“I was just overcome with emotion,” he said. “ ... I’m
glad we got the pick. I’m glad we got the win.”Seriously? Did you just win the Sugar Bowl? Or rather did you just beat our
new "rival," Colorado to complete a 2-7 season in conference? Shaking my head at the Ute trolls calling this a rivalry game. It may well be
one some day, but other than a handful of internet trolls, no Ute fan I know
really cares about this game (other than the fact that it is one of the few
winnable games on our schedule each year). Colorado is terrible. If you guys
consider them our rival and equal, then you have a low bar for Utah athletics.
Although to be fair, given the state of Utah's program, Colorado does rival
us is in our ineptitude in conference play. Glad we got the win,
but the closeness of the game speaks volumes - we, along with Colorado, are the
joke of the PAC 12. We need a new coach and new leadership. When
our star linebacker is celebrating a win over Colorado like he just won a BCS
game, something is seriously wrong with our program.
You miss the point No Playoff. Utah is in a conference where they have a chance
to play for the conference championship and a BCS bowl. I frankly don't
care about your opinion whether they will win or not. Objectively, they have a
chance and I happen to disagree with your opinion. Conversely, BYU
has little chance at a BCS bowl even with an undefeated season given a SOS that
never cracked the top 15 (and ended at low to mid 30's). The Utes could go
bowling with that schedule. Notre Dame is the only viable BCS independent in
terms of SOS with a legit chance at a BCS bowl. Utah beat Stanford,
the #5 team at the time and a team that ended #7. BYU's best victory is
over #25 Texas (yet to play Baylor). You have nothing to brag about Cougar fans,
so you come tear down the Utes, the team who owns you 4 straight, and 9 of the
"Swoop, a conference championship was closer to reality in Utah's first
season in the PAC 12 than any championship has or will be for BYU for some
time."LOL!Even IF the Utes had managed to beat lowly
10-loss Colorado, the Utes had absolutely no chance of beating Oregon in the PAC
12 championship game with the pathetic offense the Utes had in 2011. With USC ineligible, and the rest of the PAC South in shambles, you blew your
only decent chance to even play in the championship game. It could be years,
even decades, before the Utes ever come close to winning the PAC South, let
alone the conference.
Amazing how a victory over Colorado boosts an overall season, truly amazing.
The AP article on this game headlined it noting that Utah slid by Colorado. I
guess it is a rivalry. Colorado whacked Utah in the first one, gift-wrapped the
game to Utah in the 2nd one (when they kept kicking off to Reggie Dunn) and then
just ran out of time in the game this year (with Utah hanging on for dear life).
That's quite a rivalry Chris B!
@ekute"Wow! Look at the that throw game! Quarterback controversy next
spring?"Yes, especially when those 2 QB's are in the upper
echelon of Pac12 QB's.
wow...Chris B is so obsessed with all things BYU that there was very little in
his post referencing the Ute victory over Colorado or ending their 2nd straight
losing season on a high note and it was almost entirely composed of him taking
shots at BYU.
Swoop, a conference championship was closer to reality in Utah's first
season in the PAC 12 than any championship has or will be for BYU for some
time.A national championship is a "near impossibility" for
most every school in the land, but for the Cougs it is an impossibility without
conference affiliation and a strength of schedule that is not only not difficult
enough, but the Cougs don't win many of the big ones on that schedule.As for the Ute fans, players, and coaches, most of us would gladly
exchange the BYU game permanently for more conference wins or a few more cupcake
automatic W's the likes of Nevada, Idaho State, New Mexico State, the
mighty Vandals of Idaho, etc. I do have a difficult time keeping
track of bowls that have a seemingly different sponsor every year. My bad.
Swoop "beating BYU has become the #1 goal of the kids on the hill." Goal
Accomplished...Next.Why do you keep beating yourself up? Utah beat
BYU and hardly anyone cares. Why does that bother you? Forget about it. BYU does
not help in conference position. We don't care about preseason anymore. We
are done playing with you. Why do you keep bringing it up?We would
gladly change a win over BYU for 4 more points against Oregon State and AZ
State.Besides, there are many of us that are Y fans too but we
can't stand these ignoring posts on the Utah thread.
