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  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    First, I really miss watching Utah games. I do wish they would play BYU more. The National exposure would be good for them.

    Secondly, I wish Utah would stop making excuses, play their schedule, and win, or drop out of the PAC if they can't compete. It's no fun having a mediocre team playing so close to home.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Aug. 27, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    Hey, Chris was here, Here, I thought he only commented on BYU stories. I live & die cougar blue and hope Utah has a successful season. I think that if they can get that Michigan game, they could get six wins. But at Michigan, wow, though I project it at 55 / 45 as a percentage for Michigan. Big 10 refs also like the Big 10. If it was a neutral field I might call it a toss-up. I don't see a Stanford game this year. The defense will be good, and always will be. Utah will be in most of their games. Dres is great, but I don't think you have the horses like some past years, Wilson will be descent. I don't think your running backs run down hill though. You lost a good one. Best of luck from this BYU fan. I wish Kyle & team success. As for you Utah fans. Every time I see you in stores or anywhere, I always ask about your teams. Most of you know nothing, I know more about your team than you do. Comments are, "I just wear it". I watch more games than most of you do. I have respect.
    Jeff

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    ekute

    Is that what beating Oklahoma and Texas in regular season games, and winning 6 of 9 bowl games, including beating Oregon and Oregon State, proved?

    It's sad when Utah fans resort to mistruths and distortions of BYU's record in order to feel good about themselves.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    sammyg,

    Beat up cream puffs, lose to the good teams and in your bowl games is what you do. History proves it.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:22 p.m.

    @ 65TossPowerTrap

    It's not rare. It happens dozens of times each season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    ekute

    Losing in U're conference is what U do well... historically speaking of course.

    And... no prediction necessary.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    65TossPowerTrap "Why is a "P-5?" team playing an FCS team?"
    For P-5 schools, playing an FCS team is called "opening the season."
    For mid-major independents, playing an FCS team is called "November".

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:48 p.m.

    Just read an article in the salt lake trib written by a well known slc sportswriter claiming that all u football coaches are on a very short leash. Wow, would not have expected this article from a slc sportswriter !

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    NASCAR crashes and burns and the pac12 realizes that the SEC is the best conference in the nation . defense wins national titles .

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    Hopefully the u will not overlook The Bulldogs in week 2. they are going to come in town gunning for the Utes realizing the continued success that their twin brother Boise State has had against the u. prediction- 27-24 bulldogs.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    SportsFan,

    Read any Ute article...It's what you do.

    Read the overwhelming comments from happy valley predicting Utah losses...It's what you do.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    ekute

    Don't kid yourself.

    Our BYU-obsessed friends from the hill will absolutely remember every single game BYU plays this year; they'll pretend to forget the wins, but they'll absolutely catalogue every single detail of any losses - it's what you do.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    Brio,

    So far, about 20 other commenters under this article posted their personal rhetoric.

    Are they out of line too?

  • SEC Rules Seminole, FL
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    Here's looking at you Chris...

    Feldman's flop team: Utah Utes. They have been sputtering since arriving in the conference and don't be surprised if the bottom drops out in 2014. The rest of the league has elevated from when Utah planned the move to the Pac-12, and with CU improving, the hunch here is that Utah will end up in the South division cellar.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    Brio,

    I said "Remember byu's 4 biggest games last year? Most don't."

    You said "I actually remember every one of BYU's wins last season."

    Then you said "Or do have anything to back up your statement?"

    lol.

  • Sagacious Meadow, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Almost all BYU fans and even many Utah fans will be remembering the exceptional season BYU will soon have. It will be one of those breakout years that comes along only every so often, when the stars line-up correctly.

    There is a valid reason Bronco has been in better spirits after this fall camp than he has been since becoming head coach. I guarantee that he knows a heck of a lot more about what will be happening with this BYU team than any of the BYU-naysayers who offer their less than 2-bits worth on these comment sections. And they are seldom worth even that.

    Wait about 2 weeks and we'll continue this discussion. I'm not interested in any more unsubstantiated anti-BYU rhetoric until then. And by then, offering any will only make that person look totally out of touch.

    On the other hand, most Ute fans will sadly be wanting to forget the season Utah will soon be having... mostly because of their tough schedule. But at least they can enjoy having a winning record for a week before reality and real football starts setting in.

  • Sagacious Meadow, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    @ ekute:

    The "best conference on the planet" is highly debatable. But even if it was the best, what difference does it make if your team can't win even half of their games in it? Anyone could be a doormat for any conference. Even Idaho State or Weber State could fill that spot in the PAC12. So beat your drums too loudly. They aren't saying anything noteworthy.

    Concerning BYU's wins from last season. I do remember that BYU had over 50% more wins than Utah did last year. And it's easy to remember that BYU went to another bowl game while Utah sat home over the holidays once again. Both seem to becoming ingrained habits.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    @ ekute:

    Exactly how do you know that most people don't remember BYU's wins from last season? Now you are dropping yourself to Chris B's level by spouting personal rhetoric as if it was factual. Or do have anything to back up your statement?

    I actually remember every one of BYU's wins last season. And that's more difficult than to remember the few wins Utah had. I also distinctly remember Utah once again sitting home during the holidays, just like the year before.

    One thing is for certain. BYU opening game will be much more interesting and watched by many more people than Utah's first game. But then again, that's quite indicative of how most of the season will go.

