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Published: Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:40 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

... and yet on the field, Utah owns BYU and Utah State.

Go figure.

Kaysville, UT

These rankings are preposterous. Doesn't Mike Huguenin know that BYU is the best and Utah State is the worst.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


When you look at stats, I'd have to agree with the rankings. But then again, big brother plays teams like USC and Stanford and Oregon and UCLA, and the mid majors are playing WAC defenses week after week after week.

Like you say, when they meet on the field, our QB's are more than capable of getting the W.

Theirs are not(see 7-1 record last 8 games against our WAC brothers)


Alex T
Murray, UT

Chris B

Not a lot of room to talk about Wins....considering U haven't really been racking them up the past few years.

Great, and extremely accurate article. Once the season begins, we will see how well Travis Wilson compares to Chuckie and Taysom.

Not even close.

Logan, UT

@ Chris B

Blah blah blah. We get it. The PAC12 is bigger and better than the MWC. Big deal. Nobody who is not a Utah fan cares. But that fact is irrelevant anyway. Even you can't tell me that if Kyle Whittingham had an opportunity to magically trade Wilson and his 2nd string QB for Keeton and Garretson he wouldn't do it. You know he would in a heartbeat. After all, Keeton is 1-1 against Utah, and owns the overall point differential by 3. Even BYU would probably trade (although no BYU fan will probably ever admit it), since their second string QB hasn't played a down of D1 football and Hill doesn't really fit particularly well in BYU's offensive tradition. Keeton/Garretson would be a much better fit, partly because they can both throw the ball more than 10 yards downfield with accuracy.

scottsdale, AZ

Something has gone terribly wrong...the best QBs, according to Stang0, are at SUU!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

The comments so far are sorely trying my new commitment to civility in my comments.

So let me just say first, that I neither agree nor disagree with the authors opinions. I find them interesting, and I will admit that I find them pleasing to my ear, they are nothing more: the opinion of a person who is paid to have a reasoned opinion and share it.

I do respectfully disagree with the assertion that Taysom's opponents last year were WACish.

However, I can recognize that this year's level of defenses will be somewhat lower. I would expect Taysom's numbers, and performance, to be exponentially better. He DID improve as the season wore on, his line should be improved, he should have even more viable targets to pass to, and the whole team is one year more experienced with a new offensive scheme.

Personally, I'd be surprised if the QB production, as opposed to situation, for both BYU and USU, does not exceed the preseason expectations.

And I hope this is the year it all comes together for Utah and it's quarterbacks. Wilson, for one, has earned it.


I agree with the Utah State ranking. Having Chuckie back and having a backup QB that led the team to a 6-1 record is a great situation to be in. However, if you drop the Utes for injury, you have to drop BYU and Utah State because both QBs were injured as well. Also, TW is extremely more accurate than TH and can run as well. So, putting BYU ahead of the Utes by that much, considering that the Utes at least have a backup with college experience is confusing. It is also confusing all of the hype following BYU with their unproven players. Here's to hoping for a great season for all! Go Utes!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

The rankings look accurate to me. Utah's QB position has been suspect for a while. I'n not sold on Wilson either. This Utah fan would take Chuckie Keaton in a minute; the guy can flat out play the game.

@Y Grad/Y Dad

I hope all is well my friend. Stay out of the heat; supposed to be 107 F in the tri-cities tomorrow.....Yikes!

St George, Utah

Chukie is hands down the most complete QB in the state, and one of the best in the country. I have always been very impressed with his poise, scrambling ability and accuracy. I am excited to see what he can do this season, hopefully he can stay healthy and have a great season. I'd love to see USU take down Tennessee in the opener.

Taysom is not a bad QB, but his athletic ability alone is impressive. He has break-away speed, a decent arm, and is a very physical runner. If he can improve his passing, which off-season reports say he has (Top 8 in Manning Camp) Taysom could put up some stupid number in 2014.

Wilson has potential. He has been plagued by poor O-line play, dropped/tipped passes, and playing a grueling SOS. Plus he has had 3 different OC's in his time at the U, so it's hard to master a scheme and preform well in those conditions. Unfortunately I don't think he will make it through the season without another injury, so we won't ever really know his potential.

Just my opinion.

Kuna, ID

There's only ONE reason the jets have a prayer again this year. Dennis Erickson. Without him they own another toilet bowl season.
Go Aggies.


Seems like an "objective opinion" is a bit of an oxymoron. Aren't all opinions subjective by definition?

Opinions and speculation are interesting, but that's all they are. This will be an important season for all 3 Utah D1 schools. Best of luck to all of them.

17-14 Hurts Don't It?
Springville, UT


Seems like someone has taken a course in revisionist history.

Obviously it still hurts.

Utes at #60... that's funny.

CO Ute

I can't say that I could evaluate the QB situation at all 120+ teams but looking at the three in the statue of Utah I would rank Chuckie as my first choice, Hill second, and Wilson third going into the season. Hard to argue with the evaluation.

Now let's see if Wilson can stay healthy and make the case to change the pre-season rankings around.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

It is a huge comfort having two proven qbs available for USU. Love having Keeton back for his senior year. Chuckie is an amazing player and a high quality individual.

Bountiful, UT

Keeton is a nice QB but his upside isn't very high. He has a mediocre arm and above average speed. Wilson doesn't even have that and when he runs he looks like a giraffe.

Hill is the one QB in the article with real upside. He has a better arm than the others and absolutely superior speed. He has NFL caliber tools and will only get better. Also, because of our ESPN contract you and the rest of the nation will get to see him play somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-12 games each of the next 2 seasons and then on numerous ESPN Sportscenter highlights as well.

Bountiful, UT

"Also, TW is extremely more accurate than TH and can run as well"


Wilson can run as well as Hill?!? That's like trying to say a Giraffe can run as well as a Cheetah. That's almost as absurd as the ute fans making pre-season Rose Bowl victory predictions every year.

East Salt Lake City, Utah


Keeton is a nice QB but his upside isn't very high. He has a mediocre arm and above average speed. Wilson doesn't even have that and when he runs he looks like a giraffe.

Hill is the one QB in the article with real upside. He has a better arm than the others and absolutely superior speed.


Come again? According to CBS Sports:

2015 Top NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterback (updated 7/13/2014):

#5 Chuckie Keeton

2016 Top NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterback (updated 7/13/2014):

#20 Tysom Hill
#30 Adam Shultz

Salt Lake City, UT


"Keeton is a nice QB but his upside isn't very high. He has a mediocre arm and above average speed. Wilson doesn't even have that and when he runs he looks like a giraffe."

Your bias is showing. Keeton's upside is plenty big. From his sophomore year to his junior year, his efficiency and passing ratings all went up. He only threw two picks, and if he didn't get injured in game 6 and played out the whole season, he could have/would have easily thrown 3,000+ yards and rushed for 700+ yards.

If he stays healthy and refines his game any more than he already has, he'll be tough for any team to stop.

As for Wilson, the kids has plenty of talent. He's fairly accurate and his rushing ability is adequate. If he didn't injure his hand against Stanford, I bet his confidence wouldn't have gotten so rattled over the next few games. Also, fewer picks.

Besides, he beat BYU without much issue.

Logan, UT

So good to see Utah State ranked ahead of our bigger in-state brothers. So psyched for October 3rd match-up in Provo. Oh and come on Utes, don't buy out of our game anymore :(

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