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Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 11:35 a.m. MDT

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Even though the U is having a down year it is still great to be talking about a conference champ and a chance at the Rose Bowl every year instead of the independent wasteland BYU finds itself in. The Y could win out and still end up the in the Armed Forces Bowl. I suspect the Y would probably get a better bowl had they won out but BCS?? I doubt it.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

Last year after the team turned things around the only thing that could stop us was our own kicker! Although Cal is not a top 10 team or anything like that, they did give Stanford all they could handle and are a decent team. We outplayed them in every facet, every quarter of that game.

If we feed White the ball and maintain the intensity I can see us winning out and finishing 8-5 with an impressive bowl win against a great team. Worse case scenaior is 7-6, but I like our chances of not losing again this year. Washington is terribly inconsistent and Arizona got exposed by Oregon. Even though its Oregon, you don't lose by 50 to Oregon if you are a decent team.

Provo4Life
PROVO, UT

I love how these Ute fans get on here and quickly defend their team's horrible record. Face the facts, the Utes suck this year! Granted, injuries to key players have played a slight role, but your team has no depth and an inexperienced offensive coordinator. Lifelong ute needs to wake up, there is no way you win out. UW in Seattle is a loss, Arizona has been playing pretty good, see last weeks upset of USC and I would be surprised if you don't split between WSU and Colorado. One beat you last year and the other it took a miracle comeback to pull out the win

Eddie Would Go
FPO, AE

Provo4Life,

Like you, I don't see the Utes winning out. Of course, I HOPE they do, but I believe it's unlikely. However, I think it's unlikely that they will only win one more game this season.

But I've got to tell you, the most humorous yet sad thing in the comments above has got to be your screen name. I got my diploma from "the BYU" and left Provo ASAP. I was just there last week (for the first time in about twenty years), and I can tell you that I'm glad I don't quality to call myself "Provo4Life."

I recommend that you perseverate less about your rival, and get out and see the world!

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

PAC 12 pillow fight of the "weak", but it's good to hear that Whittingham's 3-5 Utes aren't overlooking Leach's 2-6 Cougars.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

patriot

More clueless comments.

BYU is already headed to San Diego and the Poinsettia Bowl, which, if I'm not mistaken, the Utes were only too pleased to be playing in only a couple of years ago.

In 2013, barring an unlikely BCS bowl season, BYU will be playing in San Francisco and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, also a bowl Utah fans were happy to be playing in only a few years ago.

And, unlike the armpit of America where Utah played last season, both great fun and easy-to-get-to locations for a large majority of BYU fans.

And certainly alot more exciting than playing your "bowl" game in September.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

All I'll say is that I wish my Cougs had a coach with the passion & leadership of Coach Whit! To say I dislike the Utties is putting it mildly(or perhaps my dislike is largly with their fans!), but I've got the utmost respect for your coach. He seems to accept personal responsibility more often, understands the relationship of dealing with the media (including more nat'l media) and seems engaged over the entire team instead of focusing on one element of the team.

Provo4Life
PROVO, UT

Hey Eddie, notice the sarcasm. Born and raised in Washington and I am a Huskie fan, so don't go jumping to conclusions. The only rivalry the Utes have now is the one with Colorado as it loks like that will be a battle of the Rcoky Mountains for years to come as well as supremacy at the bottom of the conference.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Coach Whit isn't surprised to find the Utes in last place, without any possibility of going to the Rose Bowl, since he knows his stuff. What is surprising (but not really) is that patriot and Chris B. think the Utes are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Too funny......

And rather than assessing the Ute program, again they prove their fixation with BYU by continuing to bash them at every opportunity. Too funny.........

The Utes will not go to a bowl game this year unless they buy spectator tickets and sit in the stands. Too funny........

I predicted it would take the Utes 3 years to garner 10 PAC 12 Conference victories. Unless something happens differently real soon, it appears I was being too optomistic. Too funny......

