Utah Utes football: Boise State could be Utes' Las Vegas Bowl opponent

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  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    After finding out that Wynn was playing injured against the last 7 teams on the schedule, it kind of puts things in perspective doesn't it? Not many quarterbacks can play with a throwing shoulder injury and still win 5 out of 7. It's a shame, because I would've loved to see a healthy Jordan Wynn play all season long. However, 10-2 with a shot to play against Boise State or Nevada in our bowl game is nothing to complain about!

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Dec. 4, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    The Utes vs. Boise State?

    Utah is going to get pounded.

    TCU and even lowly Notre Dame proved that....

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    I love the Utes and support them even when the odds are against them. Lets compare Utah and BSU
    1. Quarterback BSU
    2. Receivers BSU
    3. Defense line BSU
    4. Offensive line BSU
    5. Running game BSU
    6. Coaching BSU
    7. First downs BSU
    8. Potato salad BSU
    9. French Fries BSU
    10.BUD light barley BSU
    11.Special teams UofU

    Based on these observations the game should be close for about 3 possessions and then the depression sets in and then the Wynn Whinning and CB
    bashing will begin. This year Utah is about a 6 out 10 as far as a team. TCU is a 10 and so is BSU

  • Boom Irving, TX
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    Utah will pick apart bsU! Mark my words.

    Go Utes!

  • Rock Calgary, Alberta
    Dec. 3, 2010 5:43 a.m.

    Hey Utes21, Your delusion is showing when you close your rant with hoping for a win to close off the season. This delusion discredits anything wlse you have to say.
    BSU is going to stomp UU like a bug on a rug and U will not live it down for a long time.

    Actually I'm quite surprise that Boise has to settle for the Vegas Bowl. Aren't they ranked higher than that?

  • Alpha Chicken Orem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    Dear Mudd,
    Why would I want to deflect attention from what the Utes have done this year? I respect them for having a 10 win season, a good roll for a bit, and a win in the "Holy War". Sure they had a couple of disappointing loses, but those happen every year in most cases. As for BYU's loss to USU, give USU some respect, maybe is was a dark spot for BYU, but it was a shining moment for USU. Good for them, so you can't claim it as "old news", its written in stone, sorry thats just how it goes. By the way, BYU/USU isn't an obsession, but football is. OK now thats all out in the open I feel better now.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    IF the Utes play BSU or Nevada it would not even be a contest. A team coming into the MWC against a team that is running to the Pac? They would want to prove something and it would get ugly very fast and I doubt they would hold back. If Utah plays like they have of late, it would be over in the 1st Qtr and the final would be some where in the 60 to 70 range and I doubt that the Mighty Utes would even score. The MUSS would have to change their name to something like WUSS. (Whimpy Utah Student Section)

    Get ready for the beat down. The Utes will enter the Conference of Champions, LOL, as a loser.

  • IdahoAl Kuna, Idaho
    Dec. 2, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    The Kraft Bowl does have the first pick from the WAC Teams and they can take any of them. The Nevada fans want to go the the SF Bowl, and the Boise fans want out of the SF Bowl...the SF Bowl would have to get "compensation" to pass up/or swing a deal to let the Broncos go elsewhere. The SF bowl can't even decide to take BSU(the Orange Bowl is holding BSU in their pool still, which is crazy) until Saturday night after the games have been played.
    The only thing good about the SF bowl is that it is right after the 2 NFL wild card games that Sunday.
    I hope BSU gets out of SF, and ends up in San Diego or Las Vegas

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    "I can't recall how many times last yr that BYU fans would proclaim a 10 win season is pretty good."

    EVERY ONE of BYU's FIFTEEN 10+ win teams finished in the Top 25; most of them in the Top 20.

    The Utes have a decent chance to finish in the Top 25 IF they get a bowl opponent like Ohio or Northern Illinois.

    Comparisons to Utah versus Alabama are meaningless because Utah 2010 is only a shadow of Utah 2008.

    Boise State 2010 is every bit as good, and could even be better than Alabama 2008.
    If the Utes play:

    Boise State = blowout, no chance to finish in Top 25
    Nevada = slim chance to stay in Top 25

    If the Utes want to keep that bowl winning streak alive, they'd better hope that ESPN doesn't pull enough strings to bring Boise State to Las Vegas.

  • crackerjack Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 1:26 p.m.

    Guys BSU would kick the stuffing out of the Ewets... As for USU I wish we'd play you in the bowl game... We'd beat you like a drum... everybody knows it. Good luck with the trash talk aggies next year in Provo. BYU will win by 25...

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    Utah fans are delusional if they think Utah 2010 bears any resemblance to Utah 2008.

    Utah 2008 beating Alabama means nothing for one glaring reason:

    Brian Johnson > Jordan Wynn

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    re: B | 9:59 p.m. Dec. 1, 2010

    Beating BYU & 9 other opponents qualifies as not very good? Really?

