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Published: Saturday, Oct. 26 2013 10:45 p.m. MDT

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Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

All mocking aside, let Wilson get healed and he will be fine. The kid has talent and heart. Nothing but respect for Travis Wilson.

Dave Matthews
Sammamish, WA

Wilson is our best bet. Keep him in. He's not even the league leader in interceptions.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

The state of Utah football is in a sorry state.

Utah looks grossly overmatched. And no other team in Utah can even beat Utah

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Well let's go back to Friday April 12th of this year in an article right here in the Dnews written by Dirk Facer titled "Utah Football Notebook: QB battle is 'very close'"

I brought this up pre season and utah "fan" u 90 had a meltdown over it calling for "proof, links, and evidence". Well here it is again.

"We've got two guys that we think are really very capable quarterbacks in the Pac-12 and maybe even upper echelon,".... said Whittingham,....Whittingham also had praise for quarterback Brandon Cox....He showed us enough this spring for us to realize that we've got something special there," Whittingham said."

Hmmm...."upper echelon"? "Something special"? I'm just wondering when all this "upper echelon"ness and "something special"ness is going to manifest itself?

When can I "mark it down" christina?

JDS1
St George, UT

Someone find Chase Hansen out there in the mission field and get him home. He's the Utes best chance.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

Chris B,
Just because Utah is now 4-4 overall and 1-4 in conference and likely to miss bowling for the second year in a row and BYU is 6-2 and got an official invite to a bowl game and just killed BSU a team Utah has never beaten, does not mean that football in Utah is in a sorry state!!! Utah was the better team in Sept. but BYU has moved onward and upward and Utah has not!!! Good luck in your last 4 games, you can always look back and say you were better for one night in Sept.!!!

Rise Up!!!
Go Cougs!!!

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

But the prestige of the conference makes it all worth it! Remember the good old years?

Having one good game against a Stanford like team gets all of the fan expectations out of control. Some guys claiming Utah would beat USC because USC was playing their 3rd string. Then Utah only scores 3 points the entire game! The "prestige" is quickly wearing off as Utah continually scrapes the bottom of the pac 12 barrel. The fans can at least hang their hat on the fact that they beat what it turning into a really good BYU team. Until next year and the year after that when they don't play.

Now what?

Wilson is decent QB that just needs to heal but it seems like we are always saying something like that. Remember the Wynn years?

Darth Vader
Ogden, UT

Too many injuries on the offensive side of the ball without experienced back-ups. Tough to get experience when the 1's play most of every game.

Utah needs to schedule more teams that that they have proven that they can beat on a regular basis (Pitt, Georgia Tech, BYU, Utah St, Idaho St, Weber St, etc).

Why do you schedule the best of the MWC (Fresno St) and a BIG10 power (Michigan). You already play 9 Pac-12 games and are beat into submission.

You should play BYU and Utah State every year. BYU the last game so you can recover from the emotional hangover.

ekute
Layton, UT

Chris,

Well put. A rematch in fight hunger bowl would be a great way to get things started into the 2014 season. Go Utes.

No Way
Santaquin, UT

@ChrisB

Not with Pac12 officials...

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

"The state of Utah football is in a sorry state".

Only for some. BYU is performing at a high level and will probably end the season ranked before they go bowling. Things are great in Provo. I know this is hard when all you care about is your Utes, but it's true. Btw Chris B did you check out Houston destroying Rutgers on the road, or Texas' beat down of TCU? Ya, BYU looks just fine...nice try at hiding your myopic point of view though, "LOL".

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ekute

If utah even manages to make it to a bowl game they will not be good enough to be in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. That bowl is reserved for a team that will finish much higher in the standings than utah will. utah's best chance for any bowl is the new mexico bowl. Good luck even getting there.

ekute
Layton, UT

duck,

I still like our chances. Your predictions and prognostications are no better than Chris's. Whatever bowl we go to will be better earned than byu's. Go Utes.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Reno Cougs Fan 68
This is not your older brothers' Boise team... and then they lost their QB so they were even worse before they even got to BYU.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ekute

I don't make many predictions but I do actually look at things like standings and which bowl gets which seed etc. Perhaps you should try to do the same thing before spouting whatever it is that enters your mind.

The pac12 has 7 bowl tie ins with the kraft fight hunger getting the 6th pick. utah currently sits in the 10th overall spot in the pac12 as it pertains to bowl seeding. It is 1 full game back from a tie for 8th place with uw and wsu, it is 2 full games back from a 7th place tie with ariz, usc, and ucla, all teams it lost to that all own the tiebreaker over utah so that actually gives them a 3 game lead on utah for the 7th spot.

For utah to get the kraft fight hunger bowl spot they need to go at least 3-1 over their last 4 games while having arizona, usc, and ucla all go 1-3 and wsu and uw going no better than 2-2.

It is really just a matter of math. You should try it.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I think Schulz is a perfectly capable QB when he plays to his strengths. Read options are not one of them. I put yesterday's loss more on the coaching than on ineptitude at the QB position. You have to be resolved enough to tell your star that he is of no benefit to the team if his hand won't let him throw an accurate pass. And then you have to be flexible enough to make an offense that the guy you go to can run efficiently. If they want to use the same offense, Cox would probably be the better man for the position than Schulz.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Duck, there is no such thing as "bowl seeding." Bowls make invites. We've been over this before, and you still make up your own concept on it.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

"This is not your older brothers' Boise team... and then they lost their QB so they were even worse before they even got to BYU."
BYU does very well against teams that don't have their starting quarterback. With Wilson injured, no wonder Cougar fans want a rematch. Of course, in '12 the Utes 2nd string QB beat BYU, so maybe its not a given that they'd win the rematch...

ekute
Layton, UT

SoonerUte,

There's no question that Utah would win a rematch in a bowl game. Wilson has 2 weeks to heal his hand, then the Utes are right back to being the improving team that beat Stanford. hill has improved his passing game but Utah's pass defense has also improved. As a new member, the Utes still struggles to compete in the most competitive conference in the nation but remain head and shoulders above byu when it comes to athletes and coaches. Go Utes!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@stg

Sure the bowls can invite whichever team they want but do you really think a bowl is going to invite a worse team with a worse record and a smaller fanbase? Please explain that one to us?

Why would the Kraft Fight Hunger bowl invite a 6 win utah team over a 7 or 8 win Washington, Arizona, USC, or ASU team especially when utah has lost to all of them that they played? Bowls usually prefer to take the ....you know....better team.

The only scenario I could see where the kraft fight hunger bowl would choose utah over a better team with a better record is if they actually think a rematch with BYU is an attractive gate and tv draw. And that of course is purely because of BYU already being in that bowl game as they would never pick an inferior utah team over one of those other teams except for that scenario.

And there is seeding by the way, each bowl chooses based on their position in the pecking order, that is seeding, the kraft fight hunger is the 6th pick, or 6th seed, in the pac12 bowl pecking order.

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