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Utah Utes football: Utes, Michigan agree to home-and-home series beginning in 2014

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  • MESOUTE SLC, UT
    June 30, 2012 1:12 a.m.

    This is all so entertaining. Michigan is coming to SLC. Who will be going to Provo? ECU? Houston? Can Cal Poly come as well?

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    June 29, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    BYU fans on Utah article telling everyone that Michigan is no good! -now that is funny.

    I guess a Utah fan needs to go on an BYU article and tell everyone how good Idaho & Idaho ST. are!

    Can't beat the entertainment value found here!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 28, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    I am hoping that our recruiting gets a lot better.........we are gonna need additional depth to compete at this high level. Also, RES must expand, maybe 10k+ more seats at least!!!!!!! Finding U tickets will be tough and scalpers will be charging a fortune. Man O man.........I love being a Ute! GREAT DAYS!!!!!!!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 28, 2012 8:13 p.m.

    @ JohnINSLC,

    Sammyg and Ducky are in their "last throws" these days. Reality is taking it's toll on our friends in Utah County. After the Y curtails football, they will be Ute fans........"A good thing," Martha Stewart.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 28, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    "The sad thing is that you need BYU, every article is like a 'fix' for you."

    Uh, samm, odd that YOU would bring up the the 'fix' accusation. It tells us why you are here--talking smack on Ute stories, as usual.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 28, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    "Utah needs to tell BYU goodbye. They don't matter and I don't care to ever see them again."
    I'm not quite so sure that we leave them off the schedule yet. Those 44 point w3ins over such a top program sure get's the attention of the public and media.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 28, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    UHA

    "They don't matter and I don't care to ever see them again."

    Hilarious and false as usual.

    Why don't you try and ignore BYU. Go cold turkey, you can do it.

    The sad thing is that you need BYU, every article is like a 'fix' for you.

    LOL

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 28, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Utah needs to tell BYU goodbye. They don't matter and I don't care to ever see them again.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 28, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    I have never thought that BYU players EVER made bad hits until last year. I don't wan't Utah to play BYU again. BYU will play too hard, maybe injure key Utah players? BYU should do what they want to. I don't wanna play them EVER again.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 28, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    Duckhunter:

    "I'm wondering why you're all so happy about scheduling a couple of losses?" (4:32 p.m.)

    "The thing is michigan really isn't all that good." (6:02 p.m.)

    Okay Ducky. So within 90-min, you have Michigan going from a sure-fire dismantling of your big brother Utes, to being not all that good. Haha! This is totally killing you! I can tell. Perhaps you, sammyg, and TJ can all get together and have a good cry, then watch re-runs of last season's WAC games.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 28, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Johnny Triumph, I agree with you. Win or lose in the end, I'm certain Hoke is ecstatic about having Utah visit, and going to SLC. Since he arrived in Ann Arbor, he's focused a good amount of attention on athletes in Utah. His staff will use the SLC trip to its fullest extent to find more Utah athletes, and try his hardest to have Utes players' younger brothers use the trip to Ann Arbor as an unofficial visit. Gotta be considered a win-win for both teams.

    I had a good "LOL" at this one: "The thing is michigan really isn't all that good." Must be hard to satisfy someone who doesn't think a top 10 team is all that good.

  • MLH SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 28, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Johnny--So What?

    sammy--I am so impressed that you have such a powerful crystal ball, you and duck are scrambling, the writing is on the wall. My crystal ball has Utah with 2 wins over Michigan not a single loss to a BIG-10 team until 2043, but I do see some good news for you y fans 2019,2020, and 2023 you make the D2 playoffs but Weber State beats you twice and SUU gets one win.

    Give me a break both of ya.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    June 28, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Wow, Ducky and Sammy are truely having a hard time with this.

    Does Michigan stink or is this a guaranteed loss for the Utes? Which is it?

    "I can't wait for this year's 'finale' for the Utes. Something will happen, it usually does.

    And yet (2) BSC Bowl wins in the last 10 years and (2) undefeated seasons proves that the Utes CAN get it done. Unlike our boys down south who seem to lose the most important games EVERY year. Texas last year. FSU, Nevada and TCU (OK TCU every year)in 2010. FSU after beating UO in 2009? I know, I know it is soooo hard to recall since you compartmentalized it. LOL

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 28, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Good for Utah for getting this, but this has Brady Hoke written all over it. Without that MWC connection this never would have happened.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 28, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    The y's soft schedule again this year reminds me of something a coach of mine used to say: 'Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre.' Independence (and scheduling SJSU, NMSU, Idaho, etc.) has let Roscoe perfect the small-fish-in-microscopic-pond thing.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 28, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    willie

    There is nothing more exciting and entertaining than seeing Ute fans get all twitterpated about football.

