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Published: Sunday, Oct. 6 2013 7:23 p.m. MDT

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

ASU is a more winnable game than they appear on paper. They are traditionally not nearly as tough on the road as at home. That is looking like the case again this year in both their road games. Every one of the teams on the schedule have enough high caliber players to beat the Utes, but the Utes have what it takes to beat any of them, save Oregon.

Ken
Sandy, UT

With the best in salt lake. As usual.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@stg

utah has no chance at all to beat stanford, don't delude yourself. I do agree with you that asu is not as good as some have given them credit for being but I will remind you that they have absolutely owned utah in the first two years in the pac12, more than any other team, even usc.

I think utah might, might, win 6 games and get to a bowl game. But I wouldn't be surprised in the least if they lose all of the remaining games on their schedule. Not one of them is anything that resembles a game utah will be heavily favored in, in fact they might only be favored in one of them, cu at home. That isn't even a sure thing though as cu looks improved and utah has struggled against them as well.

It is a tough road, I'll readily admit it, and one I don't see utah as being all that capable of navigating.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ken

That game in salt lake certainly won't be the "best" game. That one has far more likelyhood of the home team being absolutely curb stomped than any other game on Saturday. Although I suppose that might be a matter of preference as some people will enjoy watching that occur. I myself will be down on LES and will just have to get the updates on the embarrassment in salt lake.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Duck, you apparently don't remember that as lopsided as the final score in 2011 was, Utah handled ASU and led for most of the game, before giving the Devils short field after short field to score on with three quick turnovers. That was Jon Hays' first career start when he was playing his worst ball of his short career. Last year they absolutely dominated Utah in Tempe, the only game all year that Utah was not even competitive in, and that further supports my point of their homefield advantage. I won't say Utah should be favored in that game, but the only way I see them getting "owned" is if they fail to contain Will Sutton. He's the one guy on that team that shows up to play no matter where they're at.

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

If by "best game" you mean the one that will provide the most exciting competition, it ain't gonna be up at RES. But if you're looking for comedy, then yeah, that ought to be the best game.

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Duck- as a cougar fan you are an expert on being embarrassed in salt lake (and Provo). It's only been a week and you seem to have already forgotten the latest in the series of BYU losses to the Utes.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Duckhunter
Utah just narrowly lost to the 12th ranked team in the nation and you think they can go the rest of the way winless. Uh huh...

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Georgia Tech is a big time opponent ya'll.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

It's good to see Duckhunter back with us. I am glad you recovered bro.

idaho cougar fan
Twin Falls, ID

It is going to be a tough week for Utah teams. USU would probably have been a favorite over BSU with Chuckie, but will now be an underdog. Utes will be dogs as well. BYU might be a small favorite, but I see that game being very close. I would love to see all 3 come away with wins, but 1-2 is probably best case scenario.

PS: Even though I live in Idaho, I would rather see USU beat BSU. BSU fans are almost as annoying as Utah fans.

Just Smiling
BOUNTIFUL, UT

How can these be 3 big time programs? Why are you trying to make a BYU schedule or USU schedule look similar to Utah's schedule? NONE of the teams BYU plays for the rest of the year are currently ranked in the top 25. Georgia Tech hasn't been a ranked team for years. Man it is embarrassing to compare playing Standord to playing either unranked Georgia Tech or unranked Boise State. I'm looking forward to how you try to make the November 16th games look similar and equally challenging when Utah plays Oregon and BYU plays Idaho State.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Duck
I think utah might, might, win 6 games and get to a bowl game. But I wouldn't be surprised in the least if they lose all of the remaining games on their schedule

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In the off-season I said if Utah is a horrible team then they will win the 3 gimme games Weber, BYU, Colorado and finish 3-9.

To my surprise so far even with a minus 8 in turnovers Utah was able to compete against OSU and #11 UCLA. Even ESPN noticed: "Utah won’t make things easy in the South: The conference record might not show it, but Utah is a pretty good football team."

Who knows, ESPN could be wrong and you could be spot on. You'll have you answer on Saturday.

IMO if Utah doesn't turn the ball over 3+ times then we have a great shot at an upset.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

The highest ranked team; at the end of the season, ever to play in Utah was BYU, Number 1 in 1984.

Miami did not finish the 1990 season ranked #1.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Utah will play tough against Stanford. They will lose by only ten.

BYU will easily handle GT at home, in the cold altitude of Provo by a team led by Spirit, Tradition and Honor. GT is a nationally respected program, better than Boise but no where near Stanford in power this year.

USU will be by far the most important of the three matchups. USU should win the last five games without Keaton. Its the Boise game that isn't so sure. If they manage to take the contest USU should coast to the division title to face Fresno for the championship.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Since I can't find ESPNU, I will have to watch the Stanford and Boise State games.

Where is Hadley?
Salt Lake, UT

A win over Stanford would be the tipping point for Utah in our new conference. The first couple years we were beaten pretty handily by all the best teams, but now after seeing the Oregon State and UCLA games it clear we're moving closer and closer towards being on par with just about everyone in the conference.

I think if the guys control the turnovers we will pull off the upset.

Bartholemew T. Benedict the III
Salt Lake, UT

If the refs had called about half of the holding penalties against UCLA the game would have been much different. For some reason their offensive line was allowed to tackle our defensive line with rarely a penalty called.

Pac 12 Pride
Salt Lake, UT

Duck and all other byu fans predicted UCLA winning by 30. They also predicted a byu win over USU and a USU win over Utah. So their track record isn't very good. I am feeling pretty optimistic about this game.

Pac 12 Pride
Salt Lake, UT

Duck,

Big 12 call yet?

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