Utah Utes football: Pivotal game on tap as Utes play host to UCLA


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  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    Another advantage to being independant - there are no "Pivotal Games."

  • hamrdown OREM, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    UCLA by 13. I think Utah scores late to bring it close but I think UCLA controls and wins the game.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Re: Stringer Bell

    "Give it up. Mildred in Fillmore has already done this, and better. Your shtick is not original and not funny."

    Cletus...don't mind Stringer Bell. Mildred in Fillmore or Chris B. certainly have nothing on you. It's revealingly obvious that you are just as original and funny.

  • BruinRay97 San Diego, CA
    Oct. 3, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Nebraska may not be what it once was, but their homefield advantage is undeniable. Having been at Memorial Stadium to witness a very emotional game for my alma mater, the 91,000 plus make for a very intimidating setting. Although, Husker fans were incredibly classy to start the game( I will always be a Husker fan for the compassion they showed that day), they were LOUD, and very much into the game. That is just one of the reasons they were 18-1 at home until that UCLA loss. I would imagine that RES is pretty much the same. Your home field advantage is the biggest reason I had a hard time sleeping last night. Hope it is one to remember.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 2:04 p.m.


    To date, with SOS already factored in, UCLA is ranked #11 in the Sagarin ratings, while Utah is ranked #32. This point seems continuously lost on you.

    It's laughable that you constantly harp on SOS, while completely ignoring the other, more important, ranking.

    You do realize, that team rankings are derived by comparing record versus competition, don't you?

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    So Utah barely beats Utah State at home - a team Utah fans claim isn't very good.
    Utah stomps Weber State - yawn.
    Utah loses to OSU - a team Utah fans claim isn't very good.
    Utah barely beats BYU - a team Utah fans claim isn't very good, despite BYU stomping Texas.
    And now, Utah fans think they're going to stomp UCLA.

    Either UCLA isn't a legitimate Top 15 team, or the Utes are going to have to get very lucky to beat a much better team.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:35 p.m.


    Utah's season ended after their first conference game; the writing was already on the wall -whether Utah or Colorado will finish in the PAC basement is the only drama left.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:49 p.m.


    You have to read my last comment. It is contrary to everything you just said. I admitted that the schedule does not say much. Do you really think that Utah's schedule is really all that better? Do you really think that the Utes really have the #39 schedule in the country? And maybe they do? But maybe it is because of all their future games still to play. I don't know. Maybe it is teams like New Mexico State, Nevada, Colorado, WAZZU, and Utah that bring their schedule strength down, I don't know SOS means nothing to me. Ask Notre Dame last year, it didn't work out for them last year having the toughest schedule.

    Your Utes schedule:

    Utah State - Have they really been tested yet.
    Weber State - Really? I know you don't want to go here
    Oregon State - Weren't you one crying on here about how bad OSU was because they lost to Eastern Washington. They beat Utah, in Utah, at Rice Eccles
    BYU - Sorry Y fans, but again really. They can't throw a TD, UCLA can

    I will be here tomorrow win or lose, will you?


  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    I am not funny because I am right and you will see. The Utes are the best team because we are in a BCS conference and that makes us better by far and we have more players in the NFL than weber and byu and the utah aggies.

    Go Utes tonight!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:51 a.m.


    To date, ucla's SOS ranks #130, while The U's ranks #39. This point seems continuously lost on you.

    NU, not unlike UT/others, had zero business ever being ranked. Their name and, perhaps, their potential were behind it.

    Wyoming is a perfect example, as they put over 600 yards total-O on nu in Lincoln, out-gaining nu, and narrowly lost by 3 points. Few weeks later, Wyoming visits Texas State and manages roughly half this total and gets utterly smashed, 42-21.

    You continue to go on and on about these offensive numbers, among others, as if ucla has faced top-flight Ds. I'm not suggesting ucla lacks talent, this goes w/out saying, but it remains a fact that they've yet to be tested. Their sole game to which they can point was their game against nu....nebraska is a shell of what they were back in the day and you people need to understand, it's no great feat to go into memorial stadium and whoop them. Their D has been an enormous source of embarrassment for years now! They've continued right where they left off last season w/a triple-digit Total-D ranking!

