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  • Boise State
    Nov. 23, 2008 8:06 p.m.

    why are Boise State fans posting on this link? Yeah, you got lucky against a very good Oklahoma team a few years ago (and i loved watching the game, glad you won)...

    So, how did your words from 2:10 p.m. Nov. 19, 2008 taste? since you had to eat them? look like the 12-0 Utes embarrassed the Cougs and you'd have lost even worse. The Cougs are clearly better than your Smurfs

    Maybe you can enter a better conference someday and then talk about being a good team

  • Turnovers reply
    Nov. 23, 2008 7:58 p.m.

    Turnovers | 11:14 a.m. Nov. 19, 2008

    were the difference in the BYU vs TCU game
    +3 TCU

    were the difference in the TCU vs Utah game
    +2 Utah

    will be the difference in the Utah vs BYU game
    +2 ??? will win

    HAHA! Try +6 Utah goes to the BCS and Max Hall gets into the Hall of Lame! Utah 54-33-4 all time vs. TDS... looks like the Cougs need 21 more wins to even catch up! it's pretty obvious who is the better team overall

  • Re: No Scratches Please
    Nov. 21, 2008 8:13 p.m.

    Probably because the secondary doesn't do enough work in a game to get them dirty.... Unfortunately for BYU fans sometimes. :)

  • No Scratches Please
    Nov. 20, 2008 11:32 a.m.

    Question: Why does the Cougar secondary have no scratches or marks of any kind on their helments? Do they get new ones for each game? or do they simple repaint them?

  • For (In a Slump Gump) Forrest
    Nov. 20, 2008 9:15 a.m.

    Can we all just be realistic here? Forrest just tells it like it is....Can BYU win Saturday? Certainly, is it likely, no...but that is why the games are played...turnovers, injuries, WEATHER, all kinds of intangibles, impact any game. I love Forrest, he did some amazing things in his life, and the movie was great!!! Give the guy a break, and BE REALISTIC!!! Go Cougs, play like you did against UCLA, don't turn the ball over, and get 1-2 takeaways yourself, and victory is yours!!!

  • Gorum the Old
    Nov. 20, 2008 8:18 a.m.

    It will be a great game. I expect the score to be closer to the 2005 & 2006 games than 2007s.

    BYU 31 Utah 30

  • Why Utah wins
    Nov. 20, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    A. They would never hit the uprights on a game winning field goal.

    B. They would never let a tight end scramble to get wide open in the end zone with time running out.

    C. They would never allow a receiver to get open on a fourth and 18 at the end o####ame.

    Sorry to rain on the Cougar parade, but not a snowballs chance in Rice Eccles Stadium of pulling one of these out :)

  • bywho....
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:08 p.m.

    doesn't win, PERIOD!! dn, why do you not exercise your beliefs in allowing others' posts to be put through?

  • No one loss........
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:12 p.m.

    team deserves to make the BCS. I am a ute fan, and just been reading some byu fans saying if they win they deserve a shot at the BCS. Well, maybe you should have been giving your team a pep talk before they went and got worked over by TCU (whom the utes beat). By your logic even if the utes lose, as long as they don't lose by more than 25 (like byu did to TCU), then then the utes should still be recieving that bid to one of the bcs games. Get over yourselves and realize that if for some reason byu does win, none of us are going.

  • Conflicted
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:56 p.m.

    Really conflicted. I spoke with a true football expert on Monday. He said he does not see Utah winning this game. Half my Cougar friends say they think it will be a close game but Utah will win. (They obviously are not 'true' fans!) Half my Cougar friends say BYU wins going away...not close again.

    Then I speak with my Ute friends (yes, I have many) and half of them say they are really worried...not sure Utah can pull off the win. It seems like the other half (OK, maybe a little more than half) say Utah wins the game.

    Honestly.

    The variable seems to be the Vegas friend and football expert...he doesn't see Utah being able to put all the pieces together to pull out the win.