    I can't recall how many times last yr that BYU fans would proclaim a 10 win season is pretty good.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    Is the Vegas Bowl an evening broadcast - or is kickoff at 10:30am on a Thursday morning??

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    Silly Zoobs.

    Not quite 2 yrs ago, most of you were certain that the Utes would get roasted like a campfire marshmallow by Alabama. How'd that turn out?

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    Yes, Boise State or Nevada would be a tough match-up for the Utes to continue their bowl win streak. But strange things happen in college football. So, let's wait and see.

    Johnny Triumph, your post seems dated---"after Christmas" doesn't necessarily equate prestigious bowls anymore. Now, you have bowls like the Kraft Fight Hunger bowl, which are played much later. In fact, it is that bowl which has first WAC pick and may be the destination of the Broncos--well after Christmas. The WAC team would likely play a 6-6 Boston College, which an OBJECTIVE person would say is not as good of a macthup for the WAC team than a 10-2, ranked Utah. With BCS out of the question, Boise has few other options.

    Also, you figure the Utes "deserve" to play Toledo, a team that Wyoming beat. Why? Because the Utes "only" finished 10-2, with 2 wins over BCS programs, beat downs of the teams they were supposed to beat down, road victories at solid teams like AFA and SDSU and a gutsy come-from-behind win against their arch rivals? I'm not sure I follow your logic.

  • WYOREADER Gillette, WY
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    Ouch that must hurt Utes!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:38 a.m.

    This would be bad for Utah because they would likely get thumped. I would be pulling for them but I don't think this years team would even keep it close. It would be bad for BSU because they deserve a better bowl and would likely beat just about anyone they play. The BCS boys will likely try to avoid them playing a BCS top tier team because they don't want BSU to beat down another of their schools. I also believe that Nevada would probably beat the Utes this year also but I think it would be closer than BSU.

  • NC FROGS 2010 Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    2010 for the Utes looks like another version of "Mediocre teams going to meaningless bowls..." as much of the Utes College Bowl history has been.

    But wait, what do I do with the plane tickets that I bought for Phoenix when the Utes were #5 and all of the fans guaranteed a trip to the NC? I wrote it down?

    Best news of all will be when the Ute bowl streak is history and will be spoken of no more...becuase Ute fans don't talk about past achievements, right?

  • ST Layton, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    geez what's with all the bitter BYU fans posting here?
    And if you want the Utah fans to stop the annoying posts on BYU articles then you need to stop.
    If you don't have something nice to say then don't say it at all. Your behavior is very immature.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    @ ALL ABOVE Replace "Alabama" with "Boise State" and most of the above comments are just reruns from 2008. ( No originality from from cewgville)

    @ Tom in CA Stop smiling so big, Your Y'ner Blue teeth are showing and they look like the 'smurf turf'.
    Oh, and by the way, you forgot to mention Ybu's victory in 1984.

  • Mudd Lehi, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    To Alpha Chicken: See Tom in CA.7:47. Sorry, but we weren't the ones who were bragging about heading for the BCS/NC, you were. In a rebuilding year, we didn't say we could "cut it with the big boys",you did. Anyone who followed the season knows that BYU started weak and ended stronger. The USU game is old news. utes started strong and ended weaker. You may have been so busy obsessing about the BYU/USU game that you didn't notice that utes lost to a 4-5 team & beat a 6-5 team by one. That isn't exactly "cutting it with the big boys".

    To deflect the attention from what the utes have done, their fans can only refer to the BYU/USU game, crow about beating BYU by ONE, and make the usual fun of BYU for going to whatever bowl they are going to. Then they whine that we can't take it. Nice try.

  • johnyutah St. George, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    I love how BYU fans keep running their mouths. Hey guys how about worrying about your little New Mexico Bowl, and let the big kids worry about the Vegas Bowl okay? Thanks. Oh yeah, and remember, Utah Still managed to beat BYU when the Utes where playing at their worst. So you still lose :)

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    Wow, if Utah has to play Boise State their year-end beat down will continue.

    Boise deserves to at least play after Christmas and Utah deserves to play someone like Toledo...

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    This would be an UGLY beatdown of the Utes. Utah QB play is horrible, and Boise always feels like it has to make a point whenever it plays Utah or BYU. Look for the starters to still be in after the score is 47 - 3.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    #9 team playing in the Vegas Bowl. This is insulting. Utah is a great program nationally but Boise deserves to play at least a team in the top 15.How would you feel if you are a Boise fan being just a field goal away from a BSC game and then you fall all the way to the Vegas Bowl. Holy smokes someting is wrong with this system.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    After reading the posts on here, I get the feeling that for a lot of byu fans, BSU playing against Utah would be the best thing that has happened for them all season!

