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Published: Thursday, Sept. 13 2012 3:22 p.m. MDT

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Duckhunter
Highland, UT

M guess is most utah "fans" walk past the utah basketball team with their eyes down as quickly as they can. No sense feeling embarrassed while they enter the stadium. Having them at the front gates is an incredibly weird thing for the university to do.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Duckhunter

Interesting that you would say that. You're obviously thinking like a short-sighted, blue-goggled cougar fan again.
I think it's an incredibly smart move on the part of the basketball program. The next best thing to putting better players on the floor will be to get fans in the seats. Players out saying hello to fans and shaking hands will endear themselves to the fans and can only help inspire people to come out to the games to support them.
So please enlighten us as to why "Having them at the front gates is an incredibly weird thing for the university to do."
Don't look now but your BYU is showing.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Motorbike, where have you been these past few days? We've missed you. Taken you a few days to show up hasn't it? Been somewhere?

Here's some ESPN blogger news for you about the game this Saturday. Spoiler alert... It's not good news for Uteville residents.

ESPN - College Football Nation Blog

For the season, Ted is 16-7 and Kevin is 15-8.

Kevin: BYU 35, Utah 27: I think Utah will play inspired football given this week's turn of events. But last week we saw that the offensive line concerns are graver than we all initially thought. Bronco Mendenhall saw it too.

Ted: BYU 28, Utah 24: There's a lot going on at Utah, most notably injury issues. And it's not just quarterback Jordan Wynn. Running back John White and safety Eric Rowe are questionable. But the biggest issue, as Kevin noted, is the disappointing play of the offensive line.

Riley is going to have some fun Saturday.

Hoping the Aggies beat Wisconsin as well.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Uhmmmmm Sammy ... thanks for the comment but did you happen to notice that both Ducky and I were commenting on the basketball players?

That said, I'll join your conversation by stating that I'd probably make a similar prediction as the two experts you quoted. That's right, not all Utah fans are Chris B.

This doesn't mean I'm not hoping Utah blows the cougars out and I'm not saying Utah can't win this game. But logic tells me that BYU has a slight edge considering Utah's weak o-line, and injuries to Wynn, JW4 and Eric Rowe. Add Blechen's suspension to that and it certainly puts Utah behind the eight ball.

That said, I'm not convinced that Riley Nelson will have a stellar day against the Utah defense. Things could get very interesting if BYU doesn't get a ground game of any kind going.

I'm looking forward to another closely contested rivalry game.

Go Utes!

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

I know it is strange for me as a BYU fan, but I have to agree with motorbike, I don't think any fans should be ashamed of a team that is trying to do its best. I think most BYU fans wish the Utes would win in all sports except when playing BYU. If you disagree, just remember how much more satisfying it is to beat a good team!

I think it would be great if we had three or more football teams in Utah that had 10+ wins a season on a regular basis! Make the national football powers sit up and take notice!

And, how cool would it be if multiple Utah teams were strong in other sports as well? Basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, track, baseball, etc. It does seem to me that the general level of sports is getting better in Utah, in prior years I never heard anything about Weber, UVU or SUU and now they all have some notable success in some sports.

rhappahannock
Washington, DC

I'm glad the governor will be at the game. I hope the media will ask him "governor, why is the state spending $10 million this year to subsidize the UU athletic department when they are making a bunch of money through the Pac 10 TV deal?"

There is no excuse for any BCS team to be subsidized. The BCS teams are making plenty of money by monopolizing college football. Quite frankly, it should be turned around. The BCS teams should be giving part of their TV money back to the state's education system. Instead of recieving $10 million in subsidies, the Utes should be paying $10 million of their TV money into the states general education fund.

ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

Duck- is that based on your own personal experience after your infamous one win season?

Sammy- too bad, however, it won't be the Utah offensive line Reilly has to deal with. Reilly, meet Star. Ha!

ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

Sorry, should be "Riley". Anyway- you get the picture.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@rhappahannock

Do you honestly still think anyone believes your made up garbage about money from the state funding the UofU athletic department?

That's not how it works my friend, and by now you know it.

And by the way, not only do tax dollars NOT go to Utah's athletic budget, but the state and businesses are actually benefiting from all of the added Pac12 excitment in Salt Lake City. Local restaurants, hotels, etc are hosting more out of state visitors as well as locals who go out to spend their money on a game day. More tax money for the state, more revenue for businesses.

A great example of how the state feels about the subject is what the downtown alliance has done by putting up Utah/Pac12 banners and promoting different activities based around game days ... that's NOT the UofU doing all that, as much as cougar fans want to believe otherwise. A present day example of this is the Utah football pep rally at the Gateway Mall tonight ... do you honestly think the state and local business owners are complaining about this Pac 12 stuff???

Time to get real.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Motorbike

You think Star is going to win your game? He didn't make a difference last week against a WAC team. Jordan and John didn't either.

Anybody else showing up to play the Cougars?

I'm not too worried.

LOL

rhappahannock
Washington, DC

@motorbike:

According to USA Today, it is $9,381,567. No BCS program should be allowed to steal money from the state education fund to pay for their athletic department. Taxpayer money should go to real education, not Pac-12 signs.

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