    I agree. But IF they do (putting all the pieces together), Utah wins going away. If they can't, they lose. The problem I see with the true Ute fan is that they have watched their team all year come up short in putting together all the pieces...two games @ 13-10 are most demonstrative of that fact.

    When the clock ticks 00:00 I will acknowledge the winner; Until then...Cougs by 11!

  • Hilarious --
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:02 p.m.

    The kittens actually believe they're going to win this game. BWHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

  • Bronco
    Nov. 19, 2008 5:53 p.m.

    "Assume and assess where the world is" blah blah blah....I think Bronco has completely lost touch with reality. He just makes up stuff as he goes. Hey Bronco, Why don't you try firing up your team instead of lulling them to sleep by spouting off all this monotone "quest for perfection" BS. A guy named LaVelle did pretty well without any of this psycological mumbo jumbo. Look into it.

  • Re: BleedCougarBlue
    Nov. 19, 2008 4:59 p.m.

    Nice post. What in the world are talking about?

  • Re: CougarGlasses 8:29am
    Nov. 19, 2008 4:47 p.m.

    You ask an interesting question. I remember that same statement made by Michigan before they played BYU in the 1984 Holiday Bowl. That is, if Michigan beats BYU, shouldn't they (Michigan) be the national champs?

    The answer of course was a resounding "NO!" I'm sure the same applies to Saturday's game. Nice try, though.

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Nov. 19, 2008 4:35 p.m.

    "RE: Pink UTES? | 1:53 p.m. Nov. 19, 2008
    You mean like the competition you faced in the WAC?!?

    Its like me going to Big-10 and talking smack, as Sarah Palin would say, "Thanks but no thanks!""

    Before you talk smack about the Cougars, just remember that your Utes played the same "weak" teams and all you guys could muster was mediocrity, at best.

    Go Cougars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • haunyocker
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    Having seen the emotional impact on players this game has, and realizing what the ranking of each team is, they could be ranked 5th and 95th and it wouldn't matter. When it's this game, numbers all go out the window.

    Since there is no way to really call this game, I'd rather focus on which players. For Utah, I think the two players who will make the difference if Utah wins will be Kruger and Castill who will make those one or two big plays. For BYU I think Michael Reed and Jan Jorganson will come up the biggest couple of plays of the game.

    Anybody who thinks they can call this game is nuts.

  • Gotta love...
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    Utah fans who accuse BYU fans of being arrogant, and then act like a win against a 10-1, 16th-ranked arch-rival is a foregone conclusion.

    BYU has lost one game, on the road, to the same team that Utah was lucky to beat at home.

    Utah has a great defense, but an erratic offense.

    BYU has a great offense, but an erratic defense.

    Special teams are both good; Sakoda gets the headlines, but BYU is solid and has been very good at blocking kicks this season.

    Both teams are heavily penalized, which is a meaningless stat anyway, since half of the 20 most penalized teams are ranked in the Top 25.

    Utah has improved, but BYU has been very good at causing turnovers this year.

    The game will be hard fought and could go either way. It'll likely turn out just like the last three games, with one or two plays -- a fumble, an interception, a great run, a broken coverage, a great reception -- being the difference.

    Hopefully, the officials won't have any bearing on the outcome, and the team that plays the best, wins!

  • PONY Boyz
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:35 p.m.

    BSU beat #15 Oklahoma. You talk like they were rated higher that BSU that year.

    That would be like Utah comparing Pittsburgh to their NC team with Tony Dorsett.

    Keep staring at the blue turf and say, "I hope BYU wins, I hope BYU wins, I hope BYU wins".

    You have the same problem the CUBERS have. The only quality win you have is over average Oregon.
    Yeh, their ranked now, but that's because of the
    way the crappy ACC and Big East keep killing each other off.


    The Truth:

    Utah has never lossed when favored(LVLine Utes-4), playing at home (oh yeah) and ranked (#7).

