View from the Booth: Utes will excel or could be exposed

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  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 19, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    It is an honor to go up against a top ten team and I expect Utah to come in prepared.

    Win or lose, the Utes still finish with a 10 win regular season which is quite an accomplishment.

    Go Utah!!!!

  • Gilwhooley South Weber, Ut.
    Dec. 18, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Speed Kills, This game will be a TCU repeat, Utah db's burned....Watch!!!

  • Ute4life Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    Re: MUSSing with U ... are you that ignorant? That awesome 'quest for perfection' we're talking about was the one that went down in flames a couple of years ago. But keep bringing up a debateable 'NC' that happened more than two decades ago. It makes you and your fellow fans look reeeeallly smart.

  • Ute4life Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    Re: scott Alpine, UT... Every team every year gets some fortunate bounces/calls so stop you're whining.

    I would say blocking a field goal on the last play of a huge rivalry game is 'earning it through your own performance'.

    College teams don't get to 10 win seasons by luck in and of itself.

  • Ute4life Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    Re: SLCWatch... wow... another pathetic representation of the generally knowledgeable byu fan base. 10-2... lil' buddy. Deal w/ it. You can whine and cry and justify all you want. Bottom line is Utah won 10 games and byu won 6. Time to man up and deal with it.

  • Ute4life Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    RE:3grandslams... Seriously? You're trying to tell me that the Utes were claiming NC this year? You're dreamin'. Did we ever proclaim a 'Quest for Perfection'? You and your silly fan base are the ones that made up those pathetic shirts (I still see some brilliant fans still wearing those). Not to mention the awesome BCS chant after breaking huddles? C'mon lil' fella... everyone knows that ybu and their fans are perennial pre-season National Champs. Right?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Dec. 17, 2010 7:28 p.m.


    "The difference between our "quest for perfection" and BYU's is ...

    BYU's ended in a National Championship"

    hmmmm, no.

    "Quest for perfection is Broco creation. If I remember, airport celebrations after a 1-0 start followed by a beatdown at home by FSU ( in HD!)

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Dec. 17, 2010 3:30 p.m.


    "The difference between our "quest for perfection" and BYU's is ...

    BYU's ended in a National Championship!

    Utah's ended in 2nd place.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 3:28 p.m.


    One loss or win does not determine the fate of a program. Even if the Utes lose this game, they're going into the PAC 12 with lots of talent, a great coach, and some very good recruits already signed on.

    There are many who are predicting the doom of the Utah football program in the PAC 12, but their predictions are biased considering that they're all cougar fans, who, interestingly enough are also predicting their own rise to glory as an independent program. Well... we've seen how well that's worked out for Army, Navy, and even Notre Dame (these days at least), who turn out a good team every once in while, but have become fairly middle of the pack football programs ever since their run to independence.

    The odds are not in byu's favor, but who knows, they could turn out to be the exception.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 3:08 p.m.


    The difference between our "quest for perfection" and byu's is that Utah's football team never loudly proclaimed that they were on a quest for perfection. The fans did, but the team never did, unlike byu.

    My take on this is about the same is it was in 2005 when Utah took on Georgia Tech. There was a highly touted receiver on that squad that was expected to put up some huge numbers against a suspect Utah defense. His name was Calvin Johnson, anyone know him? He had 2 receptions for 19 yards against that Ute squad.

    Fast forward to 2009, the Sugar Bowl against Alabama Julio Jones and John Parker Wilson were expected to put up some big numbers against Utah. Final stats, Wilson- 18 of 30 for 177 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Jones- 7 receptions for 77 yards.

    The point is, Utah finds ways to prepare against star players such as Moore and his talented receivers. Look for more of the same this year. I don't think it will be a blowout win for the Utes, but don't count them out!

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Dec. 17, 2010 11:02 a.m.

    "Will they play up to their opponents as the Utes of old have traditionally done?"

    The "Utes of old" have only existed since 2003.

    It's looking more and more like the Utes hit their zenith in 2008 and are now reverting to the former Utes of old.