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Re : Cletus

    Give it up. Mildred in Fillmore has already done this, and better. Your shtick is not original and not funny.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Utes will spank the ucla tonight because we have a hiesman trophy canidate quarterback playing for us tonight. Just look at his stats laster year because that tells all. Write it down now as you read this for sure.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Chris B,
    I do not claim to speak for all BYU fans but I do not feel the need to hide even if the Utes find a way to win tonight and I will be here to give my congrats just like I did after Utah beat my Cougs!!! I still think that UCLA is the better team and will win tonight!!! Good luck tonight! Utah is still looking for their first win against a team out of the State and bigger then the BYU win!!!LOL

    UCLA 70
    Utah 14

  • IrieUte west valley, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    The temperature will be about what it is in L.A at night in mid January. If UCLA keeps their starters in all game long, they just might be gasping for breath come 4th quarter.

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Nicely done a Bruin, we shall see. Looking forward to this Thursday night, center stage, matchup! Sometimes comments are taken out of context. Let's revisit this after the game, I think it will be a hard fought close game, but I have been wrong before: once or twice! When it comes to college football, anything is possible!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:51 a.m.


    Let me try to explain my thoughts. And it does not mean they are right by any means. I have seen every UCLA and every Utah game this year. Having watched the games, I like UCLA's Offense and Defense better. I think we are faster on both sides of the ball. This is only from what I have seen. I think UCLA is that much better, of course I am biased. I am a UCLA fan. I know we have not played the toughest competition, so a measuring stick may be flawed. But I honestly believe we are 24 points better. Now with that said, it is impossible to compare two teams until they are on the same field. I could be dead wrong, and if I am. I will be here tomorrow and give my props to the Utes, I promise. Also, with this weather, I am thinking this game will be a lot closer than some are thinking. The last time we were here and played in bad weather, we got bombed. Seriously, good luck to your Utes, I do hope my Bruins win. It will be closer, I agree.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Odds are the Bruins win this one. But you cant blame a Ute fan for going with his heart in this one. It will be a close game, weather may or may not effect the outcome, and a lucky bounce either way certainly could.

    Go Utes! 38-34

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:40 a.m.


    Utah beat the best from the SEC when they dumped Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. How did your Ducks fare against the SEC in BCS bowls? Do tell.

    @ Bruin

    A 7 point game is far more realistic then a 24 point game. We shall see.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    It's an honor to have the nationally ranked UCLA Bruins coming to RES. Good luck to both teams.
    If the Utes can pull it off, it will be their biggest win since the Sugar Bowl. Go Utes.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    People keep talking about Vegas odds, it opened at 3, it is now as high as 7 at Sportsbook. Some also keep talking about how last year the Utes only lost 21-14. Hey, I admit, Utah has all but owned UCLA from 2007 to 2011. Also, last years game was 21-7 until Utah scored with 3 minutes to go in the 4th. It was really not as close as some may think. I know watching last years game. I was not worried at all about Utah coming back. However, it is a new year, a new game, and we are at Utah tonight. I admit, I don't like the weather for this one, but we just have to play. I still like our chances.


  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    Utes will win 27-24. Enough said!!

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    J-Tex, if you are really a Duck fan living in Texas, why in the world would you spend time trolling Utah articles on a Utah based paper/website? Me thinks you are a Y fan in disguise as no Duck fan I know, especially one that doesn't live in Utah, would spend time leaving countless anti Utah remarks. Though that makes you no different than myriad of fans of other teams that have popped up the last couple of years (AKA BYU fans in poor disguise) trolling Utah articles. Sad really; too ashamed to claim your real team. Go Utes.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:46 a.m.


    "Utah's season will be over with nothing but the annual pillow fight in the Rockies to look forward to."

    I really have to hand it to byu fans...no one in the country knows better what it's like to have their season end after the first game. LOL!!

    Did you enjoy the Virginia game, SportsAuthority?

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Good thing Ducks like the rain, Chris. Have fun after the Autzen slaughter....

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Where will all you byu fans be hiding when Utah wins tonight?

    Get your crow ready

    Utah 27
    UCLA 24

    I'll be there tonight, rain or shine.

    Will U?

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 3, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Utah is lucky to be in the South, where there is only one good team, UCLA. In the North, Oregon is the class, followed by Washington (this year) and Stanford. Utah has the bad luck to play UO and Stanford this year, both games will leave them crying. Every team on the remaining Ute schedule is capable of beating Utah - even Colorado, if recent history is any indication.

    Hard to understand where all the Ute arrogance comes from. Oh, yeah, 4-0 against BYU. Well, THAT'S an accomplishment.....Good thing U won your bowl game already, because I doubt there is another one in your future this year.

    - A Ducks Fan

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 3, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Utah lost by 7 last year at UCLA. The spread is 6 points. Those are realistic numbers. A 28 point prediction carries about as much weight as a Chris B prediction. Utah has played UCLA very tough over the last 3 meetings, I don't see that changing tonight. When you post outlandish predictions the knowledgable fan is going to call you out on it.


