University of Utah setting up for GameDay hoopla

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  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 5, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    At the season's start I chalked this up as a loss for Utah (whom I predicted would be 10-2), mainly because I was convinced no one could play with TCU. Now I believe Utah can hold their own, particularly defensively.

    If Utah can get inside Dalton's head and cause him to turn the ball over, I think the Utes pull it off. If the opposite happens, and it's Wynn makeing the mistakes, it could be a long day for the Utes.

    In other words, QB's making turnovers will be the differnce tomorrow.

    And yes, those of us with comcast get CBS C TV for FREEEEEEEEEE...this weekend.


  • Peter Lemon Providence, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    My dearest big brother,

    As a Utah fan I acknowledge and respect your many accomplishments. I was around in 1984 when you won the national championship. That was very impressive and I was proud that a team from the WAC could walk away with top honors (loved Barry Switzer's reaction!).

    I also fully realize Utah's achievements are fewer and relatively recent. That's pretty obvious (You have LOST more bowl games than Utah has had invitations). But that doesn't matter to me. I like underdogs and that's a big reason why I fell in love with Utah. I enjoy rooting for the scrappy "little brother", even if some of our fans are a little classless.

    Arrogance, self-entitlement and self-righteousness don't sit well with me. That's a big reason I don't really don't like you. I respect you as an opponent and root for you when you're taking on a program that is even bigger and more arrogant than yourself (i.e. Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State) but I must admit it's hard to REALLY pull for you, especially when I see the same attitude in your fans.

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    It was fun while it lasted, but

    SportsCenter is predicting that Utah will lose:

    Utah 24
    TCU 38

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    And yes, I realize a loss to TCU doesn't get Utah into a BCS game at all. That's not the point. I'm not sure even a win over TCU gets you into a BCS game, let alone the title game. But if Utah does go undefeated you deserve at least the consolation BCS match. That's the point. Hope the BCS system so many of your fans tout doesn't let you down. That's all!

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Utes do their talking on the field, but their fans talk before, during, and after good or bad seasons. I'd say go Utes to their football team, but to their fans I'd rather just say go away! Since Utes seem to want to hear from BYU fans, here are some parting words--

    Hope the better team wins on Saturday since TCU has been more impressive, are more likely to win out, and are positioned better to get into a National title game they could win. Let the Utes have another BCS consolation prize they so cherish, if they can remain undefeated that is with what has proven to be a lackluster schedule. Go TCU!

    BTW--BYU fans respect what Utah has done in football the past decade, if Ute fans weren't such a pain and could admit for the previous thirty to forty years some respect for BYU being the better program you wouldn't get so much flack now. What comes around goes around, I guess.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    All my little sisters in Utah county (Sisterwife Mountain, Provostan, Happyville) would like to think that Ute fans are classless and irrelavent by displaying their rapier wit and 'holier than thou' aloofness.
    Well, it is 2010, kitty's.
    Stick to men's volleyball, ballroom dancing and firesides.
    TJ, my dislike for BYU is less a crutch than a lifestyle.

    Stay sweet.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    Boy, snack pack really got riled up over that one. Too bad byu's national championship was a joke!

    Go UTES on saturday, play your game, get the job done, and silence all the critics, haters, and byu fans.

    SnackPack made a great contribution based on facts. I would explain but I am pretty sure it is beyond your understanding. BYU was awarded a national championship by writers and coaches across the country. There has never been a national championship won in the history of college football. They have all been awarded.
    There are a few critics and haters that could be silenced if the Utes were to win but (and you will have to get over this someday) BYU fans either don't care or they will be pulling for the Utes. Once again, I would explain further but you wouldn't undetstand. It has to do with having class.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    You waste your breath trying to talk common sense with the no-class crew. You make very good points and I am in total agreement with you however; if you roll in the mud with pigs you will both get dirty and the pigs like it. Utah has a great team this year and is to be commended for their recent success. The MUSS is a classy and fun group. The no-class commenters could take a lesson. They are blinded by jealousy and insecurity from decades of beat downs from big brother and all of big brothers success especially 3 of last 4 against them. They can't seem to get over it even as they are now emerging from big brothers shadow. Two crutches for the no-class crew. Dislike for BYU and thinking that BYU fans are not happy with little brothers success. We should all be sad for them.