  • BYUBenji Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    Until this year, I was convinced that Utah ALWAYS shows up for big games. No matter how much they seemed to be outmatched, they would play hard and make it a close game, or even win. This year they have shown that they can lose badly. I think that is what Bill RIley is saying. WIll they play up to their opponents as the Utes of old have traditionally done? Or will they play the way they did against TCU and Notre Dame.
    To be honest, I don't know what will happen. I could see Utah going either way this week. Nevada showed that Boise is not unbeatable.

  • BSU BRONCO!! Rigby, ID
    Dec. 17, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Since when is Whittingham the best coach in the NCAA Ute Fans? I guess its because when ever a big name coaching job opens up he's the first one on the list. What a joke Petterson is a top 5 coach and most experts say the best game planner in football. Petterson embarresed Whit in 06 and will do it again. Ute fans your not the best team in football like you continue to dream!

  • BSU BRONCO!! Rigby, ID
    Dec. 17, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    BSU hasnt played anyone? I guess 4 top 20 teams dont count including a BCS conferance Champ? What power house team have the Utes beaten this year? They played one good team one thats close to BSU talent wise and lost by 40.

    Its funny to me how you Ute fans continue to bash BSU when they have proved time and time again how talented they are. You all said the same thing in 06 and what was the score then? Yeah but you made excuses then just like you will come up with excuses next week when you get pounded in Vegas.

    BSU 55
    Utah 10

    Mark that one down. Bring your klennex Ute fans!!

  • Alberta Reader Magrath, Alberta
    Dec. 16, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Boise by 30 plus
    BYU by 20 plus

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    Utes were exposed weeks ago.

    This will be another epic beat down that will end the Ute bowl streak and be the embarrassing sendoff to the PAC-12. It won't be pretty.

    The positive side to all of this will be the great publicity for BYU given by Brent and company during the game!

    Seeing you Ute fans curl into the fetal position for a 3rd time will be sweet but not as good as seeing the Utes once again fade to irrelevance. BYU is going to come out of this season with all the publicity marbles and team momentum, a great gift.

    I guess you Utesies will have to be content with the box it came in.

    Boise by 40.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 9:08 p.m.


  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 16, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    Mock and disclaim if you must, but I actually feel that Utah is an excellent football team, one that a vastly improved BYU team nearly upset at home. Air Force is a puzzle. SDSU is up and coming.

    I pick Utah by 4 in another come from behind victory. And that many Utah fans will be insufferable.

    Dont bother marking it down. Thanks for reading.

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    Dec. 16, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    Dear Bill Riley,

    I happen to like you and think you are a very good announcer. Especially in the fine job you did with REAL on their run to the cup, and in the old days on KSL. Thanks for that.

    Now, in terms of writing.....

    Surely the question is rhetorical, right? I mean, TCU exposed the Utes for the team they really are.

    Then AFA removed most doubt still lingering. SDSU exposed the final shread of the facade. And finally they were exposed by the Cougars on November 27 with that team removing all remaining doubt for even the most die hard Crimson Cluber.

    It is not a question of whether or not National TV will again see the Utes weaknesses, it is only a matter of how many TV sets around the country will have changed channels before the end of 30 minutes. By then BSU has already covered the spread and the ugly beat down is only half over.

    That will be the final public airing of just how mediocre Utah was this year.

    And no, they won't get lucky again. There just are not any more rabbits in that red hat.

    BSU 48 Utes 9

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    Big_Ben | 4:20 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010
    Centerville, UT

    I see, so you are not a comedian. A better description would be "drama queen"
    Ben, are you suggesting that your dad could beat his dad?

    Come on, Mr. White, why call names... The guy has an opinion, something I believe you think all people should share.

    Why try to one up the guy? "MyDad..."...

    Just let the guy say his piece...

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 16, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Utes were EXPOSED weeks ago. They won't cover the point spread. You can't disrupt Moore or do that other thing Riley was talking about (too boring to read it all) This is the last team to beat tcu who consistently beats u down!