    I'm pretty sure that's the state of affairs at this time.

    Cubers: Get ready to get stomped. Utah by 5.

    Pony Boyz: Get used to the pangs of discontent as you play again on the frozen blue tundra of December in Boise.

    Your opponent: The first runner up choice to the Turque Bowl. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.

  • What's the big deal?
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:28 p.m.

    Utah only has 3 wins against teams above .500 in FBS, all of which they struggled against and had to come from behind to win. How is that SO much better than BYU's 1 convincing win? Also, Utah's D has not been challenged in the passing game yet. BYU is ranked 7th is pass offense, the next biggest challenge they had was against OSU who is 27th in pass offense)! We will see how they handle this on Saturday.

  • This keeps nagging at me....
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:11 p.m.

    In the THREE years, we have been sold a UTE defense that's much better than BYU's...even when BYU was statistically better by almost every NCAA measure (06 & 07).

    NCAA measures are irrelavent because different styles produce different results in many categories... but one stat that counts most is scoreing defense.

    BACK to the point! UTAH's vaunted defense is good and for three seasons I've told myself that.

    Then I remember in 2005 and 2006 games BYU was oh so dang close to just busting open early double digit leads on UTAH. Wierd games that could have easily been BYU Blowouts. Momentum changes are so important. Even last year, BYU kept moving the ball between the 20's and then finding ways to shoot themselves in the foot.

    My point is, if BYU's offense shows up and plays error free, they will score plenty. QUESTIONS then? UTAH's offense against BYU's lately pourous defense? Which Brian Johnson will show up?

    I want to say UTAH should win this game handily. But I haven'tforgotten how BYU put it all together against UCLA. That may ALSO happen again!

  • kwt
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    It is really humorous when people try to compare seasons that two teams have. Even if they play a similar schedule. Both BYU and Utah have played a similar schedule but come on. You can't tell me that playing TCU in Dallas is a the same as playing them at home in Salt Lake City. When you see that Utah barely beat TCU on it's home field in the last minutes, you have to think Utah would have lost in Dallas also. Then to think that Oregon State would have beat the Utes on Utahs home field, except for a gift second chance due to a penalty. Remember, BYU had all three of the competing schools on the road. Utah has had TCU and BYU at home. BYU has had TCU, AF, and UTAH all on the road. Neither school has had a very good out of conference schedule. At the beginning it sounded OK, but both teams havent had anything to beat there chest about. Yes Utes, Michigan looked anything but stellar, now that we see how tough thery REALLY are. Same with Washington for BYU.

  • Tarheel Ute
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:00 p.m.

    As a Ute alumnist and fan, I predict that Utah will beat BYU 31 -28, if or no other reason other than that they are at home and I have been increasing impressed with the MUSS how they have energized the Utes in close games. The question is how much I would bet to back up that prediction.

    Of the Utah games I watched all but the USU, Weber and Colorado State games. Of the BYU games I watched most or all of their games against UCLA, Wyoming, New Mexico, TCU and Colorado State. I watched both win at AFA.

    Ive not seen either demonstrate their A-game against a worthy opponent, and both have further demonstrated more reasons why they could lose the game rather than win it on Saturday. Both are somewhat but not entirely over-rated, and both will have a hard time dominating if not winning on Saturday.

    But heres hoping they bring their best games, so win or lose no excuses.

    So Ill bet dinner and movie that the Utes win but admittedly thats not saying much.

  • Re: TRUE COUGAR & RED BLOOD
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:32 p.m.

    Although I love TRUE COUGAR's prediction, i gotta say that we cannot get caught up like Utah fans who think that just because Utah squeaked out a victory at home against TCU, that all of the sudden that equals a win against BYU! Utah has looked vulnerable too in many games. Remember RED Blood, your utes has to come from behind in the 4th to win at Air force...a team that BYU did not have such problems with.