  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Mildred may I remind you that your beloved cougars have already lost to the only PAC12 team on their schedule. That's four in a row and three more years to go. LOL!

  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 5:24 a.m.

    I hope Utah can show up to the game. However I think UCLA pulls this one out unless our corners can get a couple of turnovers. UCLA is much more of a rounded team than Utah is.

    Go Utes!!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:44 p.m.


    If you have been here this week on all the UCLA Utah articles, you know I picked that score all week. I did not pick the same as anyone else. I picked my score. I have pitched my UCLA faithfulness on this site for years. And I can't see myself as a BYU homer since I also picked Utah to win the game against Utah.

    Good luck to your Utes, here's to a good game.


  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    Saratoga Springs, UT

    I ama huge UCLA fan, have been since I ever watched football when I was a kid. I like UCLA of course in this game. I have picked a score of UCLA 45 Utah 17, but man this weather is starting to scare me. I still like my Bruins but dang why could this game not be played in good weather.



    You ironically picked the same score as TheSportsAuthority who is a known die hard BYU homer who jumps to any bandwagon that plays Utah. Why? Because his team has no chance to "beat" so he jumps from team to team that might.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:11 p.m.


    Utah 20
    BYU 13

    BYU lost it's Super Bowl, with nothing but pillow fights across America for the next 3 years to look forward to.

    Good luck!

    As far as Utah, Vegas likes UCLA by 5 points. It will be close game I think if Utah wins the TO margin then Utah 38 UCLA 30.

    Go UTES!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    I ama huge UCLA fan, have been since I ever watched football when I was a kid. I like UCLA of course in this game. I have picked a score of UCLA 45 Utah 17, but man this weather is starting to scare me. I still like my Bruins but dang why could this game not be played in good weather.


  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    UCLA 48
    Utah 13

    Rose Bowl bound? PAC-12 South bound? The only thing more pathetic than the entire state of Utah is anyone thinking that Utah is anything but 11th or 12th place this year. If Colorado wasn't on their schedule, I'd predict a defeated PAC-12 schedule this year for Utah.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    We will win ucla by 43 points. We are in a bcs conference.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 2, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Utah 28
    UCLA 24

    Sorry BYU fans you will have to wait another week and pull for Utahs next opponent. Something you will do all season since all authorities know BYU can't beat Utah

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Oct. 2, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    Utah 3 turnovers
    UCLA 1 turnover

    UCLA 45
    Utah 17

    Utah's season will be over with nothing but the annual pillow fight in the Rockies to look forward to.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    As a fan of football, I'm just hoping for a good game. Let's hope both teams bring their A game!

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    I like the Bruins in this one. They have a defense like BYU and an offense that can score in about 50 different ways. Turnovers could be a huge key in this one. I think the Utes need to get at least 4 to win this one. The Utes are a long ways from contending for the crown. They may win the South in the Pac 12 but the overall title is out of the question at least for the foreseeable future. No offense to the Utah fans, it's just an opinion.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    BYU would win the PAC 12. That is why we weren't invited.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:57 p.m.


    Seriously? At 0-4...? I have one word for you: Shhhhhhhhhhh!

    Go Utes!

  • mountainflying Logan, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Eddie..How does it feel to know that your lowly little Cougs can't beat the Utes!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    Where are all the ute trolls? Oh, that's right, they are al over on the BYU articles commenting on that team that they have "moved on" from. Have fun getting your buns handed to you tomorrow! No Rose Bowl or Bowling again this year. Maybe you need one of those life alert things....."we've fallen and we can't get up!" It' down there in the basement, isn't it!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    It's going to be a cold stormy night - perfect scenario for Utah.

    I'm calling it now:

    UCLA 3 turnovers
    Utah 1 turnover

    Utah 27
    UCLA 24

    And Utah will be ranked in the top 25!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Things I've said since the preseason:

    1. Utah would beat usu(done)
    2. Utah would beat byu(Done)
    3. Utah would go 8-4(well on our way)
    4. the Utah/UCLA winner would win the Pac 12 South

    And at home, I like our chances.

    Utah 27
    UCLA 24

    Mark it Down

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Win Thursday = Pac 12 South title

    That's been my opinion since before the season began

    And for those who say Utah wont win, you are the people who said Utah wouldn't beat usu and wouldn't byu.

    And those turned out just great!

    Go Utes!

    Onward and Upward