There is some interesting trash talk on this comment board from a fan base whose
team hasn't beaten the Utes for 4 years and is on the losing end of the
following: 5 out of 6, 9 out of 12,and overall 57-34-4. If Utah had played
BYU's schedule over the past 2 years, they would have gone to a bowl each
year. But playing in a very competitive major conference presents unique,
difficult challenges. Utah will be just fine.
midpacmajor"Frankly, going to Dallas, San Diego and San
Francisco was much more exciting than spending New Year's Eve in El Paso or
on the couch."Depends on how comfortable the couch is.Now we know why they Utes spent so much money putting all of those leather
couches and chairs in their new football training facility - they were just
navel vetBronco is 2-1 and BYU is 4-5 all-time versus Washington.Kyle is 0-2 and Utah is 0-8.Just sayin'
navelvetSince leaving the MWC to play PAC football, Utah's ONLY
bowl opponent has been Georgia Tech, a team BYU has played and beaten TWICE
during the regular season.Frankly, going to Dallas, San Diego and
San Francisco was much more exciting than spending New Year's Eve in El
Paso or on the couch.
re: 50-50Just like Utah's basketball team, Utah's football
team struggles mightily on the road and with 5 conference games plus Michigan on
the road, the Utes already have their backs against the wall just to finish with
a break-even season.One stumble at home and the Utes will once again
be spending bowl week on the couch.
Who am I sir & NavVetYep, most lower tier program's fans prefer
playing all the great opponents and show gratitude for " just being
there". U and Vandy, and Wazzu, and Miss St, and Colorado, and Rutgers, and
Maryland, et al should all have a big party at the end if each season to
celebrate and congratulate each other on another sub .500 year and the
opportunity U had to make your conference alpha males look better by owning U,
especially on your unfortunate trips to their house. I hope those big dogs at
least send U Christmas cards to show their appreciation...I mean especially
considering how lonely and dreary the holidays can be for ute fans.Some recruits, and fans care about winning seasons and going to bowl
games...some just like to be at the expensive table despite the humiliation of
being servants refilling drinks and serving o'dierves for the elite. But
who am I to judge, to each their own.
Who am I sir:Correct you are. Since leaving the MWC to play WAC
football, the cougars bowl opponents have been Tulsa (CUSA), San Diego St.
(MWC), and Washington (Pac-12). And during that same time, Utah had played UWa.
twice, and never once hoped we'd see Tulsa. And the Y didn't need to
leave the MWC to play SDSU now, did they?
I don't know the answer... but it would be an interesting question. Ask
any player if they would rather go to a bowl game or play in a game against
Oregon, Stanford, USC, UCLA, or other top 20 teams. (Especially if the game was
a meaningful conference game.) Now ask that some question if the bowl game was
a lower tier game against a mid-level conference opponent. Again, I don't
know what their answer would be... but as a fan, I certainly know which I
I have always liked Travis Wilson as a player. It is a shame that he has
struggled with injuries, and I really hope he will be able to return to the
field and progress and improve as a QB. But if his health is at risk at all, I
hope he will put the pads away and move forward in whatever pursuits he chooses.
Either way, good luck Travis! The Utes are lucky to have you!
@DEW CougarsDang it we should have scheduled the Cougars again this
season. A sure win. Knock knock, who's there?Owen.....
Owen who?OWEN FOUR BABY
FAX - 50%/50% - think again, pac 12 is not easy and you got Michigan on your
list. Need 6 wins to get in to bowl game.
FYI - if you're really trying to nit pick over words, which you do, one
could do the same by saying that Max was right is more likely correct in saying
that every D1 players wants to play in a bowl game. I'd even suggest that
FCS players would "like" to play in a bowl game. I've never heard
a player say "I don't want to play in a bowl game" have you? Max
was right didn't say "at the expense of playing time or anything
else." He simply said that division 1 players want to play in a bowl game.
So I ask again, have you ever heard a player say "I don't want to play
in a bowl game?"
UtesBy5The Utes have only played in one bowl game since joining the
PAC 12 and Utah's chances of going to a bowl during the upcoming season are
only 50-50, at best.
@ Uncle Rio, I think that Wilson should have to earn back that
starting role if cleared for contact but Coach Whittingham has a history of
staying with QBs who have shown themselves to be very injury prone. The poor
health at the QB position was again the reason Utah had a bad year last year. It
wouldn't have mattered if Utah sat Wilson earlier though because their was
zero depth at the QB position. the same thing happened with Jordan Wynn. His
injuries saw Jon Hayes do about as much as could be positively expected from a
transfer from the Nowhere Tech. This next year, Utah finally has
depth at the QB spot, perhaps to much depth ironically. Making the right
decision on who to make the starter is a huge decision. I am not sold on the
Oklahoma transfer. He won't get spring reps anyway, coming in later. The
young QBs look to have a ton of upside, but if Wilson gets the reps and he goes
down, then it's really tough to bring in inexperience.I like
Connor Manning the best but his strengths don't seem to favor the new
OC's (Christiansen) system.
@ Max-was-right:"Seems like a great guy. He should transfer if he
really wants to do what every other D1 players wants to do. Play in a bowl
game."Your comment is partially correct. Travis is a great guy.
While I admit that many football players would like to play in a bowl game,
I'm not sure that "every other" D1 player cares more about playing
in a bowl game than they do about getting the chance to play. After all Ammon
Olsen transferred to SUU, a FCS school, and Jake Heaps transferred to a school
that hasn't been to a bowl game since 2008. There is a reason
that one should be careful in the use of the words, never, always and every.
Most likely there is an exception to the statement.
@Max-was-right: "Seems like a great guy. He should transfer if
he really wants to do what every other D1 players wants to do. Play in a bowl
game."The good D1 players would rather play in a major
conference against difficult competition each week rather than play a weak,
independent schedule and qualify for a lower tier bowl game.The Utes
have gone to a bowl game 9 times in the last 11 seasons, winning 8 of those
games including two BCS Bowl games.
I hope Travis realizes that he's going to have to win the starting role
Seems like a great guy. He should transfer if he really wants to do what every
other D1 players wants to do. Play in a bowl game.
Good luck Travis!Wishing you all the best in your future whatever it