  • re:objective sports fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:23 p.m.

    First how dumb are you??????? How can you say BYU is a physical team when it gave up over 350 yards rushing against the air force academy when Utah gave up only 54 yards? Why compare the New Mexico game, when TCU was the better game? Also Air force was a good game to compare and you have really no clue- you never played the game or if you did it was during the intermurals at BYU. Dude you say that BYU is physcal--LOL--Utah will put pressure on Maxi Pad like TCU did- Physical...come on!!!!!!!!

  • The smurfs
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:17 p.m.

    will get their chance to prove themselves when they meet the Utes in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23rd.

    At least it'll be warmer than the frozen blue turf.

  • Winning Record
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:13 p.m.

    "BYU only has one win against a team with a winning record."

    Make that THREE after Saturday, and counting; but what's really important is BYU beating...

    -an undefeated
    -Top Ten team
    -on the road
    -and, it's Utah!

  • The question
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:11 p.m.

    the question is...
    can byu's amazing offense pick apart utah's amazing defense or can byu's crappy defense hold off utah's crappy offense. Tcu had a good offense and even a better defense, hence the byu loss. Both teams have significant weaknesses that can be exploited if the other team can execute. Hopefully both teams will show up and give us a show.

  • RE: RE: Pink UTES?
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    As I recall we slammed down the hammer on you in your house a couple of years ago AND defeated Oklahoma. What have the pinkish utes done but beat a less than mediocre team in their BCS game!

    You'll be crying after Sat cause BYU will win and the Broncos will go BCS busting AGAIN!

    Go Broncos!!

  • To "Objective" Sports Fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:03 p.m.

    You are up in the night!!! You can't compare that any more than BYU-TCU and look how that turned out!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:01 p.m.

    Real CLose Game
    BYU only has one win against a team with a winning record. At least Utah is beating teams, who cares by how much.

    Objective Sports Fan
    Utah at UNM, UNM at BYU. Same as TCU games (TCU at Utah, BYU at TCU)so that game isn't a good indicator either by logic given by other wY fans. Plus Weber State could beat UCLA and the other crappy teams BYU barely beat(see UNLV,CSU). I don't know if Y fans are too arrogant to notice but Weber is ranked and has a really good team.

    All that said, the game will be close. This is not the 04 utes that destroyed everyone they played, and this game is huge for both teams, even though BYU players act like it is any other game. Should be a great game no matter who win (hopefully tthe Utes).

  • Pressure is on the favored team
    Nov. 19, 2008 1:55 p.m.

    BYU can justify predicting a win, the same way Utah fans justified predicting wins over the last two years. In a rivalry the team that converts when it counts is the team that will win, though. If BYU has the ball last, I predict BYU will win.

  • RE: Pink UTES?
    Nov. 19, 2008 1:53 p.m.

    You mean like the competition you faced in the WAC?!?


    Its like me going to Big-10 and talking smack, as Sarah Palin would say, "Thanks but no thanks!"



  • RE: Real CLose Game
    Nov. 19, 2008 1:47 p.m.

    You are right BYU-TCU does not matter its how you're playing latly that counts.

    So DREAM ON if you think on the road Y will score 38 on the Utes D, a D that is allowing 11.4 points the last five games. What about Y lets see try 29 per game in the last five.

  • Re: Anonymous
    Nov. 19, 2008 1:34 p.m.

    How can BYU fans justify predicting a win?

    Well, may because they are 10-1 and nationally ranked. Maybe because they are 32-5 over the last three years. Maybe because they are the defending MWC champions. Maybe because they have seen their team pull out two tough wins and Utah choke the last two years? Maybe it's because they have a great offense. Maybe it's because they've been watching their school play extremely well and get lots of national recognition over the past 30 years. Maybe because this is their biggest rivalry game and they are pumped.

