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  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    @Ken Lee:

    The attempted spinnings of YbU fans are comical. It's embarrassing to lose to your bitter rival. Even more embarrassing, are all the comments and spins about what might happen if they played again, who was statistically better, who dominated back in the day, blah blah blah.

    The harsh reality is this, folks: 0-4, no superbowl for Van Noy and Co., no bragging rights until the fall of '16, and I'm sorry, but playing the "we have more wins at the end of the seaon" card is meaningless against primarily weak opponents. Outside of Utah, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, a grossly overrated (and nonranked) Texas squad, and Houston, your other opponents bring little credibility to your schedule.

  • Ken Lee Pasadena, CA
    Oct. 8, 2013 2:04 a.m.

    All these Utes will point again to BYU as their "quality" win. This becomes comical as they belittle the Cougs then point to the win with pride. Oh sure, the Utes may have some moral victories where they lose close games but they will end sub .500 again ....still feeling very good about themselves. You know, feeling good about yourself is important when the liklihood of ever being ranked again is near zero. A total of 7 end of season rankings in program history....the Cougs have 6 since 2000. Anyone can see which program is real. The days of the Utes being meaningful are over....just as they got started :(

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    Stanford 31 Utah 21--Utes will put up a game effort but Stanford is simply better.

    Boise State 27 USU 10--I agree with some of the one poster, USU wins a close game with Keeton, but without him Boise is too much. Too much defense and too much coaching I'm afraid.

    BYU 31 GA Tech 14--Bottom line, nobody rushes the ball well, with a rare, rare exception, on Bronco's defenses. GA Tech is a run-oriented team. At home the Cougars should handle the Rambling Wreck.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    Duck: "utah "fans" tell us all of the time that the unforced scoop and score utah got on BYU blah blah blah..."

    Utah "fans" are not having this conversation, you and I are, so spare me all the garbage that others may say, trying to pass it off as my own. I never said BYU got "owned" by Utah over the last two years. You were the one who made the uneducated proclamation of Utah getting "owned" by ASU. I led you to the water of logic and reason, but your own stubbornness and desperate defensiveness is what kept you from drinking.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    I have to correct you...

    ASU has owned the utes for more than just the past two years? LOL... The head to head record for the past 40 years between the two schools is ASU 11 wins - utah 1 win...

    So I don't think it matters what field the two teams play on.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    @go red

    The utes need to hang on to that one single game against Alabama for all they got, because that is the one and only big time victory that they have... Milk it, milk it, milk it. (Only I think the poor cow is dry)...

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    @pac12pride...

    funny how it's never "utah pride", but then, I guess there is a reason for that.

    The odds makers actually had utah with a +6... ucla is not suppose to be very good this year and outside of their win at Nebraska (who also is not that good this year) they really have much to crow about... I personally thought that UCLA would win by 10 and I darn near hit it on the button... I have some friends who mad alot of money with utah not covering the spread...

    BYU did beat USU... Handily... And if not for the PAC officials USU may have gotten utah again this year... As it was, it was less than a one possession game...

    So I fail to see where the BYU fans were so far off on their projections.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    @sportsfan

    "Utah has never beaten a Top 5 team, EVER!"

    Alabama was #1 for 1 1/2 months prior to the Sugar Bowl, and came into the Sugar Bowl ranked in the Top 5.

    So much for your credibility.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Imagine that... None of the national networks want to pick up the Stanford - Utah game... And Stanford is rated number 5 in the country... Wonder why? Are they thinking it is going to be a blowout?

    Projection:

    Stanford 49 Utah 17 (ouch)

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    @pac 12 joke

    I didn't predict anything about the BYU utah game. Interesting you would just make that up in a desperate attempt to try and make a "point".

    LOL!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    Tators

    Re: "most of the objective football world also feels that BYU would beat Utah in a re-match"

    This is hilarious, I didn't realize the entire objective football world had been polled two weeks following the Utah / BYU game to find out which team they thought would win in a rematch.

