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Published: Saturday, Nov. 9 2013 11:40 p.m. MST

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Ken
Sandy, UT

Lone bright spot? No. The defense held a team that averages nearly 50 to 20 points. That's phenomenal. This year has been filled with close losses, but the last thing we need is a new coach. If Whittingham is putting the team in a position to beat ranked ASU, ranked Oregon State, ranked UCLA in the last minute, that's on the players. Not the coach. And add a HUGE Stanford win, Whittingham is the BEST thing about this program. Recruiting has still been improving the last year or two. The players will start making these plays. Whittingham is the man for the job, I'm behind him fully.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It's not easy playing ranked teams week after week, but it sure beats beating on WAC nobodies like Wyoming, New Mexico, byu, and usu this time of year. If all we cared about was our record, we'd just go independent and schedule 6-7 games against MWC quality opponents. But there isn't a program in the nation other than Notre Dame that isn't in a BCS league that wouldn't JUMP at the chance if they were offered a power conference spot. The first two years we weren't in these games. This year as tough as the losses are, the team is showing a TON of promise.

The only program in Utah with a future, is Utah.

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Umm.. The D played excellent! Well, maybe just under excellent, but really good nonetheless. Holding a high scoring offense to 20 points was pretty darn good. The offensive line gets an F as well as mind case Wilson. Ultra conservative play calling in the 4thQ was ridiculous, and proved to be just what ASU needed to gain momentum. As with the Oregon ST, UCLA losses, this game was waiting for the Utes to win it, but for some reason, they just can't. This team isn't as bad as their record indicates, yet neither are they as good as the team that beat Stanford, which kind of looks like a fluke if you didn't know how good our D is.

CincyRed13
SLC, UT

Chris,

Your denial of the obvious is getting a little out of hand. Yes, Utah has improved but close losses don't mean anything, they are still a lose. They will learn how to win those close games in the future, but right now they aren't good enough to win those close ones. As for your statement about the only program in the state with a future being Utah I beg to differ. BYU is just as good as Utah and has as much promise as the U. Try complimenting them for a change. It won't kill you. I've done it and I'm still here.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I do think the punter is a stud. Strong leg and can place it when he needs to. He is a weapon.

Go Devils
TOPEKA, KS

This from a long-time ASU fan: Hey, we have been exactly where you are now. It is frustrating and not pretty, but Utah is a very good team- much better than your record- and the Utes played great against us. I confess I do not understand going for two after the first TD- oddly, that proved to be the winning margin. Anyway, wait till next year. Your team is way better than last year, and the Devils were lucky to escape with a W. NOT looking forward to the next meeting. The streak can't last forever!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Go Devils, appreciate the compliment. Unfortunately, getting a win in Tempe is not an easy feat for anyone (except Oregon, of course), and with the Utes' road inconsistencies, I don't realistically see the streak ending next year. Overshadowed in the state of Utah by the collapse of the Utes is the clutch play of Taylor Kelly and Marion Grice in the 4th quarter. Congrats on that win, the Devils definitely earned it. Good luck to your boys the rest of the season, these last four games (including Utah) is quite a gauntlet for them. They'll need a lot more offense against the Beavers and UCLA than they had yesterday, and that Zona game is almost always a wild one!

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Crissy,
The reality is that BYU will not sell its soul to a big conference that will insist on Sunday play. It seems that utah had no problem doing it. So the real winner is not on the field but off the field. I would rather stick to my principles than sell out for money. I am proud of my independence and am proud of what BYU stands for. Brigham Young would be embarrassed of what utah has become.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@down under

The University of Utah is a state school, not a church-owned school. Like all other state-owned universities across the country, the U embraces all religions and races. Intrinsic to this is their acceptance of diverse beliefs and religions. They are not beholden to any one particular church's beliefs---they can't. If they did, then they could be open to potential legal action.

down under, it's called "separation of church and state".

Samurai Jake
Salt Lake City, UT

Play to win, especially in the fourth quarter. Stick to the game plan that got you the lead in the first place.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Chris B
"It's not easy playing ranked teams week after week, but it sure beats beating on WAC nobodies like Wyoming, New Mexico, byu, and usu this time of year. If all we cared about was our record, we'd just go independent and schedule 6-7 games against MWC quality opponents."

According to the Sagarin rankings BYU currently has the 10th highest difficulty schedule in FBS (sure they have Idaho State later in the schedule but they also have Notre Dame). While that is obviously below Utah's #1 SOS, it's hardly bad. BYUs schedule is much better than it was their first two years as an independent.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Down under
"The reality is that BYU will not sell its soul to a big conference that will insist on Sunday play. It seems that utah had no problem doing it. "

Utah isn't selling its soul because selling its soul implies that it's giving up something it considers a core principle and Sunday activity is not something the U holds as a principle like the Y does.

tinplater
scottsdale, AZ

@downunder,
Wow, I guess any of the Jewish athletes playing on Saturday have sold their souls as well? Or do you figure they don't have one because they aren't LDS? Your reference for Sunday is not shared by many, but coming from Utah sometimes it is hard to understand that.

Rockarolla
West Jordan, UT

Chris B, the bleachers at the U will be empty if this team doesn't start to win. It has happened before.

This years team STINKS!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Rockarolla, that's what we've heard for 3 years, but guess what: 22 consecutive home sell-outs.

Rockarolla
West Jordan, UT

To StGtoSLC--Just because the Utes report a sellout doesn't mean that the Stadium is full. Just take a look around. Only about half of the last 22 games saw the stadium full. Utah has and continues to give away more tickets than any other major college program. I have attended 7 games in the last two years and have not ever paid for a ticket. THe U is a great place to attend a football game. I just wish the home team would have a good team again. This aint' the MWC or the WAC!

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