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Published: Thursday, Aug. 8 2013 1:20 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It will be an 8-4 season and we'll be in contention for the Pac 12 title game and Rose bowl within last 1-2 games of the season.

The South will be won by a team with at least 2-3 conference losses

We'll start the season by handling USU 27-13 and we'll complete the 4-0 career sweep over byu 30-14.

Mark it Down!

Tators
Hyrum, UT

To Chris B:

I've marked a lot of what you've previously stated and most never came close to happening. This won't either. You got the numbers right, but just reversed. Utah will have a 4-8 season and BYU will prevail 30-14. USU will probably win too, but by a closer score... perhaps 17-13.

The Utes in contention for the PAC 12 title game?? Are you serious? Now that is truly a LOL statement. They will be in contention, but only until their first conference game is played.

Also, none of this needs to be marked down. We'll all soon be witnessing it for ourselves... you included, Chris.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

it will be a very mediocre year for the utes. mark it down crissy

let's roll
LEHI, UT

I'm hoping the Utes will improve this year, but not sure that the analysis in this article instills much confidence of that result.

Football 101 is that to be successful a team needs to be able to run the ball and stop the run. Losing John White is going to make running the ball even more challenging, despite the fact that I agree the OL will be better. Lots of pressure on Wilson since he'll have to throw the ball more and do so within a new system.

And stopping the run will no doubt be more challenging this year with the losses on the defensive line. Teams won't need to throw the ball much and will be able to control the ball if the U can't stop the run.

The key may be to get off to a good start and build some confidence.

I wish them the best of luck.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

This is going to be a bad year for utah, I'm really not sure how anyone can think otherwise.

clehman
Sandy, UT

@DH: I'm going to mark this one down. And I will proudly link it back to you after the 6th win this year.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

That preview did nothing to instill confidence but I think the Utes may get at least to 500 and return to a bowl game. Bad news that York is having injury issues. Looked like he was one of the hopeful notes ESPN saw. Good luck, Utes.

Top5Alive
salt lake city, UT

Like for the Past Decade BYU fans have been saying "we're the best, we will win" well its been 11 years and Utah has won 8 of those and 3 straight rivalry games....say it every year Cougars you might get lucky this year or in a couple. But Utah is still dominating the State, might be tough in the PAC-12 but for this state...UTES are it.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@clehman

OK, I'll look forward to that.

Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

Top5Alive

First 40 years of the rivalry (1922 to 1961), BYU won 2, tied 3.

Next 51 years of the rivalry (1962 to 2012), BYU won 29.

As they say in the investment world,

"Past Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Results"

1962 was the year BYU and Utah helped create the WAC.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

christy

The more likely scenario:

4-8, 6-7 conference losses, 14-30 versus BYU

The good news?

Once again, you'll be able to spend the holidays with family and friends without any bowl game interruptions.

Mark it Down!

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

chrisb

"The South will be won by a team with at least 2-3 conference losses"

Unfortunately for U, a team with 2-3 conference wins won't be a factor except in determining who gets to spend the winter in the basement.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

To Top5Alive:

Yes, the Utes have won the last 3... 2 of which went down to the last play of the game. Absolutely not a domination... just good exciting games. Before then, the Y won 3 of the previous 4. Which all goes to show that there is an ebb and flow to the rivalry. Until one team can win 3 or 4 in a row... all by dominating scores, then no one "owns" the other... inspite of the funny stuff that Chris B usually writes.

And "domininating the state"?? That's an odd statement too... considering the Utes barely beat BYU last year, even though the Y had more offenesive yardage. And since you seem to have forgotten, the Aggies did beat the Utes last year. NO domination currently exists whatsoever.

Even if a person thinks both teams are pretty good this year, the nod would have to be given to the Cougars on September 21st, since the game is being played in Provo. And since they won't play each other again for 3 years, the loser will have to eat crow until then. That will make this game extra important, and extra exciting.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

I see the Utes over USU and BYU, and getting off to a 3-1 start. Then after they take down BYU, they will revel in that win and stop caring about anyone else remaining on the schedule. Then comes the 6 game losing streak when PAC play heats up, followed by 2 season ending wins over the other 2 PAC weaklings (besides Utah). 5-7 and no bowl again. But hey, at least they have PAC membershp and a pretty new football complex.

It won't be any better for the Cougs. BYU will recover from their embarrassing uniform idea just in time to see that their schedule is brutal. Take the annual choke vs Utah, and add blowout losses against Texas, Boise St, ND, and Wisconsin, and then add a loss to USU in Logan too (this will be USU's Super Bowl). There just aren't enough Idaho State's on the schedule for another low level bowl appearance. 5-7 and no bowl for the Cougs too.

Mark it down!

Tators
Hyrum, UT

One thing that's become apparent after years of watching posts on these sports articles is that anyone who ends their comments with "Mark it down!" should be taken with a grain of salt since they are basically just blowing smoke. It's usually from just another Chris B wanna-be. And whatever the motivation for that would be, is anyone's guess.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

"Even if a person thinks both teams are pretty good this year, the nod would have to be given to the Cougars on September 21st, since the game is being played in Provo."
2011, BYU opened with an east coast game, followed by Texas, and then a home loss to Utah.
This year, BYU opens with an east coast game, followed by Texas, and then Utah at home.

I'm not so sure "game is being played in Provo" gives them the nod. What else do you have?

Jenny83
Logan, UT

Tators ...... Guess what dude..Your lowly Cougs can't beat the Utes! How does that feel?

Y>U
Anaheim, CA

Jenny83

"Your lowly Cougs can't beat the Utes! How does that feel?"

Fine; while BYU was stumbling for one game, Utah was doing a face plant for the entire season.

ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

Re: Snac Pac

BYU has not been able to beat Utah by more than seven points, when they do win, in the last 20 years. The last time they did was 1992! Most of the players weren't even born yet. With another all run-no throw QB, an untested offensive line, and according to your coach, a problem snapping the ball back to the QB, what makes you think you'll beat Utah this year by 16!?? Ha!

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Y>U
Anaheim, CA

Jenny83

"Your lowly Cougs can't beat the Utes! How does that feel?"

Fine; while BYU was stumbling for one game, Utah was doing a face plant for the entire season.

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Stumbling for one game? 8-5 which BYU fans have defined as "bottom feeder" and you were ONE play from 7-6.

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