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Published: Friday, Aug. 19 2011 2:55 p.m. MDT

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Bunnyhop
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Referencing City Weekly for information is like referencing the National Enquirer

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I like SI's picks for the PAC 12.

I also believe this is Alex Smith's last chance with the 49er's.

ClassyUte
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

I thought Alex's last chance was 3 chances ago. Ha ha.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

I'm a BYU fan and it would great to see Utah win the PAC 12 after the Cougars beat them on Sept. 17. Help BYU look good. Go Utes!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Utah in the title game. That would be fantastic. With how weak the South division is this year, it is possible.

BYU/Jazz fan
West Valley, UT

It is possible and as a BYU fan I do hope Utah does well in the Pac 12 because they're still in state and I'll still root for the little guys, that includes BYU, Boise State, and TCU. I do however think that the main reason the Utes will win the South and be in the conference championship game is because USC is ineligible to go there so they only have to be the 2nd best team in their division.

KH
Holladay, UT

"Utah in the title game. That would be fantastic. With how weak the South division is this year, it is possible. "

TJ
Are you already making excuses as to why the Utes might have a chance to get to the conference title game? Ever since Utah was invited to the PAC 12 I've heard countless byu fans claim that Utah would be a cellar dweller in the PAC, which ironically would put byu just below Utah as a cellar dweller as well.

Anyway, now you are making an excuse for why Utah might make it to the conference title game. Now if byu fans' predictions of Utah being the cellar dweller are wrong, you guys will have something to fall back on.

Which is it? You can't have it both ways.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I liked the City Weekly road trip article. I'm going to a couple of away games so I'm going to have to try a couple of those places.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Ute fortunes versus Pac-12 teams (as I see it):

@ USC (100% loss)
vs Washington (50-50)
vs Arizona St (70-30 to win)
@ CAL (80-20 to lose)
vs Oregon St (60-40 to win)
@ Arizona (70-30 to lose)
vs UCLA (60-40 to win)
@ Wash St (60-40 to win)
vs Colorado (80-20 to win)

That's a 5 and 4 Pac-12 winning record (at 48% percentage of chances). That might not get the Utes into the conference title game, even with USC ineligible.

I'm basing my assumptions on three things: 1) QB depth, 2) overall team depth, and 3) prior road record versus Pac-10 teams. I also believe playing this many BCS teams in one year, and not being used to that, will take its toll.

I also see the Utes losing at BYU and at Pitt. Overall record? 6-6.

Even though I'm hoping for an undefeated season for BYU, I did a similar percentage thing and disappointingly came up with a 9-3 record.

The Utes definitely have the tougher schedule this year.

Go prove me wrong, Utes! I'd be happy with that.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

KH,
I have not predicted that Utah would have a losing season this year or be a cellar dweller once since the PAC thing happened. I have consistently predicted that they would win 7-8 games. I am leaning towards the 7 with Wynn still unable to go as much as they need him to and with question marks at OL and RB.
As for the South division being weak and Utah having a chance to win this year. That is the same opinion many national and local experts have.
Don't look for negative where there is none. There ar plenty of those who intend to do that on these posts.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

I have the Utes at 8-4, 6-3. I don't know if it's enough

KH, TJ is not a hater.

WhatsInItForMe | 5:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2011
"That's a 5 and 4 Pac-12 winning record (at 48% percentage of chances). That might not get the Utes into the conference title game, even with USC ineligible."

I disagree with your assessment of the Washington game. Personally, I'm much more worried about Burfict and Arizona St. Also, 100% USC? With that confidence you should bet the farm on USC. I don't consider anything an absolute in college football. Think Appalachian State in the Big House. James Madison vs. VaTech or Jacksonville at Ole Miss last year. Believe me, Utah is far less an underdog than those teams. Yes, Matt Barkley is one of the best QBs on the West, but the Utes will definately be playing hyped up....

sammyg
Springville, UT

And who would believe this story? Delusional Ute fans that think a 75% healthy QB with ZERO protection is the answer? Sorry, it's not going to happen.

There's not enough offense to make it beyond 7-5 or 6-6 at best.

hohum
Saint George, UT

Chances are better than most in the south, the article points out some very interesting facts:

Utah does not play O or Stanford, 5 home games, last second half of season plays against teams with a combined 28 wins 45 loses last year. If any of you can look at these facts and tell me that the pac 12 did not give u a pass, is really not too objective. Really!

Also they have them 7-2 in the pac 12, who are they to loose to?

Which non conference game are they to loose?

Anyway the 7-2 is maybe, 9-3 maybe, I see it 7-5

SoCalUtahFan
Irvine, CA

I'd like Utah's chances this year --for a 7-2, 11-2 season.
Not bad for a Pac-12, BCS conference team.

Go Utes!!!

Deliever the roses to us in Jan 2012

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

WhatsInItForMe | 5:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2011
Orem, Utah
Ute fortunes versus Pac-12 teams (as I see it):

@ USC (100% loss)
vs Washington (50-50)
vs Arizona St (70-30 to win)
@ CAL (80-20 to lose)
vs Oregon St (60-40 to win)
@ Arizona (70-30 to lose)
vs UCLA (60-40 to win)
@ Wash St (60-40 to win)
vs Colorado (80-20 to win)

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Ha ha ha!

60-40 to win vs Washington State? More like 95-5.

60-40 vs UCLA? Ha ha. UCLA stinks and they're coming here. Definite win.

I agree with most of the other odds you gave, with the exception of USC. A game is NEVER 100% to win or lose. Say 99% if you want, but no win/loss ever comes with 100% certainty.

Utah has a shot to beat USC in their building... and I venture to say it's more than a fair chance. I put it more like 70-30 for Utah to lose.

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