Utah Utes, BYU football: Utes, Cougars ranked among top 20 in preseason poll

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  • re: byu all the way!
    July 2, 2008 5:44 a.m.

    It's BCS not BSC. Should make no difference to you anyway since your cougs won't be receiving an invitation.

  • byu all tha way!
    July 1, 2008 7:59 p.m.

    if fhil steele is really that big why is he making rediculous rankings like this, he put notre dame on it! honestly, they are the most hopeless bsc team ever this year! and although he put utah on there for some reason, neither byu or utah has a difficult schedule this year, it sucks, but it's true. either team will be lucky if they get a respectable bsc bowl game

  • Mo in ER
    June 30, 2008 6:10 p.m.

    Steele is off on this one.
    No other national ranking polster has the Ute's on the radar.
    It would be fun to see both BYU and Utah ranked in the top 20 above the majority of BCS big wigs come AP rankings and six or so weeks into the season when the BCS rankings come out.
    Having BYU and Utah ranked in the top 10 come seasons end would be awesome.

  • David
    June 26, 2008 7:00 p.m.

    Well...after 283 comments on this article, it looks like the cougar apoplectic meltdown has finally concluded. PLEASE...somebody write another article. That was fun.

  • seriously
    June 25, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    how can utah even claim urban? he jumped ship first chance he could.

  • TO: Uteman3
    June 24, 2008 7:44 a.m.

    Yea, the yewtes could go 11-0 and score an 100 points a game until they run into that powerhouse UNLV and then get SHUTOUT!!!

  • Re: Gamer Time/Paper Time
    June 23, 2008 9:37 a.m.

    Your comments are weak and do not add any credibility with your inability to spell....

  • Re: Who is Phil Steele?
    June 22, 2008 11:31 p.m.

    Doesn't matter who makes the poll...they're all worthless until about 2 months into the season.

  • re:Winning Again
    June 22, 2008 9:44 p.m.

    The season has not even started yet and the UTES are already in your heads. They must be good this year.

    Go Utes..

  • Winning Again
    June 22, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    I guess readership at the D. news and papers all over the state among the utes (cougar haters) will be up again now that the utes are ranked in a national pre-season poll. Even though two weeks ago pre-season polls meant nothing. Especially from a weak service that dared mention the cougars. Oh well, enjoy the paper until another weak publication recognizes the cougars and the "possibility" of a great season. The season has not even started yet and the cougars are already in your heads. They must be winning again.

  • re:Palls
    June 22, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    I am a cougar fan who agrees with your observations.

    All those teams will lose.
    I just have not seen a consistant Utah team that will beat "All" those teams.

    Utah will come into the BYU with a home game that will make them "Bowl Eligible", and another "Must Win BYU Bowl" for Kyle.

    He's big enough to take responsibility now, and Dr. Hill really cannot be totally happywith Kyle effort so far.

    Good luck Utah.

  • Palls
    June 22, 2008 12:44 a.m.

    I am a big time Ute fan and the only team that worries me this year is Wyoming. Michigan will be interesting but the Utes will come out on top. UNLY will get beat down no problem. USU will lose. Air Force will lose. Weber State will lose. Oregon State will get beat down. Wyoming, I hope the coaches will be ready this year. Colorado State will lose. New Mexico will be another interesting game but the Utes will come out on top. TCU will lose. San Diego State will lose. After two years of stupid mistake the Utes will come out on top. It is that easy..

    Go UTES

  • RE:Coug Fan
    June 22, 2008 12:07 a.m.

    We Utes keep trying to be ranked when we play you, but it's those darned losses.

    Seriously, in what world is Utah ranked ahead of BYU? Using what logic?

    Or does this all come from a land of Schrute Dollars, Stanley Nickles, Unicorns and Leprechauns???

    Sure, there, go Utes...

    (I hope we don't play UNLV, and Michigan at Michigan, and I know that the Wyoming team never does hold a grudge.

    Yep, we can do it, even without our Urban Legend.

  • Coug Fan
    June 21, 2008 5:29 p.m.

    I like this. I hope BYU and Utah meet when both teams are undefeated. Hope Utah is ranked above BYU, and that both are in the top 10. I hope TCU is ranked, also, when the Cougars and Horn Frogs meet.

  • diehard ute fan
    June 21, 2008 3:54 p.m.

    I love to listen to you BYU fans cry over this little poll. All you do is cry, cry, cry. It must be tough living in Happy Valley.

  • Who is Phil Steele?
    June 21, 2008 2:32 p.m.