    Interesting that you and other Ute fans aren't making fun of Oregon's, Ohio State's, and Michigan State's SOS... since all those teams have schedules rated easier than BYU's. I guess it's actually a complement to BYU's program that you and other Utes obviously care so much.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    I better not hear a single noun about BYU playing "mighty" Idaho State in the future! Wonder if Whitt will be up 56-0 and practice an on-sides kick?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Uteanymous,

    Will anybody remember byu's upcoming season? Most won't.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    ekute

    Most folks only remember two big games for the Utes last year:

    Utah @ BYU
    Stan @ Utah

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    Why is a "P-5?" team playing an FCS team?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    It's a perfect preseason to prepare for play in the best conference on the planet. Chris Hill should be congratulated for setting it up. Anybody that argues otherwise is obviously disappointed with their own schedule.

    souptwins,

    Remember byu's 4 biggest games last year? Most don't.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    2fer

    "The same can be said about 2/3 of BYU's schedule."

    Which 8 teams on BYU's schedule are equivalent to Utah playing #245 Idaho State?

    Gotta luv the hyperbole of Utah fans.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    @ PAC man

    The same can be said about 2/3 of BYU's schedule.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    There are good wins and bad losses but there are no bad wins or good losses. If you win, then we can talk about SOS as a measure of quality wins. If you lose more than you win, nobody cares. This game will probably be similar to the Weber St. game last year. Remember that one? Most don't. Was that an indicator of the season to come? NO! Don't expect this to be either. Good luck to the Utes over their whole #11 SOS season.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    thenun

    Win, and you'll get credit for playing a difficult schedule.

    Lose, and it's just a convenient, whiny excuse.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    Go Leopards! Go Utes!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    It's just good to play a game. Yes, East would be more exciting, but it's time to start the season.

    Go Utes!!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    @thenun

    NCAA Men's Football - Team Power Rankings (2014-2015) from Real Time RPI

    #1 Fla St (SOS #59)
    #3 Mich St (SOS #87)
    #8 Oregon (SOS #107)
    #16 Ohio St (SOS #90)
    #39 BYU (SOS #78)
    #42 USU (SOS #150)
    #48 Utah (SOS #11)

    Despite the whirlwind of hyperbole blowing from the hill this morning, Utah doesn't have the strongest SOS and BYU doesn't have the weakest SOS in the country. In fact, BYU's SOS isn't much lower than #1 Florida State's SOS.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    We will show Idaho we are relevant nationally and that's why we are playing them because we are relevant.

    Go Utes!

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    TheNun

    The fundamental flaw in your argument is SOS doesn't define how good a particular team is, it only determines how severly that team has been tested.

    ANYBODY can lose to a good schedule.

    It's laughable how Utah fans have suddenly become obsessed with SOS, when for years they completely ignored SOS when they were beating their chests about their 9-game bowl winning streak, which was really nothing more than a series of mediocre Utah teams beating a series of mediocre opponents in bowls.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    CB

    "I look forward the day(very soon) when the big boy conferences ONLY play big boy teams."

    Be careful what you wish for.

    1st, luckily for U, a complete P5 vs P5 schedule will never happen because to many of the big boys like playing 7 homes games, which would be impossible with an all P5 schedule unless bottom feeding P5s like Utah were willing to play 7 road games.

    2nd, an all P5 schedule would doom Utah to perpetual losing seasons and no bowls. Without their gimme win versus a Big Sky team every year, the Utes would be hard pressed to finish better than 4-8.

    RES would soon look just like it used to during Utah's WAC and early MWC days. An occassional sell out when a Top 10 USC or UCLA comes to town, but otherwise, a vast sea of empty red chairs.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    There are those spouting they know "good football" and then make the claim watching byu play the host of cupcakes on its schedule is included in that category.

    They further go on to predict the win-loss record for another team, without mentioning the quality opponents in 11 of those games, which truly describes "good football".

    I suppose, when one team plays the single most difficult schedule in college football, and the other team acts as a puppet for the worldwide leader by playing a schedule comprised of teams with a combined won-loss record from a year ago that is 10 games under .500, it does become difficult to distinguish what is "good football" compared to football televised on espn.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:24 p.m.

    Unfortunately ISU is just not that good. It would have been better to play a team like Eastern Washington.

    Utah 66
    ISU 3

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    BTW, 5 and 7 at best for Utah, I predict 3 and 9. Lets split the difference and call it 4 and 7. The decline continues!

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    Yawn! I wish I could watch it, but I'l be forced to watch Boise and then I get the privilege to watch BYU on ESPN Friday night. My only disappointment is that I can watch BYU more often on national TV than my Huskers. Oh well, good football is good football, guess that is why there are only 2 nationally televised Utah games! "Let the games begin!"

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Scrimmaging against East High School would be more exciting than this snoozer.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:55 p.m.

    So glad that Coach Whitt is not going to be judged on how good a coach he is based on how this team does in 2014. Five teams on the schedule are top 20 pre-season teams and an away game in the Big House spell a losing season and another non-bowl campaign. But when the schedule gets easier in the next few years and the Utes start winning more than they're losing and bowl invitations start rolling in everybody will be happy that Coach Whitt was kept on board.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    Hopefully a nice easy start to the season before it gets really difficult!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:20 p.m.

    Coach Christensen will show us some new wrinkles for sure, but he'll save much of our NASCAR offense for game #2.

    Utah 55
    Idaho state 10

    Utah 7-5 this season - don't call me lucky when it happens.

    Proud Ute
    Proud Pac 12 member

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:07 p.m.

    It could possibly be one of those rare shining moments of the season!

    Glad football is finally starting.