Utah Utes football: With their third straight victory, Utes become bowl eligible

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  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    I guess you are right, it is no longer interesting - just funny.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:44 p.m.


    The hypocrisy over the Utes possible appearance at the New Mexico or Vegas bowls and U fans getting excited over is just what the doctor ordered.

    A majority of posters of the Ute persuasion have consistently ridiculed BYU over their appearances in these bowls in years past and yes, even Coach Whit has said some special things about Las Vegas.

    So pardon us Y fans as we indulge ourselves at the Utes expense.

    Now do you find it interesting? Nothing but pure rivalry fun. I hope the Utes get to either one of these. It would make my day.

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:44 p.m.


    You are right, the point for some of us U fans is that there IS a chance (some years will be greater than others) but, if we shoot for the stars (Rose) and end up a bit short (Sun, Vegas even N.M.)at least we had the chance...I will take that anyday over the alternative, especially indy! (not a shot, the Y did what they had to do)

    What I do find interesting however, is all the negative comments about the Vegas and N.M. bowls - that is the best the Y has been able to achieve for a long time are they only "good" bowl games if the Y is involved?

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    sammyg.....were are you sammyg?...send out an amber alert sammyg's been kidnapped...ha ha ha ha ha

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    Congrats Utes. I'm not surprised that your D played as well as they did, but I honestly didn't think U would generate enough offense to score 31 points against the Bruins. White is impressive. Maybe U are a middle of the PAC team, and not a cellar dwellar (intended to be a compliment). And to accomplish this without a #1 QB is even more impressive. Kudos.

    But to think U are headed to the Rose Bowl is a dilusion. Even with two victories, U will likely not win the South. And even if there were some fluke combination of Ws and Ls that put U in the championship game, the probability of U beating the Ducks is about the same as me getting a winning lottery ticket.

    It looks like the PAC12 will be able to fulfill all their bowl tie-ins this year . . . meaning one of the PAC12 teams will be playing in the world famous New Mexico bowl.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:52 a.m.


    I guess you were tickled before the coug's season even started already knowing which bowl game they were headed to. ha ha ha ha ha . It tickles me just to think about it.

  • Utesby3 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    @ wardu: one major difference is that the first matchup you mentioned would involve two BCS teams with winning records whereas the latter matchup you mentioned involves one really bad team vs. an FCS team.

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:44 a.m.


    It IS nice to still have something to play for this time of year. Thanks for your interest.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    This Ute tickle fest is hilarious... and all over the opportunity to go to Las Vegas.

    This is so funny! Keep it coming!

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Wally, neither will Utah.

  • mattb7 Sterling, VA
    Nov. 13, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    How about a shoutout for the Ute quarterback--three games, five touchdown passes, no interceptions. Sportscasters covering Utah keep talking as though Hays is a high-school senior out of his league. That was the Cal game . . . not now. Great decisionmaking. Increasingly poised. And unlike Wynn, he doesn't make you wonder whether he'll get back up every time he gets hit. Oh, did I mention five touchdown passes in three games, no interceptions?

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    It's great to be able watch the kind of Utah football we have come to love. That was a very fun game to attend. I must say, John White IV is one of the funnest players I've ever watched. What a great pick up he has been. He seems like a top notch kind of guy too. Congrats to him. Also, is it just me who likes Blechen back at safety? He is more of a big play maker at that position it seems. He has more room to work with and uses his innate timing ability to punish players. Coach Chow deserves some praise too. He is getting his players to respond as best as possible with the injury situations that have accumulated. He doesn't put too much strain on Hays and works with the team's strengths and manages our weaknesses.

    Great time to be a Ute! Focus: WSU.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    @ wardu | 12:11 p.m. Nov. 13, 2011

    Incomplete analogy; byu will never play in a conference championship.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Nov. 13, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Kudos to Tom Smart (Deseret News Photographer) for some outstanding photos! If you haven't seen them, take the time and do so.

    The images made me feel like I was at the game.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    If by some bizarre twist of fate the Utes manage to back their way into the conference championship game, it will be fun to watch the Ducks destroy the Utes. It will be reminiscent of the BYU-Idaho game.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    UCLA needs to lose one and win one to get a three-way tie, ASU needs to lose one, better if lose two, and Utah needs to win two. So, go USC, Go Cal, Go Utes!

