Utah Utes football: Bowl options look better

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  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    Re: Who am I Sir

    Odds all thee happening (.8X.8X.6) = 38.4%

    Regardless of what happens the Utes still will be going to their best non-BCS bowl game ever. What a difference it makes to be in an auto-qualifying conference!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 20, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    Congrats Utes. Four weeks ago, I thought you were headed to the New Mexico bowl at best, or more likely the local BOWLing alley for December. Congrats on pulling it together.

    The PAC12 is clearly divided into three very good teams, five middle of the PAC teams, and four cellar dwellars

    Very good teams = Oregon, Stanford, USC
    Middle of the PAC = Utah, UCLA, ASU, Washington, Cal
    Cellar dwellars = Colorado, Arizona, Washington State, Oregon State

    Although Washington is playing poorly without their starting QB, ASU is clearly not the same team as the first half of the season, and WSU has played well at times.

    I'm happy for the Utes, but every college football fan would love to see a rematch of the Oregon vs USC game in the championship game instead of Oregon vs UCLA, ASU or Utah. Unfortunately Oregon by 20+. They are clearly in a different league than any of their potential foes.

    Hopefully, Utes can make it to the championship game this year because something tells me USC will win the South 9 of the next 10 years.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    Odds,in my mind, are:

    USC beating UCLA 80-90%
    Utah beating Colorado 80-90%
    California beating Arizona State 60%

    Odds all thee happening (.8X.8X.6) = 50%

    50% chance the Utes are in the first every PAC-12 Championship game! (I know - USC ineligible - but maybe that's why they are so good) And this with the Utes playing 71/2 games with a division two quarterback and seven vital players out for the season. How is that possible? First - coaching. Second - team attitude. How a recruit, if given the chance, could choose Arizona State (and many others) over Utah defies logic. Perhaps professional opportunity and skill development isn't important to them.

  • Darth Vader Ogden, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    The illogical Y fan base owes someone an apology for beating yourself 54-10.

    When one loses, perhaps the better team won. It's not the first time you have had a rash of turnovers. No fluke.

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Nov. 20, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    ATTEMPT #2:

    wardu epitomizes BYU fan mentality... better to avoid playing a meaningful game than risk the possibility of losing.

    (Note: Attempt #1 was rejected by Deseret News for using an "unallowed word." That word, evidently, is a four-letter word starting with Z and ending with B, a term which actually only refers to the irrational subset of BYU fans. So my apologies to the rational Y fan-base who might feel lumped in by the more generic reference. LOL!)

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 1:34 p.m.


  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Nov. 20, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    Or. St.=nobody
    Montana St.= nobody
    Utah+very small share of the conference money pie=nobody

  • Big Daddy Utah SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    YBU fans just need to go away. I would rather have a fighting chance to go to the Rose Bowl than play against nobodies all year long. The worst Utah can do is the Sun, Alamo, or Holiday Bowl. It is so much fun being in the PAC 12 I can hardly stand it. Go Utes!!!!!!!!! Oh, and by the way, 54-10 is still very relevant.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Nov. 20, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Utes, some reality for those of you with bright red tinged goggles on. Your offense is not good. Really. Zero passing yards in the first quarter?. The Ducks defense is good. If you back your way into the champ. game, Oregon will destroy you. It will be exactly like your bowl game last year. You will be embarrassed and the rest of the football fans around the country will have a hearty laugh at how pathetic your team really is.

    I can hear your response now. 54-10. Come up with something relevant to the topic here.

  • dden45 Provo, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    I'm trying to decide if the bottom of the PAC is better than I thought, or the top of the PAC isn't as good as I thought. Crazy day in the West, that's for sure.

  • BleedRed Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    Chris B predicted a Rose Bowl for the Utes 4 weeks ago, to be honest, I was embarrassed by his comment. BUT!

    Look at where we are at today!

    Chris B for President!

    Hang in there band of Lil Brothers. Copter Bowls not so bad.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    ASU is playing so bad right now they could lose to Cal. And i would say USC beats UCLA so we do have a chance. No way could we beat Oregon, with our offense, u have to score a lot of points against them and i don't know if we could.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    I'm excited for the end of the season! I couldn't have said that a few weeks ago. If both ASU and UCLA lose next week, we will be going to the first ever Pac 12 title game! It's a real possibility especially with the way the teams involved in those two matchups are playing right now.

    Go Utes!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Believe it or not, the Rose Bowl is still a possibility. Utah has come from the depths of impossible. After going 0-4 and playing a new QB, the Utes are one week of good fortune away from the PAC 12 title game.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 19, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    i predicted utah oregon title game weeks ago. You all mocked! Utah over ducks for roses!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 19, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    And of course, as I write this, Arizona State is about to go down again. Crazy...

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 19, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    What a difference a week makes. Of course, I'll probably be saying the same thing next week....

    Rose. If Oregon wins the civil war, the Ducks will go to the PAC-12 championship and highly likely beat the South representative. They have been eliminated from NC consideration. Therefore, Ducks to the Rose.

    Next comes Stanford. If they finish 11-1, they will probably get a BCS nod. Fiesta, against the Big-12 champion (Ok State or Oklahoma)? Would be fun...

    Alamo. Assuming Stanford gets a BCS bowl, conventional wisdom says that if Arizona State wins out, at 8-4, they would be the most lucrative. They will face a very good Big-12 team, like Kansas State or Baylor. Good luck Devils.

    Holiday. A Utah team that is 8-4 would be tough to pass up---unless UCLA upsets USC, then very likely they will get this bowl and they will be the team to represent the South in the PAC-12 championship. Opponent? Another strong Big-12 team. Texas or TXA&M maybe?

    Sun. I think this would be a nice fit for the Utes. Opponent? Virgina, GATech, FSU?

    Gonna be interesting. Good luck Friday, Utes!