I think the most significant reason isn't mentioned; the hiring of Dennis
Christensen. And to all of the BYU fans, no one is interested in what he did at
Wyoming. He was not hired to be the head coach and what coach has been able to
succeed at Wyoming anyway? As former National Offensive Coordinator of the year
he brings the credentials to finally get this offense grounded and running
properly. He has the players at every position to work with and hopefully will
last longer than his predecessors to bring much needed stability and success to
The Utes arrogantly believe that a team barely ranked in the Top 50 (per
Sagarin) can qualify for a bowl after playing nationally ranked Oregon (3), UCLA
(7), Stanford (11), USC (15) and ASU (19), plus dubious road games at Michigan
and Oregon State. They're about to be taught another lesson in
5 Reasons the Uties should be concerned 1. Fresno: This game if lost
will set the tone for another "Doormat season".2. Washington
State: a lot of Uties are penciling this as a win... (Think again)3.
Michigan: This game has the potential to completely demoralize the Utes.4.
Colorado: If Uities lose this, say goodbye to Coach W5. Cris B: Predicting
a bowl game in 2014 (Has never been right once)
May the force be with you!
@ Stringer BellNow why would you even reference BYU regarding an
article that has nothing do with them? I can only surmise that BYU is in your
head like an annoying tune that won't go awayMorgan Scalley may
have some good points but good points don't necessarily win games. I'm
glad he's optimistic but utah's 2004 cake walk schedule is not the
same as 2014. Good luck though
Best of luck to the Utes this year. Stay healthy, stay humble (especially after
the inevitable 9 or 10 TD win over ISU), and stay focused...that schedule will
prove a long haul. Best wishes to Coach W and his team.
It's that time of year where everybody is optimistic. Hopefully the
improvements Utah made in the offseason will help it get over the hump.@ Uncle Rico#5. is hilarious!
The experience will make them better. Remember that Utah lost 3 PAC 12 games in
the last minute of the game and had 4 losses by less than 8 points. Less
turnovers and score one more touchdown per game wins them at least 2 more games
than last year. The average win in he PAC 12 was by an average of 7 points
meaning most teams were very even.Let's pray that the
experience puts the Utes over the hump. Also a revamped offense will help.
The Utes will be better. And so will the rest of the PAC South.
They may be better, but the automatic win against BYU is not there this year.Had a lot of close games last year, going to have to figure out how to
win more of those this year.Enough with all of the preseason talk,
let the games begin!
3 and 9, 5 and 7 at best. Mark it down.
PAC12Fan:"Remember that Utah lost 3 PAC 12 games in the last minute of
the game and had 4 losses by less than 8 points."What most Utah
fans forget is that they had four wins that were less than 8 points and won in
the waning minutes as well (Utah State, BYU, Stanford, and Colorado). If you
lose those games you would have finished with only 1 win, lose even half of them
and you would have finished 3-9. It seems Utah fans are always quick to remember
the close losses but slow to remember the close victories.I think
Utah will be improved this year, but watching the preseason and press reviews
for other PAC12 schools leads me to believe that most of them are improved and
confident as well. So with that in mind, Utah may be better but in terms of
win-loss record it may not matter. Good luck Utes. I honestly do want to see
Whitt keep his job and see Utah go bowling again (despite my antagonizing ute
fans all the time).
Stringer: Um, who's Dennis Christensen?
On paper Utah improved last year, the problem was with injuries and lack of
depth at key spots. With such a tough schedule, Utah is looking at anywhere
from 4-7 wins. Remember we started 4-2 last year but finished 1-5
after Wilson injured his passing hand. His backup is now 5th on the depth
chart. IMO if they stay healthy they'll go 7-5.Go UTES!
@cougsndawgs/tc22"I honestly do want to see Whitt keep his job and see
Utah go bowling again (despite my antagonizing ute fans all the time)."Then why all the relentless antagonizing?? If you honestly want to see
Utah and coach Whitt succeed(which I don't believe) then please, please let
it go with the senseless antagonizing.
@Cougsndawgs:What most Utah fans forget is that they had four wins that
were less than 8 points and won in the waning minutes as well (Utah State, BYU,
Stanford, and Colorado). What you forget is Utah lead the entire
game against BYU and at best, a TD at the end would have forced OT. Led the
entire second half at Stanford. Led the entire game against Colorado. The USU
game was back and forth but the other 3 games were mostly controlled by the Utes
and only Stanford had a chance to win at the end. Very misleading post.
