Central Florida is not an easy game. It is a home game for them, they have tons
of talent, went to a major bowl last year and they could easily beat the Cougs.
This article unfortunately tells me more about Randy Hollis' college
football knowledge than it does about the state of Utah's Division I
football programs.1. "Big 5" obviously means something
bigger now. No longer usable to refer to our Division I football teams.
Certainly not as a headline.2. If UCF doesn't strike fear in his
heart, he hasn't been paying attention. Several of the experts in his link
to the BYU projections think the Cougars are going to lose to them.
The quests for a big time bowl game will be over with byU and usU's first
loss. Utah on the other hand will be in contention for the PAC 12
title and rose bowl within the last 2 games of the regular season. That's the beauty of being in a big boy conference. One loss and we are
very much alive for big time things!7-5 and 8-5 after bowl win for
Utah. Even a chance at 9-4. Go utes!I will remind you I
This writer lost a lot of credibility when putting UCF in the "also ran"
Utah might be lucky to be 3-9 this season
"Gone are MWC patsies that the Utes could almost always count on
beating."Like UNLV?In 49 years in the WAC and MWC
they won exactly 6 championships (BYU 23 -- nearly half). Even in the the Utes
greatest period ever, an anomaly in their history, the won exactly the same
number of championships in the MWC as TCU and BYU (in its worst period in 40
years, also am anomaly. Yes, Utes/Chris, the Utes are in a big boy conference,
yes they might be within two games with two to go -- and they will finish 4
back. If Utah was middling for 49 years in the WAC/MWC, they will be
less-than-middling in the PAC. Mark THAT down.
@2013 Ute Seniors WEEP paC 2-7Thanks again for reminding us that as
long as you are in the "big boys" sand box you don't even have to
win to get a sticker. Meanwhile, I possibly see 2 of Utah's "little
boy" sand box teams breaking into a national ranking this season but that
wont hold any value to you either (even though the rankings come from the
"Big Boys" sandbox), because you only seems to care about preseason
SOS.AND, I wont need to remind you that I called it because you wont
be reading any comments on these forums after 3-4 games in the season.
There is only one Big 5 football team in the state of Utah this year. Freudian
slip here? Hmmm? Keep dreaming big, though. It's good to aspire to
We are real good and we will win all our teams and that will make us real
"Utah on the other hand will be in contention for the PAC 12 title and rose
bowl within the last 2 games of the regular season. 7-5 and 8-5
after bowl win for Utah. Even a chance at 9-4. I will remind you I
called it"Conversely, we will remind you too WHEN you're
wrong. However, I understand why you're getting this all out now. Because
you, me, and everyone else there is a snowballs chance. So you'll post
these outrageous predictions and then when you lose to Michigan, Washington
State, UCLA, you'll just disappear...except on the BYU articles.
They will do dang good.
@ 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0:"That's the beauty of
being in a big boy conference".Do you really need to be reminded that
Ute fans haven't seen any beauty about being in their present conference...
unless you call riding on the coattails of other teams beautiful.Is
going multiple years without a winning record a thing of beauty?Is going 2
years and counting without playing in a bowl game a thing of beauty?Is
receiving not a single vote in any preseason poll a thing of beauty?Completely delusional to even infer that Utah will be contending for a Rose
Bowl berth. I just about spit out my drink when reading that. But then I
remembered the source.You've been saying the same thing for years and
it's never once come close to being true. Another repeat again this
year.@ Randy Hollis:Central Florida strikes fear into
many knowledgeable football programs. They had only a single loss last year,
beating Penn State, Memphis, Louisville, Houston, Temple, SMU and Baylor. They had only a few losses the year before, losing to South Carolina by only 3
and Missouri by 5.
cougarsundevil,And what will your reply to me be when Utah is within
contention for the Pac 12 title with 2 regular season games left?Be
careful my friend - I'm going to remind you all season long. And
don't be like a typical byU fan and say "you got lucky" when I turn
out to be right or "even a broken clock is right twice a day" or some
copout like that.
@ xert:I hope you aren't trying to infer that Utah is the only
qualifying Big-5 team in the state... unless your intent was to be humorous.