    While the rest of their programs suffer from neglect, except gymnastics, we witness several of the "fans" go through the seasonal chest thumping ritual of how great it is in the football program and how sad the fate of BYU.

    And like the classic Greek tale we will see some Ute 'tragedy'. Last year it was Colorado, an injured QB and BYU outranking the Utes after a fluke loss. The year before it was 'the most historic game ever played in RES', an injured QB, ND, BSU.

    I can't wait for this year's 'finale' for the Utes. Something will happen, it usually does.

    If anyone would know anything about a 'depression hotline' it's a Ute fan.

    It's on speed dial on 'the hill'.

    I can't speak for Ducky but I'm as happy as a lark with BYU sports... ALL of them... including football on ESPN.

    I do wonder, as Ducky stated, why a fanbase would be so excited about guaranteed losses. What's so great about mediocrity and losing?

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 28, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    All we Ute fans should buy Ducky and Sammyg Ute crimson "MUSS" sweatshirts. Slowly but surely they'll gravitate to the #1 team in the state. Goooooooo Utes!!!!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 28, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Really disappointed this morning. Ducky and Sammy are sputtering their wheels, trying to find something that sticks.

    Utah fans are talking about Michigan, USC, Rose Bowl, BCS playoff, stadium expansion, new TV network.

    BYU fans are talking about Utah, Sally Field and Colorado.

    It would be wise for BYUTV to start programming for a BYU football depression hotline. It's taking a toll on guys like Ducky and Sammy. They were on top of the mountain for so long, they're having a really tough time accepting that their mole hill is now dwarfed by Utah's mountain.

  • NORCALUTE MoTown, CA
    June 28, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    This is great news...football...you bet! Go utes!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    "I'll enjoy watching Michigan thrash the daylights out of Utah but it probably won't be nearly as entertaining as last year's Colorado game."

    samm:

    They didn't in 2008, and Whit has already beaten Hoke a time or two. Funny you should mention embarrassing losses. While we have to play Colorado every year, the y mysteriously stopped scheduling Utah State. Ouch!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:00 p.m.

    Out of nowhere, the Utes put together a home and home with Michigan. Meanwhile, the Cougars and their long rumored, it's gonna happen any day now, no really, it's a done deal, series with Wisconsin... has never materialized.

    Classic.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    Here I am Utesies, you've been waiting for me, it's so nice to be 'anticipated'. Working a few extra hours this week, sorry for the inconvenience.

    Congrats on the series, no finer way to kiss the BCS goodbye than by playing a real 'big boy' conference team, not some imposter like a lower tier Pac 10.2 South Division team other than USC.

    I'll enjoy watching Michigan thrash the daylights out of Utah but it probably won't be nearly as entertaining as last year's Colorado game.

    Colorado is your epic rival now, nothing else compares.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    Duckhunter is sounding even more pathetic than usual. Sad really that he has stooped to ridiculous comments. Michigan "isn't that good anymore" yet BYU is terrific. Typical.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Utah adding Michigan to its schedule while BYU plays the bottom half of the WAC. LOL

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    June 27, 2012 9:57 p.m.

    Recruits, pay attention to what is happening. Up and coming program with great facilities, great coaching, all games played on national televion and a great football schedule with a chance to play for something special.

    Michigan first and I guarantee Urban will want to schedule Utah in the near future.

    Um um good!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 27, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    @motorbike

    I remember, so what? They were a decent team last year, not great by any means. Actually got lucky a couple of games. They also lost some players. We'll see how good they are when utah comes up on their schedule but as of now they are just ok, not better.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    @Duckhunter ...

    Wow, you are reeling! This must be killing you!

    Your comment: "The thing is michigan really isn't all that good."

    Did you already forget that Michigan won the Sugar bowl less than 6 months ago?

    You're too much man! It's almost sad to see you scrambling this badly for anything to say.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    RedBlood,

    you had me right up until "Our 2014 football schedule will arguably be the strongest in all of college football that year". Even with the dogs they have scheduled OOC in the PAST, the SEC's conference schedule alone is tougher.

    However, you pre-redeemed yourself with this comment: "And, given the announcement yesterday regarding the college football playoffs, having a strength of schedule will be key in getting a slot in the top four." Exactly right.

    It would be a pity for a team to win a conference championship and not get into the playoffs because they played a sissy OOC schedule. In the future you'll see all schools serious about the brass ring playing tough OOC opponents.

