Utah Utes football: Utes have gone from pretender to contender

With help, Utah can still reach the title game


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  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    The Utes are still a pretender, they have won a few close games with really mediocre or poor teams. They try hard but just look how they had there clocked cleaned by Boise State in last years bowl game. The good teams soundly beat the Utes.If they are lucky enough to get into the Pac 12 playoff it will be a rout.

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Contenders for sure...this team is earning it's right to be one of the great Utah teams. There is something truly great about a team that overcomes adversity and excels! True, a lot still has to go right, but if it does, Utah would play in the PAC-12 championship.

    BYU fans who want to scream "pretender" or minimize the Utes 2011 Football success, think 1984 National championship - you want to claim it's legitimacy, but remember how many things had to happen for it to be awarded. BYU earned that title. Utah to this point has only earned a decent bowl berth, but if the stars align, they could be playing in Oregon next week. I hope this is the case. From there, who knows.

    Go Utes!

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 9:02 a.m.


    Utah will be the biggest loser IF they have to play Oregon in the PAC-10.2 Final Championship!

    Go Trojans!

  • Smack Jefferson City, MO
    Nov. 22, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    Sorry, JJ1094, but you crossed over into absudity when you said that "The question is really down to who is the biggest looser [sic]."

    You should know that the biggest loser will get nothing and will be irrelevant to the Pac-12 championship game. The real question is (as it always is), "Which eligible team has the best record?"

    Is it true that Utah's good fortune is due in part to Arizona State's inability to play good football consistently? Sure. And that circumstance has been acknowledged by Coach Whit, by the players, and by many of Utah's fans.

    But Utah's good fortune is also due to Utah's ability to play good football over the last four weeks. And if they come out on top, it will be because they played good football this weekend (and because Arizona State and UCLA did not).

    This is how competition works.

    Should we say that Alabama is part of the search for the biggest loser, in that they are #2 because Oklahoma State lost? Certainly not.

    Likewise, if Utah turns out to be the best eligible team in the Pac-12 South, it won't be because Utah is the biggest loser.

    Go UTES!

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Stop and smell the roses. Like the pun. We have an exciting game this week at home. Enjoy!
    Then we have the whole conference to watch over the weekend. Nice!
    This is exciting to the end of the season no matter what happens.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Nov. 22, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    Here's the deal, we were in the Washington game until Wynn went down, we lost. It took Hays a couple of games to get his feet under him and get back on track, a few more losses. Then Whitt stabilized the ship and we started our win streak. I honestly believe that had Wynn stayed healthy, we would have the south wrapped up by now (yes, because USC is on probation, but who's fault is that?) so, like what has already been mentioned, you play the hand dealt to you, we may or may not get to the championship game, but you have to admit that the Utes have clawed their way out of a hole and shown great character in doing so. Go UTES!!!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    @Just the Truth Man
    The Sagarin rankings have the Pac-12 and Big-10 in 3rd and 4th (I'm not sure which is ahead, it's changed a few times this year... the two conferences are close). The ACC is ranked 5th a good deal behind those two, while the Big 12 and the SEC are far ahead of those two.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    @Henry Drummond
    "Until Colorado gets its act together its going to be more like Buffalo target practice. "

    Maybe this year it should just be called The Oregon Trail. Like the pioneers they'll make the buffalo extinct with the goal of getting to see Oregon. I like our chances unless White comes down with cholera.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    @ JJ1094 | 1:13 p.m. Nov. 22, 2011
    Saratoga, UT

    We know who the biggest loser is.

    They lost 54-10 and they quit. They also have 2 bye weeks in the month when everyone else is battling for a conference title.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Nov. 22, 2011 1:53 p.m.


    "What media considers the Pac-12 to be the third best?"

    Your sugar-daddy...ESPN. You can see it for yourself by googling "ESPN SEC dominates conference rankings". It should be the 1st link.

    Anyway, the Pac-12 ranks 3rd, the MWC is 6th, CUSA is 7th, the only AQ conference weak enough to allow Boise State to bully them into inviting the Y is #8, and the conference the cougars had mined to inflate their W/L record up to 8-3 is dead last at #11.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Cowboy Dude and StGtoSLC

    And I also once listened to a man logically explain how the cow jumped over the moon and the cat ran away with the spoon

  • JJ1094 Saratoga, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    I would hardly characterize waiting to see if the guys ahead of you lose as "climb[ing] back into conference contention" status. The question is really down to who is the biggest looser.

  • utesovertide Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 12:37 p.m.


    Just want to point out a different angle on that. Utah lost to 2 north division teams: Washington and Cal, which will be swapped for Oregon and Stanford in the future. So, this year, we would have had 2 losses from northern teams anyway. This year, not playing Oregon or Stanford didn't really help record wise.


    You've got to be kidding, right? Here's what I don't get about some College Football fans. Many of them say they want a playoff, but then when a team that has 4 losses has the chance to win the conference or go to the Rose Bowl or whatever, then they all say how ridiculous it is.

    If college football had a playoff, more of the same would happen. So in that case, it seems the argument that in college football the playoff happens in the regular season has at least some validity.