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 1:16 p.m.


    Traditional programs don't have to explain history to other traditional programs because they all understand history.

    But, sometimes, as in the case of our little brothers on the hill, traditional programs have to explain history to their little brothers who don't understand history because they don't have one of their own.

    Good luck to the Utes tomorrow!

    Your Big Brother since 1984 will be watching.

  • BYU 26 Utah 23 Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 1:04 p.m.


    Don't get too caught up in Utah's "relevance". The worm can turn in a hurry -- see Florida, Texas and USC this year.

    Northwestern came on like gangbusters a few years ago. Won the Big Ten. Played in the Rose Bowl. Then faded back into obscurity in an AQ conference.

    Washington State, Colorado, Kansas, and Wake Forest have similar stories.

    The Panthers were relevant enough to start the season #16 and preseason Big East favorites.

    BYU was relevant enough to be ranked in #12 in both polls a year ago.

    BYU's Best

    1979 #13/#12 11-1
    1980 #12/#11 12-1
    1981 #13/#11 11-2
    1982 8-4
    1983 #7/#7 11-1
    1984 #1/#1 13-0 (National Champions)

    66-8 with FIVE Top 12 finishes in SIX years.

    Utah's Best

    2004 #4/#5 12-0 (BCS )
    2005 unranked 7-5
    2006 unranked 8-5
    2007 unranked 9-4
    2008 #2/#4 13-0 (BCS)
    2009 #18/#18 10-3
    *2010 TBD 8-0 (BCS or Las Vegas)

    58-17 with TWO Top 12 finishes in SEVEN years...

    *and counting

    Until Utah actually breaks through and wins a national championship...


  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    "Oh....there it is... I just found it on CBS-C. Wonder how many national subscribers have that channel???"


    Actually any Comcast subscriber gets CBS-C free for the next two weeks. A national promotional thing.

    Big time Exposure...I'll be watching.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    @ Snack PAC

    Really?!? HAHAHHAHAHA. Digging pretty deep from the archives on that one. Do fans from "Big Time" and "Traditional" programs hang their hat on games that were broadcast 20+ years ago? 10 years ago? Last year? I don't see fans of Penn St., Miami, SC, etc. pontificating about obscure broadcast & bowl factoids. Sad. Really sad.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Snac PAC! A Hostess Twinkie and a Little Debbie Snackcake for you! Let's toast the Utes as they finally play some football and get 15 minutes of fame on GameDay!

    I checking the TV schedules and could not find this historic game anywhere on the ESPN channels like those BYU games you mentioned.

    Oh....there it is... I just found it on CBS-C. Wonder how many national subscribers have that channel???

    That's exposure!

  • CG Orem, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:18 p.m.


    They were also at TCU to see TCU trash Utah last year!

    must have slipped davidutefan's mind

    it's easy to do when you're so BYU obsessed

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    "How many has Provo had?"

    BYU hosted ESPN Game Day just a year ago

    Sounds like SnackPac really got the Utah crowd worked up with a barrage of facts to counter the Utah hyperbole.

    Utah fans are simply being disengenuous when they throw smack at BYU on a Utah article and then whine when BYU fans rebut their hyperbole with facts.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    PJ: the answer is one also. They were there to see TCU trash TDS last year

  • PJ Logan, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    This is Gameday's second trip to Salt Lake. Boise has had one, TCU has had at least one, even Air Force has hosted Gameday. How many has Provo had?

  • DCUte Draper, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    Snack PAC,

    Pittsburgh has far more historical accomplishments than BYU, e.g., 7 national championships. But how much respect do they have now?

    Yet, the Panthers aren't very relevant TODAY (despite contending for the Big Least). YES, it's painful to watch your team (BYU) slip into national obscurity.

    Don't fret - you'll always have 1984!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    "It turns out Utah should have gone independent and signed up with ESPN instead of BYU. "

    Yeah, that might have worked out...

    If ESPN had been interested in signing a television contract with Utah.

    If Utah had a state-of-the-art HD television studio and broadcast truck like BYU-TV instead of KUED.

    If Utah had a national fan base like BYU instead of a much smaller local fan base that resides mostly in Utah.