    Uteology, This kind of logic is looking in the rear view mirror. "That's why playing BYU on the road in 2013 or 2014 doesn't make much sense, considering that not even SEC teams play that kind of schedule." They will now, because OOC games will be the only way to prove they are better than other conferences during the current year.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 27, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    No WiFi in Tulsa ?
    I think you have spent way too much time in that ground water near Geneva.
    Duhhk your still in the blind.
    Read the remarks of the PAC 12 commissioner again and then comment. Did you even read the article ?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 27, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    The thing is michigan really isn't all that good. Sure they have a name but that is about it at this point. I am really enjoying the Sally Field type reactions from utah "fans" though.

    "They like us! They really like us!"

    Kinda like the pac12 invite.

    LOL!

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    June 27, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    "I'm wondering why you're all so happy about scheduling a couple of losses?"

    Great question! Let me see if I can help you understand. We are not interested in building a football legacy based on beating sub-par opponents. We also prefer the thrill of playing great programs nearly every single week, to consistently beating high school teams. It's a completely different mindset, I know.

  • THE MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    June 27, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    I think it's sad how Utah is so star-stuck by a Michigan team that hasn't been all that great in recent years. "Oh my gosh! They're actually coming to play in OUR stadium!" Gee, if he's lucky, maybe Kyle Whittingham can get Brady Hoke's autograph! No need to act so desperate anymore. Utah is a BCS program. It's time to act like it.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    June 27, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    Awesome news. Not surprised to see the Utah obsessed Quaker back with his typical half cent. Makes me laugh; the desperation of it all.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    Stop pretending like you can see what will happen in 2014. It's exciting to go up against great competition and it's a high risk/high reward series. I guess you would rather see your team play Idaho St. 12 times every season though. No chance of losing there....

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 27, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    The duhhhk reminds me of my former mother-in-law... nag, nag, nag.
    This Ute schedule for 2014 is sure a lot better than the Idaho's and the New Mexico States of the tds.

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    June 27, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Absolutley love this! UM has a great game day atmosphere. Seeing USC this year at RES will be an amazing experience and then to have UM at RES? Wow!

    GO UTES!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 27, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    I can't but think that the 2014 schedule will help the recruiting of great high school players from the 2013 class as well.
    It's good to be a Ute ! !

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 27, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    I'm wondering why you're all so happy about scheduling a couple of losses?

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    June 27, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    The Wolverines will walk into RES and say "Nice practice field - where is the stadium?"

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 27, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    As an extreme Ute fan, I have to give a shout out to fan1993 for showing class and good sportsmanship. We should not be loading up and taking pot shots at the southies in general, because some of them can be good sports. We should show the class and intelligence, as fans, that the U fosters as a university.

    But when it comes to FangupoHunter and TJ, fire away boys and girls. Unintelligent babble is not taken to kindly here!!

    It is great to be a Ute! Onward and Upward!!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    June 27, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    We knew this was coming but it is pretty smart of Dr Hill to announce it on the other team's media day. Love it!

    @papa

    Actually, Bronco did announce that byU would be a Top 10 program at the end of the year. Mark it down.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    @Duckhunter ...

    Do you believe me now?

    Michigan = BYU's replacement - the series starts in 2014 just as I told you ... meaning if the Utes don't sign another home and home with BYU for the next two seasons, it WILL be because of the Michigan game.

  • NateVolk Bay City, MI
    June 27, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Really class and informed bunch on here. Keeps with what I've always heard about Ute fans. At first the Michigan fans were disappointed about not drawing USC, Stanford, or Arizona (rich rodriguez) in the new Big/Pac arrangement. We got over it quick when we heard about the game in SLC. I tell you that this is going to be a great atmosphere playing a dangerous program on that Thursday night. It's also a totally new experience for the Michigan program. We're really excited about bringing fans west and seeing your gorgeous city. Coach Hoke has this thing going in the right direction and has the boys doing things on and off the field the way Michigan tradition demands. You'll see a quality very physical team out there in 2015. See you then!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 27, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    @TJ

    False, just blatantly false. Look at the facts, not that you'll comprehend them.

    This trip to SLC will be the THIRD opponent stadium that Michigan will play an OOC game in since 2000. Notre Dame, Oregon and Utah.

    That's the truth.

    My how BYU has fallen. No leg to stand on, deperate enough to just lie.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 27, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    No surprise here. Michigan always scedules weak teams for their OOC games. The 1 and 1 has a lot to do with the inter-conference agreement and not much to do with the opponent.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    June 27, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    Re: Hymn to the Silent.

    You'd better get your Atlas out unless you're referring to the East Coast of Lake Michigan. :)

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 27, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    @Papa Smurf UTE

    In 2013 we have 4 Pac-12 road games: Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, USC.

    In 2014 we have 6 road games: Michigan, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington .

