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View from the Booth: Gary Andersen has revived Utah State's hopes to knock off Utes

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  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 7, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    @ uteBusters

    Funny how you southies have to come on Ute blogs to try to prove your worth!

    Go Utes!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 7, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    I really respect Gary Anderson, I think he is a great coach. That being said, I am not worried about tonight's game. Utah should handle USU easily. Now, if GA was the byU head coach, I would be worried. Unlike Bronco, GA can coach and get the most out of his players, and actually get some drafted into the NFL.

    Go Utes!! Go Wildcats!! Go Aggies (after tonight)!!

  • uteBusters Park City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    sportsfanforlife

    By definition, to be a bottom-dwelling team, you have to finish in the bottom half of the conference.

    BYU has finished in the bottom half of the conference exactly ONCE in the last 40 years, in 2002, during the Crowton era. During the Bronco era, BYU has never finished worse than 3rd in the conference.

    Utah on the other hand has been a conference bottom dweller TEN times in the last 40 years. During the Kyle era, Utah finished 4th in the MWC in 2005 and 8th in the PAC in 2011.

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    SCCougar

    In 2009, BYU finished the season ranked #12 in both polls.

    What's funny is how Utah fans beat their chests about playing and beating ranked teams, then pretend that rankings are unimportant every time BYU finishes in the Top 25, like last season, when BYU finished in the Top 25 for the EIGHTEENTH time, while Utah, as usual, finished unranked.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    Sorry, Bill Riley, but you're a short timer whern it comes to Aggie Football coaching history.

    Here's how it goes:
    A) Lose a majority of the games, say 75% or so, and you lose your job after about 4 years, courtesy of demands from the alumni.
    B) Win, in Logan of all places, say 75% of the time, maybe only 60%, and some big-name national program will hire you away for possessing exceptional coaching talent.
    C) Be mediocre, winning an in-state game every 3 - 5 or so years, keeping around a 50% winning percentage, and go to a bowl perhaps once a decade, and you'll have a job in Logan for as long as you live.

    So none of these scenarios portend any new or rekindled rivalries because one can't keep employed long enough to have it develop.

    I admire your wishfull thinking, though.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    Why didn't you include your prediction that Washington State was going to beat BYU? You're irrelevant, man, along with your opinions about the PAC 10.2, and are getting more so every post. Stick to hype and leave out scores and you'll look better, perhaps. Than again, perhpas not.

  • SCCougar LEXINGTON, SC
    Sept. 5, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    Uteology: Could be wrong but I don't think BYU nor TCU were ranked in 2009 when they both beat the Utes, as members of the MWC.

  • BYU_Aggie LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    I'll definitely be at this game in a BYU hat and USU shirt, hoping the Aggies can take down the Utes. There's a lot of optimism in Cache Valley for the Aggies this year, and what Coach Anderson has been doing in certainly responsible for that.

    Watch out for the USU run game (including Keeton) and how many INTs Wynn throws. I'm expecting a close game.

    Stranger things have happened after all.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    The last game Andersen coached against as a Ute didn't see a loss coming their way. Assuming USU reduces penalty yards the Aggies will make this a close game.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    rvalens2
    Fail, we heard all the Rose Bowl talk last year as well. They won't sniff the PC

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    Coach Anderson has done a great job at USU so far. Almost knocking off Auburn last year would have been sweet. They probably won't knock off the Utesies but like has been said when you lose to 2-10 Colorado you shouldn't really start thumping your chests about who you never lose to.
    We know the Utesies team is two things in this order:
    1. Defense
    2. White the 16th
    Like last year the Defense will win a lot of games for U this year. USC and Barkley will destroy U mark it down.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Sept. 5, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    I love Coach Andersen, but Utah is not going to lose to Utah State this year.

    The Aggies will provide a good test (to gauge where the Utes are) but this year the defensive line for Utah is nothing short of incredible. It reminds me a lot of the 2004 and 2008 Utah defenses.

    The Utes have a decent shot at the PAC-12 championship game if their offense can play reasonably well this season.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    @unca bon

    you're right they're not byu so they dont play mwc or wac teams every week. good call!

    most ppl besides y fans would say thats a good thing.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    uteanymous

    "Nice spin, but Kyle lost to EVERY bottom-dwelling team in the MWC - New Mexico, Colorado State, Wyoming, AND 10-loss UNLV"

    dont forget to add byu to that list as well!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Uteology

    "Utah hasn't lost to an non-ranked WAC or MWC team in over 61 games. I don't see us losing Friday."

    Nice spin, but Kyle lost to EVERY bottom-dwelling team in the MWC - New Mexico, Colorado State, Wyoming, AND 10-loss UNLV - and he's continued that dubious distinction of losing to conference bottom dwellers in the PAC, where he's already lost to 10-loss Colorado and barely survived beating 4-win WSU last season. Kyle's record against good teams in the PAC isn't anything to brag about either. Kyle didn't beat a single PAC opponent with a winning record in 2011.

  • cork Murray, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Way to go SnackPAC!!!!! Great call; great post! I'm laughing so hard I may not have enough left to go with an Aggie win Friday night! Banzai!!

  • Unca Bon OREM, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Uteology,

    That may be true, but you haven't played a WAC or MWC team every week either. I will do people a favor. You have won your last 24 MWC/WAC games against unranked opponents. That's still really good, but before those 24 you lost two in a row against UNLV and Air Force.
    For reference, BYU has lost 5 such games since 2006, so not quite as good as Utah (who have lost 4 within that time frame). Just making sure the record was set straight.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Was the 62nd game the 27-0 game against UNLV?

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    Snack PAC:

    "It's nice to see our resident troll finally admitting that the even the Aggies are now better than the Utes."

    A wise man once said, "It takes one to know one." Or maybe it was a young child, either way.

    But you're right in your first post, we can lose to anybody, and I expect a great game from the Aggies, though I do think we will pull away in the second half.

    Go Utes!

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    "You are the second best program in Utah and I respect coach Anderson for his work,..."

    It's nice to see our resident troll finally admitting that the even the Aggies are now better than the Utes.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    I'm a Ute fan first, Aggie fan second. I am really looking forward to seeing the Aggies compete in the MWC next year. I don't seeany $20 tickets for sale anywhere. This game should be a small test for the Utes. I don't see the Aggies being better at any positions but QB and maybe place kicker. Those won't be enough. Utah should winn this game without any problem on the backs of the D-line and John White.

    Go Utes! Go Aggies!

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Uteology

    "Utah hasn't lost to an non-ranked WAC or MWC team in over 61 games."

    It's laughable how fixated you are on labels. As we saw last year versus 10-loss Colorado, Utah is capable of losing to ANYBODY!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    I agree with Rodgers. There are tix for sale on ksl for $20. This game should be played on Saturday. More fans would show up. I wasn't going but due to the availability of cheap tickets, I guess I'll head over.

    Go Utes.

  • Rodgers Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 6:35 a.m.

    It's too bad none of the high school football population will be able to watch the game. Half of the state of Utah will be at high school venues. Romney stadium, which struggles to fill on a Saturday, sure could use that high school community to help fill the stands.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    Aggies,

    You are the second best program in Utah and I respect coach Anderson for his work, but at the end of the day you, like byu, are a wac team and two levels below a conference of champion member and two time bcs winner. Thanks for playing.

    Utah 30
    Usu 17

    Mark it down.

    Utah 31
    Byu 10

    Usu 24
    Byu 17

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    Utah hasn't lost to an non-ranked WAC or MWC team in over 61 games. I don't see us losing Friday.

    Go UTES!!