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    When we were 3-4 and fielding a "not ready for prime time QB" if anyone would have told me that our first year in the Pac12 (please stop calling it the PAC, people)-was going to be a stinking riot, I would have called them crazy. This is Sooooooo much more fun than the MWC ever thought of being. If we were to lose to Washington State next week (which we aren't going to do) and beat Colorado to finish the season 7-5 and go to a respectable bowl game, I would still be doing a little joyful dance. This is great football and a great conference to be aligned with. It's madness, but in all of the good ways.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Congratulation utes, your D is really playing well, it is too bad your offense struggled early in the season. I would love to see the pieces fall into place and the utes get into the pac12 championship game, I dought it will happen but I'd love to see it.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Arizona State is starting to slide, and they still play Cal. But there is little, if any, chance they will lose to Arizona.

    All Utah can do is do their part. They must take care of Washington State and Colorado first.

    Still, congrats Utes on bowl eligibility!

    With USC out by in-eligibility, and Stanford and Oregon being the two clear cut great teams, there is a log-jam of 6-4 teams (4) plus UCLA at 5-5. So the next two weeks will make a big difference in who goes where. PLUS who ever the South puts into the conference championship will get an extra game, though there is little to no chance of that team beating Oregon.

    Possibilities, and my predictions:
    -Rose (

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:02 a.m.


    As crazy as you have come across for the last few weeks, keep manifesting the Rose Bowl. You might be our miracle.

    I was excited to see Washington State beat ASU last night. The problem is that Washington State's QB was just an intermediate throw short of 500 yards passing. Utah will need to dial up some defense on the passing game next week.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    It's far fetched and i don't want to jinx the Utes, but the PAC 12 South is possible. I still say go easy lifelongute.

    The thing that I am starting to realize is that although the Utes don't have a tiebreaker against ASU, it seems they do in a three way tie.

    If Utah goes 2-0, and UCLA and ASU go 1-1 the last two games, we would have a three way tie. UCLA going 0-2 would hurt Utah unless ASU went 0-2. That's not likely anyway.

    First off, Utah has to go 2-0. That they can control. Washington State is no slouch. They play in the north and have had to play Oregon, Stanford, and Washington.

    Yesterday, Washington State's QB was a few yards shy of 500 yards passing. Wow!
    Washington State beat ASU and Utah has to go to Pullman to play. If the Utes find a way to win that game, they have a chance at the PAC 12 south. ASU has Arizona at home. The SUN Devils should win that one. The last week of the season ASU plays California. We need a loss there.

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    Go Utes! I can't say how impressed I am with how they have put it all together after a tough stretch! They are really playing as a team right now! I couldn't be more proud of them! Go Utes!

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    This has been a lot more fun as a season watching teams like USC, ASU, UCLA, etc.

    This year has been fun, I can't wait to see what the future has in store the the Utes!

  • NC FROGS 2010 Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 13, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    Congratulations on becoming bowl eligible! I'm looking forward to seeing TCU teach your team how the game is played at the Las Vegas Bowl in mid-Dec.

  • Darth Vader Ogden, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 7:34 a.m.


    Welcome to Utah in November!

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Pac12lovesu, we are only one game back. If utah asu and ucla all end with same record it goes to highest ranked team which means we would since asu is in a big slide and we will have won our last 5night games. Understand?

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    @Pac 12 loves U

    Not true...Look up the tie breaking rules on the PAC athletics website. If there is a 3 way tie there is a very good chance Utah takes the tie breaker.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    Well we're moving on up.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    UCLA probably could lose the rest of their games. If Colorado plays the Bruins like they did Arizona, CU wins and ASU will win the south, but if UCLA beats the Buffs and loses to USC. Then it would be interesting to see how the Pac-12 determines who goes to the title game to play Oregon. Regardless how it all plays out. It has been a very successful first year in the Pac-12. Utah will then build upon the success of this season next year.

    Go Utes!

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 12, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    @ Lifelong Ute

    "Asu lost! They will lose at least one more and then we will have tiebreaker over them if three way tie! Bring on oregon for rose bowl!"

    Correction: Arizona State has the tiebreaker over us. ASU needs to lose out and Utah needs to win out for the Utes to advance to the Pac-12 title game. But, ASU most likely will beat Arizona. if they don't, Coach Erickson should be fired!

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    Asu lost! They will lose at least one more and then we will have tiebreaker over them if three way tie! Bring on oregon for rose bowl!

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 12, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    Simply a fantastic effort on defence.. Great game. GO UTES!!

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Asu losing to washington state! We will just be one game back from title game foe rose bowl!

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 12, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    Congrats Utes!! U deserve it