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Published: Sunday, Aug. 24 2014 11:30 a.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, Aug. 24 2014 11:38 a.m. MDT

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Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

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 offense.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

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 humility.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

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 W
5. Cris B: Predicting a bowl game in 2014 (Has never been right once)

worf
Mcallen, TX

May the force be with you!

G-Day-M8
Where is Waldo, UT

@ Stringer Bell

Now 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 away

Morgan 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

let's roll
LEHI, UT

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.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

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.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

The Utes will be better. And so will the rest of the PAC South.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

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!

Sanefan
Wellsville, UT

3 and 9, 5 and 7 at best. Mark it down.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

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).

Hawk
Littleton, CO

Stringer: Um, who's Dennis Christensen?

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

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!

UteinIdaho
Sandpoint, ID

@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.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

@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.

G-Day-M8
Where is Waldo, UT

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.

JSwaggDaddy
Heber City, UT

@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 Rico

I love all 5 reasons, especially the last one. Very very very true!

@CO Ute

I 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 close games.

JSwaggDaddy
Heber City, UT

I love the headline of this article:

"Five reasons Utes think they'll be better’"

Not 5 reasons the utes will be better

Not 5 reasons experts with unbiased opinions think the utes will be better

Not 5 reasons anyone outside the program thinks the utes will be better

Every 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.

Manfred Man
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

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