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Published: Saturday, Feb. 2 2013 5:25 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

With so many Utes on NFL rosters these days, it seems like every game I'm cheering for both teams.

Whittingham is a top 10 coach in terms of putting players in situations to make themselves and their teams better.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Victor Hugo once said, "Human meditation has no limits. At its own risk and peril, it analyzes and digs deep into its own bedazzlement. "

That is exactly the problem here. The U attempted to bedazzle itself and its fans by joining the Pac12. The resulting mediocrity of the football program means that few, if any, U players will make it to the NFL in the future. Those who were wise saw this coming.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ John Charity Spring

... I guess nobody told you that Utah has a top-5 pick entering this year's draft?

Jim1027
St. George, UT

Utah had the choice of being a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond. They chose the latter.

They could've gone to a bowl game, probably, if they stayed in the MWC, and kept BYU, added probably TCU, Boise State, and some others.

Years from now, fans may ponder that choice. Will they ever be able to recruit and compete against the big boys of the Pac12? Doubtful. What will change?

So, in reality, they took the money and ran. Ran to what is the question!

nothegame
Saratoga Springs, UT

Whats even more cool is that 3 players played high school ball in the state of Utah. Don't know who I want to win. Was a big 49ers fan until he replaced Smith.

sammyg
Springville, UT

With the Utes delivering a 'no show' in the post season for 2012 one would wonder as to what's the fuss is about.

Not much to 'capitalize' on since it was squandered going to the PAC10.2

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

John Charity Spring / Jim1027:
The envy continues to run deep among the BYU faithful. Any, and I mean any, Utah fan will tell you that the journey in the Pac-12 is just beginning. A tough and humbling beginning to be sure, but what a thrilling journey it is. You will just have to take our word for it.

"We can't say, 'woe is me.' We have to chart our course. I understand how disappointed people were that they [Utah] got in the Pac-12 and we're not. We still have to be as good as we can." Tom Holmoe, Deseret News, August 16, 2012

What cannot be denied is that the University of Utah is numbered among the elite in the class room, in the laboratory, and on the field. It is a blessing for the state of Utah of which BYU is a part.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Yeah, Harbough could have lost, again, the NFC championship game with Alex Smith or won the NFC championship game with Kaep. Tough choice.

Jake2010
bountiful, ut

It is because of benching Smith that the 9ers are where they are today. I did not see this happening with Smith at the helm... The season was too up and down and Smith was not putting out a super bowl type season. So therefore.... Harbaugh made the ABSOLUTE best decision.. Now go out there and crush the Ravens!

Jake2010
bountiful, ut

Just a note is that while Miami may be the 'only team to have more' Utah doesn't sit alone with 4.... OSU is at least one other team with as many all on the 9ers.... Guess we can see head to head whose alumni are better...

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@John Charity Spring
Is that so? Considering Utah has increased the star power of its recruitign classes since joining the PAC-12 (26 3-stars and 2 4-stars this year whereas the numbers were roughly half that a few years ago) it would seem the odds are increasing rather than decreasing.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

sammyg said:

"With the Utes delivering a 'no show' in the post season for 2012 one would wonder as to what's the fuss is about.

Not much to 'capitalize' on since it was squandered going to the PAC10.2"

If anything BYU delivered a 'no show' in the post season of 2012. Nobody, even national media, are not saying a thing about them. Why? It's humiliating enough that USU got higher bowl ratings than BYU did.

Not much to 'capitalize' on since it was squandered becoming an independent.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

@alt134
Remind me again why we play the game? Why don't we just look at the number of stars from players and decide who wins the NC. We could save a lot of injuries and hurt feelings that way. But u would still be in last place in the PAC 10.2.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I know John C Spring and Sammy, I'm so glad we're afraid to compete so let's keep playing Idaho State.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Jake2010

"I did not see this happening with Smith at the helm... The season was too up and down and Smith was not putting out a super bowl type season."

Well you'd be about the only one who saw it that way since most experts had the 49ers as their Super Bowl favorite at the time Smith was still starting. The 3rd highest QB rating in the league at the time would also contradict your opinion.
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"Just a note is that while Miami may be the 'only team to have more' Utah doesn't sit alone with 4.... OSU is at least one other team with as many all on the 9ers.... Guess we can see head to head whose alumni are better..."

I guess we just saw. Congratulations to the RAVENS!

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

@edith

"...u would still be in last place in the PAC 10.2....".

Consider the results of the last 20 years...

1993

34-31

Utah

provo

1994

34-31

Utah

SLC

1995

34-17

Utah

SLC

1996

byu

37–17

SLC

1997

Utah

20–14

provo

1998

byu

26–24

SLC

1999

Utah

20–17

provo

2000

byu

34–27

SLC

2001

byu

24–21

provo

2002

Utah

13–6

SLC

2003

Utah

3–0

provo

2004

Utah

52–21

SLC

2005

Utah

41–34OT

provo

2006

byu

33–31

SLC

2007

byu

17–10

provo

2008

Utah

48–24

SLC

2009

byu

26–23OT

provo

2010

Utah

17–16

SLC

2011

Utah

54–10

provo

2012

Utah

24–21

SLC

Utah has beaten byu 8 times in the last 11 games.

Consider the results of the last 105 games...

Utah has an overall record of 56-34-4 against byu.

Not bad for the last place team in the Pac 10.2.

Not good for the independent 1.3 kittens.

"...Remind me again why we play the game...".

sammyg
Springville, UT

What did Whit capitalize with yesterday's game??? I'm dying to know the tangibles here for Ute greatness.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@nightowl

"If anything BYU delivered a 'no show' in the post season of 2012. Nobody, even national media, are not saying a thing about them."

That's interesting considering that Kyle van Noy was widely discussed as having the best bowl performance in the country by a defender. He was shown on just about every highlight show and named to every single all bowl team. There were articles and segments and all kinds of other national publicity about it.

LOL!

SMS
Salt Lake City, UT

@sammyg

What did Whit capitalize with yesterday's game??? I'm dying to know the tangibles here for Ute greatness.

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Um, maybe the fact that Paul Kruger had two of the three sacks by the Ravens defense.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@motorbike

"most experts had the 49ers as their Super Bowl favorite at the time Smith was still starting."

Uh....no they didn't. SF was 6-2-1 while smith was starting and were actually being talked about as a bit of a disappointment. Their offense had been very sporadic with a mix of good games and then some games where they had barely scored putting up only 13 against the vikings, 3 against the giants and 13 again against the seahawks.

When smith left the Rams game with a slight concussion they were losing 14-7, after being down 14-0, and kaepernick brought them back to earn a tie.

Smith was getting some rave reviews, like the following from the NFL's own site after the seattle game.

"Smith went 14-of-23 passing for 140 yards in another subpar performance."

"Another" subpar performance.

smith's actual passing stats were pretty mediocre despite a high qb rating. He was averaging barely over 1 td per game and only 170 passing yards per game. The best thing that could be said about him was that he was "efficient" most of the time.

Hardly superbowl favorites.

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