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Utah is going to Vegas...byu to New Mexico (last I heard all of 9,000 tickets sold in Albuquerque).

    Utah is going to the PAC 10 with a shot at a future Rose Bowl and National Championship...byu is independent (kinda like "dateless") a d has signed for the Make me hungry and Poinsetta Bowls.

    Utah 17...byu 16

    As for predictions - who knows...

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 5:32 p.m.

    a game simulator talked about on a local radio station has played each of the 35 bowl games 50,000 times to provide projected scores

    of the 35 bowl games, the only straight up winner predicted over 85% of the time was Boise State over Utah, predicted score 37-17

    the next highest straight up winner predicted just under 80% of the time was BYU over UTEP

    as the famous line from Dumb and Dumber says

    "so what you're saying is the Utes have a chance"

    Mark it Down! :)

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 16, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    @ utahcountyute

    "Deep down you would give their left pinkie to have him as your coach."


    I like Kyle. He's doing a great job for you and, as a fellow alum, I root for him to do well. But no one can ever think I would ever trade him for our Bronco. Once more, good luck in your bowl game.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 5:13 p.m.


    It's called competition. Is Oregon considered the "laughing stock of the PAC" that you throw Utah into? Just so you know, they have won a grand total of 9 total PAC 10 Championships in their history and two of those have been in the last 2 years under Chip Kelly.

    Success comes primarily from having a great coach. Luckily for all Utes, we have one! All of this dooms day talk is just silly.

    Go Utes!!!

  • the_beav SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    Actually one loss won't make much of a difference... They have already been EXPOSED, and even if they do win, they will still loose recruiting battles against the other PAC 12 Schools.
    A loss to Boise will just be the final nail.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 4:20 p.m.


    I see, so you are not a comedian. A better description would be "drama queen"

    AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! ONE LOSS AND ITS ALL OVER!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 16, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    wow nice fair weather Ute fan.
    So what's it going to mean when the Utesies get blown out by a team from the WAC while they are trying to show what a vaunted, historic, BCS tradition program they have upon entering the Pac-12 next year? it will have major implications for next year if they get blasted. A mediocre QB, no Asiata or Wide, no Brooks, no Smithson. Where is the offensive firepower going to come from?

  • the_beav SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    @Big_Ben - Just because Utah will be the laughing stock of the Pack 12 doesn't make me a comedian... Although it will make me laugh.

  • the_beav SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    Yankees27..." I'm a Ute fan going to the game expecting miracles"
    I am glad we are all on the same page and expect the Utes to need another Miracle if they are going to win this game.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 4:00 p.m.


    Im guessing that your post is an attempt at stand up comedy?

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    "Now, about the Vegas bowl, Utah really has nothing to lose."

    Other than their top 25 ranking and that bowl winning streak that Utah fans talk about incessantly?

    Be honest now.

    The MUSS is worried sick that one of their only claims to fame will be history in less than a week.

  • the_beav SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    This game has way more on the line than just being EXPOSED. When... I mean if the Utes get exposed it will likely start a downward spiral that they may never recover from.
    For the last decade the Utes have been able to recruit against PAC 10 Schools because they were in a position to WIN, and compete for a conference title. Good luck recruiting directly against all the other PAC 12 schools if they don't have reputation and winning on their side. Looks like they will be in the same position as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State... and I just don't see them winning the recruiting battle with these schools.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Dec. 16, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Ya, I agree that the Utes were overrated at #5, but based on season ending records, so were Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, etc. That is one reason you can't base everything off of a poll. Now, about the Vegas bowl, Utah really has nothing to lose. 99% of you guys think it's going to be a blow out, so even if that happens, big deal. I think the most pressure is on BSU. The team was a kick away from potentially playing for the NC. So, if they blow out the Utes, they were supposed to, if they win by 10-20, they were supposed to, but, if they win by under 10 or even lose, then, that might be the most embarrasing loss of the season for any team. I mean if the Utes are as bad as most of you say, a loss would be devastating to BSU, right??? I'm a Ute fan going to the game expecting miracles, if it doesn't happen, so what, at least I'm in Vegas! I'll have pockets full of dollar bills to help "ease the pain" (ya, know?)Peace out!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 3:36 p.m.