    Forget the fact that they somehow managed to turn a terrible team around and barely become bowl eligible.

    Forget that Jake Heaps has turned into a halfway decent quarterback.

    Forget that the byu offense is putting up more than 150 yards a game now.

    Forget that the byu defense can actually stop opposing offenses now.

    Utah losing to BSU by 50? That would be the greatest thing that has happened for the BYU football program this whole season!!!

    Or Utah could play a good game against BSU and/or beat them, thus making BYU look like a much better team than their record shows.

    Anywho, it's all still up in the air. For all I know, we could end up playing a terrible MAC team.

    In either case, GO UTES!!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    When BSU destroys the Utes how many U fans will be claiming that BSU should have been in the NC? TCU found out last year that destroying the U doesn't prove much.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    This Las vegas bowl thing is nothing more than a little league game that means little and carries "very" little national attention. Whats all the crowing about? If I was BSU I wouldn't even consider such a nothing bowl game! As for that New Mexico "thing", words can't describe what a waste of everyones time that is. A 6-6 team and a bowl game? Give me a break! A bad, weak college team at that. Wow! Have a team party for the season, turn in the jocks and get it over with.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:53 a.m.

    The utes win, if they are spotted 35 point.

  • Peter Lemon Providence, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    I'd much rather my team play a better team and grow from the experience than watch them scrimmage with UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    And the Utes will get their butts kicked again just like they did by the Frogs.

  • Ute_DanD West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:59 a.m.

    Utah vs BSU would be a great game! Jordan Whine will have to play like a man, not some scared little boy, for Utah to have a chance. But, I think the team is very capable of beating BYU.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    I love the irony here- Utah in the Las Vegas bowl against either Boise St. or Nevada- two future MWC teams and the Pac-10 was unable to send a rep. becuase of a lack of bowl eligible teams- the Las Vegas Bowl is looking more and more like the future of Utah footbal than ever- Mid level Pac-12 team plays second best MWC team (first place went to a BCS game)- this was made for Utah and fans had better get used to it

  • dartstock1 Dayton, NV
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Boise State travels well. The Broncos would be a good selection for the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    Boise State deserves a reputable team - not a Utah.

    On the otherhand - some major humiliation by a team like BSU over Utah in the "Vegas Bowl" would amount to some excellent Crow.

    Oh, wait - Utah was supposed to be playing in the national championship - not the lowly Vegas Bowl.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    Bowl games are a chance to match the BCS Non-AQ's against the AQ's. BSU got ripped last year to play TCU. Not again? Let's see them finally pound an ACC or SEC team. Down with the BCS. Either way, I'm going to Vegas and ABQ this month!

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    Actually going to the Vegas Bowl doesnt keep me up at night but I guess the rivarly does for all you utah county people. Man you guys cant swallow a loss! I mean your team lost to Utah and your still talking trash this year. Tds should play BSU in a bowl that would be epic. What fans kept going off this year that the Utes were playing cupcakes and then you play those same teams and your team has apparently arrived? But whatever you guys are headed to new mexico! wow! To play maybe the powerhouse Fresno St. a team that beat Utah St. wait didnt you also lose to the Aggies? Man keep bleeding blue if thats even possible, and obessing over the Utes.
    Utah will do well they just need to focus, if they play BSU you may have another TCU but at the same time they may be still shell shocked with their loss to Nevada. I dont care at this point just hoping for a great game and a win to close this season.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 1:00 a.m.

    Well, if BSU vs. Utah happens, I will definitely watch. If Nevada vs. Utah happens, I will also likely watch. Both games would bring good crowds and it sounds like a win for the Las Vegas bowl.

  • Alpha Chicken Orem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Actually Mudd, the poetic justice already occured when the mighty cougars left Logan after becoming one of USU's 4 wins on the season. How is that for "cutting it with the big boys?"

  • Mudd Lehi, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    I find it amusing that for the past few years, the ute fans have made non-stop fun of BYU for being relegated to the lowly Las Vegas Bowl. There has been NO mercy. Now,"the best team ever",6th dropped to 20th ranked utes are going to none other than the lowly Las Vegas Bowl! I mean, that's gotta be so hard for fans to swallow after all the years of trash talking. It's even more embarrassing that the Las Vegas Bowl is supposed to get the MWC champion. No MWC champions here. Just a team that couldn't cut it with the Big Boys. Poetic justice at it's finest.

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    It's ok UteMiguel. If Wynn plays terrible, just switch to Cain. Most Ute fans were cheering for him to be the quarterback anyway, right?