Because that indeed would be funny. - Utah is the only one of the
Big-3 to recently finish with back-to-back losing seasons.- Utah is the
only one to sit home during the holidays for multiple years and counting.-
Utah is the only one to not get a single vote on any preseason national poll.- Utah is the only one to have 3 different offensive coordinators in the last
3 years.- Utah is the only one to have a single road conference win
(against a winning record team) in the last 3 years.Considering
these facts, Utah is fortunate to even be considered one of the "Big
Five" meaningful football programs in the state, let alone one of the Big-3.
Most of their out-of-state conference foes now smile knowingly whenever
they see Utah on their schedules.
objectified,Utah is the only one to have a single road conference
win in the last 3 years?Sure about that?HOw many road
conference wins doe byU have in the last 3 years?Go UTES
Chris B:Seriously?You've been saying the same old things
for the last 3 years about Utah going to finish with a great record, being a
conference championship contender and going to the Rose Bowl. And at the end of
each season, people look back at those predictions and literally laugh.Now that Utah has perhaps their toughest schedule ever, what is there about
this coming season that warrants another wild and unjustified prediction? What
will make this year different?BYU fans have very, very seldom ever
had to consider you and your off-the-wall predictions lucky. And they won't
again this year either. There will be absolutely no reason for any kind of
"cop-out".A more likely prediction is that after the first
month of the season, we will seldom hear from you again on this site until
basketball season rolls around. And then it starts all over again. I
grant you, not many people are able to put their team optimism above actual
facts to the level that you do. It's like looking at the sun and denying
@ Chris B:As usual, you apparently missed part of what was written
before bring on another one of your cherry-picked critiques. What I said
was..."Utah is the only one to have just a single road conference win
(against a winning record team) in the last 3 years".And against
conference foes with winning records, I'm relatively sure that's
true.Please correct that particular record if you can and would.Considering BYU is an independent football program, it's more than
obvious that it would be impossible for them to have any conference road wins,
which is the exact same scenario with Notre Dame. So what lame point are you
trying to make this time?BTW:I and other BYU fans really enjoy
how you always emphasize U coming at the very tail end of BYU, right where it
(U) belongs, whenever you write your little byU. It's a good reminder that
the U has always been behind Brigham Young in so many ways and for such a long
time.So thank you.
Chris B"And what will your reply to me be when Utah is within
contention for the Pac 12 title with 2 regular season games left?Be
careful my friend - I'm going to remind you all season long. And don't
be like a typical byU fan and say "you got lucky" when I turn out to be
right or "even a broken clock is right twice a day" or some copout like
that."There are several factors that play in the outcome of a
sporting event. To discount any amount of 'luck' a team might
experience would bring someone into boasting. For example. SEC teams boast they
are the best and win on skill alone. I would never want to be as arrogant as a
typical SEC fan. ASU experienced a little 'luck' last year when ASU
beat Wisconsin (thanks PAC-12 refs). ASU experienced a little 'luck'
when we came from behind to beat Utah (lucky Utah relied on Erickson). So, yes,
IF Utah would make it to being in contention to the PAC-12 title (mind you, you
said title, not south title), then it would require some luck. But I'd be
impressed nonetheless. Not going to happen though.
objectified,Your lists begins by talking about the "only one of
the big 3" You are talking about Utah, byU, and usU is that correct?"And yet you say that Utah is the only one to have a single road
conference win (against a winning record team) in the last 3 years."And guess whats worse than that?Having ZERO road conference
wins against a team with a winning record. The small chance Utah
has each year of going to a Rose Bowl and national title game are infinitely
better than byU's chances being in the desert with no conference wanting
We should get an automatic berth in the Rose Bowl this year because we play one
tough schedule !
I predict that Weber State U. will win the '14 trophy for
"Most-Improved Season"... by a LONG SHOT!Wildcat Nation is
going to have an incredibly exciting & successful comeback year. It will
blow your mind-- guaranteed!BTW-- Deseret News, you forgot to list
WSU's big game (season opener, Thursday evening @ ASU) in the sidebar of
this article. HOW could you forget to list the Wildcats?!?! This article *IS*
about the Big-5, not just about the Big-3! Get it together, dudes! 8^D
@inspector, Weber State didn't fare very well against the ASU Sun
Devils...you still see the "comeback" year?
@tinplater ---Oh yeah! Guaranteed. I never promised a victory over
the Sun Devils. Weber State was ASU's cupcake. There's not a team in
Utah that could beat ASU right now!But still... overall, I think WSU
will make tremendous strides this year. Write that down!