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  • Y fan perspective
    Oct. 8, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    I think Utah will spread the ball more, and more people will step up.

    When Unga couldn't play our first few games, others stepped up and made a name for themselves.

    I respect Asiata and think he is a stud, but others will step up and perform.
    Utah looked almost predictable with Asiata in the backfield, but now Utah will spread the ball more, being a lot less predictable like the Utah I'm used to seeing.

  • Wide and Shak, we're okay!
    Oct. 8, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    I think both Eddie Wide and Shak are better backs than Asiata. Living in Sandy, I had the opportunity to watch Shak at Alta High School, for both his junior and senior year. Shak is a stud! He is big, strong as an ox, and has breakaway speed. As a junior at Alta, he was the first player ever in the state to get the Mr. Football award! I have been waiting ever since he graduated and moved on to the U, for him to finally get his opportunity. If he can stay healthy, I see him being the #1 runningback for Utah, and guess what, He's only a freshman. The Utes will do fine with these two backs!

  • Re re bsu fan
    Oct. 8, 2009 8:22 a.m.

    Thank you! bsu fans get back to the tater farm!

  • Re: Re: On their way... | 8:12
    Oct. 7, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Why is it that a 10 win season is now the bench mark for success? Is it because BYU has put together a string of three of them? Bear in mind that their OOC schedule the last four years has featured cupcake teams and conference championships when the MWC as a whole was down. If BYU had string of seasons where every game was played in rain or snow and they managed to win half of them, BYU fans would find a way to make THAT the bench mark.

    I'll take the BCS appearances and wins over a 10 win season any day...thank you very much. By the way, Utah still has a very good shot at a 10 win season this year. Then what?

    BYU does not have a BCS appearance, BYU has a dismal record against ranked opponents and bowl games, and until this year...BYU has had cupcakes for OOC games. You can keep your 10 win seasons and conference championships in years the MWC has been down. I like what the Utes are doing!

  • re: bsu fan
    Oct. 7, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    Do you have nothing better to do than get on a Ute board? Just root for your team and get off our board. Here is some food for thought though, have not seen a half full stadium since before Urban, dont know who the key suspended player is and as for blaming refs I have watched some of the bronc games and your fans are as bad as it comes when it comes to a call going against the ponies so your best to just not go there. You have a good team up there, but #5 in the nation with that schedule? I hardly think so. Come on down to res,les or that dump in Texas and you will get a wake up call. Ring ring the top three in the mwc better than you are and definitely better than the rest of the wac, so just stay off of our board and find somewhere to talk your bsu bull.

  • Really???
    Oct. 6, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    Go back to your spud farm..... You already got jumped by one team... wait until you play the rest of your schedule... you should be ranked (based on SOS) at about...16th

  • Boise State Fan
    Oct. 6, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    This would have been a GREAT year for us to play the yewties!!!!!!!

    Same ol' excuses.......injuries
    .......refs
    .......half full statium
    .......key player suspended
    Okay, what else is new?????????

    Just another season in RES

    GO Boise State!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • RE: RE: Ranked or Not
    Oct. 6, 2009 8:25 p.m.

    You are about half right but where you are wrong, you are sooooo wrong.

    Point 1 is correct. "Others receiving votes" is about right for Utah now. If they win the next two in a non-ugly fashion, they'll sneak back in. To end the season in the polls they'll need to win the next three and then upset either TCU or BYU. If they lose two more, a final season ranking is unlikely. I'd say at this point there's 50-50 chance Utah ends in the polls in this rebuilding/non-Asiata year.

    On Point 2, you are waaaaaaay off. BYU, TCU, and Utah began the season in the polls due to one thing... Utah's Sugar Bowl win. This win bouyed the whole conference. Had Utah lost the bowl game, TCU would have been the only ranked team in the 2009 pre-season polls. BYU is still in the polls because they had reached #7 this year, not due to any "legacy."

    You are correct, though, that TCU will be the benchmark for both BYU and Utah... followed, of course, by a certain November 28th game.