    That's why playing BYU on the road in 2013 or 2014 doesn't make much sense, considering that not even SEC teams play that kind of schedule.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    Sad to say but I do not see how the BYU game gets played unles the Pac 12 goes to 8 conference games.
    Very excited about the Michigan series!

  • RedBlood Bountiful, UT
    June 27, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Mercy - this is really great news. And, given the announcement yesterday regarding the college football playoffs, having a strength of schedule will be key in getting a slot in the top four. No doubt the Utes will have their work cut out for them that year - no doubt it will be a daunting schedule to conquer. But at least we are IN THE RUNNING! At least no one will doubt whether or not the Utes have arrived and are willing to do what it takes to show the nation what we're all about! It is really unbelievable what has transpired for this University over the last few years. Our 2014 football schedule will arguably be the strongest in all of college football that year and we will get some real 'exposure' as we compete year in year out not just in the PAC-12, but also in our non-conference games that are coming to us due to our new conference of champions affiliation. Serious kudos to Dr. Hill and Coach Whit for taking this on. Now let's just focus on winning our games and continuing to make noise nationally. Recruit, recruit, recruit!

  • Carson Provo, UT
    June 27, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    You mean to tell me that Ducky and Sammy aren't here telling us the down side to this yet!

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    June 27, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    Chris Hill is a genius. He waits to announce the series with Michigan on the Y's media day. Where they announced nothing new. No new scheduling news. No news on possibly joining a conference. I am almost a hundred percent sure that Hill waited to anounce this on purpose. He wanted to upstage the media day in Provo. Get all the local talking heads talking about this, than the Y and their games in Nov against Idaho, and New Mexico St,etc. Oh happy day for the UTES. It will be a brutal schedule in 2014 with Michigan and then 5 road Pac 12 games. Hopefully in 2014 we dont also have Oregon and Stanford on the road that year. I doubt it will be both, but one for sure.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    June 27, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    So proud of our football program and how far we've come. There's nothing like having big games to watch against great opponents nearly every single week.

    It's a great time to be a UTE!!!

  • E & EE PROVO, UT
    June 27, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    As a BYU grad and soon to be Michigan PhD student, I'm excited to see this matchup. Naturally, I'll be cheering for the Wolverines.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 27, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    As of today 2014:

    6 road games: Michigan, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington
    4 home games: Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, USC

    Now that's one tough schedule, 4 possible top 10 teams. So now we have two home open slots for a D2 programs.

    Go UTES!!

  • byufan1993 Provo, United States, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Congratulations to the Utes. This is exciting. Sad to see you bashing on the Y just because you got Michigan on the schedule. But I really am excited for you guys. Keep up the great work! Win every game! (Except when you play BYU of course) But really, congrats, it will be a good series to watch! Hope this shows you that not all BYU fans just hate on you guys. Keep up the good work!

  • 112 Pack Spokane, WA
    June 27, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    This is awesome. Even though the Utes play 9 conference games, they should always try to schedule at least one non-conference heavy weight. I have to imagine a nice pay day comes with the trip to Ann Arbor too. I beleive the pay out was $750,000 or $1 mill. last time.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Over the last decade, Michigan has played at exactly TWO opponents stadiums in Out-Of-Conference matchups: Notre Dame and Oregon.

    Add Utah to that mix!

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    The game atmosphere in Michigan rivals anything in football...be great to go back. MI has an incredible legacy, this will be one of the funnest games of the season: west coast v east coast.

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    June 27, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    This is good stuff! Very exciting to host and be guests of such a prestigious program!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Sport fans in SLC and Utah. In the next 4 seasons RES will host: USC (twice); Oregon (twice); Stanford; Michigan; BYU, and 16 other PAC-12 rivals. (And this schedule is not complete at this time!) I'm ready for some football - big time! Go Utes!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    The 2015 season opener in SLC will be the first time Michigan, the winningest program in college football history, will play on a Thursday night.

    That my friends is big-time. One-for-one series with Michigan including a Thursday night opener in SLC.

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    All I have to say is, GIDDY UP!! :)

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    If Utah keeps BYU on its schedule it will have to be a 2 for 1. Two games in SLC for every one game in Provo. Sorry BYU, you are not Michigan.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Big time! However, not to be outdone, expect the Y to announce a 10 year home and home agreement with the Wolverines. And to cover the 5 away games, the HD truck is ready to drive the 17 miles to Utah Valley University. All 10 games will be shown at the 5AM (ET) on Wensday as part of the ESPN agreement.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Very cool. The value of my season tickets just went up. This is great news for the football program.

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    June 27, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! Thanks to all the players, coaches, AD staff, and fans that made the move to the PAC 12 possible leading to this; and we're just getting started!