    Who is Phil Steele and who cares what he has to say?? All I know is that on all of the pre-season polls that count (like the USA today poll, the coaches poll, the BCS standings) BYU is ranked 14th and Utah is no where to be seen.
    So Utah fans, enjoy your moment in the spotlight. It isn't going to last for very long. I can't wait until football season starts!!! GO COUGS!!

  • UTEMAN3
    June 21, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    Byu could go 11 - 0. As long as they dont run into a powerhouse like Tulsa.

  • Yes Florida #1 !!
    June 21, 2008 11:18 a.m.

    They have the Heisman trophy winner and one of the best coaches in the Nation.

    Just because BYU fans hate Meyer so much they can't see him winning a title. I went to a BYU game a few years ago when the Crowd cheered when Florida lost. You guys are jealous, and upset that he beat your cougars down!! I hate to break it to you, but he won the National Title 2 years ago, and several think they'll win it this year.

    He is a better coach than Bronco!!! (Who do you honestly think would win in a national poll?). If you took a nationwide poll of football fans Meyer would win 90% to 10%.


    Meyer has also done more than Level Edwards.
    Edwards 1 National Title 0 BCS wins 7-13-1 in Bowl games (29 years)
    Meyer 1 National Title 2 BCS wins 4-1 in bowl games (7 years)

    Sorry BYU fans, the guys you worship (Bronco and Edwards) are not as good as Meyer.

  • BYU...
    June 21, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    I think it is funny how BYU fans are making fun of Utah for the UNLV game.
    How about BYU's effort in both games against UCLA!?!
    Scoring 17 points in each game. The Utes scored 44 in one game against the Bruins, and didn't need a lucky break (a blocked FG), to beat the 5th best team in the Pac 10 in a bowl game.
    How about BYU win some non-conference games this year!!

    I don't remember the last time BYU lost less than 2 non-conference games in a year!!!!!

  • Florida #1?
    June 20, 2008 10:52 p.m.

    Florida #1? That is almost as absurd as Utah being in the top 25! Show us some rankings from a legitimate source!

  • Ute Fan
    June 20, 2008 3:35 p.m.

    I don't agree with this poll and don't think Utah should be ranked higher, BUT I love that they've ranked it this way...just to see those kitty fans squirm and complain.

  • andrewute1
    June 20, 2008 3:13 p.m.

    Here we go, more unlv talk. It was probably a good thing with what happened last year at unlv, they put up 8 wins in 9 games after that. Now they know not to look by teams like that anymore, which means utah might put up 50 this year against them. One thing I know about kyle and the utes is dont guarantee wins or talk trash after the game because what goes around comes around. There will be no mercy against unlv this year, plus its the first home game, Sanford and his rebels will be down by at least 35 at half time.

  • UVU
    June 20, 2008 2:27 p.m.

    That is true why do BYU fans pretend to like Utah on these things. Don't worry Utah we here at UVU are getting pretty sick of BYU students and fans acting like they're superior to everyone also.

  • Trying to be a BYU fan
    June 20, 2008 2:25 p.m.

    Everyone you don't need to pretend to be a Utah fan just so you can rip on them. Especially when most of the comments on this comment board are ripping on them.

    Who's fans are the pompous ones?

  • another comment
    June 20, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    Does all this talk even matter? BYU can never beat any of there good non-conference opponents so they'll already be knocked out of BCS consideration before Septembers is over.
    Then after this all the coug fan's will return home and think about the glory days when they competed with Army and Navy to win the national championship in the coaches poll and was left looking up in the AP poll. Way back before any of their players were born.
    Then Bronco Mendahall will return to the locker room and give some sort of conference talk to his players about how BYU had tradition when his father was alive and how if you live right you'll never have any problems.

  • Game Time / Paper Time
    June 20, 2008 1:10 p.m.

    The utes are paper tigers.

    BYU proves it on the field.

    W=W, L=L.
    Utes just talk and talk and talk.

    I am a self repsecting 48 yer old male that likes both teams.

    If the Ute would shut up and produce, they earn respect.

    If you win, you can say what you want, ask Collie, Pierce, Allen, Garnett.Tiger.

    If you lose, shut up, you didn'y earn respect.

    Ask Kobe, Whit, Dr. Hill, Mediate. Kobe can't do it without Shaq. Talked the came, couldn't produce.

    I like Utes. I hate whimy, pompous, idioditic, arrogant Ute fans.

    Many of us are men, manny of us are atletes.

    Ute fans, ern you respect and the board is yours.

    Otherwise, get off and practice.

  • Seriously?
    June 20, 2008 10:06 a.m.

    Yes BYU is returning most of last years EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE?

