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Published: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 9:30 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 10:42 a.m. MDT

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Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

Las Vegas line for over under wins for 2014:

USU - 9.5
utah - 4.5
byu - 9.5

WhoRtheUtes???
Elko, NV

I think for Utah State and BYU about right. For Utah I am guessing 5 wins. I don't see them making a bowl game again. But, they should show some play improvement.

Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah can probably get 6 wins IMO. They need to pull an upset for that to happen, though.

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

It would be foolish for the utes to assume they will beat WSU and Colorado this year as part of their 5-6 wins. WSU will prove to tough and Colorado should be a toss-up. I see 4 wins at best.

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Nice of you Y/USU commentators to post on all things Utah.

KYUte
Louisville, KY

7-5, Utah is bowling this year.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Las Vegas line for over under wins for 2014:

USU - 9.5
utah - 4.5
byu - 9.5

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Nice post. Vegas is seldom wrong. I pick:

USU - over
utah - under
BYU - over

USU should mow through the MWC and face challenging games in Tennessee, at BYU and at Boise St. Playing in Boise is not easy but even with that I think they'll make the game a close one so they should have no problem getting to 10 wins this year.

BYU has a doable schedule but there are some interesting angles that keep it from being a slam dunk. Texas on the road, UCF on the road, Boise St on the road are games that are concerning. If BYU can start fast (not usually the case under Bronco) then they should have no problem getting to 10 wins. They have tremendous depth and talent in a number of position groups on both sides of the ball.

Utah just doesn't have enough talent or depth. Their secondary last year was one of the worst in the nation. I see them losing 6-7 games in a row in conference and Kyle gone before the season is over.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"Nice of you Y/USU commentators to post on all things Utah."

Nice of you to be wearing goggles so crimson red that you didn't notice BYU and USU's name in the article title.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@KYute
7-5, Utah is bowling this year.

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Not sure where you see 7 wins. You don't have enough Idaho States on your schedule to get to 7 wins. here's how it will break down:

Idaho State Bengals (W)

Fresno State Bulldogs (W) (due to their breaking in a new QB)

at Michigan Wolverines (L) (road game. they're better than they were in 2008. 'nuff said)

Washington State Cougars (L) (this will be a battle but they have a senior QB)

at UCLA Bruins (L) (road game, 'nuff said)

at Oregon State Beavers (L) (see UCLA comments. also they have a senior QB)

USC Trojans (L) (Utah has yet to solve USC)

at Arizona State Sun Devils (L) (road game and see USC comments)

Oregon Ducks (L) (fuhgedaboudit)

at Stanford Cardinal (L) (this will be Kyle's last game)

Arizona Wildcats (W) (interim HC leads team to win)

at Colorado Buffaloes (L) (utah has been underwhelming vs Colorado).

Good news, you'll be getting a new Head Coach. maybe he can turn the utes around and do what Kyle couldn't, make them a winner in the Pac12 someday.

KYUte
Louisville, KY

@BigCougar

Idaho State - Win
Fresno State - Win
Michigan - Win
Washington State - Win
UCLA - Loss (Another close game)
Oregon State - Win
USC - Toss-up
Arizona State - Toss-up
Oregon - Loss (Closer than last year)
Stanford - Toss-up (Utah matches well with power run teams)
Arizona - Win
Colorado - Win

Utah is a good program and is competitive in the PAC 12. If you need proof, just re-watch last year's games (not just look at W-L record).
For those who want to come back with our conference record to date, see Washington and Stanford records during the 2000's. The Utes have yet to have a 1 or 2 win season as both Stanford and Washington have recently, with Washington going 0-12 in 2008.

WJCoug
South Jordan, Utah

KYUte - last year means nothing. If you hope to improve over last year then you better have brought in better players than the ones that have graduated or moved on, and you hope that your competition is weaker than the previous year.

Utah loses on both counts - their recruiting is mediocre at best, particularly when compared to the competition and PAC12 competition appears to be getting stronger, not weaker.

Utah's inability to recruit is a killer. It is going to be a long year - again.

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Pretty funny comments considering the Utes by every measure are better than they were last year when they beat both USU and BYU.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@kyute

Your list is delusional. You have them down for 7 wins with 3 toss ups which would imply they have a shot at 10 wins. They do not have a shot at 10 wins, period. They only even have a shot at 7 wins if they can get to, and actually win, a bowl game.

If you really think it is going to go down the way you're predicting you are setting yourself up for an absolutely crushing let down. lol

Respect the 12(Pac)
Salt Lake, UT

Duckhunter,

How much of a shot did we have at beating Stanford last year?

How much of a shot did we have at going undefeated and beating Alabama in a big time bowl game in 2008?

One thing is for sure - we have a much better shot at something special than byU this year, and every year. Thanks Pac 12 - we love you

KYUte
Louisville, KY

The only delusions on this board are coming from Ute haters.
My list is completely plausible.
Our receivers, running backs, O-Line and Quarterbacks are better and more experienced this year than last; along with more depth at each position.
The D-Line will be solid like always.
The linebackers are solid, although depth will be an issue to start the season.
The only big question marks are the DB's and injuries.
We went 5-7 last year, losing toss-up games to Oregon State, UCLA, AZ State and Washington State.
If we pulled out some or all of those close games, it would have been anywhere between 6-6 to 9-3.
When it comes to the Utes, you're just a "glass half empty" type of person.
An unbiased, rational sports fan will take what happened last year, injuries and all, and see that my predictions are completely plausible.
**Queue the haters...

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

KYUte,

You can't count the toss up losses in your favor without including the toss up wins against you, namely USU

WJCoug
South Jordan, Utah

Wow - chill out Mr. KYUte. You are entitled to your opinion (even if it makes you look a bit foolish) - but we are as well.

Let's talk at the end of the season and see who was right, ok?

Surf is Up
Miami, FL

@Arm of Orion "Nice of you Y/USU commentators to post on all things Utah."

Narcissistic are we?

You do realize that BYU and USU were also discussed in the article right?

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

KYUte,

You can't count the toss up losses in your favor without including the toss up wins against you, namely USU.

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USU is a guarantee win, just like BYU.

Utah hasn't lost to a un-raked MWC team since September 2007 when we lost to 2-10 UNLV. Utah is 9-1 in PAC-12 vs non-conference teams, our only loss at #18 USU 2012.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@kyute

I see the only close games you are counting are the ones utah lost while ignoring the ones they won and pretending that it was just a matter of winning some close ones. Typical utah "fan" delusion.

utah has no chance to win 10 games, none. lol

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