    If Utah had a track record of 3 or 4 decades of football success instead of half a dozen years.

    When was the last time ESPN signed Utah to play in a made for television game?

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    Boy, snack pack really got riled up over that one. Too bad byu's national championship was a joke!

    Go UTES on saturday, play your game, get the job done, and silence all the critics, haters, and byu fans.

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    Wow, Snack PAC.

    Do you really feel compelled to get on a Utah article and dig deep to validate your fanhood by itemizing your team's accomplishments of past years?

    So sad. Are things that bad in Provo?

    Why the inferiority complex? Why are you so obsessed with the Utes?

    Don't you have a game this weekend, too?

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:15 a.m.


    Been there, done that, with the exposure thing.

    Here are just a few of the many highlights:

    1 Sep 1984 - BYU vs Pittsburgh in the FIRST EVER nationally televised college football game on ESPN

    21 Sep 1984 - BYU vs Michigan in the BIGGEST "non-major" bowl game in college football history

    8 Sep 1990 - BYU vs #1 Miami in a nationally televised ESPN game

    1 Jan 1997 - BYU vs Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl

    5 Sep 2009 - BYU vs Oklahoma in a made for television ESPN game to open Jerry Jones Stadium to college football

    24 Oct 2009 - BYU vs TCU - ESPN College Game Day in Provo

    The national exposure that Utah has only recently discovered, BYU has been getting for decades, because the Cougars EARNED IT!

    BYU has been building a nationally recognized football program since 1972 when LaVell became head coach.

    National Championships
    BYU 1984

    Heisman Trophy Winners
    Ty Detmer, BYU, 1990

    College Football Hall of Fame inductees

    Gifford Nielsen (QB), 1994
    Marc Wilson (QB), 1996
    Jim McMahon (QB), 1999
    Steve Young (QB), 2001
    LaVell Edwards (Head Coach), 2004
    Gordon Hudson (Tight End), 2009
    Larry Carr (Middle Linebacker), 2010

    Ike Armstrong (Head Coach), 1957

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    It turns out Utah should have gone independent and signed up with ESPN instead of BYU.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    First comment by a byu fan: Classy
    First comment by a utah fan: Not so much

    Thanks Max

  • Triple B Milford, NH
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    @Oatmeal - It muss be that they think they have something to do with the on field play.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    Uhhh, I am a little puzzled about the notion that the fans deserve the congrats for the Ute successes... darn, I thought it was about the players on the team.

  • johnny pigskin Sandy, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    All of us Ute fans need to get to the Game Day broadcast and show the whole country what Utah Football is all about!!!

    UTAH BY 5!!!!

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    Thanks, this is why we say goodbye to little brother; make your magic happen with your gold coins and stay on your quest.
    PAC 12 baby!

  • LuVePacifica RosePark, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    ESPN Great that UtahUtes are in...
    Congratulations U/U

  • Skierelmo Oakley, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    Bgl... *tear* that was just... I mean.... wow...

  • In Arizona Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 5, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    I believe I have read somewhere stating "by small and simple things, great things shall come to pass". Staying in your Conference = small. Not self promoting = small. Being patient = small. And many more which = great things such as number 5 in the Country!

  • utefan56 st george, utah
    Nov. 5, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    thanks, for the comment Smooth!....GO UTES!!!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 5, 2010 8:53 a.m.


    Sooo I’m guessing a Bronko isn’t a mighty steed?

    I agree with you. The Ute football team lets their play do the talking. No need for mid- summer exposure proclamations (in HD!). No need for Iggy’s sports bar Heisman hype. No need for cheating allegations to draw attention. No need for bi-monthly T-shirt slogans….or pickle juice.

    Nope, just let the action on the field speak for itself. One week at a time.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    You see, my little children of Provo--this is a little thing called (pause---wait for it..) exposure. You don't go out seeking it. You work hard and don't trumpet your own golden bugle. By and by----(pause pause) it comes seeking you. And then, you exit (soft inspiring music begins to swell), nodding your head and tipping your cap to those you've left behind and ride your mighty steed to the land of the Con--ference (sigh) of Champions.

    I thank you for your time.

  • SmoothWater Heber City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 6:55 a.m.

    Good luck Utah. I'm envious. But your team has earned it. Enjoy.