    And I agree with other comments. Having to beat Colorado, have other teams in the division lose, and then beat Oregon next week to get to the Rose Bowl is hardly a gimme.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    I will agree that our schedule (not having to play Stanford or Oregon) combined with USC's probation are keys to the chance we have before us, but just like injuries and bad calls by the officials you have to play the hand you're dealt. So all of you who are whining about our schedule and USC's situation are just whiners. Since many of you are BYU fans, lets look are your team this year. Do you really think you'd have the same number of wins right now, if you schedule had included Notre Dame, Boise State, USC, Stanford or Oregon? I don't think so.

  • JustTheTruthMan bountiful, ut
    Nov. 22, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Rumble in the rockies is a far cry better than the honey bee duel. Isn't the reality that when the Utes got rid of or Fassell resigned that their from 'pretenders to contenders' transformation officially took flight? Wasn't Ron MAC the beginning of the marvelous ascension towards greatness that has been witnessed here since the early 90's?

    What media considers the Pac-12 to be the third best? How can this be with only 3 in the top 10 (let alone top 25) and the bottom half (top 10) at that? Clearly the ACC, Big X Big XII and SEC are far cries better than the pac-12 by any reality drinking observer of life.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    While the luster's certainly not there this year, this rivalry with Colorado will develop over time...I have no doubt.
    After all, their National Championship was 6 years more recent than the team down south.
    Rumble In The Rockies sure sounds better than The Deseret Dual.

  • JDS1 St George, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Lets face it, Utah lucked out by having a very favorable schedule. The fact is they didn't have to play Oregon or Stanford, instead got Wash St and Oregon St, not to mention USC being penalized. Sorry, but Utah isn't that good and will be fortunate to find itself in the big Las Vegas bowl.

    Nov. 22, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Veracity, the media tends to disagree with your argument. They consider the Pac 12 to be the 3rd strongest conference in the nation. The WAC, however, is rated 11th... out of 11. Can we please put to rest these myths that the non-top-tier Pac schools are on the same level as anyone in the WAC?

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Oh please...the best team in the conference is USC...Utah is 5th or 6th! Just as itchy stated...Utah has to wait for California and USC to take care of buisness in order for the "PRETENDERS" to play for the title.

    Better hope ASU doesn't get it done, cause its your last chance....SC rules the South from this year out!

    Go Trojans!

  • Itchy Lehi, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    This game should be an easy win for Utah since Colorado is by far the worst team they've faced all year. What an exciting end to the season. Go Utah! (and Go California & USC too!)

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    Hey, it's Colorado! Former Big 10 powerhouse. A huge school. A BCS team with a live Buffalo. Let's not get over inflated about what could happen post season. Let's get excited about Friday and finish with a winning season in the PAC.
    Go Utes!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    The Ute faithful see it as a big game. As of today only a few hundred single tickets remain to be sold. I predict another sell out in RES. Great to be in a storied conference where we have something to play for in late November. Loving it!

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 8:55 a.m.


    Are you just a little bitter? Utah would have to beat a 10th ranked team who beat a 4th ranked team to get to the Rose Bowl. That would be a pretty amazing accomplishment.

    Since you love posting on Utah articles, I'm sure you would watch the entire game, so it's a pretty big draw for you.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Vearcity; to get in the Rose Bowl you still have to get past Oregon. So, the bowl is not a draw.
    Utah beats up everyone in the MWC except TCU - Shows how weak the conference is. The PAC-12 South looks evenly matched - shows how weak the conference is.
    What does a strong conference look like to you?
    Arizona would be more evenly matched too if they didn't have Stanford AND Oregon on their schedule.
    Utah lost to USC by a blocked field goal in the Coliseum and USC beats Oregon. Seems like a better conference than the bottom tier WAC schools.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 22, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    Well then, let's get readuy to rumble!

    Go Utes!

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    I'll tell ya what would start a rivalry, if we fall asleep for this game and let Colorado beat us out of a Conference Championship game and a bid to the Alamo Bowl, in our beloved Rice-Eccles Stadium.we would come back for blood next year. lets treat this as the biggest game of the year. it sure is for me, i cant wait for this weekend to come!

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    It is easy to stand tall when everyone around you falls down...this just shows how weak the PAC 12 is...a team with 4 conference losses could be in the Rose Bowl...wow, what a draw.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Nov. 22, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    After watching both teams perform during the season, I think this one is going to be a cake walk for the Utes. It won't even be close. Go Utes!...from a die hard Cougar fan!

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Rumble in the Rockies? gag, More like Fumble in the Rockies?

    The ancient rivalry between Utah and Colorado died over half a century ago.

    The supposed "biggest game of the season" is less than four days away and the silence between Utah and Colorado fans is deafening.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2011 10:14 p.m.


  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Nov. 21, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Black and White--both key ingredients in Utah's success.

    Nov. 21, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    White also leads in rushing yards, and Black also leads in interception return yardage. Not only does Black lead the conference in that category, but the nation. Ute standouts having a much better season than anyone could have predicted. Happy Birthday, Coach!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 21, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Rumble in the Rockies? Oh Please! Until Colorado gets its act together its going to be more like Buffalo target practice.