Co ute.So what. A loosing season is a loosing season no mater how
you spin it. utes offense gets better, so does the rest of the PAC12 defenses.
@Stringer Bell"And to all of the BYU fans, no one is interested
in what he did at Wyoming."I'm a BYU fan and I don't
care what he did at Wyoming. It's Wyoming. I don't think Nick Saban
could turn them into a successful program. So I don't know what BYU fans
you are referring to, but the vast majority of them don't care what he did
at Wyoming either.@Uncle RicoI love all 5 reasons,
especially the last one. Very very very true!@CO UteI
don't really care if utah led the whole game and won by 7 or came from
behind to win by 7. Either way, they won by 7. A 7-point game is a close game.
Anyone who tries to argue otherwise doesn't understand football. Basically,
it means the game was 1 play away from going differently.Face it.
utah had a few close wins and a few close losses. Saying they were close to
going 1-11 is just as crazy as saying they were close to 9-3. They deserved 5-7,
there's no way around it. If they were a better team they would win more
I love the headline of this article:"Five reasons Utes think
they'll be better’"Not 5 reasons the utes will be
betterNot 5 reasons experts with unbiased opinions think the utes
will be betterNot 5 reasons anyone outside the program thinks the
utes will be betterEvery team thinks they will be better and have
that magical season. BYU fans (including myself) do it every year. But
there's a reason Phil Steele and the other experts look at utah's team
and don't see improvement this year. Most experts predict 4 or 5 wins this
year. And most experts predict 9 or 10 wins this year for BYU.So
let's all take our various-colored goggles off. ute fans (I know only some
of you do this), stop proclaiming that utah will win 7 or 8 games this year. It
could happen, but it's not likely.BYU fans, stop proclaiming
that BYU will go undefeated. It could happen, but it's not likely. 9 out of
10 teams have close to the type of season that the experts predict.
Utah probably goes 6-6. That is one tough schedule! I think the Utes will be
better, but so will the rest of the league.
We'll be better because we have some guys nobody has heard of and the rest
of the Pac12 didn't want. Also, we'll be better because we're in
the Pac12 and we've gone 4-5, 3-6 and 2-7 in conference play the past 3
yrs. Following that trend we....oh never mind.
@pac12fanThe experience will make them better. Remember that Utah lost 3
PAC 12 games in the last minute of the game and had 4 losses by less than 8
points. Less turnovers and score one more touchdown per game wins them at least
2 more games than last year. The average win in he PAC 12 was by an average of 7
points meaning most teams were very even.--------------Utah also had several close wins that could've easily been losses. They
could've just as easily gone 1-11 instead of 5-7. Coulda/Woulda/Shouldas go
both ways.This year Utah faces future NFL QB's with Oregon St,
UCLA, Wash St, USC, ASU, Oregon, Michigan, with many of those games being on the
road. Also the annual rivalry game with Colorado is always an iffy prospect and
Utah has needed a lot of luck and help from coaching blunders by the opposing
coaches to eek out some very narrow wins. The only sure win on the schedule is
@CO uteWhat you forget is Utah lead the entire game against BYU and at
best, a TD at the end would have forced OT. Led the entire second half at
Stanford. Led the entire game against Colorado. The USU game was back and forth
but the other 3 games were mostly controlled by the Utes and only Stanford had a
chance to win at the end. Very misleading post.-------------------you're conveniently forgetting that Utah
also benefitted from a phantom flag that negated 7 pts earlier in the game on
the 100 yd KO return by Adam Hine. The officiating crew in the BYU game was the
same nefarious group that cheated Wisconsin vs ASU earlier in the season and got
reprimanded by the Pac12 for doing it in such an obvious manner. As for leading
the entire game against teams Utah was not in control and in most of those games
was out gained and out played.A narrow win is a narrow win and
could've been a narrow loss just as easily as the narrow losses
could've been wins. Utah was just as close to being 1-11 last year as they
@uteologyRemember we started 4-2 last year but finished 1-5 after Wilson
injured his passing hand. His backup is now 5th on the depth chart. IMO if they
stay healthy they'll go 7-5.---------------You
started 4-2 and then got into the meat of your conference schedule. This year it
looks even worse. Starting with the Michigan game you have a stretch facing 8
straight teams that likely have potential NFL QB's (including several
Heisman candidates) and will all likely be ranked during the season at some
point. There's a very good reason why Vegas has set the over/under on Ute
wins this season at 4.5. That means it could be a 4 win season just as likely as
it could be another 5 wins.