    Some of you guys belong on stage, that is flat out the funniest thing I've read on these threads in a long time.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    Uteology

    Miami in 1990 and USC in 2004 were both ranked #1 when they played BYU in LES - BYU split with them, beating Miami (which was the defending NC and finished #3 in 1990), and losing to USC (which finished #1 in 2004).

    Ironically, the highest ranked team ever to play in RES was #3 BYU in 1984, which beat Utah 24-14.

    Not much there to crow about if you're a Utah fan.

    Utah has never beaten a Top 5 team, EVER!

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    Oct. 7, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    Are BYU fans still trying re-play the Utah game? Give it up! Utah may not be a great team this year, but they proved they're better than the Y. I'm a Cougs fan, but I'll root for both.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    @tatortots:

    Thanks for the laugh! Attempt to try and claim some sort of moral victory! 0-4, bud! lol

    Here's my version: Utah did beat BYU a few weeks ago (and for the fourth consecutive rivalry game). But the so-called professional college football analysts at team down south currently don't think they got beat again. Unfortunately, Taysom Hill had not shown enough improvement despite an entire off season and bye-week to prepare to change the minds of the Ute defensive experts. Sorry Tators, but you're going to have to live with the current facts as they are, and always will be, on this one: 0-4, no hope for bragging rights until at least the fall of 2016, a complete sweep for the Ute seniors, and even ESPN suggesting that the Cardinal will need their best game.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    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.

    --------------

    But USC did:

    9/18 Southern California (13-0) 42 BYU 10

  • el guapito Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    Utes have already won their bowl game for the year. Nothing else really matters to them. Too bad they won't have another bowl game until they once again play BYU.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    @ BigUtahFan:

    Since USA Today and the latest Sagarin College Football rankings came out today with BYU ranked 5 places better than Utah (#29 compared to #34), most of the objective football world also feels that BYU would beat Utah in a re-match. I'm inclined to believe they are much more objective and knowledgable than either Utah or BYU fans with their respecive biases... and certainly much more objective than you.

    Utah did beat BYU a few weeks ago. But the professional college football analysts currently don't think they could do it again. Taysom Hill has shown enough improvement since then to change the minds of the experts. Sorry, but you're going to have to live with the current facts as they are on this one.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    @ UteMiguel:

    It's never embarrassing to lose by a single score on a game that goes to the wire... unless of course a person is looking thru extremely dark colored crimnson glasses. Everyone else sees it as an exciting, competitive matchup.

    Utah thought the game was so "embarrassing" last year that they stormed the field in SLC 3 different times after BYU hit a goal-post in the last play of the game. How is that embarrassing?
    That year and this one, BYU had more yardage and first downs than Utah in their to-the-wire losses. Hardly embarrassing at all. Actually, Ute fan comments are much more embarrassing.

    @ The Rock:

    A simple explanation for your observation... BYU won their game against a #1 team, while Utah did not. BYU knocked their opponent out of first place while Utah did not.

    @ Pac 12 Pride:

    You included "all other BYU fans" in some 30 point prediction statement. Can you name even one besides Duckhunter? Didn't think so. Most just predicted a UCLA win and it did happen. Your gross exaggerations should be a bit embarrassing to you and definitely causes you to lose credibility.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    @Reno Cougs Fan 68

    BYU held Utah to less points scored then UCLA!!!
    Utah did not blow out BYU!!!

    I think if BYU and Utah were to play again the out come would be quite different!!!

    ------------

    Stop it, you say that every year.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    UCLA went up in the polls after a narrow win over Utah.

    Texas was ridiculed for being embarrassed by an unworthy opponent that lost to Virginia.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    @Hochmut

    Actually it's BYU that's a footnote to the BCS (see 1984).

    "BYU still seems to be the program the other schools wish they were"

    So true, see Idaho and New Mexico State.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 7, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Two top 20 programs have already come to Utah this season. One escaped with a win, the other got knocked clean out of the top 20.

    Come on, BYU fans! Let's cheer for the Utes to become bowl eligible. Then we can take another shot at them in that Kraft Fight Hunger bowl thing. You know, the risk of losing to Utah twice in one season is worth the chance of wiping that smug, arrogant, holier than thou (did I get them all?) look off their faces.