    EXPLOSIVE? Total offense ranked 28th in Div 1
    EXPLOSIVE? Total points ranked 68th in Div 1

    The REAL part of last years team was the EXPLOSIVE DEFENSE

    Total Defense Ranked 7th in Div 1
    Points allowed Ranked 14th in Div 1

    Now, if this years offense can improve to match the rankings of last years defense, the Cougars just might have something to brag about next January.

  • Jordan
    June 20, 2008 9:32 a.m.

    This is ridiculous. The utes ahead of the cougars? This makes absolutely no sense, considering the cougars are returning 10 of their 11 offensive starters.
    here is my preseason rankings, means nothing but its personal satisfaction :)
    BYU- 14

    Utah-25

    Utah has a good team, but by no means is it good enough to be ranked ahead of the cougars, especially considering all the factors. I think I will stick to the reliable sources on this one, not some yahoo who thinks he knows what he is talking about.

  • Rank(ed)
    June 20, 2008 8:38 a.m.

    boys boys boys

    are you telling me you tally your total EVER victories over ranked teams and get a couple??

    here in the SEC we have to have 4-5 victories over ranked teams EVERY SEASON to even be in the running for a Conference title.

    some dirty laundry should never be aired.

  • Ted Bundy
    June 20, 2008 8:32 a.m.

    The Utes will kill byu this year. My team always wins.

    Utah Alumni

  • TO: Andrewute1
    June 20, 2008 8:25 a.m.

    Did I mention that the UNLV coaches were laughing after the yewt game last year at the lack of courage and guts the yewts desplayed in their fear of tackling summers. No wonder Unga blasted into the line for the winning touchdown and blew up the yewt defenders at the time he was crossing the line. Oh and did I mention the UNLV won by a shutOUT?

  • Re: Ralph
    June 20, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    "BCS is what every cougar fan dreams of, something the Utes already accomplished."

    No, the National Championship is, something the Cougars already accomplished. Also, only eight years separated BYU's #5 ranking from Utah's #5 ranking. And BYU actually had to beat a good team in their bowl game to get that.

    Frankly, neither team should be speaking too loudly about a BCS berth when both teams have to win several tough games before that is even a consideration. I don't believe either team will be undefeated in November.

  • Re: Re: Homers
    June 20, 2008 6:59 a.m.

    They all have winning records against BYU?

  • Re: Homers
    June 20, 2008 1:57 a.m.

    You need to re-enroll in that R99 English class at your local JC.

    We all saw how previous top 10 Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Florida State, among others, simply reloaded last year.

    What do Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, UCLA, Washington, Washington St., Arizona, Arizona St., Oregon, Oklahoma, Colorado, Penn St., Michigan, Kansas St., Missouri, and Notre Dame all have in common?

  • Re: Why are...
    June 20, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    Because they're better than your pathetic team.

  • Re: Ranked?
    June 20, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    Has Utah ever won a conference championship?

    Don't talk to me about bowl wins and OOC wins when you can't even win your own conference.

    Kyle - none
    MWC - 3
    WAC - 2

    Bronco - 2
    MWC - 4
    WAC - 19

  • YOu BYU and UTah homers
    June 19, 2008 11:54 p.m.

    can talk all you want about your seasons and make these crazy predictions and so forth. Here's the thing your not a top 10 team. Those teams reload every year, you guys start whining because a few players grad, or whatever.

  • You can't even
    June 19, 2008 11:46 p.m.

    tailgate at BYU!! what's up with that? YOu shouldn't be ranked if showing up 5 minutes before the game is the norm, and you can't tailgate or anything. I traveled to see the BYU USC game a couple years ago and was kinda bummed with the rules there.

  • Why are
    June 19, 2008 11:37 p.m.

    two Mtn. WORST teams ranked in the top 25 when they haven't done anything last year. Their conference is one of the worst conferences in the nation and they play a weak pre-seaon. Someone explain.

  • Rich
    June 19, 2008 10:57 p.m.

    Pre-season polls mean absolutely nothing. They're more inaccurate than Jeanne Dixon's predictions. However, there is one good thing about getting ranked to start the season. You actually have a chance to make the BCS at the end of the season if you win all your games. Since Utah has to play BYU in November, we know that only one team can possibly win all its games. It could be Utah; it could be BYU. Both teams have excellent coaches and often produce stunning wins even though they typically cannot recruit players as big and fast as those recruited in, say, the Big 10 or the Pac 10.
    Good luck to all the Utah teams in the coming season. The better they do, and the better all the teams in their conferences do against teams from other conferences, the better chances two or more local teams will be ranked in next year's pre-season poll.

  • Question?
    June 19, 2008 10:48 p.m.

