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Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 3:45 p.m. MDT

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Incorrigible Manifestation
SLC, UT

I do not have the PAC 12 Network on my sattelite network and it doesn't appear I have the Speed channel either. That is a lot of games I won't be able to see.

Mark321
Las Vegas, NV

I'm a Y fan and I'm going to say this once to Y fans commenting and then I'm gone from this article. This article has nothing to do with BYU, so get out! I don't like it when Ute fans are on exclusive BYU articles either and I know you don't, so why do the same?

U 90
Corona, CA

Mark321,

You make a valid point, but duckhunter and sammy are really closet Ute fans. They can't help themselves.... their obsession with all things Utah forces them to comment multiple times on every Utah article. In duck's case he represents 15% of the posts on this tread already. Now that's a real Utah "fan". LOL

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

I can't wait to see these games on FOX...great partner for the Pac-12!

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@AntelopeValleyUte
BYUtv isn't in competition with ESPN, it's for BYU fans/LDS faithful around the world to have access to good programming including BYU sports. For BYU it's a secondary outlet for games not picked up by ESPN and for showing re-broadcasts. They don't care if people "are going to go searching for BYUtv" or not. That's not what it's designed for.

Congrats to Utes finally getting games on a network that people can find. Sounds like this will be an improvement (Fox Sports 1 and ESPN) over the Pac12 Network. Everybody gets ESPN but not everybody gets a proprietary network like P12 Network or it's regional networks unless you want to upgrade and pay for a bigger package. Now utes don't have to rely just on BYU to get games on a nationally-known TV network like ESPN.

Although Ute fans make fun of other teams having weeknight games, I think they're going to find out they like having a game on Thurs (Utah St & UCLA) nights. It's great exposure for the program and a real opportunity to stand out when it's the only game on that night.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@AZUTE1
"It'll be interesting to see the wreckage following UT's visit with byu's lack-of-depth and abundance of 2-Star recruits getting battered, physically beat-up and, ultimately, fully-exposed for the 2nd-Rate team they are."

speaking of being obsessed, I thought this was an article about Utah finally getting some football games on a nationally-known sports network vs a series of regional networks that people can't find in their basic cable lineup?

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

...more on Azute1's BYU obsession:

"Meanwhile, byu already has ... 3 Friday night games scheduled."

And Utah has 2 Thursday night games scheduled (sounds a bit hypocritical). Not sure what the big deal is. I actually like the weeknight games better because I get to watch them live. My Saturdays are spent running my kids around to their sporting events, doing projects, church assignments, etc. It's the same for a lot of busy guys with careers, community involvement and families.

There's something powerful in creating lasting impressions when you're the only game on a Thurs or Fri night vs being one of a hundred or more games broadcast on a busy Saturday. Look what it did for Boise St. I think the MWC was crazy for not wanting to do their ESPN deal because ESPN wanted to air them on weeknights. They missed on a great opportunity to build their brand.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Aggie84--

"....Chuckie will make the difference in every game."

CK will significantly impact each and every game for usu in 2013, but not necessarily in precisely the manner in which you, yourself, imagine. I believe he'll both directly impact them via his own skill-set, but will also impact them via how the glaring lack of viable skill-players affects what he is/isn't able to accomplish. His challenge to positively affect outcomes will be palpable from the very onset against us.

We lack experience coming back along our D-Line, but Coach KW has always recruited well in this all-important facet of our team and just simply reloads, annually. 2013 will be no exception to it. Look for ST to break-out onto the scene in epic-fashion, among others. And if we can manage getting Blechen/Hooker to consistently remain healthy, we'll shore-up our pass-coverage at LB and force usu to focus on the run, which'll play right into our hands, w/dudes such as Fehoko/Filiaga, THE consummate run-stoppers, licking their chops awaiting to utterly SMASH each-and-every bone in CK's body.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

BigCougar:

There's a difference between Thursday night games and Friday night games. Friday nights are for high schoolers. If those high schoolers are playing their games, then they're not watching college football. You lose out on recruits that way...or at least you do until November when the high school season ends.

Hegdehog
Bountiful, UT

@mindgames
"This schedule is set up for a winning season and maybe a Rose Bowl visit. Look for great things from Kyle and the boys."

I'm not so sure about that. I read one pre-season article on-line that analyzed your spring practices and game and said with the tougher schedule, etc your worst case scenario is 2-10, best case scenario 7-5 but most likely was 3-9 with wins over Weber St, USU and Colorado (thank heavens for the Buffs!).

Concerns listed were the shaky foundation the OL and DL will have with Star, the Krugers, and 3 starters from the OL gone. They'll be vulnerable to the run and have a hard time protecting an unproven QB. The big question they asked is with that conference schedule, "Where will the wins come from?"