    As a Ute fan, Anonymous, you can be confident in your team and predict a win. No question. But to look at a 10-1 BYU vs. 11-0 Utah game and say there is no logical reason that a BYU fan can predict a win on Saturday in naive. They are both great teams and both could win this game.

  • RE: CougarGlasses
    Nov. 19, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    "If Utah does win they deserve to go to a BCS game because they will have beat some very good team."

    Yes you are right TCU is a good team with a great defence. I can't see a team allowing an average 24+ points in the last few games to beat a defence allowing 11.

    Utes 41-21

  • Slate is wiped clean!
    Nov. 19, 2008 1:13 p.m.

    Saturday, everybody begins at 0-0. Strap it up and see who wins. We'll see who's the last team standing.
    Good luck boys!

  • Blowouts
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    as defined by an arbitrary spread of 21 points or more:

    Overall series
    Utah 23
    BYU 13

    Before 1962
    Utah 19
    BYU 0

    Since 1962
    Utah 4
    BYU 13

    WAC
    Utah 3
    BYU 13

    MWC
    Utah 1
    BYU 0

    Last blowout for each team
    2004 Utah 52-21
    1991 BYU 48-17

    Biggest blowout for each team
    1922 Utah 49-0
    1980 BYU 56-6

    Highest scoring game in series history
    1989 BYU 70 Utah 31

    Lowest scoring game in series history
    1928 BYU 0 Utah 0

    The chances for a blowout, for either team, are remote.

  • Receipe For Success
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:49 p.m.

    BYU secondary is bringing their pillows, so everyone watch out!!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:47 p.m.

    wow, I didn't think that 10 year olds were allowed to post during school. but seriously how do BYU fans justify a win? Utah has a better defense, BYU has a better offense, but they have a terrible defense(ie the csu and unlv games)

  • JBH
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:35 p.m.

    I'm a diehard BYU fan, have been for 40-something years. In principle I don't like Utah much, never have, generally refer to them jokingly as Satan's Red Children from the North. But here we have an amazing game, one that's being talked about from coast to coast. Both are really good teams; any idiot on either side has to admit that. I know we love to do the rivalry thing but each year it seems to get more bitter, more dripping with hatred. I'm starting to not like it. Of course, asking both sides to dial it back a bit is fruitless but I appeal to the saner, more mature among you to realize it IS just a game. It doesn't reflect on the goodness of either school or its fans, although those fans' behavior definitely does. I hope neither side's fans embarrasses its school. I don't believe either team will.

  • History Indeed.
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:28 p.m.

    Sprinkled in are a few BLOWOUTS, and this also will be one.

  • Aaron
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:20 p.m.

    History says this game will be close. I like History

  • BCS play-in
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:49 a.m.

    Getting to the BCS by winning the game for Utah will be great, as far as money goes. But they'll play an SEC, Big 12, or PAC 10 (i.e., USC in the Fiesta) team in the BCS. So winning will give Utah local bragging rights and a sweet wad of cash, but the big reward will be a good old fashioned and embarrassing butt kicking on national TV at the hands of Alabama, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, or USC. The same would (will) happen if Boise or BYU or Ball State made it to the BCS.

  • True Blue
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:46 a.m.

    Utes will be exposed for the Fraud of a team that they are on Saturday!

    Ute fans Drool, and Cougars Rule!!!

  • Reality
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:43 a.m.

    I want BYU to win, but I really don't think it's going to happen this year. It might be a close game, but I'm not banking on that either.

  • Real CLose Game
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:43 a.m.

    Utah's toughest games have all been decided by 7 points or less. Most of them 3 points or less.
    Michigan by 2
    Oregon State by 3
    New Mexico by 3
    TCU by 3
    Air Force by 7(scored with 58 seconds to take lead)

    Based on this season Utah has not blown out good teams. Against its five toughest opponents Utah has won by a combined 18 points. So to think that Utah will just roll over BYU by 24 is rediculous. The BYU/TCU game has no effect in this BYU/Utah. Based on Utah's performance against "good" teams even though only 3 of the 5 have winning records, Utah does not blowout opponents.

