Utes' game against USC will be historical, highlighted

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    July 30, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    Looking forward to a great game. I am very excited to see the Utes against my Trojans. Good Luck to both teams. Fight on! V

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Isn't it interesting as well as pathetic that most of the posts are from jealous fans of our ex-rival? Mid-major byu fans just can't resist crying their jealousy on every Utah/PAC-12 article!

    Utah vs USC kicks off Utah's exciting new direction in a major conference. I can't wait to be at the Coliseum to experience this historic game!

    Week in and week out we have tough competition with the exception of the two non-BCS games against Montana State and our little brothers down south. The future is exciting.... the future is now!

    Go Utes!

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    July 27, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    And the media footprint just got bigger...real National exposure.

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    July 27, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    Let's put to bed the "Utes are a filler team" because Texas turned the Pac 10 down. The Utes were always in the discussion for expansion. Scott swung for the fences but it really was not ever going to happen. Why? Television and broadcast rights.

    Texas and the the soon to be Pac-12's broadcast interests were at odds from day one. The Pac-12 had no intention of allowing any one school to have their own network (e.g. the Longhorn Network).

    Larry Scott recently told the Austin American-Statesman that the formation of the Pac-12 Network all but eliminates the possibility of Texas ever joining the Pac-12. Scott reiterated his recent comments that future expansion was coming, but it's unlikely now that Texas would be a part of it.

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Who am I:

    Kragthorpe was correct but not right. The pac 10 had no departing members but had to have some one to fill in and get a championship game. After being turned down by others they turned to others begging for a chance. Little outlay, time to see if they stay and get the bottom filled in and letting the new ones not have to play the top teams in the conference. Remember that a win over a last place bcs team means more than a win over a high ranked non bcs team. Tell me it is not a set up and nothing but money.

    Isn't TCU doing the same thing but not so the conference can get a championship game.

    BYU could not Colorado or Wash to play them in the Holiday bowl, afraid and money. A precurser of things to come with the bcs.

    As I said, the bcs will be history in three years and all this won't matter anyway. Actually when that happens BYU will be in a better position. They control their own destiny and schedule.

  • FRSKN Nowhere, US
    July 27, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Looks like they're setting up for a historical smackdown. Smells like the last "historical" game Utah had, remember last year and TCU? Dubbed the most important game in Utah history, and the Utes bent over and buried their heads in the sand.

    USC is gonna make Utah wish they were back in Laramie playing the Cowboys, and this year's just the beginning.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 27, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    USC! A conference game. The first conference game for the 2011 season. (No excuses for either team.) Tommy Trojan entering the coliseum. National coverage - press, Sports Illustrated, etc. National interest to see how Utah can do. Utah, a team that the Tribune's Kragthorpe said, "No school in modern college football history has done what the Utes are doing. As former outsiders of the Bowl Championship Series conferences, theyre moving into a BCS league that was not having to replace departing members. One hundred thousand fans. And I'll be there!

    In the history of Utah football there can only be a handfull of games of this significance and now it is a conference game. Next will be the UCLA's, Cal's, etc.

    Bring it on!

  • Dand_Ute WEST JORDAN, UT
    July 27, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    I love how a team that plays the likes of NM State, Idaho St., Idaho, and a couple of other WAC Slugs in the middle of the week, thinks that putting those games on some form of ESPN makes them smell better than the UTAH vs USC, on Verses. Really? Come on!?! Go UTES!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Pay no attention to the BYU fans behind the curtain. The hot air will drain from their balloon soon enough and bring them down to earth. All it will take is losing one or two of those ESPN games.

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    So you are saying u can "back into" the championship of the south, maybe have the O team ineligible, possibly "back into" it and the best thing is you get to have the crumbs that fall from the pac10.2 table. In addition u are part of the big bcs pac.

    It sounds like you are counting this season lost except for the money and the bragging rites of the bcs.

    Encourage your team and believe in them winning games, not just money.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    The Pac-12's new TV contract doesn't kick in until next year. You may have seen it. Record setting amount of money. And the beauty of it is that Utah gets paid if they are on TV or not.

    BYU only gets paid if their game is on ESPN or ESPN2. Yes, yes, they are scheduled for many appearances this year, but if the season goes south... a TV schedule can be shuffled. And when they are playing on BYU TV? BYU has to pay the opposing team for the TV rights.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    July 27, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Well, maybe "historical" in the sense that it's never happened exactly that way before.

    But with USC's violations and ineligibility issues, the game will probably be more like hysterical.

    By winning them, do games against ineligible teams count toward BCS standings?

    Just wonderin'.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 27, 2011 6:47 a.m.

    This just in...

    "Utah's Sept. 10 game against USC in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be a historical affair. It'll be the first conference game in Pac-12 history..."

    and it will be broadcast on Versus... (trombone playing, wha, wha, whaaaaaa)

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    July 27, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    Utah's Sept. 10 game against USC in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be a historical affair. It'll be the first conference game in Pac-12 history. "We're going to emphasize it," acknowledged Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. "There's going to be a lot of national interest and attention to see how they stack up right away."

    The PAC 12 is soooo excited about this "historic" game, that they scheduled it on... VERSUS!