    Hi, I have lived in Utah now for a few years and have really enjoyed the BYU Utah rivalry and the last two games were great. But I am wondering why BYU students are called Zoobs? I am not trying to fan the flames but am actually curious. Thanks

  • Ranked?
    June 19, 2008 10:15 p.m.

    Has byu ever beaten a ranked oppenent?

    Utah/Kyle has two: Georgia Tech #21 and UCLA #11

  • RE: Now
    June 19, 2008 9:55 p.m.

    You failed to mention that Bronco has a .500 record against non-conference oppenents, but two of those games where against 1AA. If byu didn't have a "watered down" schedule he would be under .500 against non-conference teams.

    Has Bronco ever won on the road against non-conference teams? That powerhouse Tulsa seams to be getting in the way. At least byu might beat Utah State and get that road win.

    FYI: Since 2003 Utah is 10-4 against BCS teams, BYU is 5-11 during that same time.

    AS for UNLV, Utah lost to them for the first time is 17 years! Byu on the other hand is 4-2 against them the past 6 attempts and just a few years ago byu lost at home against UNLV, at home!

    By the way congrats on winning the Vegas bowl against a 6-5 team with NO Coach, NO QB, NO RB by one and being favored by 11 points. If I remember: Hall: "We need to make a statement for the BCS next year!".....right!!!

    AS for the NCAA tournament: One and done, byu in 100 years hasn't gotten to the sweet 16, see BYU.

  • BJ
    June 19, 2008 8:53 p.m.

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!! Last time I checked they don't use this poll in any way, shape, or form. Let it go.

  • Re: Now
    June 19, 2008 8:11 p.m.

    "Hey, congrats on what BYU accomplished in 1920? Possibly you should live in the now...."

    Fine!

    Now...

    Since Bronco and Kyle became the current head coaches:

    BYU is 2-1 vs. Utah, 28-10 (6-6, 11-2, 11-2) overall, with 2 MWC Championships, 2-1 in bowls (all vs. BCS teams)

    Utah is 1-2 vs. BYU, 24-14 (7-5, 8-5, 9-4) overall, with NO MWC Championships, 3-0 in bowls (only one vs. a BCS team)

    ...and Then

    The 1974 Fiesta Bowl would have been a great game except for the Oklahoma State headhunters who intentionally knocked Gary Shiede out of the game with two very questionable blindside hits early in the game.

    I'll trade the disappointment of losing the first 4 bowl games for the excitement of winning the 1980, 1983 and 1984 Holiday Bowls anyday.

    For one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA bowl history, see BYU.

    For one of the most dramatic game-ending plays in the NCAA tournament history, see BYU.

    Both, by the way, happened during the same school year, 1980-81.

  • re: Bowl Records
    June 19, 2008 7:19 p.m.

    Hey, congrats on what BYU accomplished in 1920? Possibly you should live in the now.... But if we are going back...we all who know leads the series, and we all know who has the better winning percentage in bowl games. Maybe you should g back t the 1974 Fiesta bowl, sounds like that was a real treat of a game...but hey at least you can be proud.

  • Re: Bowl Records
    June 19, 2008 7:06 p.m.

    Nobody is arguing which is more fun: watching your team in a bowl game or not watching your team in a bowl game.

    It says a lot about BYU's program that they could win the WAC so frequently but lose bowl games so frequently too. That is why BYU has the reputation of being a paper tiger; their records during the 70s and 80s looked far more impressive than the teams actually were thanks to playing a bunch of creampuffs. It's also one of the many reasons nobody likes BYU, they would inflate their record in a weak conference and say "why can't we get any respect?"

    YOU HAVE TO EARN IT! And losing to AZ, Tulsa, BC, and UCLA won't give you any.

    FYI: Since 2003 Utah is 10-4 against BCS teams, BYU is 5-11 during that same time.

  • Bowl Records
    June 19, 2008 6:33 p.m.

    "Who cares how many bowls a team goes to if they don't win at least the majority of the ones (no matter how crappy a bowl it is) they get invited to?"

    Bowl games used to be a reward for having a great season.

