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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12 2014 5:45 p.m. MDT

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Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Wow, even if the Utes go 4-2 against:
Idaho St
Fresno St
Washington St
Arizona
at Colorado
at Oregon St

They'd still have to win 2 against:
Oregon
USC
at ASU
at Michigan
at Stanford
at UCLA

Go Utes. Almost every game they'll be playing a great team.

Max-was-right
springville, UT

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.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Game 9 of the Season, the cougies will be playing a team about as good as the Jordan Bantam team

BYU Fan who also likes Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

Undefeated season, rose bowl champs, and spot in the playoffs.

Easily.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

8-4; thanks for your continued support Max.

Max-was-right
springville, UT

ha ha ha 8-4 Spokane?

Not even if the uties played BYU schedule would they go 8-4...

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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 Rocks!

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

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-right

Who are you kidding, Bingham High would go 11-1 playing your schedule.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

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.

Fight On!
St George, Utah

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.

tinplater
scottsdale, AZ

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?

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

3-9 at best.

Utefan4Lyf
West Jordan, UT

At Fight On!:

My predictions for wins this season are:

Idaho State - Good warm up game
Fresno 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 past
USC - We have the tools and as long as we can contain the ball we can take this in RES
Arizona 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

Fight On!
St George, Utah

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.

USNGary
San Diego, CA

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
West Jordan, UT

@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.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

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.

ISU
FSU
AZ
CU -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 see.

Fight On!
St George, Utah

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 :)

Utefan4Lyf
West Jordan, UT

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.

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