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Published: Sunday, Sept. 23 2012 12:07 a.m. MDT

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I'm certain that after tonight's stellar performance the Ute big-money boosters are going to be more than willing to pump millions of dollars into that program.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

If I heard the numbers correctly there were about 10,000 empty seats in Tempe for tonight's game. Nice to see the Utes inspire their opponents fans to want to watch a good football game. It was a good game, wasn't it?

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

So happy!

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

Not fun to lose. Feel the pain.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Looking at the schedule, I see Utah going 0-4 to start PAC 12 play again. I do see them winning 4 of their last 5 though (losing @ Washington). If that happens, Utah finishes 6-6 and 4-5 in the PAC 12 again. 6 wins would mean a bowl game. A good match up and win there would be a tolerable season for me.

I would rather be a 500 team in the PAC 12 tha a 10-2 team in the MWC. Utah had better recruit a QB. They also need Brian Johnson to grow into his job.

The Utes will lose some key defensive players to graduation this year, but such is college football. Utah and BYU aren't the only teams with one solid unit (defense) and a bad unit on the flip side. BYU had so many great QBs in the past. Back in the day when the Cougars were ahead of the curve in the passing game, they capitalized on innovation. That resulted in recruiting more stud QBs. Now the college football has caught up and the game has become what BYU once was. The Cougs don't get the great QBs anymore.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@gdog

BYU sings a top 20 qb recruit almost every year, sometimes they sign 2. They signed the #2 qb recruit in the nation this year. BYU's problem appears to be coaching, not the caliber of qb's they sign.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

@Duckhunter

I sort of agree with you except it's always the coaches until they go away. You would be better served with Robert Anae.

As far as the top 20 thing. You know I don't put much stock into all of that. BYU used to be able to choose between top 20 recruits. Now they take what they can. Taysom Hill was recruited by Stanford but he is not your big time QB. Heaps had some tools and wanted BYU. It became a circus and he was not the leader you needed.

Bronco and Whittingham have some similar problems. They focus on the defense too much, hire a questionable OC, and then let them run things on that side of the ball too heavily. Lavell did this but he had Norm Chow.

Whittingham hired Andy Ludwig, who fans crucified, but Andy was a pro set and west coast offense guy under Tedford. Whittingham asked Ludwig to coach a post Urban spread attack. That is silly. It's like hiring a painter to play guitar. Bronco does some of the same stuff and with less hours of work at BYU, it keeps Bronco more isolated from the offense.

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