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Published: Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:40 p.m. MDT

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cougarsrock
Springville, UT

Both were great years for the Utes but as they say be carefull what you wish for ! Both of those great seasons were in the MWC . My guess is it will be literally years if and when the Utes ever see a BCS caliber bowl game again !

Hoosier87
American Fork, UT

For the 3 or 4 Ute fans that will comment on this article (although they will comment 10-12 times apiece), I'd say the Alabama victory was MUCH more impressive.

O' the glory days - how quickly they pass...

I was just thinking the other day, as a BYU fan, it sure is nice to read ten to fifteen new articles every week about the Cougars. Cause I love hearing about the program (both basketball & football). Because of the enormous fan base we have, we need this kind of coverage.

Then I thought of the one to two articles a week we see for the Utes. I think that's about right - one to two articles a week is actually almost too much for their fan base.

But here we are - so I say 2008. Kruger was an animal. Alabama is always tough! Nice job Utah

eagle
Provo, UT

The stats don't lie, the 2004 team was better. Their closest game I believe was a 14-point victory. Alex Smith, though I love Brian Johnson, was a more talented QB. They didn't get a worthy opponent like Alabama for a bowl game but I would imagine if they did, the Utes would have done well.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

2004 offense was unstoppable, but the 2008 D was solid. I may be in the minority, but I would pick 2008 to win if they were to play. That team just refused to lose.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

The 2008 Utes had the better season, but the 2004 Utes had the better team.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

2004 was a better team, I think, but 2008 was a better win. I attended the Fiesta Bowl, but watching the Sugar Bowl was far more exciting than being in Tempe in person because although we were the underdog against Alabama we dominated. I loved watching Barry Switzer churn after his pre-game and halftime comments that Alabama wouldn't have recruited a single player on the Utah roster.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Hoosier87

9 out of every 10 BYU articles are about the Big-12 not expanding to include BYU. The other ten percent is split between player profiles, player suspensions, and possible scandal/impending sanctions. The reason you don't see many Utah stories is because there just isn't much to report this summer. In this case, that is a good thing.

UU
Provo, UT

The 2008 team accomplished more with 4 wins against ranked teams (TCU, OSU, BYU, Bama) however the 2004 team was more dominant albeit on a weaker schedule vs. the 08 team. As eagle pointed out the closest game in 2004 was a 14 point win against AFA and that's only because the Falcons scored a meaningless touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game.

10of17
Taylorsville, UT

I think 2004 was a better team (eye test), but 2008 had a more impressive season due to the schedule difficulty. Important fact nobody mentions; the 2004 team was one of only TWO teams in the last 45 years of Div 1A college football to beat every opponent on their schedule by 14 points or more. Think about that. Only happened twice in almost 50 years. That's a lot of easy schedules and great teams, but only two teams pulled it off. The other was Nebraska '95. One of the most dominant teams of all time. Would the Utes of 2004 pull that off with a difficult schedule, no, but nobody else has accomplished it with easy schedules over the last 45 years.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

I think as far as on the field accomplishments go it has to be the 2008 team. Highest ranked mid-major under the BCS system, only TCU in 2010 comes close.

@Hoosier87: "I was just thinking the other day, as a BYU fan, it sure is nice to read ten to fifteen new articles every week about the Cougars..."

Being a "Power 5 brand, and tradition" or Big 12 invite is on the cusp or poor Jimmer who just needs a chance.

We'll you see Utah doesn't need to speculate after each Power 5 rumor and we have Grandpa Miller who doesn't need DN hype to justify his NBA worth.

East Coast Ute
Storrs, CT

2008 SEASON was "better" because the games were much more exciting and against better opponents, but the 2004 team was a better team. Heisman finalist at QB, 3 other future pros on offense, and a handful of pros on defense. Both very memorable to watch, though.

UCONN
Storrs, CT

Hoosier, oddly enough with all the ESPN "exposure" talk from BYU around here, Utes fans have ESPN's PAC-12 Blog as well as weekly tv coverage on the PAC-12 to turn to for more extended coverage of their team. But I'm glad you're happy with what you have.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl was Utah's biggest victory. However, to me the 2004 team was significantly the better team. The 2008 squad was huge under pressure and found ways to win when extremely tested. We never found out how the 2004 Utes would have done in close games (they had none/all blowouts) and they didn't get the chance to play a quality team in the Fiesta Bowl (shame). If you look at the scores throughout the 2004 schedule, even that is misleading because Utah had the reserves/back ups in by the third quarter in half their games. The closest game they had that year was a 14 point victory over Air Force, which Utah actually trailed 14-0 before outscoring the Falcons by 28 points the rest of the way. Utah was up 41-0 at halftime to Utah State and took the gas off the petal at halftime (Final score 47-6). The defense was better than many think that year as well. Yes 2008 was a stellar defense. But most the points scored on Utah in 2004 was when the second string was in during the 4th quarter.

Jefe-Ute
SLC, UT

2008 season! Better teams in the regular season, and a much much much better team for the sugar bowl. Those were the days....sigh....

@hoosier87

Have you ever been outside of Utah? BYU may have fans everywhere, but that's all it is, people who grew up in Utah and now have a job elsewhere. I live in VA and was talking to classmates and when I said I was from Utah they asked about the mighty Utes and their 2 BCS bowl wins. I mentioned I had attended BYU and they asked if it was the mormon school. I said yes. Then they asked if they even had a football team. They all thought that BYU was some DIV-III team....hahaha. So yes, BYU needs to figure out how to let people know they actually have a football team that wants to try and be relevant.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

The 2004 team won more convincingly, but wasn't tested like the 2008 team. The 2008 team played a tougher schedule and tougher bowl opponent. I loved watching the Sugar Bowl and the faces on the Alabama team with that deer in the head light look. They had no idea what they were in for.The got beat up, right in their own back yard. Utah was a 10 point dog going into the game and I won my bowl poll because me and my son were the only ones to take Utah out of 30 people. I always wonder how each team would have done in a 4 team playoff? We will never know. Both teams were great, the 2008 team was slighly better. IMO I long for the glory days; the last two season have been dissapointing to say the least.

Go Utes!

pleblian
salt lake city, utah

2008>2004 because of schedule only. No idea who was better.

However, I'd rather the Utes give us something to look forward to than always looking back. Those PAC12 stickers are embarrassing, it's like the third stringer wearing a letterman's jacket...he earned it...but...

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

The Utes played in a bowl game? Are you sure?

Condescending Wonka
Salt Lake City, Utah

@65TossPowerTrap:

Yes, as the article clearly stated, Utah played in and won two BCS Bowl games. You're probably unfamiliar with the BCS busting concept, since that's something byu never came close to achieving.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

The 08 team had tougher opponents. I pick them as the better team.

redthunder
Ogden, UT

Well would you look at that!! D News actually wrote a Utah football article.

I've got to give the edge to the '04 team. They dominated every team and plus I was able to attend the Fiesta Bowl

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