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Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 1:25 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is always disappointing to watch SEC teams beat up on teams who aren't much better than a high school team. I understand the logic that the Pac 12 would want to put another potentially weak opponent on their schedule to help them end with better records, rather than beating up on each other. This though, is not why I watch college football!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I dont care if we do drop a Pac 12 game, I hope we stop playing Utah state and byu all together.

They do nothing to help our profile when we win(which we're a combined 7 out of 8) against them last 8 games.

I'd rather go find another one and one like we did with Michigan.

I like the idea of one gimme game to start the season and then only other high profile teams the rest of the way.

And our gimme game shouldnt be byu or utah state(Even though we own them 7 of last 8 games) because we're already winning the recruiting war in Utah.

Let's schedule a division II team from California or Texas to improve our recruiting there

Area 52
Tooele, UT

That's Funny...I thought the PAC-12 already had a big bowl game. It's nice to see that the PAC-12 has finally come to reality that they are and will be second tier to the SEC. I guess scheduling Colorado, Washington State, and Utah have diminished the lucrative PAC-12. I don't see it changing anytime soon. Maybe with that extra non-conference game, Utah will get the intestinal fortitude to schedule BYU on an annual basis. No more excuses Utah!

Hightstown, NJ

@UteNationAlum, totally agree. Hope the U will take the opportunity to dumb down the schedule only a little bit by agreeing to a long term late-season series with their biggest rival.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

Maybe I'm missing something but it seems to me like the effect of the amount of content for the Pac-12 network is about the same either way or that the 8-game conference schedule would provide more content than the 9 game conference schedule. Under a 9-game conference schedule, there are 6 "9th games" because each of the 12 teams in the league plays another of the 12 teams in the league for that week of games. But under an 8-game conference schedule, each of the 12 teams in the league plays an out-of-conference game for the "9th game" and at least half of those games would be home games for the Pac-12 teams - i.e. that week of games would provide 6 or more games that would belong to the pac-12 network. If for that extra week the Pac-12 teams each choose one patsy in a buy-out game, then that would be 12 games for the pac-12 network. If each team plays a challenging opponent as part of a home-and-home, then in each 2 year cycle that round of games will produce 12games forthe pac12network.

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

This is good news. Hoping that the Utes will now keep the BYU rivalry game alive. I am as big a U fan as they come, and I think it is a bad move to kill this great tradition. I know there are many that will disagree, but I think the rivalry brings the state together. It is a lot of fun (although some on both sides of course take it to extremes).

Area 52
Tooele, UT

It's not really going to matter who Utah puts on their schedule. They still need to win PAC-12 games and I don't see a big improvement anytime soon. Playing BYU every year regardless of record is huge for all football fans. I will still watch a 3-7 or 4-6 Utah team that plays BYU every year and so will everybody else in Utah.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Chrissy -

v. utah will be the "gimme game" in the Pac 10.

mark this down:

U will win v. Weber State. Don't bet any money after that.

Layton, UT

"That's Funny...I thought the PAC-12 already had a big bowl game. It's nice to see that the PAC-12 has finally come to reality that they are and will be second tier to the SEC"

Here we go again...so the haters don't have to waste there time, I'll do it for them:

"The Granddaddy Of Them All" is a lower-tier bowl.
"The Conference Of Champions" is weak.
Utah is nothing but a "bottom dweller"
Utah dropped the tds from their schedule cause they're afraid.
On the field results don't mean anything.
Nothing Utah does means anything.
Every little thing the tds does proofs(worf) that they're better than Utah.

If they do go to 8 games then Utah should put the tds back on they're schedule, but it won't be at the end of the season, maybe as their 4th preseason game.

Go Utes.

Draper, UT

This is interesting as there will be a great temptation to pad the schedule with that extra game, however, with the SOS disparity between the PAC12 and SEC, a one-loss SEC team may be ranked ahead of an undefeated PAC12 team that padded their schedule. Of course with the "playoff" a team only needs to be in the top 4 rather than top 2 in order to get a shot at the NC, regardless, it would be interesting to see how PAC12 teams use that extra game.

I'm a lifelong BYU fan and have always thought that the BYU-Utah rivalry is one of the best in the country. I hope the schools, conference and networks can get together and make it happen very year in November (quit trying to manufacture a rivalry with Colorado).


The PAC 10.2 wants its teams to schedule one more cupcake team each year to enhance the chances for its marginal teams to at least qualify for a bowl game. By their own admission, BYU is not a gimmie win because they are afraid to schedule them every year.

It is noteworthy that since U of Arizona was admitted to the PAC 10 in 1978, they have a lack-luster 138-147-7 conference record with no outright conference titles (they tied for first once in 1993 with a 6-2 record). The Utes are off to a dismal 7-11 start in the PAC 10.2.

Thirty years from now the Utes will have a losing record, much like U of A and probably worse.

Cupcakes, anyone?

Salt Lake City, UT

A conference that's never won a BCS championship would be wise to follow the lead of the conference that's dominated BCS championships. An 8-game conference schedule would be more balanced (4 home, 4 away) and would give PAC 12 teams more flexibility in scheduling OOC games.

Las Vegas, NV

Area: What conference isn't "second tier" to the SEC right now? That is one of the silliest arguments I have heard of all times!! LOL

Highland, UT

But utah "fans" have been telling us that the 9 game conference schedule is part of what makes the pac12 so great. You know it allows them to exclude themselves to mainly themselves and then they can use that as reason/excuse as to why they are so great and also why they can't ever win a national chmapionship.

I'm excited to read all of the forthcoming spin.

U 90
Corona, CA

@Ironman "Cupcakes, anyone?"

Sure, I'll have two Idahos and two New Mexico States. I really love the Idaho State and UCF flavors so I'll take one each of those. Hmmm, why don't you give me two of the Hawaii flavor as well. Ironman, good thing we have your team to demonstrate how to pick really great cupcake flavors.

Layton, UT

You can always go to Provo to get a cupcake and a couple of turnovers. Go Utes

Salt Lake City, UT

I would think the purpose of more out of conference games would be to STRENGTHEN the schedule, not weaken it. Otherwise, the PAC may never make the championship game.

The SEC can be cowardly and schedule weak out of conference because they are tough enough in conference to not need the OOC games to make up the difference. The PAC is considered weaker than the SEC, Big 12, Big 10 almost every year, so they have to increase their SOS. With expansion and Notre Dame playing their partial ACC schedule, the ACC will likely pass the PAC, too.

Sandy, UT

I am a Utah Man Sir...As a proud UTE fan I hope Utah Mans Up and does what most fans on both side want, bring back the best game the state of Utah has had for over 100 years. Bring back BYU.

Lehi, UT

Chris B -

Why don't U pick up a game with Boise State? It would be fun to see U play the Broncos again, especially on the blue turf (U backed out of that one last time).

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

As I understand it if an eight conference game is scheduled it will involve a realignment of the current divisions. If so - PLEASE don't change. This year SLC will see UCLA (#14*); Stanford (#18); Arizona State (#29) and Oregon State (#32). In addition away games include Oregon (#2), USC (#23) and Arizona (#30). (Fans can see all these games by going to Arizona and LA in Oct. and Oregon in early Nov.) What a schedule and don't forget we play those same teams next year with the addition of Michigan. Brutal but beautiful! Go Utes - I will be at everyone of these games.

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