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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 1:12 p.m. MDT

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Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

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.

Levin
Reno, NV

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.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

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 called it

souptwins
Lindon, UT

This writer lost a lot of credibility when putting UCF in the "also ran" category.

high school fan
Huntington, UT

Utah might be lucky to be 3-9 this season

SportzzFan
HERRIMAN, UT

"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.

Taduh
Sandy, UT

@2013 Ute Seniors WEEP paC 2-7

Thanks 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.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

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 greatness.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We are real good and we will win all our teams and that will make us real good.

Go Utes!

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

"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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

They will do dang good.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ 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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Objectified
Richfield, UT

@ 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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Objectified
Richfield, UT

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 it's shining.

Objectified
Richfield, UT

@ 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.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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 you!

cougarsrock
Springville, UT

We should get an automatic berth in the Rose Bowl this year because we play one tough schedule !

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