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Published: Monday, Nov. 19 2012 11:05 p.m. MST

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gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Kyle went to Travis Wilson way too early in the year. It's one thing to develop the future and another to give up on the present.

John Hays had come a long way. With Utah's O line getting things straightened up after their September woes, and White IV finally getting healthy, Hays was booted when Utah was only 0-2 in conference and ready to turn the corner.

Whittingham starts the freshman at UCLA (bad timing). Anyone who saw the two road games @UCLA and Oregon State saw a Ute team that played well enough to win in both game except for Wilson's awful performances.

Utah was 11-0 the last two years when White IV rushed for over 100 yards. Then they lose two straight when White IV shined big because Wilson was inept. Utah has had some skilled WRs the last 3 years but Whittingham has wasted them on Wynn and now Wilson. I am not even sure Wilson is the future at the QB position.

Two seasons wasted to start PAC 12 play. There was a chance to shine, build momentum in the new league, avoid Stanford and Oregon and increase recruiting. Chance now lost.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Uh huh... (wink, wink)

It's the 'Golden Chip Bowl'.

And you can bet the Utes will be fighting for their very lives to win this one. LOL

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

"Dre'Vian Young, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back out of Nimitz High School in Texas, originally committed to Kansas State."

Sounds like a brusing guy! Did they find this guy at a pee-wee league?

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Absolutely not. This is not a bowl game. It's a regular-season game," Whittingham said while noting that it isn't his philosophy or belief to pretend or make something up. "It's another chance, another opportunity in the regular season to win a game."

My, my, my how the tune has changed.

Colorado was supposed to be our new PAC 12 rival, the Rumble in the Rockies, the end-all-be-all of late November rivalry games, but the way Whittingham and the Utes are talking about it, there's absolutely nothing "special" about this game, just another regular season game with a chance for one more win...

Utah(4-7) at Colorado(1-10), the rubble in the Rockies, appropriately played on Black Friday

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Of course this last game could never be considered as a bowl game. The Utes already had one bowl game this year back in September. Can't have two bowl games in one year.

And if the NCAA allows any team with a losing record to participate in a bowl game then the integrity of that game is nil. If it takes using teams with losing records just to put on a bowl game then such bowls are worthless and/or meaningless.

That's A Good One
Meridian, ID

It'll get better next year Ute fans. Wait, Oregon and Stanford are on the schedule right?

I don't blame Utah for jumping at the chance to be the PAC-10's backup option with Colorado. Who wouldn't have jumped at the chance? Kudo's to them for being 1)In a position to capitalize on the opportunity and 2)Not being discriminated against because of religious affiliation. But I can't help think what might have been if the MWC had been able to hang on to Utah, BYU, TCU, and Boise State. Sure, the money wouldn't have been as good as it one day will be for Utah, but those 4 teams would have made some noise every year in the national playoff. As it stands now none of them, with the possible exception of Boise State, will make any regular noise.

What a disappointing year for both BYU and Utah fans. Neither in a position to rub the other's nose in anything (except for Utah's now annual habit of being able to say they won their 'real' (and this year literally only) bowl game against the true rival).

Congratulations to Utah State though. Nice job Aggies.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Eddie, he's an NFL pedigree Texas high school star who can run 400 meters in under 47 seconds. Very telling of someone's character when they choose to belittle an athlete's accomplishments simply because of the school they chose to attend.

worf
Mcallen, TX

If not for a hike over the QB's head, and an easy Northern Colorado/Washington State game, the Utes would be 1-8.

Actually, they're a better team then that.

Utes 42
Buffs 10

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Why would the Utes even consider enduring the ridicule and embarrassment of becoming a prime example of how meaningless bowl games have become when a team with a losing record is allowed to play in a bowl?

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

As a huge fan, I have come to realize that we are still just a good MWC caliber team as the talent we are recruiting won't pay off for a year or two. Coaching needs to be on the same caliber as the talent coming in. We love Brian Johnson, Shareef Shaw and Dan Finn but they are not ready for their respected positions. That worked in MWC but you see what happens. Very few times were the players on the field better than Utah. The penalties, missed blocks, poor qb preparation has nothing to do with the players.

