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Published: Thursday, Nov. 8 2012 7:00 a.m. MST

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nunya
sacramento, ca

hahahaha, that's funny

UW 45
uties 3

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

nunya,

I'm sorry your season is over. It was basically over back many weeks when.....

we beat you. LOL

I've said all season as soon as the Utes turned the corner we'd be unstoppable. Washington had a tough time with Cal, which says volumes. we're well on our way to 8-5, which is very respectable(when you're a member of a prestigious conference like we are).

Utah 34
Washington 21

8-5
Mark it down.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B

I'm sorry, but your season ended in September with that home loss to USC that in reality eliminated U from serious contention for the PAC 12 south.

It's laughable that U consider beating up a couple of 2- and 3- win teams at home as "turning the corner".

5-7 and no bowl is more likely than 8-5 for the Utes

Washington 31
Utah 17

Mark it down.

utahutesfanatic
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

It will be a tough game at UW this week, but the Utes can do it if they show up focused and poised. It will take everything they got though.

As for Wilson. That dude is awesome. He is makings some freshman mistakes, but he really is improving quickly and I have great hope for him.

I have no doubt that the three freshman QB's on our team are our three best QB's: Wilson, Hansen, Schultz. However, sometimes you still have to give a player time to adjust and understand the game, and that is why it took so long to get Wilson in as the starter. I wish Hansen wasn't lost for the year, but it will payoff in a few years after he returns from his mission healthy.

Go Utes!

scott
Alpine, UT

utahutesfanatic

I seriously doubt you'll ever see Chase Hansen playing QB for the Utes. Even though Whittingham dangled the quarterback carrot when he was recruiting him, Chase was recruited as an "athlete", and will most likely end up on the defensive side of the ball after he returns from his mission.

Down under
Pullman, WA

Sissy B,
A win over BYU does not a season make. Enjoy the only bowl the Utsies will bo going to this year is the Toilet Bowl. MARK IT DOWN!!

Cougs4Life
Gilbert, AZ

Even as a member of the PAC, when was the last time the Utes beat a PAC team on the road? It's been a long time...and this weekend won't change that trend...

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

This game is basically a coin flip, as the odds makers have Utah as a 2 point favorite. Utah, and especially Wilson, need to play like they have the last two weeks. I love how the BYU trolls flock to the Utah articles. Always a classy move.

Looking forward to this night game in Seattle!

GO UTES
>--------->

skywalker
Palo Alto, CA

"I love how the BYU trolls flock to the Utah articles. Always a classy move."

Pot meet kettle.

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The odds makers have Utah as a slight favorite; I see it as a battle of turnovers.

Even or +1 for either team, and the game will be close.

+2 or more for either team, and it will be at least a 10-point margin for the team with the turnover advantage.

Several factors are working against the Utes, however:

Washington is 4-1 at home, with their only loss to #21 USC 24-14 and wins versus #13 Oregon State 20-17 and #16 Stanford 17-13.

Utah is 0-4 on the road and their only significant win was a squeaker at home over BYU 24-21.

Washington is 7-0 versus Utah.

Utah hasn't had a road win against a PAC 12 team with a winning record since the 90's and the Utes haven't beaten a PAC 12 team that finished the season with a winning record since joining the conference.

Then, of course, we have Chris B's prediction of a blowout for Utah, predictions which have proven to be an inverse-barometer of actual results.

Jordan
Lynchburg, VA

Skywalker,

I like your analysis. Turnovers will certainly be a major factor. One thing that I think will help us is field position. Because our defense is playing well, I think we will start in good spots on offense. On kickoffs, either Reggie will have a great return, or they'll do a short kick to avoid him. On the flip side, when we punt, Sellwood tends to boom it, making their offense have to work hard to get upfield.

However, road difficulties will be magnified playing the Huskies. They are just extremely tough at home. We can't be rattled with all the noise there, and we have to play poised and smart. We can't have more dumb penalties.

nunya, Chris B:
Nice try. How about offering a little reason why, that would give your unfounded predictions some credence.