    And wouldn't it be delicious? Utah could spend the rest of the regular season bad-mouthing any bowl that isn't played in Pasadena, warming up to the KFH bowl after receiving an invitation, then bad mouthing it again afterwards when they lose bragging rights they thought they had secured for three years.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Portland St come to Cedar City.... and WEber travels to Cal Poly

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    "I think if BYU and Utah were to play again the out come would be quite different!!!"

    Bwahahahahaha!

    Good one!

    Go Utes!

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    Three big time programs...!

    Laughable. Comparing the competition that Stanford brings to Salt Lake, against non-ranked Boise State (Boise's not a state!) and non-ranked Georgia Tech, is a far stretch, even by Dessert News standards.

    While I'm biased and hope for a great game at RES, let's be realistic: Stanford is looking solid on all fronts. The Utes will have their hands full from start to finish.

    YbU will not be facing a deflated secondary like they did in Logan. Admit it, once Chuckie was gone, so was the will of the Aggies. Just like your own fans have agreed to, the Texas game was an anomaly. Let's see a repeat passing performance, to avoid having the Logan game written off as the same.

    And the Aggies minus Chuckie look plain beatable. The Broncos shouldn't have too much to overcome.

    Here's to hoping that all three Utah programs put up a good fight.

    Go Utes!

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    I believe, along with Miami in 1990, USC was #1 when they played at BYU in 2004.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Reno Cougs Fan 68,

    That's what you said last year, and the year before, and the year before.....

    I don't want the Utes to ever again play byu, there's nothing to prove, nothing would change.

    Would you respect us more if we let you win? I know you couldn't respect us any less, win or lose.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    PAC 12 Pride,
    BYU held Utah to less points scored then UCLA!!!
    Utah did not blow out BYU!!!
    I think if BYU and Utah were to play again the out come would be quite different!!!

    Go Cougs beat GT!!!

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    PAC 12 Pride,
    Beat a team outside the State of Utah yet?
    Beat a team in your conference this season yet?
    Beat a team with a winning record in your conference yet?
    Moved on from the Utah/BYU game yet?

    Go Cougs beat the yellowjackets!!!

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    So duckhunter calls himself a byu "fan"? Not hardly!!

    Checking several byu sports threads, and not one comment by the duck? And then checking several Utah threads, I counted TEN!! Seems pretty interesting to me. Although it is something I've noticed for quite a while. I rarely comment on byu stories, and if I do, I don't like to be negative. Plus, I don't care about the cougs that much to waste my time.

    Thanks for being so interested in Utah sports. I know being Indy is kind of boring, especially after one loss, not a whole lot left to play for.

    Win or lose for the Utes Saturday, it's still awesome to see how they stack up against top competition. You've got to play the best to be the best, and to see and or prove what your made of. Go Utes!!

  • AZ Ute Scottsdale, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Not fretting much about whether Utah will go to a bowl game or not. Everyone says the best they can do is 6-6. That puts them in a before Christmas Who-Gives-A-Hoot Bowl, which will be nowhere near as prestigious or thrilling as the PAC-12 games they are playing and competing in right up to the final gun right now! I have been a Northwestern fan for many years. Before they started winning, they had to first start losing by less than 50, then by 20, then by a touchdown. It took FOREVER, but they made it. Utes are much closer than that. I figure one more season before they turn close losses into close wins.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    You guys keep talking about ASU barely staying with a bad Utah team in 2011 when Erickson was the coach. Look at what happened last year when Graham coached. Two Very different outcomes. Although I'll give you that the Sun Devils play down to their competition level on the road, I still don't see Utah as a loss for the Sun Devils, especially when by the time ASU comes to down, Utah will have no realistic chance at a bowl game.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Utah will not do well against Stanford. Stanford is legit this year, and they were obviously the better team against WA last Saturday. By the eyeball test, they look much better than UCLA and Oregon ST. With that said, Utah should do well against USC, WSU, CU, and possibly AU too.