    I don't think anyone said that Kyle never "losses" big games. He does prepare his teams well and has a pretty good track record, but he's not perfect.

    I find it really funny when byu fans rip Kyle! He loses a couple games and they distance themselves, he wins the bcs games and he is "a byu product". HA! Deep down you would give their left pinkie to have him as your coach.

    btw...The Utes were 10 point under dogs to the mighty Tide back in 08 and you know how that turned out.

    Go Utes!

  • Chrissy Bee Suwanee, GA
    Dec. 16, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    We beat Alabama. Beating the Bronkos will be easy. I say UofU by 21!

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    Chris B

    Your creditability left once you predicted that Utah would beat TCU. How on earth did you come up with that. Was it because Utah played TCU so well in 2009 or was it because TCU only lost one player while Utah lost 7 player last off season.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    Will someone please explain to me why Utah fans think that Boise State shouldn't be receiving all of the hype?

    What has Utah done this year to demonstrate that they can hang with the Broncos?

    Utah's bowl game history is irrelevant because the Utes have only beaten one team in their entire bowl history that is remotely the calibre of this year's Boise State team, and the Utah team that pulled off that win was vastly superior to the current Utah team.

    The myth that Kyle never losses big games was already destroyed by TCU.

    The myth that Utah never losses bowl games is about to be destroyed by BSU.

    Vegas doesn't set 17-point spreads at a whim.

  • FAYM Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    SoCalUte | 12:38 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010
    Trabuco Canyon, CA
    @ ALL of you naysayers... What are you going to come up with after the Utes pull of their 10th straight bowl win?
    It depends on how old I am, or my gradkids are, I guess...

    Don't you know better than to hang the "W" before the game?

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 16, 2010 1:03 p.m.

    So to all you Utesies,
    Why is Boise all of a sudden such a beatable opponent by a team who got pounded by a mediocre ND team with a freshman QB? Last I checked Kellen Moore was a Heisman finalist. BSU barely lost 1 game this year because the kicker choked TWICE!!! You guys are yapping about how great your 10-2 record is. Well that was against cupcake city. Boise State is another legit opponent that will thrash the Utesies with a QB who hasn't proven he can win agains really good teams, a la Oregon last year. No matter your bowl streak or winning percentage of your starting QB.
    BSU 52
    Utah 13
    MARK it down Chris B.

  • screenname123 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    Will someone please explain to me all of this Boise State hype? I agree they have had some good wins over the past two years. Wait actually only one, TCU. Who else have they beat this year? Really who? I am not disparaging their program. They do what TCU, Utah and even BYU does. They win with the athletes they have. They are ESPN darlings and it seems that everyone has bought in. Utah's loss to TCU was poor game planning. Their loss to Notre Dame was a hang over from the previous loss. It happens to 20 year old kids. This game will be closer than most expect. Like the Alabama game, this game is being over hyped as David vs. Goliath. It's simply not the case.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    "What are you going to come up with after the Utes pull of their 10th straight bowl win?"

    We'll congratulate the Utes.

    What are you going to come up with if the Broncos humiliate the Utes like TCU did?

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    I expect Utah to come out on the short end of this game although I do think a win is possible. Nevada did something right. Boise made some mistakes and basically flopped in the second half of that game. I don't believe the Utes have the personnel to hang with Boise the whole game. I think their Defense will play well but their offense will not be up to the challenge.
    Chris B. Your predictions were better than I thought but, as I recall you picked the Y to be blown out on the losses and to squeak by on the wins. You were way off on the point spread and total points.
    I can't agree with Chris B on his predictions.
    My predictions:
    BSU 31
    Utah 17

