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Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 4:40 p.m. MDT

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2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Should be fun game. I think Coach Christensen will hide most of our NASCAR offense but we should still win 55-7 if we go easy in the 4th quarter.

Utah WILL go 7-5 this year! Love being back at RES. This place is electric!

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Idaho threatening to score?

OH MY....

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Idaho State Scores a touchdown???

WHATT??

Don't they know they are playing a PAC 12 Team??

FACTchequer
Salt Lake City, UT

Typical officiating from the conference with the worst officiating crews; everybody knows that a receiver must establish possession by having at least one foot come down in bounds.

Well....
Phoenix, AZ

Seniors, looks like a nice game, you bet--but don't you think it's a teensy teeny bit premature to start crowing about a 7-5 season based on two quarters against Idaho State? Just a thought.

CBAX
Provo, UT

Good warm up game.

eagle
Provo, UT

For most of us 7-5 is mediocre and nothing to crow about period...

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ eagle

"Most of you" play at least 7 cupcakes.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Well a win is a win.

Line play on both sides needs to be better. Linebackers were non existent. We just need more playmakers on D in general. Also, I wasn't impressed with Utah's depth.

Good news is QB's looked pretty good. RBs and WRs were as good as advertised. And Clay is a playmaker. Hopefully Utah can take a step forward next week and grab another W against Fresno St.

Go Utes!

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes baby, we're undefeated! This win guarantees us a spot in the playoffs! Mark it down!

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

This proves we are a big boy and it will help our ranking a whole bunch.

Go Utes!

hedgelog
Idaho Falls, ID

Too bad Idaho state won't count in the six wins you need to be in a bowl game. But u won't win five more anyway!

Jefe-Ute
Richmond, VA

Defense use to be the strength of Utah football. I was not impressed, especially our corners. The only corner I thought played decent was Hatfield. Offense started a little shaky, but was able to pick it up. Cox>Thompson. I hope Utah comes out firing against Fresno State with all the kinks figured out or it could be a long season.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

I would say that went pretty much as expected. If I were a Utah fan I would be happy about the QB play and depth which looks improved from last year. There also seems to be more playmakers and overall depth on the offensive side of the ball. My concern would be on defense. I was surprised at the lack of physicality on the defensive line, and the consistent ability of ISU to convert on third down. I think the defense has to improve on all three levels...giving up 336 yards and 21 first downs to a bad FCS team doesn't bode well. However, it was the first game against Idaho St so I wouldn't put too much stock in anything. Overall I thought Utah performed well and appears to be better than last year, but only time will tell.

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

Impressed with the offense even though they showed very little. Not impressed with defensive front and our db's.

Props to special teams.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

The corners couldn't get their heads around to even look for the ball. If that continues, we are going to get burned on the deep ball all season long.

Congrats to Clay and the three qb's who played. O-line was really poor when Thompson was in the game. He's quick. Cox looked great.

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

Jefe-Ute

"Defense use to be the strength of Utah football."

Obviously not any more. Giving up 178 yards rushing to an Idaho State team that only averaged 69 yards/game last season is embarrassing.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Cougsndawgs

Pretty spot on. The D-line in concerning, but I'm more worried about the secondary. ISU's receivers were getting separation way too easily, and there just aren't any playmakers back there. I don't know what the problem is, but Utah doesn't seem to be able to force turnovers.

Well....
Phoenix, AZ

Seniors, as above, not a bad game. Now that it's over, just curious about your 7-5 prediction: Where are these 7 wins coming from? Looking over the Utes' schedule:

ISU: W (in the books)
Fresno: Fine, W
At Michigan: NO
WSU: Fine, W, maybe
At UCLA: NO
At OSU: NO
USC: NO
At ASU: NO (and don't even think about it) :)
Oregon: NO
At Stanford: NO
Arizona: NO (but close, maybe W)
At Colorado: NO

That's 3-9. Maybe 4-8 if you pull off a win over the Mildcats. Realistically, you're playing with a QB who's a tough kid mentally and a great competitor but only a solid hit away from ending his career, a defense that'd be fine for the Mountain West but not strong enough for very many Pac-12 wins, and a league that's stacked top to bottom, but mostly at the top. Worst of all, you play a LOT of teams at the top. Seniors, where are the horses who're going to pull off the 3 or 4 more wins you're expecting? Not seeing it.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

I can't believe I am saying this but I was really disappointed in our defense today.

Orphey was getting beat all game, well in the first half that he played anyway. Good news, I don't recall a pass being thrown to Row's side.

And where was our run stop defense? We also need Gionni Paul to get healthy quick. I hope he's ready by the Michigan game.

The depth at QB seems to have been resolved, true test will be next wee. The WRs and RBs are as good as hyped during fall camp.

It seems we finally have an offense, lets hope that are defense doesn't go missing now.

Special Teams: A
Offense: B-
Defense: C

There's room to improve!

Go UTES!

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