Brad Rock: Utes have yet to face tough part of schedule

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  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Oct. 28, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    Utah is a very good team --well coached and well disciplined. A team that, no pun intended, can take 1 game at a time and focused on it to win.

    That being said, with the easy part of the scheduled (5 games) mixed with 2 good teams (Pitts, ISU) in the first half of the season, that is a blessing for Utah. It will prepare Utah better for the tough part --whatever early issues, they've had time to work it out without the cost of a loss.

    So a nice win this week will set up the showdown--throwing in whatever you may want to call it herr--with TCU next week:

    1) MWC game of the decade/century (especially with Utah in PAC-12 and TCU rumored moving out of MWC)?

    2) Best ever mid-major game (TCU/BSU Fiesta bowl game failed to live up to this title)?

    All will tune in to watch how real football should be played on both sides of the game ---defense and offense.

    I invite BYU players and fans to group together--bringing cookies, milk, water, etc--and watch and learn.

    Don't forget to yell out loud Go Utes!

  • SoCalUtahFanToo Irvine, CA
    Oct. 28, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    ...Look at Washington the last few years; they're a bad team who manages to beat very good, highly ranked teams on rare occasion...

    Washington is an average team who managed to lose to a very bad team this year --BYU

  • RiverRat77 West Valley City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    I think Utah is good... but TCU is better. No, they're not beating people by 50 points but they don't need to. I'm a Utah fan but both Air Force and TCU are huge concerns for the Utes because one is solid and one is outstanding. One loss and they're out of BCS contention although they'll get what the second place team out of the MWC gets... the Vegas Bowl. Yippie!! I think there are a lot of Ute fans (including friends of mine) that are way too hyped up over beating people like SJSU, UNLV, Wyoming and CSU. That means nothing... its extremely premature to even mention a national championship shot because the Utes have lots of hard work to do yet. If they beat both AF and TCU, then it gets tons easier to justify at the very least a great bowl but those saying they can hang with Oregon, Auburn, or even Bama again this year are living on hope alone. Wait until the Utes actually play somebody... it wasn't very long ago that they darn near lost the Pitt game.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 25, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    While it would be wonderful for any team from the MWC to win the national championship this year, a re-match with Alabama would not be the best way for the Utes to get there. I would much rather see Utah in that game than TCU or BSU, but lets hope to play a new team that won't be nearly as revenge minded. Oregon would be a much better match up anyway. Will Utah make it? No, mark it down. Will BYU lose to Utah? Yes, but not by 50 or 60.

  • Dannysaur Lansing, MI
    Oct. 25, 2010 1:57 p.m.

    Indeed, Utah should have no problem over BYU. However, Krindor is right, strange things do happen in rivalry games (even non-rivalry games). Look at Washington the last few years; they're a bad team who manages to beat very good, highly ranked teams on rare occasion.

  • krindor U S A F Academy, CO
    Oct. 25, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    I'm a Ute fan and certainly we are heading toward the more difficult part of our schedule, and I would say that includes BYU. Yes, they are terrible this year, but strange things happen in rivalry games and really the only thing they have left to play for this year is trying to beat the Utes.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    Oct. 24, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Brad, BYU is not considered a tough opponent for the utes this year. That is absolutley dumb to think that they are. Tell the truth when you write these articles. You will have more credibility as a writer if you say Utah will score 60 against BYU this year.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Sammyg, I wouldn't say all the games/teams Utah have left are tougher. The biggest creampuff cake of the season is the last game of the year. The beat down inflicted on that slow TDS will be a good tune up for a BCS bowl.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:38 p.m.


    "I just wont read your slant anymore which appears to be written more for the zoobies than the utes."

    Can it be true? I seriously doubt it.

    NC Utes 2010

    "But with a national title game on the line(YES BOTH ESPN and Sports Illustrated have agreed there is a good chance)..."

    Poor baby, no votes for #1 on the AP. Just as it should be. AP knows the Utes have a tougher schedule ahead, weak schedule behind, so does Brad Rock.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    Hey Rock, did you forget to check the box scores before you wrote your article? Iowa State beat Texas in Austin for the first time in school history. Yeh, the Texas program you guys at the DesNews keep lauding as the greatest thing to get on BYU's future schedules. Also, Pitt beat Rutgers and last week beat Syracuse and this week Syracuse beat a ranked West Virginia. I would say Utah is darn good already and doesn't need to prove that through the rest of their schedule, just win every game and go to a nice BCS bowl or the national title game.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    @vagasute.....promises promises......everyone knows you can’t help yourself........this is from a BYU and a UTE fan except when they play each other blue over red always

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 24, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    It's funny how your article failed to mention ISU's win over Texas today at Texas, or Pitt's second straight dominating Big East win. Pitt is in sole possession of first place in the Big East and is in the drivers seat for their own BCS bowl game. I don't understand why you put in the teams that you did, but clearly omitted the good wins when the results were available long before the Utah game was over.

    I try to believe that you are a Ute fan or at least neutral. But this kind of writing proves that you are neither.

    Also, don't write that ybU is going to be one of our tougher games. They are truly a horrible team who have beat nobody! They lost to USU who lost to LA Tech and Hawaii!! They are REALLY bad! They beat SDSU at home only because of "Fublegate" and by only 3 points. 5 points today at home against WYO, but only after a clearly blown pass interference call near the end.

    I just wont read your slant anymore which appears to be written more for the zoobies than the utes.

  • Hotrod Sandy, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Hey Chris, why don't you stop hating on Utah when your team of choice, BYU is barely beating the teams that Utah killed. We can sense your jelousy.

  • NC UTES 2010 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    Tougher? So we'll beat SDSU, Air Force, Notre Dame, and little brother by an average of 30 instead of the 50-60 point range the past few weeks.

    TCU is good no doubt. But with a national title game on the line(YES BOTH ESPN and Sports Illustrated have agreed there is a good chance) the outcome will be the same as last time TCU visited Rice Eccles.

    The past few weeks TCU has been winning big - but not nearly as big as our victories, against comparable opponents.

    I have said it since week 1 and I will say it again.

    Utah WILL win the 2010 national championship.

    We've seen the carnage going on in the rest of the big conferences. The ONLY undefeated teams at the end of the season will be Utah and Boise. With Boise's weak schedule we'll jump them and end up playing the SEC champ - likely Alabama even though they have 1 loss now.

    It'll be a SUGAR BOWL REPEAT.

    Utah over Alabama in the 2010 national championship.

    Mark it down!