    BYU 1963-1991 (5-10-1):

    1974*Fiesta Bowl*L*Oklahoma State*6-16
    1976*Tangerine Bowl*L*Oklahoma State*21-49
    1978*Holiday Bowl*L*Navy*16-23
    1979*Holiday Bowl*L*Indiana*37-38
    *1980*Holiday Bowl*W*SMU*46-45
    1981*Holiday Bowl*W*Washington State*38-36
    1982*Holiday Bowl*L*Ohio State*17-47
    *1983*Holiday Bowl*W*Missouri*21-17
    *1984*Holiday Bowl*W*Michigan*24-17
    *1985*Citrus Bowl*L*Ohio State*7-10
    1986*Freedom Bowl*L*UCLA*10-31
    1987*All-American Bowl*L*Virginia*16-22
    1988*Freedom Bowl*W*Colorado*20-17
    1989*Holiday Bowl*L*Penn State*39-50
    1990*Holiday Bowl*L*Texas A&M*14-65
    1991*Holiday Bowl*T*Iowa 13-13

    *Games I attended in person

    Utah 1963-1991 (0-0-0):
    none

    As a BYU fan it was so much more fun watching Jim McMahon leading BYU to their Miracle Bowl finish, watching Steve Young CATCH the winning touchdown pass against Missouri, and watching Robbie Bosco on a gimpy knee lead BYU to a National Championship.

    Even some of the losses, to Oklahoma State (1974), Navy (1978), Indiana (1979), and Ohio State (1985), were exciting and memorable.

    Watching my team play in 16 bowl games, win or lose, was head and shoulders above staying home in December watching someone else's teams play.

  • Snipe
    June 19, 2008 6:29 p.m.

    SCOREBOARD!

  • Auburns Turn?
    June 19, 2008 5:44 p.m.

    Hey confused. Neither the U or Y will do much with their Mickey mouse schedules playing in a 2nd rate conference.

    Why is it so important that BYU bust the BCS? the Utes, Hawaii, & Boise have already done it.

    The last 2 BCS winners have come from the only conference that really matters.

  • Re: Utah's bowl record
    June 19, 2008 5:39 p.m.

    It's funny you should mention that Utah only started going to bowl games regularly after the system got watered down. Last I checked, BYU's bowl record since bowl games became 'watered down' is 4-7-1, Utah's is 8-3.

    Even when everyone and their dog is going bowling, BYU STILL has an awful bowl record!

  • Krewgar's....
    June 19, 2008 5:11 p.m.

    Before any krewgars make any bias opinions about why the Ute's shouldn't be ranked 14th in the country, go to Phil Steele's website and read his email and answer section. There Krewgar fan's, you will find out the answer why the Ute's are ranked ahead of the Krewgars.

    Lets get 'em UTAH!!! BCS here we come!!!

  • re: re: re: Utah's Bowl Record
    June 19, 2008 4:30 p.m.

    "I doubt many recruits are beating down Kyle's door for the chance to play in a minor bowl as a runner-up in the MWC." BYU has been the winner of the MWC two years running to play for the right to play in the prestigious Las Vegas Bowl against the fifth place Pac-10 team. NOBODY is beating down anybody's door to play in this conference. BYU did not do this conference any favors by BARELY beating a crappy UCLA team whom UTAH CRUSHED earlier in the year. In this conference UTAH, BYU, and TCU need to be solid to give credibility to this region.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 4:27 p.m.

    And they have Notr Dame 19th yea this poll is accurate. NOT

  • Re: re: Utah's Bowl Record
    June 19, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    Your argument is poor at best. Who cares how many bowls a team goes to if they don't win at least the majority of the ones (no matter how crappy a bowl it is) they get invited to? BYU is a great football school. There is no doubt about that. I am a Utes fan and I wish Utah had the same regular season success as BYU has had in the last 30 years. However, I would still rather have Utah's bowl record. What is the point of getting as far as you can go and not winning it all? I loved Lavell Edwards (how can you not) but BYU's yearly tradition was win the WAC, which he did many times, and get clobbered in the Holiday Bowl. It is frustrating be a fan in this state. I am also a very dissapointed Jazz fan (twenty years of my life cheering for one ring).

  • Phil Steele
    June 19, 2008 4:19 p.m.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste. ewe-bies will have something to grin about until kick off time.

  • RE: Ignorance
    June 19, 2008 4:00 p.m.

    I agree with your comment to some extent, but it doesn't fully hold up. Keep in mind that before this last season, BYU lost John Beck, Cameron Jensen, Curtis Brown, and Jonny Harline to name a few.

  • Re: Utah's bowl record
    June 19, 2008 3:56 p.m.

    Utah couldn't even qualify for a bowl until the bowl system became so watered down that half of the Division 1A teams were able to bowling.

    Utah bowls:

    Pre-1992 -- 2 bowls (1939, 1964); Utah went 28 years in a row (from 1964 to 1992) without even going to a bowl; they only went to 2 bowls in their first 100 years of football.