    BYU 38
    Utah 24

  • Consistency Trumps
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:42 a.m.

    OK--I don't care about BCS money or bowls...I don't care about state representation...I want my BRAGGING RIGHTS...I want the UTES to eat HUMBLE PIE three years in a row...The cougars will take the championship back this saturday and I can't wait! GO BYU!

  • Forest & Trees
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:38 a.m.

    BYU vs AF = 14-point BYU win. Utah vs AF = phew, barely survived.

    BYU vs NM = 18-point BYU win. Utah vs CSU = phew, barely survived another one.

    What it really means for this Saturday:

    nothing, absolutely nothing!

    BYU and Utah both have very good teams; and both have weaknesses; both have survived close games this season; and both are fully capable of winning this Saturday.

    -1 turnover for either team will be difficult to overcome

    -2 turnovers for either team means certain defeat

  • RED BLOOD
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:38 a.m.

    I love the comment from "True Cougar." UCLA is a horrible team and that is the only reason BYU played well against them. BYU has looked awfully vunerable the past few games and they are going to get pounded by the Utes. BYU needed all that it could get in their wins over UNLV and CSU, while those were teams that the UTES handeled with ease. Not to mention that the last time BYU faced a defense that was as good as the UTES (aka TCU) they imploded. The UTES have way to much speed, and their defense will shut down the cougars. On the other side of the ball, BYU's defense is pretty pathetic and the UTES will run and throw all over them. This is going to be a good game, but don't expect it to be as close as everyone thinks.
    UTAH-35 byu-17
    BCS HERE WE COME AGAIN.....GO UTES
    -oh and note to mendenhall, your "quest" idea was a joke

  • MikeB.
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:38 a.m.

    Ute fans are generally obnoxious, but on the other hand so are we. Its bragging rights once again. Cudos to the utes if they win. I don't do this ever, but I decided this year I am going to change my attitude. I will support the Utes in the BCS. Why? because its for the good of the mtn. west. We need to be recognized as a power. I hope the uts win. I am not conceding we are going to lose saturday though. Anything can happen in a rivalry game. Gordon Monson does say Hall is the better quaterback that won't win, but then again thats why we play the game.

  • Objective Sports Fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    The best indication of who will win can be determined by how both teams did against New Mexico. New Mexico's physical style of play is very similiar to BYU's.

    BYU beat New Mexico 21-3

    and

    Utah beat New Mexico 13-10.

    I think BYU will win by 11 points. 24-13. Louie will kick 2 field goals and the Utes will only manage 1 touchdown.

    I think how BYU played at TCU is a factor, but that was a short week and they didn't come ready to play.

    The other factor is how could Utah let Weber state score 21 points against them. Even if it was at the end vs. the 2nd team defense.

    In a rivalry game anything can happen but the New Mexico game analysis is the key here.

    My .02.

  • The MTN is the Only Winner
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:22 a.m.

    Monopolization of this game by the MTN results in losses by both teams. This game could have brought national recognition to the MWC, but instead it will line Craig T's pockets. This game should be shown on ESPN's game day.

  • Pink UTES?
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:16 a.m.

    By spilling just a bit of Clorox needed to clean out the UTEs' mouths before the game their jerseys would be girlish pink - just like their team which will lose badly.

    BIG BOISE FAN!

  • Turnovers
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    were the difference in the TCU vs Oklahoma game
    +4 Oklahoma

    were the difference in the BYU vs TCU game
    +3 TCU

    were the difference in the TCU vs Utah game
    +2 Utah

    will be the difference in the Utah vs BYU game
    +2 ??? will win

  • reply 10:57
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:10 a.m.

    Your logic is not good,
    Utah vs NM barely won
    Utah vs Weber only won by 16
    Your games have been close too, so hush.