    BYU 42
    Utep 24

    Good luck to Utes and Cougars

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Dec. 16, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    @ ALL of you naysayers... What are you going to come up with after the Utes pull of their 10th straight bowl win? Is it going to be they were lucky again? Is it going to be a Bad call by the refs?
    You Blue bloods are all sooo lame. There is absolutely no interest in Ybu's bowl game, (not even in cewgville) so all you can do is predict a bad outcome for the Utes. Get ready to eat crow!!
    Utes 24
    BSU 21
    GO UTES!!!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    "Utes will excel or could be exposed"

    What would a three point loss or win be?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    I had a very good year overall with my predictions:

    Utah games I was 10-2
    Byu games I was 9-3

    And for my last prediction of the 2010 football season

    Utah 34
    boise 24

    Yep - you can mark that one down. Utah doesn't lose bowl games. Ever.

    tds 27
    utep 24

    That's right - I pick tds to get a win. It will be a weak win against a terrible win, but a win.

    Congrats to Utah on an 11-2 year

    tds - try to become a respectable team - I don't want our strength of schedule getting hammered again so early in the year with you on the schedule. A respectable team does not go 7-6, even in a "reloading" year.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    Excel or Exposed?

    I think that the latter has already happened unfortunately. The Utes were exposed for not being a top 5 team in embarrasing fashion. That's over and done.

    I think they are giving Boise St way more credit than deserved though. I mean, they barely beat an over rated Vtech team and a 5 win OSU team. Big woop!

    I think this is setting up nicely for the Utes. They'll cap a nice year with a W over a ranked opponent again.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    This really will be one of the better games this bowl season as two great teams face off.

    I would correct your story though. Utah´s last victory was not over a quality opponent. You should have said that Utah struggled against a low quality opponent right after beating a high quality opponent on the road.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 16, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    For once Chris B., I agree with you.

    It must be hard to be a sports writer when they sport you are supposed to write about aren't actually being played. You end up writing articles like this one -- or the one about UTEP beating BYU way back in the Reagan years.

    Good luck to your team, Chris.

    --Your Fresno Cougar Friend

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    Mark it down !!!

    Chris B predicts either a U win or loss.

    Mark it down!!!

    So, if the Utes win, will they be NC2010?

    Dec. 16, 2010 11:00 a.m.

    Have no fear Ute fans...the Utes will decimate BSU...can't wait to party!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 16, 2010 10:53 a.m.


    You're right, Utah likely won't be ranked if they lose. My point is, that's not that big a deal. Look where Oregon and Auburn started this year. After 2007, Utah wasn't ranked either. Their recruiting class was still very good (David Reed, Sealver Saliga, DVC, David Kruger) and 2008 was a rather successful year.

    I'm not saying I don't want to win. I live in Idaho, you think I want to live with Bronco fans after a loss? I'm saying the success our program or BSU's program doesn't hinge on this game. I'm saying I disagree with Riley that this game is the determining factor between a good season or a great season. It's been a good season, but with the losses we've had, there is no way it can be considered great. Regardless of the outcome, I'm confident Utah football will continue to get improve and the best years are ahead.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    "Utes will excel or could be exposed"

    So you are saying we will either win the game or lose the game?

    Good guesses, that's what I was thinking.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Dec. 16, 2010 10:05 a.m.


    This game will determine whether Utah finishes in the Top 25 and wins its 10th straight bowl game, so it's a huge game for Utah.

    Sounds like you're just trying to minimize the importance for Utah so it won't be so painful when the Utes lose big.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    I think the Utes will play better than how they ended the season. They will get Cain up to speed, they will get healed up, they will have time to work on things that were problematic.

    Still, Boise is a better team. They have the more experience QB, better skill positions, better defense and probably better talent overall. Both are led by excellent coaches but in this case Whittingham isn't going to find somebody that he can outcoach.

