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Published: Sunday, Jan. 1 2012 8:33 p.m. MST

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Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

New offensive coordinator. You never know what an important position in the coaching staff will do to a team. However, if Whitt promotes from within, then there will little transition. If Whitt hires from outside of Utah, then hopefully it will somebody with a lot of experience who can finally take the offense to new heights. I think it will work out fine.

Much of the offensive line needs to be addressed as key players are graduating, and even this year's crew at times were average at best. The line is the heart of any team, and this will be a concern, especially with a fragile QB to protect in Wynn.

The good news is that this team returns many starters. With the PAC-12's best defensive lineman returning, Star Lotulelei, Utah's defense should be even better than this year's.

With White coming back, and a 4-star running back coming in, and I believe with eight players returning on offense and seven on defense, the Utes will be in a strong position in 2012.

I am optimistic for 2012. Given that this year's team won 8, I predict at least 9 wins for 2012, if not more.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I think this Ute football season was one of the best seasons of all time.
It was great to see good opponents every week (heck, even Montana State was strong for being a lower division opponent).
Yes it was disappointing to lose to Colorado and it was tough to watch the turnover plague against Washington and ASU. But with injuries at quarterback and offensive line I couldn't be more proud of this years team for hanging tough and finding ways to stay competitive.
John White IV was incredible and Shawn Asiata is the unsung hero of the year. I'm glad Shawn chose to play this year when at first he hadn't planned to. Not only was it great for the Utes but he just played himself into the NFL.
Now, lets get everyone healthy, get a good quarterback battle going and get excited to have a great recruiting class come in and help make the team that much better next year.
The future of Ute football looks very bright!
Now we just need to work on the hoops team. Ahhhh, it'll come... not this year though.
Go Utes!

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

oh the little Utes.....

pac 10 south predictions:

1. USC - duh
2. Arizona state
3. UCLA
4. Arizona
5. Utah
6. Colorado

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Congrats Utes! Very nice win in El Paso.

But I am disappointed U are giving up the drum and feather logo for the double U logo. There is nothing negative about a drum, a feather and the name Utes. If anything, it's a compliment to the Ute tribe. From what I've heard, El Paso was the last time we'll see them on the football uniforms.

I wondering if this was done because of pressure from the PAC to be more PC? And I'm wondering if U will change your name from Utes to something different with the new logo?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

CFIT, from what I've heard, it's not official we're changing anything yet, and the conference hasn't made any recommendations on anything like that. It's something they discuss every year, but now it sounds like the discussions are slightly more realistic than before. I also would be pretty disappointed if we changed it, though. But that seems to be the direction colleges are headed now. Syracuse is no longer the Orangemen, but the Orange. Arkansas State is no longer the Indians, but the Red Wolves. Hopefully we can get some proud Utahns on the administration to balance out a little bit of the liberalization of everything.

NORCALUTE
MoTown, CA

Wow...great game...can't wait till next year. What a roller-coaster season and it couldn't have ended better than with the win in El Paso on Saturday.

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

Utah owned the first half. They took their eye off the ball in the third missing just a couple of plays and fell behind by 14. Barely enough time to regroup in the 4th and win.
Still a little maturing to do. But, most are coming back next year. You bet they have reason for optimism.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@portland jail blazers

Keep wishing. Meanwhile, the Utes will continue getting stronger in the Pac 12, and someday soon be playing in the Rose Bowl.

That must be killing you.

TheNun
Granstville, UT

I was bummed out when the Broncos won another game, becuase that delays the hiring of Adam Gase as the Utes new O.C.

Gase is Mike McCoy's quarterbacks coach for Denver and is looking to become an offensive coordinator. He's been the receivers coach and now is QB coach under McCoy and knows the prostyle/west coast offense well, which is what Coach Whit wants to continue with the Utes.

I hope the Broncos lose, so things can begin progressing for the Utes.

bslack
Draper, UT

Actually, the Broncos didn't win another game, but backed into the playoffs with Oakland's loss. I don't know anything about Adam Gase, but I would prefer a proven OC for the Utes.

