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Published: Tuesday, May 10 2011 10:57 a.m. MDT

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Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Dodds obviously didn't see any of utah's spring practices.

LOL

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

This will be a top 10 team by the end of the season no doubt.

With Oregon and USC not on the schedule a Rose Bowl is the expectation.

butters
Salt Lake city, UT

glad to see the utes in the poll. robert johnson is a stand up class act as well.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

Part of the perks of being in a BCS conference is being hyped by National media.

At this point I don't think Utah isn't in the top 25 (that could change by fall) but because of the conference they're in and the elite programs they play...Utah will forever more be thought of differently than a Non AQ.

Deal with it trolls.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Love the Utes and hope that they have a top 25 season.

However, if I am honest with myself - that is a very optimistic outlook. There will be some bumps in the road the first time through the PAC 12. Lack of depth (as shown in the spring game) will show at some point in a much more brutal conference schedule than the Utes have ever faced. I will be right there cheering the fellas on, but #22 seems generous right now. Maybe Wynn will surprise me in Chow's new offense?

This seems like one of those pre-season rankings I used to get mad about when Utah would get left out in favor of a BCS conference team that got its pre-season ranking because of its conference affiliation. It will take some getting used to to be able to lose 3 or 4 and still be able to hit the top 25.

Anne26
West Jordan, UT

Great way to start out in a new conference!! It's awesome that the program has such national respect and such a bright future. Can't wait until the fall!!! Go Utes!!

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Chris B - I am sure you meant to say the Utes don't play Oregon or Stanford this year. We play USC in PAC-12 week #1. Better study up on the Utes schedule rather than spending all of your time getting the BYU fans fired up.

Ibleedcrimson
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Robet Johnson is another great story of someone rising up above the fray and succeeding with the odds stacked against you.

Good job RJ.

DevilishUte
Tempe, AZ

@UU32 Chris B is not even a Utah fan. He's a BYU fan posing as a Utah fan.

I'm not so sure that Utah finishes in the top 25 this year. Utah will have strong lines on both sides of the ball and strong LB play, but replacing the entire defensive backfield (wish Burton would have stayed), shaky QB play, and unproven RBs make me think a more likely result is 6-6 or 7-5.

That result is not good, especially when compared with previous success, but I think Utah will win a game or two that people think they will lose and lose a game or two that people think they'll win. Anything better than 7-5 and this will be a successful season.

-PSUYB-
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Well I think a top 25 ranking is extremely generous considering how last season ended for Utah.

The fact that they lost 7 or 8 of their best players on offense as well as their defensive secondary and best defensive linemen. Brought in a new OC and a new offensive scheme, and your starting QB cannot practice until fall camp. I dont understand how this makes for a #22 ranked team. But I suppose Utah has surprised many with past success and definitely harbor some respect.

However this year is much different. In years past Utah has only had to prepare for 2 or 3 big games per year. Then had teams like Wyoming, New Mexico, and CSU to coast through. That is over now with competing in the PAC. The competition is better week in and week out. And I think it will be 3 years until Utah is competitive in the conference.

With a new and inexperienced offense/OC Utah will struggle early, dropping games to USC and BYU. I think Utah will lose 3 more games to ASU, UW, and Arizona.

7-5

Any Ute fan predicting a 2012 Rose Bowl appearance is seriously delusional.

oh ye confederacy of dunces
Flushing, NY

This prediction is so far from acurate it is laughable. The U could VERY easily finish with a losing record this year. I would readily bet every cent I will make that the U will not finish the season anywhere near the top 25. Enjoy the little illusion of success this year's U football team has--it certainly won't last.

MAFU
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's save the Spring & Summer prognostication and bluster for our friends to the South.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

UU32

You are right, my bad. That is what I meant. Lots of potential with not meeting those two.

Hondo
Springville, UT

I was looking at ESPN and noticed something that bothered me.

When I clicked on the College Football tab, there was a feature story about Boise State, including a header that BSU is the class of the non-AQ. I thought ESPN was behind us....

I anxiously await the moment when will we prove all the naysayers wrong. I am changing my forecast from 10-2 to 11-1 as of today. Our only loss will be to TCU, and I'm not even sure about that one given that TCU lost so much talent on both sides of the ball.

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

Nice to see the real U fans stick it to the real trolls on these boards. Best of luck this season. Should be a fun ride.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

National respect for the U and for the PAC. This is good news for both of them. Utes picked the 4th best team in the PAC. I would have to consider it a good first season in the new conference if they finished with 7 or more wins and in the top 4 in the PAC.

@hedge
"At this point I don't think Utah isn't in the top 25 (that could change by fall) but because of the conference they're in and the elite programs they play...Utah will forever more be thought of differently than a Non AQ."

I agree. If they are successful they will deserve everything they earn.(Money, good recruits and national respect). If they are not successful they will get everything they earn. (Money, mediocre recruits, not much national respect and a reputation as a league doormat similar to Washington or Colorado).

I am sure you will be more capable of dealing with that than you will be with the success of the team you are obsessed with.

che loco
Springville, UT

How'd that preseason top 25 ranking work out for the utes last year? Put down the giant pitcher of red kool-aid. Let the season play out before you get too excited.

Ken
Sandy, UT

An undefeated season is absolutely within reach for this group. Loaded at linebacker and running backs. If Wynn gets back to good form this could be a special season much liked 2004 and 2008. My predictions: 11-2 and a respectable top 15 final ranking for the first Pac 12 year. Great time to be a ute.

Utah'95
FPO, AE

I have many questions/concerns about this edition of the Utes, but the biggest ones are:

Was the dropoff in Wynn's productivity in the last half of last season due to his shoulder? How will he perform with his surgically-repaired shoulder?

Will a solid backup quarterback emerge? I'm afraid we will need one at some point during the upcoming season.

Will the offense take quickly to the new scheme brought in by Coach Chow?

Will the defensive backfield play better than their experience (or lack thereof) suggests?

We have debated for years whether our (WAC, then MWC teams) could withstand the weekly grind of playing a Pac 10 schedule. Well, we're about to find out.

I am traditionally a very cautious fan. I believe Utah will win at least half of their games, but that is far from a foregone conclusion. An 8-4 finish would make me extremely happy about Utah's inaugural Pac-12 season.

I can hardly wait for football season to arrive. Go Utes!

Ken
Sandy, UT

I would say with a few breaks Wynn has an outside chances at the Heisman this year. He was inconsistent last year, but so was the team in general. Whittingham will have things resolved in time.

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