  • More Forest Logic...
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:57 a.m.

    Utah vs CSU = Blowout. BYU vs. CSU = Phew, barely got out of town with a win.

    Utah vs. UNVL = Blowout. BYU vs. UNLV = almost went to overtime.

    What does this mean come Saturday? On the surface nothing. What can we take from these games though? Well, Utah is fully capable of taking just as much advantage of BYU's defense as either UNLV or CSU. Add to that the fact Utah's defense is much better than either of those other teams and BYU will have to be near perfect on offense to pull this one out. More than one BYU turnover and the Cougars won't be close enough for a last minute scoring drive to matter.

  • TRUE COUGAR
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:49 a.m.

    How can you be a diehard BYU fan and think we are going to lose? That seems like a paradoxical statement, especially considering the caliber of our offense, and the way our team has recently played. I'm expecting BYU to come out like they did against UCLA. Of course, Utah is a much better team than UCLA, but they couldn't beat us if we execute the way we did against UCLA. We're going to come out fired up and ready to prove ourselves just like we did against UCLA. Our defense may not be top tier, but they are good enough to stop Brian Johnson and the funky bunch. My prediction: BYU 34 Utah 13 ...
    you laugh, but we'll see who's laughing on Saturday.

  • RED Man
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:48 a.m.

    Don't expect this one to be close at all. The media is pumping for a story. BYU has already proven they are the inferior team. I look to see Utah take an early lead and then by the half-a blow out. This will be a repeat of the TCU game only with a higher point spread. The final score will be Utah 47; BYU 3 (or something close). The Utes are REDy for this one!! YOU know it. BYU just can't compete. COUNT ON IT!!

  • re..hootowl
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:37 a.m.

    Wait a second, your leader just said that the "Quest" was not just about football, so your comments are incorrect.

    I don't know which comment in this article and subsequent blog is more unbelievable. 1)That the "Quest" really wasn't just about football, and it was taken out of context by everyone in the world, or 2)That the "Quest" wasn't just about being undefeated in football and playing in the BCS, but was also a "Quest" for a National Championship? I love to rag on Preacher Bronco like everyone else, but I have to give the edge to hootowl. National Championship was your goal! I wonder why everyone outside of your bubble sees your fan base as arrogant and self righteous! I'd like to date Jessica Beil and drive a Maserati. There, now my goals are just a ridiculous as yours.

    Do us all a favor, including yourself. Just ahead 25 years from 1984 to 2008 and face reality. Your Cougs will play in the Vegas Bowl, again. While the Utes will play in the BCS, AGAIN!

  • A Little Nervous....
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:36 a.m.

    All the BYU fans at work I've been talking to keep telling me they're pretty sure that Utah is going to kill them. Now, I know they may just be bracing themselves but I am a die-hard Ute fan and I'm scared to death of this game.

  • Forrest? Is that you Gump?
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:33 a.m.

    Yup! There you go comparing scores against common opponents. UU-TCU played in SLC, TCU-BYU in Dallas. TCU admits they were gunning for BYU and had practiced all year to beat BYU... Shame they didn't plan and practice better for Oklahoma. Beating OU might have put them in the mind set to beat both BYU and UU.

    But back to comparing scores against common opponents. Why don't you look at the UU-AFA and BYU AFA games then? Seems to me that BYU had a better score against the same AFA that UU only beat by one TD.

    How about BYU beating UCLA 59-0 while UU pulled off a thriller to beat OSU by a FG with time run out...

    Okay, a little Forrest logic and we see that OSU beat UCLA 34-6, well, if OSU was such a great win and Forrest logic works, then BYU must be much better by stomping UCLA 59-0 while the same OSU that UU barely beat in the last seconds won by 28 points over the Bruins?

    Forget Forrest logic. Let's just see on Saturday!

  • Re: BYU fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:26 a.m.

    You're not a diehard BYU fan; but, your fanhood has died. hard.

