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Published: Monday, Nov. 19 2012 9:39 a.m. MST

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Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

It sure didn't take long for us to prove the naysayers correct. Losing seasons, no bowl games, and fighting Colorado and Washington State for the PAC 12 basement may be the new normal for us. At least we have basketball season to... er,

nevermind!

Wookie
Omaha, NE

I feel bad for the seniors going out. They trained hard to get where they are at in the program. I hope they know the gratitude that we fans have for their efforts. I hope that the coaches can figure things out for next year, build depth, and be better prepared as our journey into this new conference continues. Go Utes!!

dnsmith
Salt Lake CIty, ut

Well it has been a challenge since we joined the pac. We aren't as bad as the naysayers paint us it's just that the PAC is unusually good this year. Something that hasn't happened in a while. 6 Teams ranked this week! That's half the conf with two in the top 10. The PAC of recent years past was nowhere near that good. We came into the PAC in a very challenging time. We proved were decent by beating up nearly all the OOC teams we played (USU is pretty good but we still should have won). However we as fans thought we would do better. We COULD have done better but there were to many missed chances and balls ending up on the turf. Teams that are great make those plays every time. In this last game honoring the seniors I recall relatively few standout players having their names called out. Translated that means that we had a young team as starters on the field. That bodes well for next year as I am confident that this coaching staff can develop talent with the best of them. Lets hope for another record recruiting year. GO UTES!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Growing pains. Expect more growing pains, but have patience with the process. I believe in the coaching staff and the recruiting that's been taking place. Patience is the certainly the key here, if Chris Hill and the fans will just hang in there, improvements will happen and we'll start to see some better results in 2-4 years. The next two years could be pretty rough, next year in particular, due to a brutal schedule.

dnsmith
Salt Lake CIty, ut

I don't know if the schedule (Conf) is going to be too much different. We pick up the two best teams in the conf. but we will be facing a down USC with a new QB and the results of the recruiting sanctions (IE loss of depth). We won't have WSU to beat up on but I think the plus of having more exp guys with a year in the system and the first consecutive O-coordinator in 3 years will help a ton. Our new improved depth and talent level will start kicking in and Whitt is going to let loose some of the reins to BJ and let him get creative with the O. The PAC level of play will probably not drop off overall so when we do get more wins it will come with increased respect. One glaring deficiency I have seen all year is our defensive ends and linebackers giving up the edge to mobile QBs play after play game after game. We need to get that fixed ASAP so we can shore up the yards given on the ground. That and poor tackling, way too many yards after first contact and chunk yards

Down under
Pullman, WA

Crissy B,
You out there anywhere???

Did your pencil break and no more writing it down??

The WAC wants Utah back.

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

New recruiting pitch for Kyle:

"Come play for us and I'll guarantee you'll be home for the holidays."

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

It may have been a sellout but it certainly was not a full stadium, not even close. My buddy who attended said it was at least 10,000 under capacity. I'd like to hear what the actual ATTENDENCE was rather than the tickets sold.

Even last week when BYU played a far worse opponent they had far more in attendence. utah "fans" like to tell us how they need a bigger stadium and how they are always at capacity, it is false. It is obvious utah's "fan"base consists of a large percentage of "fans". In otherwords they really aren't fans at all they just like to be associated when they think it is going well but as soon as it gets tough they bail out. I've been making this point for awhile now and it is starting to prove itself.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Your buddy is lying DH. There were maybe 5,000 empty seats, which had more to do with the time and weather than Utah's record...

hedgelog
Idaho Falls, ID

Couldnt be more pleased for U!

TheTruth801
SLC, UT

It is funny how Ute fans say that NOW the Pac 12 is tough. Rrally? You guys ran your mouth and said that the MWC was just as good. Now you are in a "down year" and need time to adjust! Memo to Ute fan: Check out the NFL roster and see how many players are from the Pac 12. As a UCLA fan, I love having you guys in the conference. By the way, when are you going to win anything in this league....LOL!!!!!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Two For

I'm sure a look around and guess estimate is not completely accurate but if there is anything less than capacity at res is completely disproves the utah "fan" assertions about their fanbase and their need for a bigger stadium. At full capacity it holds only about 45000, LES holds about 65000. The previous week BYU hosted a far less desirable opponent in far colder weather and still had around 60000 in attendence. With a far better opponent and better weather, although admittedly not great weather, utah drew no more than 40000 if we go by your count.

If the size of the fanbase, and demand for tickets, was really what utah "fans" claim it is then they should never be under capacity, ever, for any reason. If utah draws anything under capacity they have been exposed. They are exposed.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

The 2 mantras... "woulda, coulda, shoulda" and "just wait until next year" are getting old really fast. There's not a so-so team in the country that doesn't say that every year.
When last year didn't turn out so great, there were many commentors right here who used #2: "Just wait until next year". We did. And so what? Just wait until next year again... and again... and again? The growing pains are getting more and more painful!
It truly hurts recruiting to be in the bottom part of any conference, regardless of how good that conference is. What really good player would rather be home watching football over the holidays rather than playing? None! Not one!
It still seems to many of us that it would be better to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond than a smaller fish in a bigger pond. Smaller fish usually get eaten up... just like the U was this year... again. And with an even tougher conference schedule next year, there's not much room for optimism. Actually none. Dropping BYU to put Michigan on the schedule suddenly doesn't seem like such a great move after all.

Troy06
OREM, UT

Poor Chris Baby. This must be so hard on you to see your blood brothers losing like this.

As you know Chris I'm not a Ute hater.

But it will be awesome to see my crazy Utah fan lunatic brother eat some crow at this year's family Christmas dinner! He never shuts up about how good the Utes are.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@duck

We truly appreciate your concern, but the Utes will be just fine. Don't worry. From the number of times you post on all of our Ute articles, it is apparent your concern over how Utah will do with the increased competition of the PAC 12 is very much on your mind. Relax. After a few more years of improved recruiting, we'll be just fine. We don't, however, have the luxury of scheduling 5 lower-tier WAC teams to inflate our record in order to ensure a bowl birth, like other teams do. Oh well, those are the breaks.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@gored

And I truly appreciate your concern with me and my posts. It is gratifying to me to know I am reaching you and getting through to you. I'll keep up my efforts as it is apparent you seek them out and simply must respond to them. I enjoy making your experience here a fullfilling one.

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