Cali Coug
Visalia, CA

I think Portland has it pegged about right for 2012. UCLA, AZ and u are about equal, so the 3rd, 4th, 5th place finish could be any of the three teams listed. If Wynn stays healthy I'd give you 3rd in the division...you already have an OC on staff with a system you used in 2010. I don't think it is a big retooling year, 2012 should be a good year for the u.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

I can't wait until football season!

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

If my count is correct, Utah is loosing 3 assistants. Please, take Brandon Doman and Bronco as replacements. This will save lots of money on recruiting trips because Bronco only likes walk-ons.

MN Ute
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@ Portland and Cali Coug?

A good year for Utah when you're predicting us to end up 5th?

ASU's losing their top three receivers and have proven to be inconsistent and undisciplined. Plus, Graham showed us at Pitt how good he does in his first season.

Arizona is losing Foles, his first two backups, their best running back, their top three receivers, and their place kicker.

UCLA is actually ok, only losing their 2nd best rusher, their best receiver and their place kicker, but still, they've shown how inconsistent they are.

As for the Utes, we won 8 games with our backup qb. How do you think we'll do next year with a bunch of great qb's coming in to compete along with another great juco running back to further enhance our run game (White's speed and york's power)? Most of our key players are juniors, so we'll be screwed in two years, but next year we should do well and we should end up either first or second. Personally I think second, but one has to hope USC slips up and gets owned by Stanford, Oregon, and hopefully Utah. GO UTES!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Cali, I personally think we have an edge over UCLA, UA and ASU in that it IS a big retooling year for all of them. UCLA is supposed to have the best recruiting class in the conference for this year so far, but I don't think that will play a huge impact this year. I would expect at least a one or two game improvement in our conference record, but unless we can upset SC, I think the Alamo Bowl would be our best prospect next year. Still not bad, but we've got a lot of space to make up between us and USC.

afro14
Sandy, UT

@ Portland Trail Blazers

Either you have no knowledge about PAC 12 football teams or you just love trolling. With the talent and experience that the Utes are returning next season, not to mention players returning from injury, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with. Here's a more realistic PAC 12 south final standings for next season.

1. USC (I'll agree with you here, but it's not by much)
2. Utah
3. ASU
4. UCLA
5. Arizona
6. Colorado

Osgrath
Provo, UT

I see no reason why the Utes won't do well in the PAC12 next year. As pointed out already, UCLA, AZ and ASU are normal erratic and inconsistent, even at full strength. The one team standing in the way of a Southern Division title will be USC and on any given Saturday, who knows.

I would be sad to see the current logo go away, though. I've always thought it was one of the best.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Optimism abounds.

I love being in the PAC 12.

A Lot will be happening for the Utes. A new coordinator, recruiting, and hopefully the same logo and name come to mind.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

All of these comments sound wonderful, but none of you factor in the bad days (ref CU). The Utes have those most every year and you will have them next year. I am predicting a third place finish in the south. That would put you about 6th in the PAC 12. Sorry, but that is being honest and thinking with the head and not the heart.

MN Ute
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Eddie,

I understand what you're saying and actually am factoring in the bad days that the Utes will most likely have.
But, I'm saying that experience helps to limit the damage and regularity of those bad days and next year, Arizona, ASU, and UCLA will be adjusting not just to new coaches, but to replacing key players. Also, Utah's not the only one who has proven to have those "bad days". UCLA got whooped by 4-8 Arizona, ASU lost their last five games, and as already mentioned, Arizona went 4-8 with an elite quarterback.

So, I restrained from doing it earlier, but considering all of the posibilities next year, here's my rankings.

1. USC: Woods and Barkley won this spot, though replacing Kalil will be tough.
2. Utah: great group returning and newbies coming in. Plus, Kitake's staying put, despite rumors otherwise.
3. UCLA: good group returning, I think Mora will turn them around.
4. ASU: Love Osweiller, but I just don't know how Graham's disciplinary measures are going to turn out
5. Arizona: replacing Foles, nuff said
6. Colorado: I feel bad for Embree, he just needs more talent and a few years.

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