    The one tangible the Utes have is they want to prove themselves while Boise might be a bit reeling after their big loss to Nevada. So this would be the time to beat a team like Boise. But Boise has a good bowl record as well. So in the end:

    Boise State 42 Utah 24

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Dec. 16, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Sorry Utah you just don't have the group of really good athaletes you had a couple of years ago. You have a couple, but a couple ain't going to do squat against a excellent Boise St. You are out manned at almost every position, especially the skill positions. Notice I did say almost. You are going to get it handed to you. It will be a good game for maybe a little over a half then the wheels come off. Half time score 14 to 10 Boise St. End of game 44 to 13 Boise St. You are now perpetual cannon fodder.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 16, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Way too much being made of this game. This game does not determine whether it was a great or good season. I don't think it will affect recruiting (nobody decommitted after the TCU and ND games). Deficiencies in the defense have been shown and the offense has had one good game in the past 5. The big question is will 21 practices give the coaches enough time to correct the deficiencies and find ways to attack BSU. I think they will. But overall, the game doesn't mean that much.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    govt rocks

    Just admit it; anybody who watched Utah's games against AFA, SDSU and BYU knows that Utah got lots of lucky bounces and fortunate breaks from the officials.

    It's happens.

    But, it's nothing to beat your chest about when you're given a chance to win, rather earning it through your own performance.

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    SLC WATCH I don't know what you are talking about getting lucky bounces or being charmed to win 10 games. What kind of "wierd turnovers not their making" are you talking about? I don't recall a single turnover where someone simply just dropped the ball and handed it over. TheBYU fumble, may have been the wrong call, but you cannot argue that the Utah player stripped the ball. In the SDSU game, both teams got an equal share of fortunate bounces, Utahs hail mary and SDSU's tipped 90 yard touchdown catch.

    Everything works out in sports, you get some bounces and you don't, but you still have to be in a position to take advantage of bounces and that has everything to do with the quality of the team and skill of the players and nothing to do with being charmed.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 16, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    Odds are EXPOSED!

    This isn't 2008. The Utes aren't even as good as their 10-2 record suggests.

    The Broncos are the real deal and are one botched FG away from playing in the Rose Bowl.

    Despite their records, and the Broncos being favored, the Broncos have more to play for.

  • CdA Ute Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 16, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    I've learned over the many years never to count my team out against a "superior" team. Even if BSU is favored and all the haters are piling on, I think Utah will definitely be exposed... at being awesome!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    Every fan should beaware of how lucky Utah has been since the Air Force game. They have only won the three games they did during that stretch because of highly unusual bounces, weird turnovers not their making, unexplainable calls and inexplicable no calls. But Utah has won 10 games. Rather than being 7-5 like their talent has shown, they have been charmed to make it with 10 wins. Congratulations. That said, if they pull together, work as a team and really focus they will...look like deer in the headlights for this one. Sorry, but Boise just hasn't needed luck this year. They are just plain great. Oh, and for those who think Nevada would have been a easy win...Sorry, they would have eaten Utah alive like a pack of Wolves too. Just because they play in a league you mock doesn't mean they aren't good. Remember Alabama thought Utah was a patsy from a bush league too.

  • IdahoAl Kuna, Idaho
    Dec. 16, 2010 7:42 a.m.

    The Broncos have the advantage in every category (even coaching)...except the special teams. The Utes will be exposed for sure in this matchup with Boise State. Can you say - Bye bye bowl win streak, Boise wins this 47-13.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 16, 2010 6:57 a.m.

    The Utes are Huge underdogs??? Hmmm, it's the perfect set up for the Utes! There's no better chance to prove they're for real than at this game, and I hope they won't disappoint! I love seeing an underdog come out on top and I feel no different about this one. Go Utes!!! I'm one Cougar fan who'll be rooting for you and your great BYU alumni coach K.

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    Cant wait for the game, we have got the tools lets make sure we make them work for us, we can Beat Boise!

    GO UTES!!!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 16, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    1 vote for exposed. I'm surprised Riley even wrote this because Utah was exposed a long time ago. If utah wins it will only confuse fans. Why could they beat Boise but not TCU and Notre Dame. Then the coaches will get blamed or Wynn (who doesn't need anymore criticism). The utes were bragging about NC2010 and got embarrased, twice. Best just to stop spinning the season and get ready for next year. There quest for perfection also blew up in their face.