking from a neutral standpoint, the Utes are out.

They're not going to beat ASU, and with that loss, that will be their nail in the coffin for them in the Pac 12 this season. They're not beating Cal, Washingston State, Arizona or UCLA either.

Evanston, WY

it ain't over 'til it's over

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Give it a week or two and it'll be over for the season. Next question is will they remain bowl eligible?

Syracuse, UT

"Turn out the lights the party's over".

AA this before it ever got started.

Houston, TX

I've been reading for 1 year from Ute fans how the Utes had a cakewalk in their mind to the championship game. What's happening?


I believe there's a lot of people in the state of Utah that hasn't been living in reality this year.

Highland, UT

Well the pac10 is not all that good so if the utes cannot win the south division that says alot about the state of their program. Looking at the games they have left asu is about the only one that is even semi formidible. But that doesn't mean the utes are going to win any of the other ones because they are just one more of peice of the mediocre whole that is that pac10.

I predicted 5-7 wins going in and they will be hard pressed to get to 7. 5 is far more likely.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

"Well the pac10 is not all that good so if the utes cannot win the south division that says alot about the state of their program."

The bigger question is, what does that say about a program that loses to utah, at home, by 44 points?

Centerville, UT

Well, if Chow can get Hayes up to speed and Oregon beats ASU, and Utah wins the rest of their games, and then gets the tie-breaker, and if Jupiter aligns with Mars, and....

ASU 38
Utah 10

Salt Lake City, UT

If the Utes win the next two, ASU loses the next two, both win out after that and the Utes are tied but own the tie-breaker. That's reality. Saturday is the first big "IF."

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah will win the PAC 12 south division in our FIRST year and battle with Oregon for the FIRST PAC 12 championship. I admit we got lucky avoiding stanford and Oregon this first year.

Pasadena here we come!

Idaho Falls, ID

Stick a fork in the Utes - they're done.

JD Tractor
Iowa City, IA

Uhmm, yah it's pretty much over. ute lineman are going to have to hold, grab and tackle ASU d-line to give Hays even a small chance for success. Flags are going to fly like crazy on Sat. There will be a lot of stretched jerseys.

Salt Lake City, UT

Chaz Walker had a major Freudian slip when he said it would take a top-notch effort to get "thongs" done. Or the writer gets a "D" on this paper for his lack of proofreading. Funny stuff, though.

On the topic, the Utes are showing mediocrity like every other team in Utah. Previous teams would have shown better in the PAC-12, but they are down a bit this year. It happens to ALL teams. Case in point--Texas has a 5-7 year last year, surprising everyone. The real challenge for Utah going forward is recruiting. It is doubtful in my mind that being in the PAC-12 will instantly boost recruiting to the level they need. It may never happen. BYU has problems recruiting to Provo and the honor code. Utah has the same problem on a smaller scale. I would love to see the Utes be a force in the conference, but I predict they will compete for the PAC-12 championship every 5 years.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Utes still not out of conference race . . . yet.

Atlanta, GA

"This is a competitive league. Every week is going to be like this," Whittingham said. "I don't know if people thought we were going to come in and take the Pac-12 by storm and just walk through it. That's not reality."

Yes, they did. Now, not so much. Just a few dreamers hanging on.

Welcome to the new reality. Welcome to the PAC 10.2.

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