if you gys think that a Utah team that went undefeated against MWC schedules
wouldnt have finished ranked, what are you implying about those 10-2 top 25 BYU
teams of that era that you guys love to brag about? Must mean you think those
BYU teams would have struggled to finish .500 against P5 schedules (BYU sos in
08 was 74, compared to Utahs 56, for a frame of reference). If you are taking
away x amount from a team that went 12-0, you must be taking away even more from
a team that went 10-2.By discrediting Utahs success those seasons
for their SOS, you are also saying those BYU teams that racked up top 25s, but
never went undefeated, would have been even far less successful. If the
schedules were so easy (easy enough that apparently some of you think that an
non top 25 team could beat 2 top 10 teams and 3 top 25 teams) why didnt BYU ever
LIke how you guys are saying Utah MIGHT have gone to a bowl, and wouldnt have
finished ranked had they played a P5 schedule in 04 and 08. What does that say
about all those top 25 BYU teams during the MWC era, who faced similar
schedules? (BYU sos in 08 was 74, compared to Utah's 56) Surely you are
implying that if a Utah team that went undefeated against that schedule wouldnt
have finished ranked, you are saying that all those 10-2 top 25 byu teams (that
you guys love to brag about) would have been .500 teams against a p5 schedule...
@BiggerBYUfanYou are way too optimistic.....sheesh. Maybe they
shouldn't even play the seaon.
@UteologyMost likely 6-6, chance at 7-5. The critical part is over the
first 4 games, all are winnable games. Start 3-1, finish 2-0, then win one or
two in between (@OSU and USC).------------------Guaranteed wins on schedule:Idaho StLikely wins:Fresno
Wins:Wash StVery Unlikely wins:ASUMichiganOregon StUSCNot a chance games:OregonStanfordUCLAYou go 0-3 vs the "not a chance teams", 1-3 vs the
"very unlikely" games, 2-2 vs the "likely" to "unlikely"
games and get a win in the guaranteed win. That puts you likely to finish 4-8
with a slim chance at stealing an extra game from the "very unlikely"
group and finishing 5-7 (highly doubtful). The utes have every bit
as good of a chance to lose an extra game or two as they do to steal one from a
@uncle ricoGame 9 of the Season, the cougies will be playing a team about
as good as the Jordan Bantam team----------------and
they won't be breaking in an interim Head Coach to finish out the season,
they won't be searching the nation for a replacement Head Coach, they
won't be prepping themselves to sit at home another December watching BYU
and Utah St playing in Bowl Games, they won't be lamenting their failed QB
situation for the 4th year in a row, they won't be making sorry excuses for
being a doormat for the 4th year in a row, they won't be saying "wait
til next year we'll show everyone", etc etc.
Fight On!No doubt it will be competitive. I've seen USC's
front 7 and agree they are a force to be reckoned with. I've been watching
the Utes O line and feel that, if they are firing on all cylinders, they can
hold to a degree that Wilson can get downfield. However, after watching Thompson
scramble he may be better suited to play against them, if he can get his
accuracy honed in.WRs will be an issue. We do have Blechen and Rowe at
Safety, who are both amazing at that position. We also have Rowe doubling at
corner, which may be an issue as his back ups are both sophomores. Corvallis is hit or miss. If we win that game the momentum may carry us
through to play USC tough at home (hopefully we don't pull what we did
after Stanford last year.)Either way, can't wait to watch this
one. I'll be there as well.One final thing, can't believe
I left Colorado off my win column.
Utefan4Lyf,As a big USC fan I am a little nervous about playing Utah
at RES, where as I stated in my original post, Utah is competitive with anyone (
See Stanford, UCLA, and ASU last year). And last time my Trojans visited RES,
we had a big scare early with the scoop and score. But I see a few things that
make me confident that SC will get a win. #1- USC's front 7
are exceptional. Wilson, or whoever is under center will be pressured all
night. #2- USC has the best WR group in the PAC-12, with a very capable
and experienced QB throwing the ball. Not to mention 3 of 5 returning starters
on O-Line. #3- Although it is Sark's first season at SC, he is very
familiar with the Utes and has much better talent and a better staff than he had
at UW.#4- Utah will be coming off an emotional game in Corvallis. Depth
is still a problem for the Utes, SC has a 3 deep roster with better talent top
to bottom.- Just a fact.I do hope that this is a competitive game
though. I will be in the stands :)
I see the utes being anywhere from 1-11 (unlikely but possible) to 7-5 (unlikely
but possible as well).I'm calling 4 wins although I struggled
with figuring out the 4th one.ISUFSUAZCU -this is
the one I struggled with, utah has proven they can lose to this abysmal team and
even the wins were close and could have gone either way. We'll
@USNGary: And yet here you are, as an obvious Cougar fan, posting on a Ute
article. Hypocritical much?@Fight On!: I know that Utah had trouble with
Sarks team prior, but moving to a new school, even an established team with
talent, will have its effects. I think the Utes take advantage of this. ASU - I agree, Utah has had struggles on the road, but each time the team
plays them they come out closer. I'm not seeing enough return talent in ASU
to believe we can't continue that, even on the road.Michigan -
I'll admit, this one is hard to call. I can't even give a definitive
reason for believing it will be a win. However, I still believe that
Michigan's struggles will continue into this year, and I'm counting on
them overlooking the Utes in early season play.
