Washington State is a make or break game for Utah's season and bowl
chances. Win, and the Utes build momentum for a tough road game at
Washington. Lose, and I can see Utah's season completely
imploding with losses at Washington and to Arizona, and a win at Colorado, to
finish the season at 4-8.
Both BYU and Utah have byes this week; this should be an easy game for the PAC
12 south leading Utes.
White should have a field day running through Washington State's porous D;
then again, Utah's DB's could be as equally over matched defending the
Cougar's NFL caliber wide receivers.
If only the recent editions of the BYU brand of Cougars could continue the
excellent and deadly passing attack instilled by Doug Scovil long ago. I'll
never forget the Holiday Bowl BYU vs Penn St that ended 52-50, a close PSU win
but what a game. BYU had no real defense so they had to outs core good teams and
Ty Detmer's passing for 520 yards was the most laid on a JoePa team ever.
Why we now have this option soup, of a little of this and a little of that is an
amalgam that just doesn't work well. Mike Leach isn't given the credit
he deserves as a recruiter, he has commitments from kid who would never have
thought Wazzo. His first team is terribly undermanned but lookout, the guy does
a super job in every area, it's not just some magic system that works.
Texas Tech will forever regret running the guy out of Lubbock.
I hope Utah doesn't sleep on WSU. After watching them against Stanford,
they can't be taken lightly. I really question whether leach will be able
to turn things around at WSU. There's a big difference between getting
Texas's High School scraps, than Washingtons. He didn't have a lot to
work with when he arrived. I will with hold judgement for a couple of years.
I like our chances of ending the season 8-5. If you remember after last
year's terrible start, nothing could stop us except our own kicking game.
With only mediocre teams left, if the team plays like we did last Saturday and
like we did after the mid point last year, an 8-5 record or at worse 7-6 is
likely. Hopefully every player and coach knows that if we feed
White the ball a win is guaranteed, as we've seen from our record when we
do this. An 8-5 record is very respectable for only our second season as we
still try to take that next step up.
With the exception of Northern Colorado, all games on Utah's schedule are
potential losses including the Colorado game. Utah needs to approach every game
as if it were make or break.