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Published: Tuesday, July 24 2012 8:24 p.m. MDT

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Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

So, if you go by votes the Utes finish 4th in the Pac-12? Well, votes don't count much, on the field, on the field, on the field! Hopefully the Utes can surprise the Pac-12 media!

sammyg
Springville, UT

A shocking prediction!

Get used to it Utes, this is what U wanted.

Old ball coach
Sandy, UT

Yep votes doesn't count on the field.....Utah finishes 3rd at best in the south.

Go Trojans!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

That's strange ... I was told it's only the Ute FANS that thought Utah could challenge for the upper tier of the Pac 12.
I guess the media must all have red-tinted goggles as well. Crazy.

williary
Kearns, UT

Sorry sammy, Utah is picked to finish behind only likely #1 ranked USC.

In their second year, Utah is picked as the only challenger to mighty USC.

While BYU is focused on their WAC championship.

I'll never understand BYU fans knocking Utah for their Pac-12 finishes. A team that beat you by 44 points on your home field. Can you imagine where BYU would be predicted in this poll!

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ sammyg

"Get used to it Utes, this is what U wanted".

One loss and BYU is Kraft Fight World Hunger Bowl bound every year. Get used it Cougs! This is what you wanted!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's funny that sammyg thinks Utah fans would be disappointed by the media voting Utah 4th best in the entire Pac 12. That's an 8-3 record if they played every team in the Pac 12 and things went as the media thinks they would. I guess that's not good though, right Sammy?

Maybe this just shows that Utah fans are more logical than BYU fans.

Moving on ... I for one think the media has this about right. And anytime a team finds themselves in the upper tier of the conference you're basically saying that with a few good bounces you might have a crack at something special. Utah's in a nice position to make some noise.

Go Utes!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

A testament to how truly pathetic the pac12 south is. And williary, utah isn't picked to "challenge" anyone or anything, especially not USC, they are simply thought to maybe be the top also ran in a very bad division of college football.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Pre-season predictions are nice but mean nothing. The Utes can take the Trojans at home this year. The D will be great and the Offense should be much improved.

Can't wait.

Go Utes!

The cougies will find out how "pathetic" the lowly PAC 12 is when they get beat by mighty WSU. lol

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

Ducky,

WSU 32
bYu 10

MARK IT DOWN.

Better book those tickest to Tulsa now.

UtahUte16
Salt Lake City, UT

Who did DN send to the media day? He had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. Embarrassing. I guess WSU's has a new coach named Coach Price.

andrewute1
Salt Lake City, UT

Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing byu fans squirming and spewing their jealousy all over a Utah article. It is truly comical. It shows me how far ahead Utah is than byu. It is great to be able to have an actual Pac 12 media day, instead of a "look at us everyone we are still trying to be relevant" media day back in June like byu.

These predictions seem about right. I am still predicting Utah to go 10-2 finishing 2nd in the South and playing in the Alamo Bowl.

GO UTES

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Ducky

"A testament to how truly pathetic the pac12 south is. And williary, utah isn't picked to "challenge" anyone or anything, especially not USC"
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You might want to pick up a few preseason magazines and newspapers ... I'll be happy to point you to several respected sources which are either 1) predicting the U to upset USC and win the South or 2) picking the U to finish second and give USC all they can handle.

You just can't seem to open those duck eyes wide enough to see what so many others can see ... and we're not talking about just Ute "fans." LOL

As others have said, be worried about WSU. And remember, they're one of those lousy cellar dwelling Pac 12 teams you've so often talked about. I can only imagine the spin from the team down south if they lose that home game.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Duckhunter:

"...utah isn't picked to 'challenge' anyone or anything, especially not USC."

Maybe not by anyone in WACistan, but according to Phil Steele:

"With superior QB play and RB John White the Utes might just be an upset away (USC Thur night at home on Oct. 4th) from contending in the P12 South."

Lindy's, Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Football Outsiders, USA Today, and ESPN Pac-12 beat writers Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell ALL predict Utah to challenge USC in the Pac-12 South.

Don't be so frantic and emotional.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

sammyg:

"Get used to it Utes, this is what U wanted."

You say that like it was a bad thing. It IS what we wanted. And from what I've heard from your WACey fanbase, it's what YOU wanted as well. Why else would you have been pretending to be in "secret negotiations" for membership for the past 3 decades?

The U and the Y BOTH wanted the Pac-12, but the Pac-12 only wanted the U. Had the Big 12 called yet? No? Oh well. Mid-majors forever.

Haha!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

U missed its big chance last season, they'll remain mired behind USC until the Trojans have their next round of sanctions. The U will never have the recruiting ability or the fire power to battle the major schools in the conference. If U does it'll be a season here or there, but nothing consistent.

Also amusing is the BYU talk in this story, since they have nothing to do with Utah after this season's game. The U has chosen to distance itself from BYU, a longterm partner. I hope the U can have good success in the PAC but it is certainly a long shot, like BYU's chance at major success is. But both schools are on a different path, it's just a shame that the U killed the rivalry (and anyone is dilusional if they think that an every few years game will keep the rivalry alive and kicking, Texas and A&M realize that won't happen in their rivalry and BYU/U fans should realize the same).

fender
Washington, UT

Yeah, Duck, a bad division of college football that BYU begged to join for years. LOL!

OHBU
Columbus, OH

"With superior QB play and RB John White the Utes might just be an upset away (USC Thur night at home on Oct. 4th) from contending in the P12 South."

This is by no means a prediction that Utah will win the game. Nor is he suggesting that they will even be competitive. He's saying, that given the schedule, if Utah can pull off an improbable upset, they will "contend" for the P12 South. Steele, along with everybody else, is predicting a fairly easy USC victory.

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Who are the 3 guys that voted for ASU to win the Pac 12 championship game?
Duckhunter
You do realize that USC is a favorite to win the National Championship and Utah returns 18 starters on a team that beat the Y by 44 points don't you? If that is truly pathetic what does that say about BYU?

SoCalUtahFan
Irvine, CA

I am not conceding the season yet.
Can't wait for October game with USC in Salt Lake City!
If the Utes win the game, the season will be very, very interesting.

Even 3rd, 4th place. Sun bowl is still much better than the armed force bowl.

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