I doubt the Utes will get a sniff at the NC game if they end up undefeated, but
they should get an at large to another BCS game.Gotta laugh at the
BYU fans, latching onto the Utah won't get a NC bid smack, is that all you have
left? Guess you've given up on the last pipe dream, a victory over the Utes in
November. If I was a BYU fan, I'd be hoping not to finish the year
with a 100+ ranking and the worst D1 QB rating in the nation!!
Beat Colorado State
The Utes are playing well against bad teams, but unfortunately, they've pretty
much peaked as far as how high in the polls they're going to climb. Having
Michigan State pass them in the Coaches poll is not a good sign, and sitting at
#9 with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Stanford, Oklahoma State, and
Missouri right on their heals, the Utes could find themselves dropping in the
polls even if they continue to win.Air Force losing to SDSU did not
help. It was Utah's only chance to make a statement by beating a ranked team on
the road.Now the only statement games the Utes have are at Notre
Dame(4-3) and home against #4 TCU.By the time Utah plays TCU it'll
be too late for the Utes to make a big enough splash to get into the NC
discussion, although they might still be able to get into a BCS game if they go
undefeated, although even that may be a stretch.
sammyg: not necessarily better programs in AQ conferences, just better press. As
far as scheduling, Pitt was expected to be a much better team than they are,
SJSU is also on 'Bama's schedule as well as Wisconsin's. Iowa State is still a
Big12 AQ scholl as well. No one says anything nationally when Michigan plays
Appalachian state or VA Tech plays James Madison, or LSU plays the SCLSU Mud
Dogs but when Utah beats up on the same sort of competition, suddenly it's all
about SOS. As far as conference opponents, Duke, Kentucky, Vandy, Tennessee, Ole
Miss, Miss State, Northwestern, Purdue, et.al are regular powerhouses as well.
South Carolina has 1 good win every year and chokes the rest of their season
away. Notre Dame was great 50 years ago but, talk about overrated.
Ida_Ute is dead on. No doubt a winning season but better competition starts in
two weeks for the Utes.If the Utes run the table then it will be a
game like last year's TCU / BSU...ouch, but not a NC. In the top 25 Utes are
par. There are better programs in AQ schools and that's where the BCS loyalties
lie. The Utes weak SOS is like an albatross. Had your AD scheduled
some stiffer OOC competition earlier in the season it might have been different.
Sorry NC, I have to disagree. No matter what happens Utah will not be selected
to play for a National Title this year. We need to see the bigger picture, this
years success is about future recruiting.Coach Kyle is developing a
reputation for putting defensive players into the NFL. BSC conference
membership, a new Pac-12 TV deal, and Witt's steller, and deservered, reputation
need to lead to some improved recruiting. Reggie Dunn was headed to U of A
until July when they didn't have a scholarship for him because he took so long
to get grades figured out. But we can't expect sub 4.4 guys to fall in our laps
every year.Looks like we will end up in the stronger, but recruiting
rich, southern Pac-12 division. I hope we get off to great start in recruiting,
by showing kids this is the place to be, for winning football.Great
This team is on it's way to unprecedented heights. As we've seen the
SEC, big 12, big 10, and Pac 10 teams will all beat each other up during regular
season. It's likely the only undefeated teams as years end will
be Boise and Utah. But after beating TCU in a close one(just like last time
they came to Utah) there will be no way Utah doesn't jump them in the polls.
Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated have stated in recent weeks the NC
is a very serious possibility for TCU or Utah with the carnage going on in the
other conferences.I've said it since week one and I'll say it again.
Utah WILL win the national championship this year. P.S.
"We" shouldnt sound silly by saying "WE need to focus on next week" because "WE"
aren't on the team. "We" won't impact the game next Saturday even if "We" think
about Colorado State 24/7 this coming week.