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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 7:52 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

This team has proven it can beat any team in the nation, by beating a top 10 otherwise undefeated Stanford team.

And yes, this team can lose to many Pac 12 teams.

But I'll take a team that actually has proven that it can beat top 10 teams even if they're inconsistent over a team that has no ability to beat top 10 teams anyday.

Still proud of this team. The future is bright for this program.

Go Utes!

And just think, since we own byu and usu and we struggle in the Pac 12, would either of those teams win a single game in the Pac 12?

sammyg
Springville, UT

I'm so glad things are "very good" in Uteville especially 'on the hill'. They always are!

I like the 'positive' vibe. And who am I doubt Whit? Last year he said...

It's a shame Utes fans aren't feeling too positive right now.

Frozen Chosen
Savage, MN

Yep, those Utes can practice with the best of them. But when it comes to playing well in actual games - not so much.

As to them being able to beat a top 10 team, Stanford will not be in the top 10 by the end of the season so you'll have to hang your bowless hat on something else - like beating BYU! Yipee!

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

Chris B
BYU has beaten 5 to 6 likely bowl teams.
The Utes have beaten 3.
I hope the Utes can improve so I can finally watch them play.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Frozen,

Yes, Stanford will not only be in the top 10 but will play in the Rose Bowl. That will be the second time Whittingham has beat a BCS bowl participant(Alabama, Stanford) and second time he beat an END of season top 10 team.

Know how many times Bronco has beaten a BCS bowl participant and end of season top 10 team?

ZERO!

You have a coach that thinks he's going to win a national title at byu and he's NEVER beaten an end of season top 10 team.

LOL!

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

Great news coming out of the Utes on Travis's condition. Hope they do well from here on out.

As for Chris B's assertion that quote, "But I'll take a team that actually has proven that it can beat top 10 teams even if they're inconsistent over a team that has no ability to beat top 10 teams anyday", well, I know that comment was meant as a dig on BYU. No ability to beat top 10 teams any day Chris? It's too bad you can't show support for your team without denigrating others. Lest you forget, BYU defeated NO.1 Miami years back so it's nothing new to the Cougars. Wish we could all support and be nice to each other. Why is that so hard? Why can't both sides show more kindness, tolerance, and respect towards each other?

Go Cougars! Go Utes! Go Aggies!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Utah needs to turn the good practices into good games. ASU is pivotal. The USC game was extremely dissapointing. The Bye week should help. Come on Utes, let's get to a bowl; any bowl.

GO UTAH
>---->

@Frozen

If Utah doesn't get to a bowl the Stanford and BYU wins won't matter. Either way, Stanford is a better team then BYU; don't kid your self!

TXAfghanVet
Dallas, TX

Know how many times Bronco has not gone to a bowl game?

ZERO!

It looks like there is hole in Kyle's resume, and unless things change quick it's going to get bigger. LOL!

And please, I won't mention 1984 if Chris B. will quit bringing up Alabama.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

@ Chris B.
I would saying Stanford in the Rose Bowl is far from a guarantee.
They still have Oregon, @ USC (not a gimme right?),and Notre Dame.
If Stanford beats Oregon then Oregon will get the Rose Bowl invite.
I would think with you recent history on predictions U would stop.
Stanford could end up there or have three more losses.
Bronco actually has 2 potential BCS bowl participants this year.
Houston, Texas.
Intelligent judgements can be made at the end of the year.

Fred Vader
Oklahoma City, OK

"And just think, since we own byu and usu and we struggle in the Pac 12, would either of those teams win a single game in the Pac 12?"

Well, looking at the three teams PAC 10/12 W - L records over the past 10 years, including so far this year:

BYU Winning percentage over PAC 10/12 = .428 (21 games - 9 wins)*

UoU Winning percentage over PAC 10/12 = .424 (33 games - 14 wins)

USU Winning percentage over PAC 10/12 = .250 (4 games - 1 win)

Looks like BYU and USU wouldn't do any worse than U if they were in the PAC, and may even be doing slightly better.

*Interesting that BYU has played almost as many PAC 10/12 games as U over the past 10 years, but isn't in the PAC.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

BigSamoan,

You had to go back 20 years to find the last time byu beat an end of season top 10 team?

