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Published: Sunday, Oct. 20 2013 6:00 p.m. MDT

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West Jordan, Utah

The three close losses Utah has suffered have been tough to swallow. Each loss followed a event of adversity for Wilson. First it was OSU during the week Wilson lost his best friend who passed on. Then it was UCLA where Wilson was in bed sick for three days. Finally it was at Arizona where Wilson's hand injury had gotten worse during the week and the Ute coaches knew it (only 9 passes in the first half before needing to change to the back up in order to play from behind and throw the ball). Utah is a good team but they are young inexperienced and injury stricken.

Utah is a year away from from being an experienced senior laden club with a second year under Erickson if he sticks around.

Highland, UT

I'm sure the excuses are being cued up, and that is what they are. Yes there are always reasons teams lose, and the fine line between reasons and excuses is sometimes hard to see when you are blinded by fandom, but so far all I've seen are excuses, and more to come if wilson is out.

During the offseason whittingham declared that he had "two qb's in the upper echelon of the pac12" and we have been told over and over again how utah is now "loaded" at qb, that their freshman recruits are as good as they get and so on.

I expect the qb "issues" to not even be brought up based on those proclamations by whittingham and utah "fans", unless all 4 of them have their seasons ended by injury. Then there will be an actual "reason".

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad that any player is sidelined with an injury. I hope TW returns soon and can play.

Ducky, Erickson only sticks around for one year. He has done this before with sub-par teams and I see him gone next year. He wants to coach at a championship program and unfortunately utah is not that place. I agree with your comment on the QB situation. We will see if they are loaded at qb like Whit says. Just because u has warm bodies at qb does not mean they can play at this level.

Congrats to BYU for hard fought, but very sloppy win.

West Jordan, Utah


I mostly agree. A teams record is what they are so to speak is what I am getting from your comment here. That is well taken from me. There is more insight on a teams situation for fans of any team when looking at the program's trend though (up or down).

I see Utah as a young team that is 4-3. Taking away the Weber State game, Utah is 3-3 against competitive teams. The three wins (USU, BYU, & Stanford) were close ones and the three losses were the same way. Because it's hard to compare records with schedules and conferences, we have various forms of rankings. That said, I see most of them as skewed in a corrupt college landscape. I see Utah as a good young football team loaded with injuries at key spots. But I digress.

Still, I wouldn't go so far as to say "all you have seen is excuses" from me or other Ute fans. It's not like BYU fans don't do this type of thing. Look at the Virginia and Utah games for example. Do you realize that excuses and venting were endless for those losses from Cougar fans.

West Jordan, Utah

@ Duckhunter

Go read my reply to you on page three of the 'Comments about Utah football: Utes fall at Arizona, 35-24'

I think you will see more of what I am saying. I submit it meets your opposition at the halfway point so to speak.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

If Wilson don't get hurt we would of won them by 52.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Shulz looked great I thought. We have the "problem" now of too many good QB's, whereas a few years ago we couldn't find a single one. I think the team truly does have confidence in either guy, whereas before when we said that we didn't really mean it.

Go Utes!
Onward and Upward

Clinton/Davis, UT

This looks like a Utah State problem now. Hurt QB sounds like no wins left for the Utes this year. Your defense will be on the field way too long and just get beat up. Maybe Chucky and Wilson can share stories for the rest of the season. Hopefully Wilson can get better and play some more games this year.

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

LOL at my little sister's spin this morning.

Let's review her predictions:

Guaranteed win over Arizona: Arizona 35 Utah 24
8-4 record: at 4-3, with @USC, ASU, and @Oregon up next, not a chance
PAC South contender: at 1-3, and likely 1-6, not a chance
Rose Bowl contender: the Utes will be lucky to be bowl eligible

Once again, the only thing the Utes have to look forward to is the annual pillow fight in the Rockies to determine who gets to spend the long cold winter in the PAC basement.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

It makes no difference who's at QB, this team can not win a conference road game, and after 3 years in the PAC 12; that's pretty sad. At this point, just win a road game, then maybe we can think about a bowl game. Until then, nothing is for certain. The Arizona loss was about as dissapointing as they come. The Arizona schools are pretty much in the middle of the PAC 12, and Utah can't beat them. Sad, but true.

West Jordan, UT

UCLA was overrated; Stanford was and still is overrated; Utah's win over Stanford just wasn't that impressive, but now showing their lack of depth, Utah is just a mediocre team at best. Beware of the Colorado Buffalos...they will win in the "rival" game with Utah!

Brad J
West Jordan, UT

@Chris B

Is Utah ranked yet?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Spokane Ute

"this team can not win a conference road game"


Utah hasn't had a road win versus a PAC team with a winning record since 1996, at, ironically, Stanford 17-10.

The Utes even struggled to beat 11-loss Colorado 42-35 on the road last season, and were lucky to beat Washington St on the road in 2011.

Hyrum, UT

Give credit where credit is due. Travis and his backup each played approximately half the game each. Travis had the Utes down 2 or 3 scores when he left. His backup came in and eventually gave Utah their only lead of the game and did so without any interceptions and with better stats than Wilson had. There is a valid reason the players have confidence in him.

Congratulations to Chris B for making an entire comment without including a dig at BYU. Doesn't happen often. But when it does, it shows signs of improvement and some maturity.

Plano, TX

Does someone have details information to share as to exactly what Wilson's hand injury is ?


Yes indeed three close losses with an objective excuse for each. But alas, also three close wins when each team had a chance to win in the waning moments ie BYU, Utah State and Stanford. Luck goes both ways and 50% is about all one can ask for.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Hochmut

Stanford and UCLA are overrated? haha! Just a typical BYU fan trying to discredit our conference and our strength of schedule. After losing to Utah, Stanford just cleaned #9 ranked UCLA's clock. If there is an overrated team in college football this year it's Texas and Boise State. Oh and BYU still lost to Utah making it 4 in a row and 9 of the last 12. Utah OWNS BYU!

Samurai Jake
Salt Lake City, UT

Tough losses, both the game and the quarterback. Now we know firsthand how Utah State feels. It doesn't help when TDS wins a sloppy shootout with Houston, after the Houston receiver dropped an easy touchdown in the end zone that would have given them the victory.

This is why I took up golf!

Cheyenne, WY

Samurai Jake
Just to clarify the Houston receiver dropped a two point conversion which could have changed the game.
BYU also threw a pick in the endzone.
Utah would have won (I think) with a healthy qb.
But don't comment on another game you must not have payed much attention to.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

LOL at all these Y fans on hear beating their chest after barely getting by a very weak Houston team. There is not a more delusional fan base in all of college football. Aren't we that team you lost to again this year for the 4th time in a row?

No excuses for me hear. We didn't play well. Period. Our coaches need to do a better job of getting our team ready. Arizona played great.


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