    Cougs will pull it out by 4.
    If not, I have to record myself singing the Utah fight song.

    Have faith in your team!

    Go Cougs!

  • Re: Forrest
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:22 a.m.

    The TCU games were alot closer than you might think. The difference in the games, with both being on Thursday nights,is that BYU was on the road at TCU and Utah played them at home. Turnovers played a big role as well with BYU turning the ball over 4 times to TCU's 1. Utah had 1 turnover to TCU's 2. TCU mistakes cost themselves at least 12 pts against Utah.

    Saturday's game should be very close and very entertaining.

    Go Cougars !

  • hootowl you are a hoot....
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:14 a.m.

    Go UTES!!!!

  • BYU fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 9:50 a.m.

    I am a diehard BYU fan and always will be...but I am being realistic this week.

    My prediction is: Utah-24 BYU-14

    Good Luck to both teams!
    and
    GOOOOO COUGARS!!!!!

  • Forrest
    Nov. 19, 2008 9:23 a.m.

    This week's game will be an exception from the "close-game" general rule of the past several years. You can't have two teams that performed so differently against TCU be all that close.

  • Close Game
    Nov. 19, 2008 9:07 a.m.

    Wow! This writter really went out on a limb! Let's see, I predict that the team with the mosts points at the end of the game will most likely win! Please comment below...

  • utesinceborn
    Nov. 19, 2008 9:03 a.m.

    this will be a great game on saturday and i will be pulling for my undefeated utes. i love them and would never hope for the cougars to win but it will be a close gamea and i will be glad to have seen it. utahs defense is just as fast as tcu defense and the cougs will have to learn to work around that. but if utah brings there A game they will pull it out in the end. GO UTES!!!!!!!!!

  • 1998
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:31 a.m.

    Kaneshiro for President !!

  • CougarGlasses
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:29 a.m.

    Congrats to the Utes! They have had a great year but please do not think BYU will be an easy win for you. If Utah does win they deserve to go to a BCS game because they will have beat some very good team.

    If BYU wins do we not deserve the same reward? If your UTES are so good and we win do not we not deserve some props? I love smack talk more than anyone but lets be honest either team can win Saturday. The fans who insult others with stupid comments about church, state, and personal attacks are ridiculous.

    Maybe we could fcus on two great teams giving us all a great game Saturday regardless of our hate for one another. Go BYU!

  • Out of state Fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:20 a.m.

    I think that most people reporting this are just being realistic, BYU doesn't have the odds in their favor to get to the BCS bowl this year. I hope that the Cougars have learned from the TCU game and come prepared for the quick Utah D, or it will be another ugly game for the boys in blue. It will be NICE though if BYU can pull out a win in SLC, very tough though. GO COUGARS!!!

  • hootowl
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:09 a.m.

    13-0 AND a National Championship is Perfection!

    I know, Utah never sets such adventurous goals as having an undefeated season and winning a national championship, so Saturday's loss won't be nearly as hard for Utah fans to take as the loss to TCU was for BYU fans.

  • uteowl
    Nov. 19, 2008 7:16 a.m.

    For TDS fans: Another chink in the "Quest" come Saturday boys. Don't fret though, 10-2 is respectable. But ....

    12-0 IS Perfection!

    GO UTES!!!

  • Classless Cougar
    Nov. 19, 2008 7:02 a.m.

    I keep hearing that Utah is playing for a BCS game and BYU is playing for a peice of the MWC title. Aren't both teams playing for the MWC title and a BCS game? I know that Boise State (or a bunch of second place BCS teams) have to lose for BYU to make it to the BCS, but that means they're two games away. 1) Beat Utah and 2) Nevada or Fresno (the two next best teams in the WAC) beat Boise. Done. If Nevada pulls it out (which we'll know by half time of the rivalry game) then the second half is a BCS play-in. Both teams are then deservedly playing for a BCS spot.