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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 25 2012 7:49 p.m. MDT

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Go Utes!
Springville, UT

I think the Utes will bounce back, perhaps we are not looking at an 8 or 9 win season but I believe that we can get another four or five wins and make a bowl.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

It's way too early for the Utes to panic. They do have talents and great coaches. They just need to settle down and play with guts and passion like they did against the Cougars. I would hate if they keep on losing and become irrelevant in their new conference. That would make BYU look even worse seeing that they defeated the cougs two years in a row.

Go Utes! Show that you're better than just beating us by doing well in your conference. Show that you're for real.

To my Cougs...please salvage the season! The last two losses were very painful to watch. Good luck to both schools!

EJM
Herriman, UT

I love my Utes but they are in trouble.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Expectations need to be tempered. While a good coach, Kyle W. is no magician. Utah does not have the recruiting advantage that USC, Oregon, and UCLA have. Also, warm climate programs such as ASU will have an advantage in recruiting over colder climate programs such as Utah, Colorado and WSU. It will take years to build Utah's football program to consistently compete for the PAC-12 title. I have been saying this for the past 2 years - finally some Ute fans are waking up to the reality. It doesn't bother me - I am patient and look for the Utes to bounce back and win some exciting games this season - perhaps a few they won't be expected to. And, that patience should continue over the next few years as the pieces are put in place.

Let's don't be a "fickle" fan base - support the Utes win or lose!

Dand_Ute
WEST JORDAN, UT

Love coach Whitt, but man the guy has got to look out better for the offensive side of the ball for the last three seasons, the D has been fantastic, but cannot be on the field for so long!! The O has got to be able to put some drives together to help out the D. Recruit OFFENSE!!

NORCALUTE
MoTown, CA

The Ute's season all boils down to the OL. If they can sustain and make holes, great things happen, if they can't execute, then the entire offense breaks down. The Ute’s have the big-play makers, they just need the upfront OL to function so the play makers can make the plays. Go Utes! -- By the way, I like the new black helmets, the only change I would do would be keep everything the same except make the U in the logo red.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Hate the black helmets, went from looking like San Diego State to West High. If you need a different helmet why not a nice White one like the good old days. White Helmet, Red top and white pants for home-Red helmet, white top, red pants for road games. I for one would just like to know when we changed from red and white to red,white and black. Cheerleaders look like they are from Highland High half the time. I think that was the start of just one pitiful game Saturday running out on the field with black helmets black pants- we started off not looking like Utes and we finished not looking like Utes. White helmet with a nice bright red logo, that would make us look like the University of Utah-not black.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

"Based on what we saw in the Pac-12 opener in Tempe, Ariz., it's hard to say the Utes are better than they were a year ago,..."

They aren't; and it's about to get even worse.

Losses: USC, Oregon St, UCLA, Washington
Toss-ups: Arizona, California
Wins: Washington St, Colorado

At 2-2, the Utes will have to win both of their tossup games just to qualify for a bowl.

Of course, that's assuming the Utes don't get upset by WSU or Colorado.

PACute_
Salt Lake City, Utah

Go Utes!

"I think the Utes will bounce back, perhaps we are not looking at an 8 or 9 win season..."

LOL!

The Utes don't have a prayer of winning 8 games, in fact, they'll be doing well just to finish 6-6 and qualify for a bowl.

It'll be interesting to see how Utah fans react to being 2-5 in late October.

Wallbanger
Spanish Fork, UT

PACute

Did you even read Go Utes post correctly, or are you just another Utah hater like quackboy and sammyGirl? He said, "perhaps we are not looking at an 8 or 9 win season"...HELLO, I read it right the first time, perhaps we are NOT looking at an eight or nine win season. NOT, is the key word there buddy!

To thebigsamoan
Thank you for the classy post, I was rooting for BYU to beat WAY over-rated Boise. Because, the more BYU loses, the more it hurts Utah, good luck to both schools as well. Go Utes!!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

While still timid and lacking any real punch this is still the closest thing riley has ever written that wasn't embarrassingly gushing, slobbering, and effusive praise of whittingham and everything utah.

4BS
St George, UT

I have to admit, seeing the Utes struggle makes me smile. I don't see them having enough wins to go bowling. They will be lucky to pull off wins against Washington State and Colorado. That still leaves them a couple of wins short. That's a shame!!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@wallbanger

The realization that utah is not very good seems to have hit you harder than a punch in the gut. I'm enjoying the utah "fan" meltdowns.

AZCoug
Mesa, AZ

Dand_Ute
WEST JORDAN, UT

Love coach Whitt, but man the guy has got to look out better for the offensive side of the ball for the last three seasons, the D has been fantastic, but cannot be on the field for so long!!

This is good advice, but doesn't have any connection to getting blown out in the first quarter already! Both BYU and Utah are hurting because of injuries to key players and a big drop off when going to number 2 or 3 on the depth chart. The PAC10 has been so dominant over the years because of talent and depth at those key positions. How many players have left USC or other high profile programs because they were not playing enough and come to Utah or BYU and start every game? AS much as neither side of the rivalry wants to admit it, BYU and Utah have been almost mirror images of each others' success for many years. Now included, trying to replace or play wounded warriors without great depth and talent at those critical spots. Good luck to us both, we will need it.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

To Ducky and other Utah obsessed Y trolls, if Utah is so bad what does that say about your team that got beat down six ways from Sunday last year by Utah and except for a lucky comeback (down 24 to 7) would have suffered another bad loss to Utah this year ( still lost). Too funny, though I honestly don't think some of you get it which is the mind boggling and sad.

Meadow Lark Mark
IDAHO FALLS, ID

I am a BYU fan. Honestly I think that perhaps both BYU and Utah could be struggling this year. I think that both Utah and BYU are quality schools and young people can get great educations at either school. I wish both schools well in their sports programs for success does help both universities. I wish both schools the best.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Isn't it interesting that every Ute fan posting on these boards has penciled in Utah to beat Colorado? Amazing! They couldn't do it last year in SLC so what makes them think they can do it this year in Boulder? Utah and Colorado share a lot of baggage by coming into the league together and they are going to be natural rivals, more so than any other teams in the Southern Division that plays Utah.

Wallbanger
Spanish Fork, UT

Sorry to disappoint you quacky, but we're not having a "meltdown". Where I am quite disappointed in the Utes thus far. My life doesn't revolve around the Utes football or any other sport. Its very obvious that you care about the Utes more than I do. Both teams are struggling, the Utes beat your cougs, and you come on here like BYU is 4-0. A VERY typical Y fan you are...or should I say, Utah hater. Time to find something better to do with your life ducky. But I think for you, that's impossible. Keep up the obsession of the Utes.

Remember Ducky, just to Rise Up, Fully Invest yourself, and never, ever let down your Band of Brothers. For the Quest is still attainable, because you Are BYU! And last but not least, always, and I mean alaways...LOL!

LOL!

Troy06
OREM, UT

Sincerely I hope the Utes come back. I'd love to see them challenge USC. But I'm having too much fun poking at Chris B. he has all the answers for the Utes and Cougars. Where are you Chris? Waiting for you to save the day.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@DuckHunter

As bad as a season as we are having, we still beat BYU. I guess it hurts to get beat over and over, and over again by the Utes: even when they are having a bad year. That doesn't say much for BYU, now does it? Score Board Buddy!

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