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

The PAC 12 has had a great year so far. There non-conference record speaks for itself. I expect the PAC 12 teams to do quite well come bowl season, and I think Oregon is the best team in the country. Nice to see all the haters, as usual, taking shots at Utah's program. Always a classy move.

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

I'm the biggest Utah fan out here but some of you stating 8-5 are nuts. Whittingham did not have our team ready as he does not have the right coaches in place in all positions and this team certainly is not disciplined. Blechen acts like he still has the munchies and all is not right on the Hill. I believe we will make it to a bowl game but we have to win all our home games and one road game for it to happen. Arizona will be very tough and Washington will be fighting for their own bowl lives. Colorado could (well it happened before) whatever...

8-5 is completely ridiculous. Just get to a bowl.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

toosmartforhimself claims "Coach Whit isn't surprised to find the Utes in last place"
Actually, Coach Whit knows that Washington State is in last place.

I wish the Pac12 would boot Colorado back to the Big12 and take in BYU. That would upset Cougar fans, though, since this year they'd be in second-to-last place in the standings.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

It seems Utah is in last place in the Southern Division. And if Washington State wins on saturday, then Utah will be in last place in the conference. But stranger things have happened, like Ute fans wishing Colorado wasn't in the PAC 12. I suppose it's tough to swallow when your new rival, with the worst road record in America, comes into your place when all the marbles are on the line and you have one of the best OC's in the country (Norm Chow) and you get whipped. And then they all want to dump Colorado. Well, there's "rumbling in the Rockies" all right and you can expect more of it in Boulder this year. What a natural rivalry----the two newest members of the PAC 12 who are on the bottom----Utah and Colorado.

As for BYU competing in the PAC 12, you might want to talk to Washington, Oregon and Oregon State (Vegas Bowls) and see how they have fared against the Cougars.

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

It is going to be a long off season for the Utes. At least they have basketball to look forward to.

Oh wait...

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I'm not surprised by utah's pac12 outcomes either coach.

U 90
Corona, CA

toosmart,

It's probably a tough pill to swallow when a "storied" program can't beat a PAC 10.2 doormat. Trashing the Utes when they own your team is really not toosmart. Your handle is the best oxymoron on these boards... too funny.

Max
Charlotte, NC

They better not overlook WSU. Just because they haven't won a game yet doesn't mean they aren't capable. Some of those losses were very competitive. It isn't like they were getting blown out every time. They will have their break through and you know that WSU thinks that breakthrough can be against Utah. A team that takes ANY team lightly is setting themselves up for a loss. Look what happened to Utah when "awful" Colorado came to town. There was NO WAY Utah could lose that game. Well, Colorado played their best game of the year and simply wanted it more than the flat footed Utes. Indeed, anything can happen out there. This is what makes it fun.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

U 90

You're overlooking the fact that Utah couldn't beat the only WAC team they played, while BYU, as usual, is undefeated against the conference our friends on the hill so frequently disparage.

BYU has had some disappointments this season, but BYU is also only 7 points and 3 plays away from winning all 3 of the road games they lost, including 2 Top 25 teams, and a team that is now a serious contender to play for the national championship.

btw, your "big boy conference" program, couldn't beat the real PAC 10.2 doormat last year and after a season and a half, still hasn't beaten a PAC team with a winning record.

Max
Charlotte, NC

Reading some of these comments you would think that BYU had beaten Utah

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

LonestarRunner:

"...if I'm not mistaken, the Utes were only too pleased to be playing in [the Poinsettia Bowl] only a couple of years ago."

No, you're not mistaken, but the Poinsettia Bowl a couple of years ago was a better bowl than it is now. Back THEN it was an AQ vs. non-AQ showdown. Now, it's yawner between two mid-majors. This game had lost its shine. You'll find out soon enough that "your 'bowl' game in September" will have proven to have been a more exciting game than the one you'll be invited next month.

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