LOL

As I said, Bronco thinks he's going to win a national title, and yet hes' NEVER even beaten a single top 10 end of season team.

LOL!

slcjimmy
SLC, UT

@ BeSmart...Take the advice you have choosen for your handle and be just that before posting any more ridiculous pie in the sky Utah County nonsense! Chris B never mentioned "potential" BCS coaching victories for Bronco rather current victories over BCS teams. If you're hanging your hat on Houston & Texas good luck! Similar to hanging your hat on the 1984 season! Do you people realize that's the reason for the BCS? I'm assuming probably not.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

slcjimmy
I am talking about this season.
What do the Utes hang their hat on 2008 and 2004?
Two of their weakest schedules in history?
First the Bowl alliance was created (by power conferences) to try to determine the national champion. It failed because of disputed championships (BYU played a role in 1996 because some said BYU was good enough to have a shot at the title)
The BCS was created to do the same thing but failed due to having multiple undefeated teams that did not have a shot at the national title.
The playoff system is even worse because it can not even have every champion in the power conferences.
Please cite where BYU is the reason
"The BCS was formed in 1998, when the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pacific-10 and Southeastern conferences and the University of Notre Dame contracted with the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls. In 2004, the BCS was expanded to increase access for all FBS conferences. At that time, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Western Athletic conferences joined in administering the BCS"
So they created it because of BYU 14 years after the fact?

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Fred Vader Since when has 21 become almost 33?

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

Chris B

"You had to go back 20 years to find the last time BYU beat an end of season top 10 team?"

Remind us how many years Utah has to go back to find the last time Utah finished #1 in both the AP and Coaches polls.

Remind us how many years Utah has to go back to find the last time Utah beat the #1-ranked, defending national champions.

Remind us how many years Utah has to go back to find the last Utah player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Remind us how many years Utah has to go back to find the last Utah player to be inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame.

We could go on and on, but it's obvious that when you have no history of your own, the only thing you can resort to is trying to minimize the history of your rival by pretending that it happened so long ago that it never really happened.

It's hilarious that that standard only seems to apply when Utah fans are discussing football, but not basketball.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Just which Ute team showed up at the Coloseum last Saturday? It sure was not the one that beat Stanford and gave a close call to UCLA. Consistancy. That is where you make it in college ball. Not the NFL, but in college, you got to win them all, or maybe have one early loss. What is making me mad now is that once again the Pac 12 is being dissed by the BCS. Oregon is now 3rd behind Florida State and Alabama, where as they were 2nd all year long. If Florida State does not lose another, they may well be in the big game against Alabama, who no one thinks will lose. Frankly I hope they both lose, but I also hoped SC would have a good season. I'm not a big Oregon fan, but I sure would like to see them in a rematch against probable Alabama. Remember Ute fans? You guys took out Bama a few years ago. P.S. Not to make you mad, but BYU may well go to a better bowl with a better record. Last laugh for them. Guess that would make you mad.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

@Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

BigSamoan,

"You had to go back 20 years to find the last time byu beat an end of season top 10 team?

LOL"

I was only responding to your preposterous claim that you would rather take an inconsistent team that has proven it can beat a top 10 team over one that has NO ability to beat one. I was pointing out that BYU did that years ago, as in been there done that! Whether it's 20 yrs or 6, or 8 yrs ago doesn't matter. Utes beat Alabama who was not No. 1 when they played and BYU beat Miami who was No.1 when they played. How long ago don't matter so your dig at BYU as the team that has no ability to beat a top 10 team is quite simply silly, and very lame indeed!

Go Cougars! Go Utes! Go Aggies!

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

@ big somoan
read the posts over the last few days.
I say BB has 1 legit argument.
other than that lol
he is now talking about devotionals
lol
a little sad really.
Go Utah Schools

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We won a top 10 team and that means we can win the national conference and byu cant because they havent.

Go Utes!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Big Samoan,

Being #1 "when they played " doesn't mean anything.

USC was #1 to start the season last year, and ended up in shambles, not even ranked.

Whoever beat USC should be bragging about beating the best team in the nation huh?

That's your "logic"?

LOL!

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