  • Re: On their way...
    Oct. 6, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    What is better? Going 13-0 every few years and going to a BCS game or consistantly winning 10 and losing in a bowl game? Sort of a toss up?

  • Utes
    Oct. 6, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    Dear Ute Fans,
    Utes arent rated because they aren't a top 20 team. Ute fans constantly bring up '84, but I'm tired of hearing about last year. LIVE IN THE NOW1
    There is will be no win for utes on Saturday. The runnin utes will be runnin home to hide!!!!!

  • On their way...
    Oct. 6, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    Utah is well on its way to the kind of national recognition BYU has. We are already starting to see it. If the Utes continue to win big games and put together a few more seasons where they really make some national noise (not necessarily BSC games or wins, but conference championships and 10 win seasons), then they'll end up in the polls because of who they are. It's a few years a way, but only a few. And, it's great for football in this state!

  • Re: RE: Ranked or Not | 2:41 p.m
    Oct. 6, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    Well stated and I concur. Notre Dame is regarded the same way. Polsters are just waiting for an excuse to put them back in. It took BYU years to get recognition and there was a lot of luck along the way but you will notice that it is difficult to displace them in the polls. Even last year with embarrassing losses to Utah and Arizona, they finished #25. I think that's exactly what we are seeing now.

    I am a Utah fan and I love everything and anything Utah. The Utes are off to a very fine start to achieving that same level of national respect. Two BCS appearances is HUGE for our program. As for this year, we will be ranked again within the next two weeks if we continue to win. Heck, we are #30 in AP and actually moved up 2 spots from last week. They will put us back in but we must continue to prove ourselves...a few more seasons, folks. We're looking good! Be patient.

  • UTES #1 FAN
    Oct. 6, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    Utah is still capable of being a very great team. Wide shined in the game against louisville and he is only a JUNIOR! THE team down south better watch out with our running game.

  • re: RE: Ranked or Not
    Oct. 6, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    Shut up about the national recognition BYU thinks it has. It's so annoying. One good year, 1984, does not give you national recognition nor is it relevant today. BYU has lost something like the last 22 out of 24 games to ranked opponents. That's not national respect. If national respect had anything to do with the polls, Michigan and Notre Dame would still be in the top 25. National respect, BYU thinks they have it. Ssshhh... Don't tell them.

  • Cougarf@n
    Oct. 6, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    Utah will probably be ranked again soon enough as long as they don't lose to one of the many teams they should beat in the next few weeks. I think Utah/BYU are ranked about where they should be at this point in the season and I think BYU has played better football so far (FSU notwithstanding), but rankings and history won't mean a thing when both teams face TCU and each other. When BYU and Utah have played more of the same teams we'll be able to better assess where they are in comparison to one another (USU was a draw), but the ultimate test is in November. There's a lot that can happen between now and then. I'm not a fan of early season rankings smack, but injury smack is just pathetic. Both fan bases have stupid fans that are guilty of it.

    As for the article, I think Wide will play well for Utah once he's used to playing in the system. He's not as good as Asiata, but he may end up being as efficient in the next few games since teams won't gameplan for him initially.

  • RE: RE: Ranked or Not
    Oct. 6, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    Finally - a rational human being!

  • And Cain
    Oct. 6, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    Talking about all the RBs you forgot one very good rusher, Cain is doing very well with his feet along with his arm. Wide doesn't need to take a full load and as long as he makes the blocks for the passing game he will be fine. Utah split carries between Wide, Cain, Shak and Shaky they are going to be much quicker than they ever have. All the teams left on the schedule have issues with speed, especially that last game of the season!

    As for Jacobson he must be to fast for his muscles, ya know he was the first to the Y this year!

  • RE: Ranked or Not
    Oct. 6, 2009 2:41 p.m.