Go Utes!

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

This'll be a tough game but Utah has come together and put together two great games and this won't be like last year against Washington when we had Wynn go down with an injury turning it over to a then-untested Hays. My prediction is Washington 24 Utah 20 but I could definitely see Utah winning this. They need one of these next two (Washington and Arizona) and then the Colorado game to go bowling.

reasonableUTE
Provo, UT

@chris B

dude, I appreciate the enthusiasm, and though your prediction is technically possible, you have almost no credibility whatsoever when it comes to predictions, except when it comes to predicting Utah victories over BYU, which is just about the easiest prediction out there.

Washington is notoriously difficult to play at home. I do believe that Utah has turned a corner, but it's impossible to gauge how much they have improved when their victories have been against teams at home, and against teams that are struggling. The reason I think they have turned a corner is because they have made visible improvements in execution in all facets of the game every game since putting Travis Wilson in as the starter. I do think they will win, but not by a landslide for sure.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Skywalker

You must have me confused with some one else. I have no idea why you use the "black kettle" reference at me. Please explain. I always like the Utah hasn't beaten a PAC 10 team with a winning record on the road angle though. When's the last time BYU did that? It's been a while; but never mentioned by Utah fans. The rest of your comparision if farily accurate. I have another simple baramoter. Who ever gains more yards between Bishop Sankey and John White will win the game.

Looking forward to the game; GO UTES >--->

ATiredDude
Sandy, UT

45-3. Hmm... I seem to remember similar z@@b predictions before our last game against Washington State and those didn't pan out.

Let's say 16-10 Utes. We do a little better than expected; the game will remind everyone of the 2008 TCU game; we come from behind and beat them in the last few minutes

U 90
Corona, CA

Skywalker,

What year in the 90s was it that Utah beat a PAC 12 school on the road with a winning record? Also, when was the last time byu accomplished this feat?

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

U 90

To answer your question to Skywalker.

Last win against a PAC 12 team with a winning record:

BYU
Home/Neutral: 2010 Washington
Road: 1999 Washington

Utah
Home/Neutral: 2009 California
Road: 1996 Stanford

Of course, not being a member of the PAC 12, BYU has had far fewer games that meet the criteria.

Utah has been a member of the PAC 12 for over a season and a half, and the Utes are still looking for their first win against a PAC 12 opponent with a winning record, home or away.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Skywalker

Please correct me if I'm wrong but my research shows the last PAC-12 road win vs above .500 teams:

Utah - 9/7/1996 @Stanford (7-5) W 17-10
BYU - 10/1/1983 @ UCLA (7-4-1) W 37-35

And back to today...

Washington has the edge at home in a close game but I think IF Utah's offense plays like they have the last two games then we beat them by 2 TDs. I don't see Washington scoring more than 24 points on our defense, the highest score was 27 vs SDSU.

Our offense has to score just 21 points plus 7 from Dunn or our defense.

Utah 28
Washington 24

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Solomon Levi

In 1999 BYU beat Washington (7-5) in Provo not on the road. The last road win I could find was in 1983.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Solomon Levi

Utah has been a member of the PAC 12 for over a season and a half, and the Utes are still looking for their first win against a PAC 12 opponent with a winning record, home or away.

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And who has BYU beat during the same period?

@Mississippi (2-10)
@Oregon State (3-9)
@Georgia Tech (4-5)

Did I miss a win?

BYU is 4-13 over the last three years vs. teams above .500, not a single win on the road. Bronco has a losing record against BCS teams.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Uteology

You're correct, BYU's last road win against a PAC 12 team with a winning record was in 1983 against #17/#13 ranked UCLA(7-4-1). BYU did have a home win against Washington(7-6) in 2010 and BYU has had several recent bowl wins versus PAC 12 teams.

Of course, BYU's record against winning PAC 12 teams isn't really relevant to a Utah team that still hasn't won a game against a PAC 12 team with a winning record since the Utes joined the conference and that should be the real concern for Utah fans.

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