    Then our seniors will get their second chance against the U in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

    USU has a decent looking backup in Harrison. However, he will have his work cut out for him against BSU. It's a shame chuckie got hurt.

    BYU will do well against GT, but not as well as they did last year. Still, we will be victorious.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Stanford is absolutely going to annihilate the Utes, it will be a laugher.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Hochmut,

    I went to all of the states and territories of the U.S. and everybody that I talked to knows everything about the Utes. Those that have heard about byu think that it's a WAC school located in N. Idaho and some are even aware of the rivalry they have with Idaho State.

  • Pac 12 Pride Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Duck,

    Interesting you left out what you predicted for the byu Utah game. I'll just say this, Utah has a better chance of beating Stanford that byu did of beating Utah.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    I think it's wonderful that Utah football players will have plenty of downtime in December to study for finals.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    christy

    You were predicting an outright win for Utah over UCLA and blowout losses for BYU to Texas and USU.

    You were also predicting that Utah would be 5-0, ranked in the Top 25, and well on their way to winning the PAC 12 South at this point.

    Considering all of your missed predictions in basketball, your track record in predictions is abysmal. The truth is, the Utes don't stand a chance of beating Stanford, a much better team than the Oregon State and UCLA teams you've already lost to in RES.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    @stg

    If utah gave asu "short field after short field" all that tells us is they weren't good enough to do any better. utah "fans" tell us all of the time that the unforced scoop and score utah got on BYU the year before last was evidence utah was better yet, so are you trying to say utah giving asu "short field after short field" is somehow not a similar thing?

    That said I give utah a chance against asu, asu is not all that good imo, but then utah isn't either so who really knows how it will turn out. But as far as stanford is concerned this weekend, well they are the real thing, they are very good, they far outclass utah there is no comparison. Sure utah might make it semi respectable but that is not the same as actually having a chance to win. And no I do not think BYU would have any more of a chance of beating them than utah does so save the outrage.

  • Hochmut West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    As a transplant from So Cal, USC and UCLA being my teams for 50 years, I can only view the "rivalry" between the three Utah teams mentioned often as Jr. Highish. On the national stage, Utah State is a footnote at best; Utah is often confused at being BYU; When I lived on the east coast for 6 years, BYU was the only noteable program that was ever mentioned; now that I live in Salt Lake, BYU still seems to be the program the other schools wish they were--it is still about BYU and win or lose, I don't see that changing any time soon. Until Utah wins over UCLA, USC, ASU,and AZ, they will be just a extra win on other PAC12 records.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    @Bartholemew T. Bededict

    Excuses, excuses. The Utes played a great game and you are going to take it away from your team by making excuses. Holding? That must be why Hundley was under pressure all night from the Utes Defense. Don't take a great game away from the Utes by making excuses. I guarantee the players of Utah wouldn't want you doing that either.

    GO BRUINS!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    @pac 12 joke

    I did predict a BYU win over usu and since BYU blew them out it turned out pretty well. I never predicted ucla would win by 30, I just said they'd win although I will admit I thought it would be by a bigger margin than they did. I never predicted usu would beat utah although I thought they might, based on how that game went it is obvious that a usu win wouldn't have been any sort of surprise.

    Do you just make stuff up?

    Also I do not care about the big 12, not one bit, I prefer independence, it is what is best for BYU. So you can make comments like that all you want but it doesn't bother me in the least.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    Everone knows byu is already the best program. All the other try to catch up but never will.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    @ Pac 12 Pride

    Big 12 respect U yet?

  • Pac 12 Pride Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Duck,

    Big 12 call yet?

  • Pac 12 Pride Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    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.

  • Bartholemew T. Benedict the III Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Where is Hadley? Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    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.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 7:27 a.m.

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

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    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.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 7, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2013 1:12 a.m.

    @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

    -------------

    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.

  • Just Smiling BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    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.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    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.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:15 p.m.

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

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    Georgia Tech is a big time opponent ya'll.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    @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...

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Oct. 6, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    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.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Oct. 6, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    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.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    @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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    @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.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    With the best in salt lake. As usual.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 7:52 p.m.

    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.