    1992-2007 -- 11 bowls, almost all of them against unranked opponents:

    Bowl -- Final Record -- Opponent
    Sun -- (6-1) -- New Mexico
    Liberty -- (9-2) -- West Virginia
    Copper -- (6-6) -- Washington St.
    Freedom -- (7-6) -- USC
    Freedom -- (10-2) -- Arizona
    Copper -- (8-4) -- Wisconsin
    Las Vegas -- (9-3) -- Fresno State
    Las Vegas -- (8-4) -- USC
    Liberty -- (10-2) -- Southern Miss
    Fiesta -- (12-0) -- Pittsburgh
    Emerald -- (7-5) -- Georgia Tech
    Armed Forces -- (8-5) -- Tulsa
    Poinsettia -- (9-4) -- Navy

    I doubt many recruits are beating down Kyle's door for the chance to play in a minor bowl as a runner-up in the MWC.

  • Re: OBCD
    June 19, 2008 3:49 p.m.

    How ignorant are you? Do you not remember in the carousel of #2's last year that South Florida was one of those teams? Remember this name: Matt Grothe. He is the QB. He passed for over 2600 yards and rushed for nearly 900. If it wasn't for being sacked a few times he would have been over a thousand yards. This team has only been playing D1 ball since 2000 and they are already competetively playing in a BCS conference and S. Florida (yes, not the Gators) could be contending for a National Title this year. I am a Utes fan. I can only dream of a day when teams from this region will be given the same shot.

    P.S. Where did I get the background information? PHIL STEELE's Magazine. I provided my opinions, the mag provided the facts.

  • USU
    June 19, 2008 3:35 p.m.

    USU should be up there I think.

  • Re: OBCD
    June 19, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    No kidding. USF only climbed as high as the top 5 last year, who is this Phil guy kidding?

  • OBCD
    June 19, 2008 2:28 p.m.

    Any preseason ranking that has Georgia behind South Florida (not Florida, but South Florida) has to be ignored.

  • Re: Re returning starters
    June 19, 2008 2:21 p.m.

    "and another bowl win"? hah you kidding me? They lost like 6 in a row. BYU sucks in post season. That's why all the best out of state players (non-mormon) go to Utah.

  • Re; returning starters
    June 19, 2008 1:11 p.m.

    "BYU had the #1 Defense last year and still lost 2 games and could have lost the UCLA/TCU/utah games and could have had 5 losses!"

    BYU also "could have" gone undefeated!!! A couple of breaks in BYU's favor in each game "could have" given BYU a win in both games they lost.

    In hindsight, the only thing that counts is what they actually did, which is 11-2, back-to-back MWC championships, and another bowl win.

    Phil Steele is welcome to his opinion, but he's way out of sync with the concensus of most of the other preseason polls that have BYU ranked around 15th, and Utah and Notre Dame not listed.

    Personnally, I think Utah should be in the top 25, somewhere between 20 and 25.

    Jamie Hill will have BYU's defense well prepared with players who, although they didn't start last year, had significant game experience as backups.

  • CONSENSUS
    June 19, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    From 15 different preseason polls, including AJC ATH CBS CFN CSTV DST ESPN Lnds NC PS Rvls SP SN SI SFS, found on the lsufootball.net site:

    1 Ohio State
    2 Georgia
    3 USC
    4 Oklahoma
    5 Florida
    6 Missouri
    7 West Virginia
    8 LSU
    9 Clemson
    10 Texas
    11 Auburn
    12 Wisconsin
    13 Kansas
    14 Texas Tech
    15 BYU
    16 Illinois
    17 Arizona State
    18 Virginia Tech
    19 Tennessee
    20 Penn State
    21 Oregon
    22 South Florida
    23 Wake Forest
    24 Pittsburgh
    25 Fresno State
    26 Alabama
    27 Michigan State
    28 South Carolina
    29 Florida State
    30 California
    30 Oregon State
    32 Boise State
    32 Cincinnati

    Some of the 15 are minor polls, but hey, this is all about the debate, right?

  • Re: andrewute1
    June 19, 2008 12:28 p.m.

    "Utah 34 Michigan 13
    Utah 56 UNLV 7
    Utah 34 BYU 21

    Chalk that down!"

    Please don't bet the rent money on your predictions. Caring BYU fans don't want to see you homeless after the season.

  • 3 returning starters?
    June 19, 2008 12:21 p.m.

    Only 3 returning starters on Defense! That is why he put Utah ahead of byu.

    Byu had the #1 Defense last year and still lost 2 games and could have lost the UCLA/TCU/Utah games and could have had 5 losses! They only had 2, but with only 3 returning starters on the defense are they going to outscore their oppenents? Probably not, see: tulsa '07 and TCU '05! 50+points and a still lose!