DraperUteFanYou're only fooling yourself. Since a
conference championship, let alone a national championship, is a near
impossibility, and even qualifying for a bowl is now beyond the realistic
expectations of Uteville, beating BYU has become the #1 goal of the kids on the
hill.btw, it's now simply the Fight Hunger Bowl, not that U
would know since there's no longer any need for Utah fans to stay current
on the changing bowl landscape.
CougarSunDevil, the players in the picture are on the field singing the fight
song for the last time of the season, thanking the fans for their support. Stay
@cougar sun devil you should talk even less.it took all asu could muster to beat
Utah by one point. How long did it take you to win the Pac championship? Utah
will get there it will just take a little more depth at key positions.
True Ute fans love the Utes. Y fans love to think Ute fans dislike BYU and care
about nothing else. Oh the narcissism of that thought process. Beating BYU has
become a regular occurence and though we still love to beat the boys from Provo,
wins in conference are more important. For those who pull the
"yeah, but we have a national championship" card, that was 29 years ago
and we all know the debate surrounding the NC that year. Nobody can take it
away, but many put an asterisk by that NC (yes, the same could be said for many
a NC when the polls decided it).With the new playoff system,
BYU's has a much tougher road to a national title game or a BCS bowl game
than Utah does. Unless you wear the clover on your jersey I don't see
anyone getting too excited about the independents of college football. Playing
USC, Stanford, Michigan, and Michigan State make Notre Dame an attractive BCS
option. BYU's schedule is not difficult enough to join that discussion.I hope they serve lots of Miracle Whip on your Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Why are the uses in the picture holding up a 1 with their fingers? They think
they are number 1? Or did they forget the zero for 10? Because it's ASU
that's 1 in the south with a chance to be 1 in the conference. Utah is 10
with the end of their season happening now...no bowl for the second year in a
It is still amazing how byu fans run to a Ute article to try and boast about how
great their team is. Yet they beat no one of substance including Texas. You are
the same team byu you can't beat the teams with athleticism and talent and
get by beating the sister of the poor every year. Your tour next year will
include trips to the wac,sun belt,and mwc. So the wins and blow outs should
continue. But watch out little brother the Utes will get the depth they need too
compete and you will still be on the outside looking in.
worf,Gloom and doom predictions for the Utes in the PAC 12 are mere
conjecture, while there is solid evidence to indicate that byu and USU will
never be as good as Utah. There's truth to the statement that "no
matter how bad you say that Utah is, they're better than you're
Chris, I will agree that Trevor Reilly is good but he is not the best LB in the
State of Utah. Kyle Van Now is the only FBS D1 player to record a stat in every
defensive category. That is pretty impressive so my vote is for KVN.
KenDon't kid yourself; the Utes wouldn't have had a prayer
of winning the MWC. Winning conference championships isn't
something the Utes do - only 6 WAC/MWC championships in the last half century,
Kyle with only one.Face it, the Utes got exactly what they asked for
when they signed up to be a whipping boy for the big boys of the PAC.
@Ken B.--how many championships have the utes won in the WAC-MWC combined?Let's face it! The utes are over their heads.
Its interesting how EVERY football article commentary becomes a U vs Y contest.
Anyone remotely objective can tell how deep THE rivalry goes.
Despite U fans continual crowing about PAC membership, a poll last spring showed
their most passionate game is against BYU. "In the original Twitter poll
conducted by the blog Ute Football Central, 64 percent of respondents said they
would prefer a rivalry win over a bowl season."Its obvious that
MANY U fans are more AGAINST BYU than they are FOR Utah. That suggests that
their motivation as fans will diminish without BYU on their schedule. Eliminating BYU from their schedule will prove to be a big mistake for
the U. Given conference mediocrity, interest and attendance at U games
will decline. But I'm guessing even as Utah dwells in PAC and
national obscurity, the fans who are more anti Y than pro U, will continue to
brag about their conference. Its an interesting study in why people
brag - about anything. It makes me wonder if those "fortunate" enough
to get a ticket on the great and wonderful Titanic were still bragging to
someone while bobbing in the ocean.
Another bowl victory for the Utes even if it is the Cellar Dweller Bowl. The
best worst team in PAC12.Go Utes.
These are the only fans that celebrate losing.