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 1, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    I think Utah could give Boise State or Nevada a good game if Wynn plays well. If Wynn plays like he did against TCU, Notre Dame, and BYU, then it would get ugly fast.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Come on guys, the Eat Mac 'N Cheese to Fulfill Your Hunger Bowl wants Boise. Didn't you read the article? Either way, it will be hard to find an opponent the quality BYU has played lately. It's tough to find better local competition than Oregon and Oregon State.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I wish they'd mix up to match ups a little.
    Instead of the TCU vs BSU and now Utah vs BSU which would be a train wreck for Utah and everyone knows it, and I love Utah football, but come on..
    I'd rather see BSU get matched up with a Florida State
    or OK or Stanford or ?
    Then put Utah up against Arizona or Virgina Tech.
    At least we all get an idea as to the upper crust and the middle crust of college football instead of always going up against teams within the same groups of teams they play all year.

  • Captain Kanab, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    This has got to be a joke. If Boise play the Utes they might as well not waste the money to put it on TV Boise will roll Utah by probably 50 points.

  • B Logan, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    Apparently some of you haven't been watching the Utes play football lately. News Flash: They're not a very good team this year. Utah got lucky and beat a very young BYU team on Saturday. Boise State would beat Utah in every aspect of the game.

    BSU 45

  • sportsjazzfan Sandy, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    it would be a great match-up but i think the broncos would win.

  • Elgabacho Washington, DC
    Dec. 1, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    Boise state would be bad for the Utes. I don't think TCU exposed the Utes, but rather the Utes had a major meltdown that it is still recovering from. I don't know what exactly happened (TCU made it worse) but the Utes better get it together if they are going to play Boise or Nevada.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    I hope it is BSU. They would take the utes to the woodshed worse then the combined score of the of what TCU and ND did!

    Come on Vegas Bowl committee invite BSU!

    BSU: 82
    utes: 3

  • PJ Logan, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    I wonder if Ute fans will clap "overrated" at any point between now and the Vegas Bowl if Boise St. is the opponent.

  • BYU still rules Nephi, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Wow, the Utes match up well with Boise State how? This would be another TCU like blowout. Here's hoping it happens.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 1, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    If Boise accepts...goodbye Utah bowl streak, with a thud.

  • swaps Las Animas, CO
    Dec. 1, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    If the Utes play either Boise State or Nevada it will have to play a lot better than it did against ND and TCU.

    I could almost see the MWC wanting to see the incoming Boise State pound the outgoing Utes to boost its conference status and punish Utah.

    And Nevada, a future MWC, is as tough as Boise State this year. Saw them pound California earlier in the season.

    It seems there are some very tough teams at the top of the pyramid this year and an awful lot of poor teams and Utah had a strange season, pounding weak teams but also defeating good mid-level teams like Pittsburgh and Iowa State, AF.

    I'm a Ute almuni but after watching them outplayed so badly in its two must win games (but then the last two became must win too) I wonder if they should get some relief from their PAC 12 schedule by scheduling Harvard and Yale for patsy games.

    But in three or four years I hope the Utes will then be reloaded with some terrific West Coast talent.

    For now, I hope Nevada and Boise State go bowling not in Las Vegas. Still, go Utes!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    "The Utes match up really well with Boise State and Whittingham's penchant for preparing his teams for Bowl games gives them the edge."

    Obviously you haven't watched the Utes or the Broncos much this year.

    Boise State would destroy the Utes.

    The myth of Whittingham always preparing his teams for bowls would be disproven just like the myth of him always winning the big games was disproven against TCU.

    Utah was vastly over-rated after their first 8 games. The real Utah team was exposed the last month.

    42 points against BSU?

    Utah would be lucky to score 10 points against the Broncos.

  • CougarClassic Orem, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 8:00 p.m.

    @CG I disagree. The Utes match up really well with Boise State and Whittingham's penchant for preparing his teams for Bowl games gives them the edge.

    I think it would be a great match up and I would probably watch it and I don't watch much of the Utes.

    Utah 42
    BYU 38

  • Marky Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 1, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    This would be ugly for the Utes. The embarrassment would take years to overcome........

  • CG Orem, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Utah's bowl winning streak ends the moment Boise State accepts a bid to the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • NewMexicoUte Albuquerque, NM
    Dec. 1, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    As much as I love my Utes, they'd better be ready or its going to turn into another TCU/Notre Dame beat down!!! I know they are very capable and much better than their recent sub par play. Coaching staff better figure it out fast! They got Boise in two weeks and Pac-12 summertime of next year. Boise St is well coached and have superior athletes. Coach Petersen is an outstanding coach with the ability to see/evaluate great talent in players who are not considered "4 or 5 star" recruits. Obviously that star system is flawed because some people don't rate or assess high school athletes very well. All I can is, go UTES!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    That would be a cool match-up. I heard the Utes might be playing Toledo, Temple or some other MAC team. I hope the radio guys are wrong because those match-ups aren't appealing but Boise State would be great (except for them, going to the Rose Bowl millions or even the National Title game, to the Vegas Bowl as a consolation prize).