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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 8:45 p.m. MDT

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54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Anytime BYU is on the schedule the 1st month of the season, the schedule is favorable.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

"Not so long ago, Utah put together quite a winning streak at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Beginning with a 44-6 win over UCLA on Sept. 15, 2007, the Utes reeled off 21 consecutive victories on the hill."

But tanked on the road, following up that "amazing" win over UCLA with one of the ugliest losses in Utah history the following week, a 0-27 shutout to UNLV(2-10), a team that only beat one other team in 2007, Utah State(2-10).

DeepBlue
Anaheim, CA

After their loss to the Aggies eliminates the Utes from bowl consideration Thursday night, the only thing the Utes will have to look forward to is the annual pillow fight in the Rockies to determine which team gets to spend the long cold winter in the PAC basement.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

Unfortunately that winning streak is quickly becoming ancient history.

Nowadays, the Utes are struggling to post a winning record at home.

Not counting FCS teams, the Utes are 5-5 in RES since joining the PAC.

talkinsports
Gilbert, AZ

"Utah senior Trevor Reilly notes that the numbers are skewed because of the Pac-12’s better overall depth compared to the Mountain West."

Same old whiny excuse-making. It's becoming more and more obvious that the Utes should just go back to the MWC where they would be more competitive, although Colorado and Washington State aren't any better than Wyoming, New Mexico, UNLV and Colorado State.

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Lots of negativity from Y fans. Not surprising given all the recent losses to the U.

UteinIdaho
Sandpoint, ID

That's what the better part of these comment boards are. Bitter BYU fans. Jealousy is not a good color on you guys. I know it can be hard being the younger brother. I'm the youngest in a big family, but I learned to accept it long ago. I truly hope coug fans can do the same.

Unfortunately I highly doubt it will happen. They were raised to believe they are far superior to Utah. And now they tout their amazing schedule that boasts 3-4 good teams and lots of cupcakes in between, and go on and on and on bashing "bottom feeder" Utah after 1 bad season. ... Despite losing 3 in a row...

I'm afraid some things will never change. BYU will most likely never get used to, and accept their role of little brother. Poor little fellas

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

Some are hoping the Utes consider their game against BYU as "favorable" that all they need to do is show up and they have it in the bag, just like 2011 against Colorado.

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

@54-10

Cougar fans are hoping that Utah players and coaches enter their game in Provo with that level of confidence, or perahps I should say, overconfidence.

Yes I know "54-10 when Utah last play BYU in Provo" but there are two big differences between the 2013 BYU team and the 2011 team.

1 - BYU has their starting QB in place. They're not looking at player two or three QBs.

2 - Robert Anae is back as Offensive Coordinator. Remember that under Anae, BYU beat Utah in '06, '07 and '09!

SouthFLUte
Delray Beach, FL

So much bitterness on the part of the Y fans. Must be that 0-3 record against a "horrible" Ute team...

jim l
West Jordan, UT

They will be 1-3 to start the season and then the lights will go out.

Neuron
NotInMiami, FL

The Utes should easily go 9-3 in the regular season. USC and Oregon are their only real challenges this season.

DrUte
Woods Cross, UT

Truly, every team has both assets and liabilities. The trick is to optimize the positives and minimize the negatives on Game Day.

Silly blog comments from Red haters not based on logic or informed research concerning either their own or the Utah team are ludicrous.

"Utah should return to the MWC", "Utah will never play in a bowl game again", just silly.

Reality is that Utah is in a significantly improved position for recruitment, coaching, facilities, and (collectively) to compete within the PAC12. And there's no going back.

Certainly there are areas of improvement still available, but Utah has passed a significant line in the sand. A progress report will be forthcoming in just a few hours. But no matter the outcome, Utah will continue to improve and demonstrate they are evolving into one of the premier conferences in college football.

So history is now irrelevant; the old UCLA / UNLV letdown now means absolutely nothing. Players, coaching, and conditions have changed wholesale. "Then" is not even close to "Now".

--- Bottom Line: There's only one team in the state that is now & will always be PAC12.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Progress Report. RES will be rockin'.

CordonBleu
Park City, UT

SouthFLUte

"So much bitterness on the part of the Y fans."

Sure, BYU fans were bitterly disappointed about having to spend bowl week in San Diego watching their team play in an exciting bowl game. We would have much preferred enjoying the holidays playing couch potatoes like our little brothers.

phantomblade
Salt Lake City, Utah

UteMiguel

"Lots of negativity from Y fans...."

says the Utah fan who conveniently overlooked the fact that a Utah fan opened the dialogue with a shot at BYU.

pot meet kettle

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Neuron

"The Utes should easily go 9-3 in the regular season. USC and Oregon are their only real challenges this season."

Only in your crimson-colored dreams. The Utes will be closer to 3-9.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Utah needs to win early because it's going to get tougher as the season goes on. I could see them going 2-4, or 5-1 to start the season; neither would really suprise me. I will certainly have a better feel for the Utes after Thursday night. Great opener against a very solid USU team.

GO UTES
>--->

killarney
Lincoln Park, IL

DrUte

"So history is now irrelevant; the old UCLA / UNLV letdown now means absolutely nothing. Players, coaching, and conditions have changed wholesale. "Then" is not even close to "Now"."

Sure, the old UCLA / UNLV letdown has now been replaced with the old Washington State / Colorado letdown, and your measuring stick for "progress" is the WAC, now MWC, team that denied you a bowl berth last year.

Tomorrow night's results might give some evidence that the Utes could be competitive in the MWC, but they certainly won't prove anything concerning Utah's ability to compete in the PAC.

In reality, your real "NOW" is the pre-Urban Meyer "THEN", when the Utes were a perennial middle of the pack team in the WAC/MWC. 2004 and 2008 were nothing more than a flash-in-the-pan anamoly.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@54-10. I am old enough to remember when Ty Detmer and BYU handed the Utes their biggest loss of school history: 72 points! And Detmer only played about 3 quarters of that game! Some friendly advise for you: always keep your words soft and sweet because sooner or later, you will have to eat your words!

Neuron
NotInMiami, FL

DrUte: "So history is now irrelevant"

If that's correct, tell that to 54-10 or UteMiguel or any of the Ute commenters who spend so much time bashing BYU on BYU articles. It also means there can never be any gloating or discussion after any given game because the game is over, making it history and thus irrelevant.

Utah is in a great conference now with a lot of other good schools. There are still 3 conferences tougher than the Pac-12 though - 1) SEC; 2) Big 12; 3) Big Ten (2 and 3 are a toss up and don't necessarily go in that order). The Pac-12 is close to those two but would rank 4th for overall toughness. Hopefully that's changing as Pac-12 teams improve (Stanford made great strides) but Utah, ASU, UofA, Colorado, Oregon State, California, Washington State, and Washington all have a long way to go to consistently elevate the Pac-12.

backpacn
Sandy, UT

Sure Dirk,

opening with Utah State(11-2), Weber State(2-9), Oregon St(9-4) and at BYU(8-5)

is MUCH easier than

closing with ASU(8-5), at Oregon(12-1), at Washington State(3-9) and Colorado(1-11)

Two Top 25 teams and three bowl teams vs one Top 25 team and two bowl teams

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