@DraperUteFanFind a list of National Champions. See who is on the
list -- and who isn't. Trump that.
First of all, not a single Ute fan on this board is ecstatic with 2-7. Where
did you read into that? How can it say a lot when it wasn't said to begin
4-5, 3-6, now 2-7 and Ute fans are ecstatic. Says a lot doesn't
I'm sorry Rose Bowl Call Yet, but one Sugar Bowl win trumps all the Las
Vegas and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Wins combined over a 50-year span. Two bowl
game wins in the last 5 years is better than the vast majority of Division 1
schools.Utah will play in the Grandaddy of them all one day. BYU
will continue to play for the Bowl that time forgot every year.
Both Utah and BYU are predictable. We know what to expect from them. There may
be an occasional, pleasant surprise here and there, but what we have seen the
past few years is what we can expect going forward…unless something
changes in the system and organization. The systems and
organizations of both teams are designed to achieve what we are seeing.So sit back and enjoy the ride. Next year will look very similar to the past
few years, for both schools.Except that there won't be a
"rivalry" game between them.So why play the games? Because
we always hope for better, and we glow and celebrate in the wins.
"We won 10 of 11 bowl games since 1999."Utah has won 2 bowl
games in the last 5 years.Meanwhile, BYU has won 4 bowl games and
will be playing for their fifth straight bowl win in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
@ PAC12FANEveryone IS happy!! Just look at the numerous posts from
Ute fans this entire season that say they would rather play a PAC 12 schedule
and lose than an independent, MWC or WAC schedule and win. They got their
wish!!Utah was picked to finish 5th in the PAC 12 South. And by 7
points today, they did just that, escaping coming in 6th. Utes should be
ecstatic that they avoided the basement. Because they really only performed
well against Stanford. They should have easily defeated Oregon State. They did
manage to roll it up on Weber State.AND....their game finished early
enough today that their players could still hit the retail stores and get a
great deal on a big screen TV to watch all the bowl games this year from their
couch. So why all the dire comments? They performed just as they were expected
to by the pundits.AND....they have a winning record (2 of 3) against
their rival Colorado. So life is good if you're a Ute. PAC 12 membership,
etc, etc, etc.
Wow, Couch Potato Bowl, I'm practically falling off my chair at the
hilarity and cleverness of that comment. I thought Couch Potato was the sponsor
of the Fight Hunger Bowl.
@TomHeavy smack talk from Cougar fans about playing Idaho State next
year, we have 1 patsy on our schedule, not 7. Enjoy beating up on 1A high school
teams, we will be busy playing some of the best the nation has to offer.
worf, when you use quotation marks it should be in reference to a literal quote,
yet I don't see a single quote that matches what you wrote. In fact, your
quotes are not an accurate paraphrase. Utah did beat good teams
this year, unless of course you don't count BYU in that category.
Apparently Stanford is chopped liver ranked #8 and likely to climb to the top 5
again after beating Notre Dame and finishing at 10-2.The Utes played
the #1 most difficult schedule in college football this year. All the coaches
and players said 5-7 was not acceptable after today's game. Utah lost its
best starting wide receiver, starting QB, and two very talented tight ends. The Lobos finished 3-8 by beating only Utep, New Mexico State, and a
struggling Air Force team and playing one of the weakest schedules in the
nation. I can't imagine a more apples and oranges comparison.
Or any other bowl, for that matter?Good luck on selling the
advantages of playing in the couch potato bowl to potential recruits.
@canyontrekerWhat does that have to do with utah "fans" not
commenting on the articles?
What some Ute fans are saying;"It's not fair!We
play, and cannot beat good teams".Could the utes be the lobos of
the Pac 12?
yay!!! We finally got another PAC12 win! It's a happy day for Utes
everywheres. Does this qualify us for a bowl game?
@CougFaninTX "I couldn't find a single comment posted by a Ute on a
Buff article in any of the Denver or Boulder papers."Have you
ever been to Denver? The Broncos are #1 in the division. College
sports is on page 3.
clearly the worster team won like when utah won byu.
CougFaninTX,I checked the Reno media and all of the Wolf Pack fans
are excited about making the trip to Idaho to play byu next year.