    BYU is ranked and Utah is not for a few reasons:

    1. BYU has a much better signature win, and on the road. OU has two losses, but the second came without Bradford. BYU's loss was humiliating, but their big was was significant and got BYU ranked 7.
    2. BYU has long had much more national respect than Utah, despite the Utes BCS busting in recent years. Pedigree matters in rankings, history matters in rankings, and BYU has 30 years of national rankings, national audiences, national draw. Utah simply doesn't have it. Utah is getting there, but it takes time.

    That certainly doesn't mean BYU is better. That's why they play the game. But BYU and Utah fans better wait and see how they play against TCU before they get excited about who is better or who should be ranked. Both teams look pretty mediocre this year.

  • If I remember?
    Oct. 6, 2009 1:34 p.m.

    If I remember correctly when Asiata got injured YBU trolls were saying "the utes get injured because of conditioning and bad coaching.... blah blah blah" Didn't Jakobson just injure himself trying to touch his toes??? just checking???

  • Ranked or Not
    Oct. 6, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    Can someone explain to me how Utah is not ranked, while BYU is?

    Utah loses to the 16th ranked (or somewhere around there) team in the nation who is as hot as anyone. They lose by 7 on the road...to a quality team. They have won every other game.

    BYU lost, at home, to an unranked team. They lost by 4 touchdowns or so....got the beat down of a lifetime. They have won every other game, including a squeaker against Oklahoma, who has now lost 2 games this season (both without their hiesman quarterback).

    So, please explain how Utah isn't ranked.

  • Re: No worry | 12:02 p.m.
    Oct. 6, 2009 12:40 p.m.

    We're not ranked because we started our season against teams from the WAC. Our only signature game was against the PAC 10 and we lost. Again, thanks for nothing...WAC!

  • RE; get real
    Oct. 6, 2009 12:07 p.m.

    I always love it when something happens to a Utah player and the coogie trolls start coming out.

  • No worry
    Oct. 6, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    you are unranked so expectations are low and we are sure you will meet them. Go BSU!!!!!

  • Ernest Bass
    Oct. 6, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    If only utah had a receiver named Deep to go with Wide at running back.

  • BYU fan
    Oct. 6, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    The utes will definitely miss asiata but I think they will be just fine with eddie wide. He is very capable.

  • Utes better with Wide
    Oct. 6, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    Asiata was great, but think how many times they ran a draw with him? or a play designed to go outside the tackles....never. with Wide you can do both of these. He's more versatile, and has break-away speed. Asiata is more of a 3rd down back, but even at that he didn't do amazing like I thought he would. Wide had 129 yards in 3 quarters. That's more than Asiata ever had in 3 quarters. I bet Wide has some moves/speed that we haven't even seen yet. Go Utes!

  • Re: Get Real
    Oct. 6, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    Not worried here. This program has always had a history of great backs. The only year that we were bare was '06. Other than that, dating back to the early 90s we've had years of uninterrupted great backs. Remember the naysayers when Asiata went down in '07? Mack then had one of the best season's of any back in Ute history. Again, not worried here.

  • Whatever
    Oct. 6, 2009 10:23 a.m.

    re: Get Real
    Looks like someone just fell off the bandwagon.

  • Get Real
    Oct. 6, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    The running game took a MAJOR blow when we lost Asiata. Wide will be fine until teams get some tape on him and he starts to wear down. Shak is too injury prone. Stowers is simply not good enough. We are in big trouble. I know the coaches are putting on happy faces for the media but they're probably making a mess in their pants privately. Our running game just fell from one of the top in the MWC to one of the worst with Asiata's injury.

  • im more concerned
    Oct. 6, 2009 8:52 a.m.

    about our kicking game than I am our running game. Wide, Shak, Smithson AND Cain will cause fits for every D coordinator in the league.

    The team needs to play like they did vs louisville ON THE ROAD.... they haven't looked good outside of RES.

  • brettski
    Oct. 5, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    Go Utes and go Eddie Wide. I think the Utes will be fine. We'll miss Asiata for sure, but I think Wide and Shak can carry the load. :)