it amazes me that there are twice as many ute comments on the BYU article than
there is on this article about the utes. Hmmmmmmm.........obsession a little?
Utefan4Lyf,Thank you for your response. I think Utah
get wins vs. ISU, Fresno, WSU, and Colorado. Arizona being at RES is a toss-up.
But what makes you so confident in wins over USC, Michigan, or ASU??USC has some of the best talent in the country and returns a lot of
experience. Utah only put up 3 points in LA last season after SC had just fired
their head coach. Sark is in charge now, and Utah was 0-2 vs Sark while he was
at UW. I just don't see how this can look like a win. The 2008
Michigan team that Utah beat by 2 points in Ann Arbor finished 3-9. Michigan
has struggled lately, but not nearly as much as Utah. With a big edge in
talent, and home field advantage- I think Michigan wins this game. ASU- If this game was at RES, it is a toss-up. But given Utah's track
record in conference road games and ASU returning a very dynamic QB and several
offensive weapons, I think ASU wins this game easily in Tempe. Utah
will need to pull off no less than 3 upsets to finish 8-4 IMO.
At Fight On!:My predictions for wins this season are:Idaho State - Good warm up gameFresno State - Tough game as they won the
MWC last year.Michigan - Very tough on the road. We've done it
before. We have the tools. Michigan went 7-5 last year and looks similar this
year.Washington State - At home, we've played them well in the
pastUSC - We have the tools and as long as we can contain the ball we can
take this in RESArizona State - We're getting closer each year. This
is the year we break the streak.Arizona - At RES. We have the talent Plus our bowl game
3-9 at best.
For all the MWC bashing going on, I sincerely hope, for the Ute fans sake, that
they don't lose to Fresno State...now wouldn't that be something?
Utah Fans,I keep hearing the same 8-5 predictions from all of you.
But not one of you can tell me where those 8 wins will come from.The problem for the Utes will continue to be winning conference road games.
You are competitive with almost anyone at home, but on the road the Utes are
plain bad. In fact, the Utes were 0-4 on the road last season vs. conference
opponents and since joining the conference the Utes are 3-10 on the road (Wins @
CU, WSU, and AZ). Look at this years road schedule- Stanford, OSU,
ASU, UCLA, Mich. All are probable losses. And although you have both Oregon and
USC at home, those are 2 more probable losses bringing the grand total to 7.
Since an upset on the road is improbable, the Utes would need to upset either
USC or Oregon at home... Good luck with that. I just don't see
how Utah gets to 6 wins. 8 wins is just plain unrealistic.
Utah will be 8-5 including the bowl win!Max-is-unemployed: We all
love your support for all things Utah! Plus, you are very entertaining! Keep it
classy like your namesake!Go Utes!Uncle Rico: Utah can
be 5-1 or 6-0 against the first 6 teams you listed.
Most likely 6-6, chance at 7-5. The critical part is over the first 4 games,
all are winnable games. Start 3-1, finish 2-0, then win one or two in between
(@OSU and USC).@Max-was-rightWho are you kidding,
Bingham High would go 11-1 playing your schedule.
You are righ Max; Utah wouldn't go 8-4; they would go 11-1 or 12-0 with
BYU's schedule. Again, Thanks for your continued support and concern; it
ha ha ha 8-4 Spokane?Not even if the uties played BYU schedule would
they go 8-4...
8-4; thanks for your continued support Max.
Undefeated season, rose bowl champs, and spot in the playoffs.Easily.
Wow that is a tough schedule. I guess be careful what you wish for. Anyway, just
wanted to say a sincere "good luck" to the Utes from a Cougar fan.
You're gonna need it.
Game 9 of the Season, the cougies will be playing a team about as good as the
Jordan Bantam team
Game nine of the season, uties will be breaking in the new interim head coach.
The holidays wont have any interruptions for the utie players either.
Wow, even if the Utes go 4-2 against: Idaho StFresno StWashington StArizonaat Coloradoat Oregon StThey'd still have to win 2 against:OregonUSCat ASUat Michiganat Stanfordat UCLAGo Utes. Almost every
game they'll be playing a great team.