Tough finish for a team who showed so much promise early on. Seeing how well we
have played against even the best of the PAC 12 (defeating Stanford and playing
ASU and UCLA tough to the final minute), I'm optimistic for the future.I attended the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl and also went to the Sun Bowl
and Poinsettia bowls. Any bowl is fun, especially going where it is warm in
late December or January, but nothing compares to a BCS bowl. Utah will go
bowling again soon and it will be fun. We graduated few seniors today and have
some very good talent returning next year. The QB and secondary
need the most attention. The O line should be improved next year. We won 10 of
11 bowl games since 1999. The Cougars during that same stretch were 6-4 in bowl
games, with no BCS bowl appearances. Cougar fans, enjoy your bowl
game. I'm still a bit perplexed how you bad mouth a team that played the
most difficult schedule in all of college football when you squeaked by a 4-8
Nevada Wolfpack team after a pretty mediocre season.
Nobody is happy. Unacceptable how this season unfolded. Horrible coaching by
Kyle. Brian Johnson is not helping these guys and Shareef Shaw needs to go back
to chasing ambulances. Our family owns 16 seats And we will renew our tickets
again but expect better coaches to help our better athletes. Our receivers need
to learn to catch the ball or hit it down. All the tipped balls, dropped balls,
fumbled balls are ridiculous.
Congrats on finishing the season with a W.@Uteology - I have to
agree with U, same conference or not, BYU vs. Utah is still the rivalry game for
both schools and most fans. I couldn't find a single comment
posted by a Ute on a Buff article in any of the Denver or Boulder papers. And
most Colorado fans are happy that Nebraska is being added back on their
schedule.And while I was hoping Notre Dame or Boise St would become
our rival, it will never feel like the Holy War.Utah vs. BYU needs
to move back to November permanently.Good luck in the off-season,
and for the next two year hiatus. U have a brutal schedule again next year that
will make it tough to get to .500 again. USC will be back, Stanford and Oregon
will reload, and ASU, UA, and UCLA continue to look solid for next season.. . . and to all a good night.
"Funny now that we OWN BYU they've stopped about CARING about who they
would be playing in their bowl game instead their more focused on the lack of
our bowl game.My how times have changed!"Funny now
that BYU is by far the most important and relevant game on your schedule. Oh,
wait, starting next year it will be Idaho State.
"In the early years, I think BYU felt that they had outgrown the conference
and their people were talking about how BYU would go to the Big 12 or the
Pac-10. They used to come into the Utah game always talking about who they would
be playing in their bowl game.... When we started beating them, they stopped
talking about their bowl game." -- Ron McBrideFunny now that
we OWN BYU they've stopped about CARING about who they would be playing in
their bowl game instead their more focused on the lack of our bowl game.My how times have changed!
Good win and a great way to send out the seniors. Beyond that, the season was
really disappointing. Had chances to win some games but not enough PAC-12 depth
cost us once again. Hopefully, in Spring Wilson can play and ends competing
with Manning for the starting job. With Shulz as the 3rd string QB. I disagree with Chris, our rival is BYU. Just watched the
Alabama/Auburn game. It's time to bring that kind of passion back to
November, Hill needs to put BYU back on our November schedule.Go
Yes, good luck in the no bowl game. The bowl of the future for u.
Good luck in your Bowl game guys!
Happy to see Riley go out with a bang. Glad to see the Utes get the win. Disappointed with the season? Certainly Hopefully
optimistic? Undecided GO UTES!
After watching that game, it was a relief to see the Utes walk away with a W,
which may help Kyle keep his job after all. The off-season should be
interesting, to see what changes are made to help the Utes avoid a 3rd losing
season and have some sustained success in the PAC-12. Nice to end the season
with the win; good luck to the departing seniors.
EVERY team Utah lost to is a bowl team.Not all teams in Utah can say
that.Could not be more pumped about the future of this prestigious
program.I LOVE the pac 12 UTES
CO hung tough in this bowl game.
We're number 1-0! We're number 1-0! We're number 1-0!
Good job utes, you won the pillow fight bowl by 7, well done!
Reilly, BEST linebacker in the state(and highest rated on NFL draft board) ends
the game.Long Live the Prestigious Pac 12 Utes!Until
next seasonProud Ute!
