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Published: Sunday, Nov. 17 2013 8:45 p.m. MST

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Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

The faces in the crowd say it all!

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

C'mon Utes! Win these next two games. Maybe you can play BYU again in a bowl game? That would be some fun for both teams.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Thud

U've arrived, nowhere to go but up from here.

Two more games to turn things around!

TFUDD
SLC, UT

I've heard from a few people(don't know how reliable the source is) that because of the severity of the head injury that his football career is over.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Still it's wonderful to be in the PAC 12 despite being tied for last place and will be an underdog against... Washington State. I'm assuming that's the party line.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Missed assignments? Blame Eric Rowe for most of them. He has hurt this defense all season long.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

How much longer will Utah fans support Coach Whitt? The answer is coming in one week. If there is no win, my bet is Whitt will be unemployed by January of 2015 fi he does not produce a winning season. The hot seat is warming up...

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

"How much longer will Utah fans support Coach Whitt?"

From Kevin Gemmell--

"I think you have to give Utah at least four seasons in the Pac-12 -- a full class cycle -- before you can start passing judgment on Whittingham. Remember, not only are they adjusting to a higher level of play every week, but they need a grace period to re-work how they operate their program. Utah is seeing television money never thought possible in the Mountain West, and part of the learning curve is figuring out the proper way to appropriate that funding. Hiring Dennis Erickson is a great start -- a move they never would have been able to make financially in a non-AQ conference. Nor would a non-AQ team be able to attract a big-name coach like Erickson to be a coordinator. Let the money sink in, let the new facilities work their magic on recruits and if Utah has a four- or five-year bowl drought, then you can open up discussions. But Whittingham -- who I believe to be an outstanding coach -- should be sitting on ice for now."

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Dissapointing for sure. It would be nice to win the last two, but WSU will be far from a gimmie. For what ever the reason, Utah just can't seem to get the QB spot figured out.

Rez Road
Shiprock, NM

AZUTE1
Thank you. I agree completely.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm not worried about these last 2, we'll win. Our defense has been playing outstanding lately. Reilly has made himself the best linebacker in the state. With the little experience that Shulz now has will be a benefit too.

I think we'll beat WSU and Colorado by at least 14 each.

And I'm also fully behind Coach Whit. He's taken us to top 5 rankings, and he'll do so again. These close games we've had this year PROVE we're not that far off from competing for Pac 12 titles. We could give Whitingham a 10 year deal as far as I'm concnerned. The guy is great.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Lone Star

Be careful what you wish for, meeting Utah in the bowl game.

Do you really want to set a new NCAA record for losing to your rival FIVE times in FOUR years?

LOL

hamrdown
OREM, UT

First, @RBN, I agree with you and Eric Rowe missing assignments. What is going to happen this week with WSU throwing the ball 50-60 times in the game (or more)? How many missed assignments will happen.

Second, even if the Utes win their last 2 games, I do not think they will go to a bowl. The PAC only has 7 bowl tie-ins and they already have 8 teams qualified for bowls - and all 8 have winning records. So, even if Utah finishes at .500, why would a bowl choose them over a team with a winning record? I just don't think it will happen.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

Chris B.

You ARE like Coach Whit. Thinking the BYU win will carry you through a 1-8 season in the PAC12, and keep you employed.

Get beyond it man. I hope Whit does, too, cause I like the guy. But the Utes need a bowl game, any bowl game at this point. The realistic Ute fans know the time is short to produce -- especially since there is no BYU game to fall back on for the next two seasons.

I personally think that a loss to Colorado next week will doom Whit and set the program back on its heels. Pray for 'em to win, Chris B.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

TFUDD

SLC, UT

I've heard from a few people(don't know how reliable the source is) that because of the severity of the head injury that his football career is over.
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I hope that the young man is going to be alright. I guess we wait for what Whit has to say...

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

hamrdown,

But you're forgetting there are other conferences that don't have enough teams. Navy isn't going to qualify for their bowl too.

Utah WILL go bowling.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

hamrdown

The San Francisco bowl would choose a Utah team with the 6th pick because they know a byu/Utah matchup would sell tickets.

That's why.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

@hamrdown

Utah will be much better off vs. WSU as the Cougars are one dimensional. So, that means that Rowe won't make any plays but he'll keep most of the plays in front of him. Michael Walker has also not been stellar. If the Utes had a top notch free safety as in years past, I think this would be Utah's best defense in the past ten years. With a top safety tandem, I think the season would be vastly different.

The offensive line play was much improved this week. That has me hopeful.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

hamrdown,

But you're forgetting there are other conferences that don't have enough teams. Navy isn't going to qualify for their bowl too.
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If Utah can win out, they will have the Stanford win, and a two game win streak.

If thethat happens, I fully expect Utah to be in a bowl game.

ChrisB- Navy qualiried for the Armed Services Bowl...

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

The big remaining question for the Utes is: How many bowl slots from other conferences will go unfilled?

ACC: 8 bowl tie-ins, 8 teams already eligible (4 more possible)
AAC: 6 bowl tie-ins, 4 teams already eligible (3 more possible)
Big 12: 7 bowl tie-ins, 6 teams already eligible
Big Ten: 8 bowl tie-ins, 7 teams already eligible (2 more possible)
CUSA: 7 bowl tie-ins, 6 teams already eligible (3 more possible)
Mid-American: 3 bowl tie-ins, 6 teams already eligible (1 more possible)
Mountain West: 6 bowl tie-ins, 4 teams already eligible (4 more possible)
Pac-12: 7 bowl tie-ins, 8 teams already eligible (2 more possible)
SEC: 10 bowl tie-ins, 9 teams already eligible (3 more possible)
Sun Belt: 2 bowl tie-ins, 4 teams already eligible (3 more possible)

The best hope for the Utes is that several other conferences do not fill their remaining spots. It will likely need to be a decent number of unfilled spots, because I can't imagine them being selected over a team from the Pac-12 or another conference with a better record, or Notre Dame.

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