Utah Utes football: This year is a different challenge

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  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Honestly, are UCLA, Washington State, and Colorado any different than Air Force, Colorado State, and San Diego State?

    I know that Utah is done with UNLV and New Mexico, but the only true difference between the Pac-12 and the MWC is the exposure, marketing, and TV contract. The teams really aren't that different. Shown by the MWC record versus the Pac-10 in recent years.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    I'm excited for the opportunity the Utes have this season. Sure, there's the chance of failure, but with risks come the possibility of great rewards. Go Utes and let's how them how we play football in Utah!!!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    Hellooo -

    "The rest you could switch with any team in the non-BCS conferences and it is the same."

    Seriously? Come on. A win here and a win there does not back up your argument. Take the bottom 6 on BYU's schedule this year and the bottom 6 on Utah's schedule and pit them against each other. Not a chance it would be an even split between the BCS teams and the non-BCS teams.

    That's just ridiculous.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    The myth making continues. Oh the power of he BCS conferences and how much superior they are week in and week out to the non-BCS. This is nonsense in general, and the PAC-12 totally untrue. Is Oregon an historically elite level football school. No, How about any other school in the league. Well yes, USC over the last decade and then earlier, and Washington, but not for 10 years. The rest you could switch with any team in the non-BCS conferences and it is the same. Really, Idaho beat Oregon State 3 years ago. And BYU and New Mexico beat Arizona. This week in week out mantra may be true if the league improves with the new tv revenues, but it is just PR and a built in excuse at this point in time.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    "week-in and week-out" is the key; Utah no longer has the luxury of getting up for a BCS opponent or strong MWC team and then coasting against lower level conference teams; even a Washington State can be dangerous if they're taken lightly.

    The biggest key is keeping Jordan Wynn healthy and having Wynn play up to his pre-injury level. If that doesn't happen, the Utes will be lucky to finish above .500.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    This year will be a "crunch time" year for the Utes. The real question is are they up to it? Nobody really knows, I think so, either way it will be fun to find out. Even 7-5 with a bowl game will be a very good year anything better is just a bonus. With coach Whitt, and Chow we can count on them being prepared. GO UTES!

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 7:29 a.m.

    Sorry this had to happen. We thank you for your sacrifice. As the son of a serviceman, I am so grateful for the selfless work you do. Our prayers are mow with your family.

  • Classless Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Can we say that the most overused phrase of the summer is "week-in and week-out"? Seriously, it might have been a novel concept the first 50 times we heard it. But when it is said 10 times an article all summer...

    I think that every mid-major football fan is hoping that Utah does just a well this year as they have the last 5-10 years. Otherwise it will prove that the BCS conferences really are that much better than mid-major ones. And that the BCS was right for shutting mid-majors out of the major bowls.

    I think that there are several difference this year. The athletes may be higher skilled. But they will only be on a better team if they are also better coached. Which is tough to find a better coach than Whitt. With that said, I'm expecting between 7-5 and 10-2 season. Anything better will be awesome. Please Utes, surprise us.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    I think the Utes will go 8-4, but I think they have a shot at going 10-2 and playing in a Pac 12 championship game. I think the worst they could do would be 7-5, but I'd rather watch them go 7-5 in a Pac 12 schedule where every game is against a quality opponent than see them go 10-2 in the mountain where they only really play 4 real games all year. I can't wait until the USC game!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    Utah can't relax for a minute as they don't play inferior opponents. Our lowest opponent (Montana) would would finish with a winning record in most mid major conferences. Would crush most of the lower end WAC teams.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 7, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    Utah Utes football: This year is a different challenge

    I know the answer to this one get chris B and HH and the rest of the BYU haters to read and follow their own team.