The fans are still behind the team as most of us are patient. The crowds were over capacity at every single game this year. The people that paid, all showed up. The student section was weak during the last game. I believe student tickets should not be free. I bought two tickets in the MUSS as a student guest. Free means there is no value to the game. Administration should either sell tickets to the students or put the student section down to 6,000 tickets so people wanting to buy tickets can purchase them. Be there next year as well.

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

PAC12Fan

"The student section was weak during the last game. I believe student tickets should not be free. Free means there is no value to the game."

Agreed. Now that the newness of being in the PAC 12 is starting to wear off, all it would take is a couple more losing seasons with no bowls, and its very likely that the MUSS would desert the football team just like they have the basketball team.

plyxply
SLC, UT

Recruiting has taken a hit, Ammon Barker 6'4 210, runs a 4.4, led the state in receiving yards, grew up a huge Ute fan, will be playing at UCLA.
The Utes need to figure some things out, and one is they need to keep the top level Utah kids here.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

It's been a dissapointing season to say the least. Every program has a clunker year every now and then. Let's hope it's an isolated case.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

Spokane Ute

The Utes have over a hundred-year history of clunkers (not a single AP Top 25 finish until 1994), with only an occassional break through since.

2012 isn't an isolated case, it's been the norm for Utah football for the last half century.

If you don't believe that, review how many bowl games Utah played in from 1962 to 1992.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Phoenix,

Nice job of getting in your time machine, as usual. Utah has been to a bowl game 11 of the last 12 years, and 14 of the last 18. They have won 10 of their last 11 bowls, and beat BYU 8 times over that same time span. Why do you contantly troll Utah threads, trying to pick an arguement? It tends me to beleive that you are not a BYU fan, just a Utah Hater. Kind of sad, but true, when you think about it.

Veracity
Morgan, UT

Wow, it really hurts when reality smacks you right in the face...Oh, Utah will show the big boys in the PAC 10 how to play...Ouch, this must really smart. Utah better be careful, Colorado thumped them last year as the 'Battle of the Bottoms' go at it again this year...this is a rival so to speak...between those wishing not to be the complete bottom of the conference.

According to a recent LA newspaper, the PAC twelve is re-thinking the additions of Utah and Colorado and are looking at inacting article 23 of the conference contract that the conference can release any team which does not play up to a certain level of performance...Hello WAC!

MJB
Tooele, UT

Good to see the commitments coming in. Hopefully, they will be able to help with next years schedule.

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

Veracity,

You are completely clueless. The Pac 12 is not rethinking, nor can they. It was a unanimous decision by all Presidents of the conferences. I looked all over the internet for anything you say. It simply is not true. Site papers and dates.

Sounds like jealousy!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@spokane ute

Yes it is trolling but that doesn't mean Phoenix is incorrect, to the contrary he is completely correct. utah does not have much of a history and this sort of season is far more the norm than not. Yes they have been respectable for about 8 years and I'm guessing most youngsters like yourself with a limited time frame for reference think that is an eternity and the totality of recorded history, sadly it isn't.

The truth is this is what utah is with a less than a decade long exception that now appears to have ended. While I do not expect any fan of any team to be satisfied with a season like utah has had it would probably be in your best interest to become accustomed to it as this will be far and away more common than 9-3 or 10-2. Those years, and there were very few of them to begin with, are over. Accept it. It will be much easier on your psyche.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Spokane Ute

The truth is, the Utes never even made a ripple in the national college football landscape until 2004.

Without the proliferation of bowls starting in the early 90's, the Utes wouldn't have even been considered for a bowl during most of the last 15 seasons.

The WAC, renamed the MWC when the real WAC split from the bloated 16-team WAC, rarily had more than the conference champion and, occassionally, one other very good team, invited to a bowl.

The real reason Utah fans whine about BYU fans getting into their time machine is because when jealous Utah fans get into their time machine it only goes back to 2004; Utah has no football history on a national scale prior to 2004.

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