    Byu struggles when they face good defenses like UCLA, which held them to 17 points twice, Utah which held them to 17 points, and Arizona which held them to 20! Basically that "great offense" can and has been stopped!

    Byu's defense won them those games but this year when they only have 3 coming back, and one injury away from losing one of them, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? THAT IS WHY PHIL STEELE PUT UTAH AHEAD OF THEM!

    Utah has 16 of 22 starters coming back on their team and 17/22 if Casteel is counted. They the best special teams in the conference and probably the country.

  • Re: Locker
    June 19, 2008 12:07 p.m.

    "Please do not confuse any QB performance in the MWC with Locker's in the PAC 10."

    A good passing QB, whether in the PAC 10, MWC, SEC, or any other conference should have at least 60% pass completions, 200+ yds/gm, and a 2-1 Touchdowns to Interceptions ratio.

    Locker may be dangerous as a runner playing quarterback, but his credentials as a passer, based on his first season, are highly suspect.

    A 62.8 QB rating won't even get Locker into the top 50 in QB rating, and certainly won't have many football fans around the country declaring him to be the #1 quarterback.

    It sounds to me like BYU will be preparing for an Air Force style triple-option attack early this coming season.

  • Re: Not So Accurate
    June 19, 2008 11:54 a.m.

    Look at the AP's preseason poll and postseason poll from last year.

    AP Preseason
    1. USC
    2. LSU
    3. West Virginia
    4. Texas
    5. Michigan
    6. Florida
    7. Wisconsin
    8. Oklahoma
    9. Virginia Tech
    10. Louisville **
    11. Ohio State
    12. California **
    13. Georgia
    14. UCLA **
    15. Tennessee
    16. Rutgers **
    17. Penn State **
    18. Auburn
    19. Florida State **
    20. Nebraska **
    21. Arkansas **
    22. TCU **
    23. Hawaii
    24. Boise State **
    25. Texas A&M **

    ** (Didnt finish in top 25)

    If you're the expert in Preseason rankings why dont you post your Top 25 and we'll compare yours to Steele's at season's end. Sound Fair?

  • Not so Accurate
    June 19, 2008 10:48 a.m.

    So Steele only missed 10 of the 25 teams from his preseason poll:

    7. Kansas
    10. Boston College
    14. Brigham Young
    15. Auburn
    16. Arizona State
    17. Cincinnati
    20. Illinois
    21. Clemson
    22. Texas Tech
    25. Oregon State

    but, he included

    8. Florida State (7-6, bust)
    10. Penn State (9-4, fair)
    22. Nebraska (5-7, bust)


  • Rankings
    June 19, 2008 10:11 a.m.

    This whole poll is a joke. I love BYU and I hope the U does well, but looking at where all the teams are ranked on this poll I can't take this guy seriously. Let's at least wait till the first kick before we make reservations for the BCS.

  • 2008 College Football Preseason
    June 19, 2008 10:04 a.m.

    A look at the early projections for 2008.

    Gregory Cox of TheFootballExpert.com has compiled top 25 polls from The Sporting News (Matt Hayes), Rivals.com, ESPN (Mark Schlabach), CNN/SI (Stewart Mandel), and College Football News. Once a team is mentioned, they are in. If they are not included in someone elses poll, he gives them a rank of 30 and then averages out the results.

    19 teams, including BYU, were listed by all five sources.

    #1 Georgia
    #2 Oklahoma
    #3 USC
    #4 Ohio State
    #5 Missouri
    #6 Florida
    #7 LSU
    #8 West Virginia
    #9 Texas
    #10 Wisconsin

    #17 BYU: High (12) Low (22) Average (17.40): This is your BCS buster out of the Mountain West. If they can handle a pair of Pac-10 teams (at Washington. vs. UCLA) in their OOC they might go undefeated.

    #24 Michigan
    #27 Fresno State
    #32 Oregon State

    No mention of Utah. :(

    or Notre Dame.

    hmmm, also, no mention of Steeles most highly respected preseason poll.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 10:02 a.m.

    long livfer uwte fan here. I luv my utwts but thet is just to kinde of Phil. here is to dreeming thogh. go uwtes!!!11!

  • Phil Steele's 2007 Preseason 25
    June 19, 2008 9:56 a.m.