Close game for our 2 power schools but we won our fearcist rival!
79Ute,byu and usu are still our brothers so there will always be a
lot of trash talking, even if they are not our rivals. We work with them and
their fans, we live by them, some of you go to church with them. There is a
difference between "familiarity" and rivalry. As long as byu
fans and Utah fans spout off and think they are a better program, I will be here
to remind them otherwise. RIVALRY WINGo utes
Now the utes can rest up for their bowl game...um maybe next year?
Utah holds on to end the season on a high note, and the W helps Whittingham make
his case for NOT getting laid off. Should be interesting to see what happens in
the off-season. Thanks for another year, Utes.
Go ahead and celebrate, Trev. You deserve it. Ended the game this year just as
he started it last year.
Beatiful Saturday for a rivalry win!
Gotta admit that was a pretty perfect play call with the fake bubble screen on
4th down, even if McGill did play it horribly.. Shouldn't matter here,
though, as the Buffs failed on the onsides attempt.
Pretty clear we would win this game. Colorado isn't bad enough to lose
54-10 or anything, but we are clearly a step above them. Go utes
Scary moment there. Would hate to have to burn a redshirt for 10 minutes of a
game. Would hate even worse to see a serious injury to a guy that's worked
as hard as Schulz has.
Dres over 1,000 yards on the season with that one. First Ute since D. Reed I
think. Now only 6 yards away from single season record of 100 yard games.
@Chris B:If CU is our big rival, do you post comments in the Denver
Post about the CU rivalry?If CU is our big rivalry, why can't I
name a single player?If CU is our big rival, why do USU and BYU
matter to you at all?Does anyone in the PAC-12 consider us a big
rival? Down here in OC, no one cares one Whitt about the U.
We're not yet even in the conversation. Next year, we'll be rated just
above CU in the pre-season polling. We've done nothing this year to
enhance our reputation and, if stars matter in recruiting, we have no one
creating any excitement among the PAC-12 for the future. A kid both the U and
BYU recruited recommitted from Alabama in favor of USC - not the U. We're
cashing our PAC-12 checks in relative anonymity.Admit it: BYU is
still our biggest rival and USU is a bigger rival for us than CU. I
wish it were different, but wishing won't make it so.
Anyone else perfectly happy we are in the PAC 12, even if its 3 years of
catching up? These teams from the PAC 12 would win the mountain west
conference:UtahUSCUcla ArizonaArizona state WashingtonWashington stateOregonOregon stateStanford
Recruiting has been improving compared to our mountain west
recruiting. In fact, the last couple years we have averaged #6 recruiting in the
PAC 12. Within 1-2 more years when those guys are upper classmen we will be at
least an average PAC 12 team. And that's something to be very very proud
of. Onward and upward
Man, if we would have played like this all year, we would be playing for the
National Championship! We are clearly the best team in the Nation!
Another Saturday watching Utah play in the Big Leagues and checking to see how
byu is doing vs the minor leagues. Go Utes.
Utah prevailing in the Pulte Homes Cellar Dweller Bowl.With a
victory here the Utes will finish out of the cellar in their three year reign in
the PAC-10.2.Congratulations to all the loyal Ute fans who have
stuck it out. And to coach Whittingham
Lifelong Ute, don't read too much into it. 1-7 (looking like 2-7 now) this
year shows we still have a ways to go in the conference. Every win is a good
sign, though. Every year will be a new adventure, as will every game.
Wow! Look at the that throw game! Quarterback controversy next spring?
This team has shown a ton of promise. As close as we were in several key games,
games that weren't close our first couple years with the big boys proves we
aren't that far off from competing for PAC 12 titles. And whittingham is
the man for the job. He has taken us to national glory before. And he will do so
Maybe in will end 7 - 0. Turnovers are costly.
Too easy!Utah about to do what no other team in Utah could do: beat
our rival After watching the PAC 12 go 10-0 against the WAC 2.0 and
WAC- like byu, shows how big of a gap there is even between the 10th best PAC 12
team Utah and the best WAC teams(byu, usu, and Boise) A small fish
in a big pond is still bigger than a big fish in a WAC little pondThe only program with a national future in Utah,Is UTAHGo utes
Buffs 38 Utes 12 Mark it down