"Did people really say that they would rather beat BYU than go to a bowl game? Must have been a misprint!"

Yup. 64% said they'd rather beat BYU than go to a bowl game. I guess that means that most ute fans feel the BYU game IS their bowl game. "The BYU Bowl"....that has a nice ring to it.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

@bigcouger--

Don't you find it ironic, in your personal-attack on me, that you'd expend such effort pointing to an alleged "obsession" with byu as you're posting comment-after-comment where it 100% byu-unrelated? Food-for-thought. Then you allocate most of what you post to addressing me, exclusively. Refer to some of the 1st posted comments on this thread and who they're from as to why I even mentioned byu, in the first place.

Regarding your comparison between byu's 3 scheduled Friday games/UTAH's 2 scheduled Thursday games, you failed to mention that the 1st of UTAH's 2 games takes place on Opening Day for the entire nation. This is hardly comparable and, consequently, there's a number of extra games scheduled for this special day. Furthermore, Thursday games traditionally are reserved for a few select big games, annually [i.e., our 2nd of 2 at home against UCLA]. NOT the case with Friday games. These are more of a recent phenomenon reserved for the non-bcs variety having a 2nd-Tier opportunity to be "showcased". Apples-to-Oranges.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@ute4ever
"It's nice to be a Utah fan where we actually sell out our season ticket and our stadium,"

Don't utah students get free tickets? With over 32,000 students enrolled with access to free tickets it's no wonder you "sell out" your season tickets and stadium. I wonder how many would not go if they had to pay for their tickets?

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@AZUTE1
"Don't you find it ironic, in your personal-attack on me, that you'd expend such effort pointing to an alleged "obsession" with byu as you're posting comment-after-comment where it 100% byu-unrelated? Food-for-thought. Then you allocate most of what you post to addressing me, exclusively."

awwww...it's not personal, you're just a lot of fun! I also posted comments to AntelopeValleyUte and ute4ever (it might've been filtered) just so you don't feel picked on.

As for the attempt to split hairs about Thurs vs Fri games, they're all the same to me. The Utah St game is a traditional Friday night game (night before General Conference). The Boise St game vs BYU has the makings of a good rivalry. NFL and College football are branching out to different nights they air games to expand audiences and create new dependencies.

@Naval
Good point, I don't have any high schoolers playing football so I don't go to games. Friday night TV is boring so when there's a college game on I'll watch. More games on Thurs/Fri frees up Saturday for other things.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

BigCougar: "Don't utah students get free tickets?"

There are very limited numbers of tickets available to students. The MUSS sells its allotment of tickets within the first few days of opening registration every year, and the student tickets that are sometimes available from week-to-week are mostly standing room only and in the far south end of the east bleachers. The only other exception is when the visitors don't use all of their ticket allotment. In reality, there are usually a couple hundred of these "free student tickets" available each home game, and the big ticket games the last few years (USC, BYU), there were none that I knew of.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to BigCougar 2:05p today

"My Saturdays..."

Spinning/justifying your honey do list. Zzzzzzzz!

Fall Saturdays are made for one thing. It starts w/ the Big 10 in the a.m., the **SEC in primetime**, & a P12 nightcap.

ekute
Layton, UT

A lot of interest from the byu "fans" on the Utes tv schedule.
Some of them are even asking about free tickets.
Thanks for the support.

bigcougar,
For 2 years we've been hearing how byu athletics and byutv is all about exposure.
Now you're saying that byutv is for byu fans/LDS faithful?
As a fellow LDS faithful, I must say, your arrogance is showing. Typical byu "fan".
As a Ute fan and LDS faithful, is it ok if I watch byutv?

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@Ekute
"For 2 years we've been hearing how byu athletics and byutv is all about exposure."

You have my permission to watch BYUtv. ;)

You're correct, the move to independence is about exposure and being able to control it. Have you forgotten what the MWC TV contract was like and the failed Mtn Network? MWC schools had no control of their TV rights. BYU and Utah administrators actually worked together to try and get the MWC to relinquish some of that control but were unsuccessful.

With the move to independence, the ESPN contract, and the availability of games on BYUtv I've been able to watch more BYU games in the past 2 yrs than I have in the previous 10-15 yrs before that combined. The ESPN contract gives us way more exposure than BYUtv does (obviously). If you look at the demographics of viewers that watch BYUtv it's almost entirely LDS (again obviously) but it stretches the exposure with the re-broadcasting of games and also broadcasting into foreign countries.

Together, ESPN and BYUtv accomplishes that goal of increased exposure with each network targeting a different audience.

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