5 reasons ute fans think they'll be better this year1). Because
they're in the Pac12. That automatically makes them better2). Because
of their Pac12 recruiting advantage, that automatically makes them better3). Because of all the Pac12 bumper stickers and banners. That automatically
makes them better4). Because of all the money they're now finally
getting from the Pac12, that automatically makes them better5). Because
ute fans like Chris B have been predicting South Div titles, CCG wins and Rose
Bowl victories for 3 seasons now, what's one more season of the same? Mark it down!!! Go Pac12! Woohoo Pac12! Win Pac12!
This got better...That got worse...Talent,players, blah blah blah...What I want
to know is how much have the Utes improved on protecting the football. You can
talk all you want about talent, or the lack there of, but when a team can turn
the ball over 3-7 times a game and still be in a position to win in the final
seconds that tells me the talent is there. (p.s. Those 3 turnover games are
games they won.) Turn the ball over 5 times and lose by a touchdown? Most teams
in that situation wouldn't be in the running come halftime, much less one
good play away from winning. Cut the turnovers by half and the Utes lose 2
instead of 7. That's the story, has been since the Utes joined the
conference. Stop handing out free points and gifting wins to other teams and
its an entirely different conversation going on across the country.
Can we protect the football? That's the question I'll be anxiously
awaiting an answer for this yearGO UTES!!!
BIG COUGAR. )You have a wealth of knowledge and a prolific hand.
Why are you not a sports writer?It is refreshing to read so many
little "gems" of Truth.
Well said Mr. Scalley, well said. Go Utes
Not surprised. Another Ute thread swarmed by the blue google faithful. I guess
you feel emboldened by the sure knowledge that that the mighty Cougs will not
suffer yet another painful loss to the Utes . Sad for you though that it is
only due to the Utes dropping such a give me game from their schedule and not
any actual football prowess on the part of your team. That is tough
slate/murderers row of talent your team will face against the likes of of
Nevada, UNLV, Middle Tennessee State; and lest we not forget, mighty Savannah
State to wrap up a home schedule for the ages. I see now how you have such
authority to ridicule the Utes given your mighty (poor) record against them and
the brutally (easy) schedule your team faces. Fear not though, you can always
glom on to another team, like many Y faithful already have; one that is better
than your primary team (AKA actually capable of beating the team in SLC you so
dislike). Preferably make it a PAC 12 team so you can act like speak for
Ha ha ha - did I really see a comment on the officiating at last year's
Utah/byu game? Seriously? That's right - the cougs weren't out
matched by a superior defense, it was the ref's fault. That's why they
lost. In the mind of a cougar fan, byu never really loses a game ... do they?
Why don't the cougar fans who are so intent on setting us
straight on how terrible Utah will be this year just worry about your own team
for awhile? Maybe watch the highlights from the Virginia opener last year?. GO
@BigCougarYou started 4-2 and then got into the meat of your
conference schedule. ------------------So? Except for
the Oregon game, Utah wasn't overwhelmed. We had a lead going into the 4th
against Arizona and ASU and only down 6 late at @WSU. All winnable games with a
healthy Wilson.I still think we would have won 1-2 more games with
him healhty. He wasn't the same QB after the Stanford game. His
completion percent was around 62% before injuring his hand and around 32% after
@SilverbackmonkeyTurn the ball over 5 times and lose by a touchdown?
Most teams in that situation wouldn't be in the running come halftime, much
less one good play away from winning.-------------So
true. It's time for an example:* Utah +5 TO ... Utah (8-5) 54
BYU 10 at LES* UCLA +4 TO ... #16 UCLA (10-3) 34 Utah 27 at RES
With less gifting to opposing defenses and more giving to primary receivers Dres
and K Scott, Utes will be in prime position to win this season's close
games, and silence critics.Go Utes!
@G-Day-M8'loosing' are they slacking the line?
Good luck Utah. If you pull off a wining record with this schedule, you got my