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Published: Sunday, Jan. 27 2013 10:40 p.m. MST

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atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Bluesmack
"That's the difference between a high profile, premiere world University in BYU, and a coat tail riding local community college in Utah."

In the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the U is 82nd in the world and the Y isn't in the top 300. Other ranking systems have the Y ahead. Both schools are very good, they accel in different areas (I think ARWU cares more about research strength which is something Utah has but not BYU, but I'd say BYU is the better of the two for undergraduate studies and their law/business programs though Utah isn't too far behind in one of those two... I forget which since I'm a science major).

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@ogmson
"The U's two best games this year were against BYU and UDub....exactly what one would expect from the U. "

I would rank their 3 best games the ones against Boise, UDub, and Arizona.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@motortrike

BYU fans don't really care other than it is fun to use as a tool to mock utah "fans".

It is utah "fans" that are struggling with this, I know several that simply won't attend a Sunday game. I'm sure they'll watch them on tv but they won't attend. Also the weather is a convenient excuse for utah "fans" to use and I'm sure it had some affect, just like the Sunday schedule. But neither the Sunday schedule nor the weather are really the problems, it's utah terrible team that is the problem.

If utah's team was any good they would probably still get some respectable attendance even with bad weather and Sunday play. I'm sure it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as a Saturday game no matter what but there are enough non Mormon utah "fans" to make it ok if the team was something better than aweful.

So what was your reason for staying home last night? Was it Sunday? The weather? Your Mom doesn't let you stay out on school nights?

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

motorbike

"Shouldn't the Cougar fans be proud of the Ute fans for not showing up on a Sunday?"

Frankly, what Utah fans do on Sunday is entirely up to them and most BYU fans couldn't care less,

however,

it's also true that a significant portion of Utah's fan base is LDS and it's likely that a majority of those fans won't attend Utah games played on Sunday. It is a problem for Utah and will adversely affect attendance at Sunday games, despite the denials of some Utah fans.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Blue Smack

That's a real knee slapper, I don't think you have to worry about the PAC 12 or any BCS conference inviting BYU to join. No one wants a new member dictating when, and when they won't play. That's why BYU plays hoops in the WCC and is a football nomad. It' is odd how BYU athletes play on Sunday in the NFL and NBA though? I guess if it's for money there's a loop hole. How convienent.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

BlueCoug,

"It is a problem for Utah and will adversely affect attendance at Sunday games, despite the denials of some Utah fans."

Nobody I know is in denial about Sunday games affecting attendance, it absolutely WILL affect attendance for those games. But you, Duckhunter and others are trying to make it sound like the sky is falling down because Utah needs to play two Sunday home games the entire season. Sorry, but even if zero people attend, two games aren't a big deal in the scheme of things.

Duckhunter,

For the record, I don't disagree with most of what you're saying. Your way of adding drama is silly, but the underlying statements are correct. People will head to the JMHC once the team starts adding more talent and playing better - period. We've witnessed that this season as attendance crept up to the 10,000 mark for a couple of games. If Utah wins a couple of those games attendance may have stayed there. But though you don't want to admit it, severe weather has absolutely kept some faithful Ute fans at home this season ... that my friend is a fact.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

motorbike

"Sorry, but even if zero people attend, two games aren't a big deal in the scheme of things."

With the dismal state of Utah's basketball program, loss of LDS fans for Sunday games is the least of Utah's problems.

btw, near zero fans for all games is not out of the realm of possibility if the Utes continue this endless rebuilding program of theirs. Sooner or later even the most diehard and delusional Utah fans will figure out that all of this so-called "rebuilding" is nothing but poor excuse for ineptness.

I watched a few minutes of the replay today on the PAC Net and from the vast sea of empty red seats I saw in the first half, there couldn't have been more than 3,000 fans in the Huntsman Sunday evening.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

SportsFan

"there couldn't have been more than 3,000 fans in the Huntsman Sunday evening."

You're exactly right, it was the most poorly attended Utah game I've ever seen. But I notice you live in Orem whereas I live in SLC and work in Pleasant Grove. Let me tell you, you guys in happy valley have no idea how hard the east benches of the SL Valley has been hit this winter. It's been night and day heading over the point of the mountain on my commute during these storms.
Last night was not a night to be on the roads in east SLC. I tried driving in it at 6:00pm on I-215 and had to immediately get back off and head for home. And I was headed to a family dinner 1/4 as far as it would've been to go the the JMHC.
My point is not to say Utah games aren't already poorly attended ... but last night, and two other games this season, have been complete disasters to get to. That and the Sunday thing set the stage for the worst attendance I've ever seen.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I've never in my life heard of a stranger explanation for a players absence than krystkowiak saying that bachynski(sic?) is "part of the team but taking a break". Very weird.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Hey sooneru??? u should check recruiting classes, or were you just looking football? BYU will be loaded with it's next recruiting class and u are losing the heart of your team with three seniors graduating. Starting three seniors is hardly rebuilding.

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