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Published: Monday, Aug. 29 2011 4:29 p.m. MDT

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sammyg
Springville, UT

@Moderate

"Sixth is where the Cougars would finish in the Big 12."

Well that must mean that you're one Ute fan that believes BYU will get an invitation. That's very kind of you.

#6 for Utes in Pac 10.2 is pretty much a guaranteed ticket to Las Vegas as several of us have been saying for several months. It would be great wouldn't it?

"Thank you very much." -- Elvis

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

My predictions for the pac12 standings.

Stanford
Oregon
USC
Arizona St
Washington
UCLA
utah
Arizona
Oregon St
Cal
Washington St
Colorado

bluemoon1977
Provo, Utah

6th is about right. We've been hearing so much propoganda about the local college teams that reality has long since left us behind. The Utes simply don't have the players at the skill positions to win big in the new league.

But they have definitely proven me wrong before--like 2008. Maybe they get a lucky call or a spectacular play and move up to 4th. That would be a great season.

U 90
Corona, CA

Coug_Indy,

Don't you think they ought to actually play the games first before we declare which bowl everyone's going to?

The only team that's really a lock for a bowl whether they go 6-6 or 12-0 is BYU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl... every year for the foreseeable future... so I guess you're right some things never change.

BluCoug
Provo, UT

Sounds about right ... Especially if ESPN marked it down!

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

Re: u90

It's too bad that you're completely wrong. BYU is only contracted for the Bell Helicopter bowl for this year.

I'm not sure utah will even be in a bowl this year. It'll be close.

MidMajor4ever
Syracuse, UT

I see a lot of unhappy, obsessed, jealous Ute haters from our little midmajor sisters down south posting on all the Utah articles. I know the BCS conferences left your has-been program in the dust but come on, show a little class and respect!

This will be a great season for the Utes playing a schedule against 10 BCS teams and only having two midmajor breathers. Hopefully the Utes can avoid the injury bug and get to the PAC-12 championship game.

Go Utes!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Frankly that prediction is a little bit to generous. They will finish in the bottom half.

Jordan
Lynchburg, VA

Wow, credibility is simply oozing from so many posters on here. I'm glad there are so many qualified people giving their opinions. Great! Go Utes, can't wait for an exciting season!

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

re: mm4ever

Your alias is a dig at BYU, and you call us obsessed ? LOL

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Jordan

Let me guess, "credibility" means predicting the utes will win the south or at minimum be in the top 4 of the league? Any prediction that utah will be anything less than that lacks "credibility"?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Moderate:

"They think they'd be regularly representing the Big 12 in BCS play."

Do ya think? Because I've always had our frantic and emotional little sisters as believing they'd be regularly representing the WAC in the National Championship.

DontMUSSwUtah
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

Wow,who would have thought that BYU fans would use their unbiased opinions to "predict" that Utah will be at the bottom of the Pac-12? I definitely didn't see it coming, and am very offended, because i personally believe the all-mighty cougs will win the National Championship for the next 3 years.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I think the ranking from ESPN is about right. That puts us third in the South Division behind USC and AZ St. Both those teams have the talent to beat us and we play USC early enough it could be tough for our offense to score on them. Still, with an upset of AZ St. later in the season, we could be in the PAC 12 Championship game. Most experts are giving us a chance of doing that, especially with some of the injuries to key players for AZ St.

Of course we won't know for sure until we play the games, but being conservative and realistic. I've got us finishing 9-3 losing to USC, Pitt, and either AZ St. or Washington. I'm also incredibly excited to stop speculating and see some action on the field. Go Utes!!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Jordan Loverige is easily the best recruit so far for Coach K. and the future of the Utes basketball program. It will be tough for a couple of years, but after the last two seasons things can't get too much worse. I like what Coach K. is doing. He has brought in some players from the JC ranks and transfers that will give play the way he wants and will give the team a fighting chance this season. Now he is recruiting the right mix of local players and others to build the team in the future. We just have to be patient for a few seasons and then we'll start seeing the results. I'm excited for basketball this November for the first time in a couple of years.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

6th? At least that's good enough for the NM bowl.

U 90
Corona, CA

Alta,

You are correct. I misquoted. The BYU bowl affiliations are as follows:
2011 Bell Helicopter
2012 Poinsettia
2013 Kraft Fight Hunger

Which is actually kind of funny given your fellow cougar fans are mocking Utah's past and potentially future appearances in the Poinsettia bowl.

Anyway, thanks for setting me straight

Wally West
SLC, UT

re: AltaHawkFan | 9:09 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011

Again, whats with the love for Az St & UCLA?

South projected finish... USC, UAz, UU, AZ St, UCLA, CU
North Projected finish... Oregon, Stanford, Or St, UW, Cal, Wa St
Overall order... Ducks (BCS game again?), Cardinal, USC, UAz, UU, Ore St, Az St, UW, Cal, UCLA, WA St, & CU.

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

re: u90

At least BYU has an out clause in their bowl contracts that allows them to go to a BCS bowl if qualified and doesn't have to share any of the bowl proceeds. BYU fans mock because ute fans are all sure you'll play in the rose bowl every year.

re: Wally West

Honestly, I just think UCLA will be much improved this year. They have 17 returning starters including all of their WR's, top 2 RB's (a 1200 yd guy), and top 2 QB's. The coaching staff knows they're on the hot seat and I just expect a much better year for them.

AZ St. has 15 returning starters with their top 4 RB's, all but 1 WR, and a very talented QB. They also return almost their entire defense. I just expect both teams to have better (bowl worthy) years.

As for utah, I just don't see wynn making it unscathed throughout the season. The schedule and defenses you'll face will be too tough. If/when you have to turn to a backup QB, your season will essentially be over. I don't know how your coaching staff let your QB and RB cupboards get so empty.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

ESPN's Top 25 PAC 12 Players

Stan: 6
Ore: 4
USC: 4
Wash: 3
Ariz: 2
WSU: 2
ASU: 1
Cal: 1
Colo: 1
UCLA: 1
OSU, Utah: 0

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