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  • jsanders Draper , UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 2:49 a.m.

    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 go undefeated?

  • jsanders Draper , UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 2:41 a.m.

    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...

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 15, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    @BiggerBYUfan

    You are way too optimistic.....sheesh. Maybe they shouldn't even play the seaon.

  • BiggerUtefan Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:46 p.m.

    @Uteology
    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).

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    Guaranteed wins on schedule:
    Idaho St

    Likely wins:
    Fresno St

    50-50 games:
    Colorado
    Arizona

    Unlikely Wins:
    Wash St

    Very Unlikely wins:
    ASU
    Michigan
    Oregon St
    USC

    Not a chance games:
    Oregon
    Stanford
    UCLA

    You 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 better team.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:26 p.m.

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

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    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.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    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 :)

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    @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.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    Aug. 13, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    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?

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    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.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    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

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    3-9 at best.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Aug. 13, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    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?

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    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.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 13, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    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!

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    ha ha ha 8-4 Spokane?

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

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 13, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    8-4; thanks for your continued support Max.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 7:03 a.m.

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

    Easily.

  • BYU Fan who also likes Utah Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 8:38 p.m.

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

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    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
    Aug. 12, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    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.