    Phil Steeles 2007 Preseason Top 25
    1. USC
    2. LSU
    3. Oklahoma
    4. West Virginia
    5. Michigan
    6. Texas
    7. Louisville
    8. Florida State
    9. Virginia Tech
    10. Penn State
    11. Georgia
    12. Hawaii
    13. South Carolina
    14. Florida
    15. Ohio State
    16. Wisconsin
    17. Alabama
    18. Oregon
    19. Missouri
    20. Texas A&M
    21. UCLA
    22. Nebraska
    23. TCU
    24. South Florida
    25. Tennessee

    Here are the 2008 Final polls. He's pretty accurate if you ask me.
    AP
    1. LSU (60)
    2. Georgia (3)
    3. USC (1)
    4. Missouri
    5. Ohio State
    6. West Virginia
    7. Kansas
    8. Oklahoma
    9. Virginia Tech
    10. Texas
    10. Boston College
    12. Tennessee
    13. Florida
    14. Brigham Young
    15. Auburn
    16. Arizona State
    17. Cincinnati
    18. Michigan
    19. Hawaii
    20. Illinois
    21. Clemson
    22. Texas Tech
    23. Oregon
    24. Wisconsin
    25. Oregon State


  • Anonymous @ 9:29
    June 19, 2008 9:53 a.m.

    You must not be faithful in your "religion of College Football" Because Phil Steele has been around for a while and produces a prominent college/pro football preview!!!!!

  • Posers
    June 19, 2008 9:50 a.m.

    If you have never heard of Phil Steele you can't call yourself a college football fan. He is the most accurate and respected football analysts in the nation

  • ranking means nothing
    June 19, 2008 9:46 a.m.

    First of all, polls such as SI and USAToday as well as the AP coaches poll are the only ones anyone pays attention to. Secondly, pre-season rakings are bogus. Notre Dame was ranking high a couple of years ago in the preseason and ended up with a losing record that year with no bowl game.I guess its nice to be recognized but these pre-season polls are just wild guesses at best.

  • Locker vs AF QB?
    June 19, 2008 9:43 a.m.

    Please do not confuse any QB performance in the MWC with Locker's in the PAC 10. Both, UCLA and Washington will field much improved teams than took the field last season.

    BYU will be extremely lucky to be 2-1 after the first three games!! and some of games gets even harderin the stretch. The sucess of the BYU season depends on quickly developing the outside pass rush and cover corners/Dbacks. The cougars have the talent to win'em all, if they can just get the right combination of the field from the start.

  • andrewute1
    June 19, 2008 9:39 a.m.

    Wow I cant believe how much trash byu fans are talking. What goes around comes around fella's. Phil Steel's magazine is legit, some guy earlier was acting like who is South Florida, if you knew college football you would know they were ranked in the top ten most of last year and ranked 2nd at a time. Yes notre dame was bad last year, but i would not be suprised if they turned it around this year. The past two seasons they have had one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, and last year everyone was young. They have the potential to be good. If the magazine is right with these rankings, every coug can slap themselves in the face with all your stupid trash talk.

    Utah 34 Michigan 13
    Utah 56 UNLV 7
    Utah 34 BYU 21

    Chalk that down!

    GO UTES!!

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 9:29 a.m.

    I'm a college football fan who has had season tickets to byu football the past several years and am moving to ohio and have ohio state season tickets next year. I watch football religiously and I've never heard of Phil Steele and have no idea how he gets off puting Utah ahead of BYU especially when BYU is bringing its entire offense back and are going to be even better because Hall has a year under his belt and BYU quarterbacks historically get better and better each year. What a laugh!

  • Where else
    June 19, 2008 9:15 a.m.

    Is Utah in any other polls?

  • Re: Typical AF QB
    June 19, 2008 9:08 a.m.

    "Don't take Washington too lightly. We've got possibly the #1 QB in the nation. Jake Locker, YES.... YOU WILL BE REMEMBERING HIS NAME! He is the best passing and running QB in Husky history."

    Running QB, yes.
    Passing QB, maybe. A low completion percentage, less than 200 yds/g, and more interceptions than TDs belies the great passing quarterback claim.

    Jake has the stats of a below average Air Force QB, great runner, below average passer.

    Jake Locker
    Washington (4-9)
    QB Rating 62.8
    Pass 155/328 47.3%, 2062 Yds, 171.8 Yds/G,
    14 TD, 15 Int
    Rush 172 for 986 Yds, 82.2 Yds/G,
    13 TD, 18 Sacks

    Max Hall
    Brigham Young (11-2)
    QB Rating 91.9
    Pass 298/496 60.1%, 3848 Yds, 296 Yds/G,
    26 TD, 12 Int
    Rush 52 for 14 Yds, 1.1 Yds/G,
    1 TD, 20 Sacks

  • Zoobie 56
    June 19, 2008 8:13 a.m.

    RE: Michigan

    Michigan by 27? That's exactly the kind of thinking the Utes hope your team has. I'm a BYU fan, but Utah will be returning many good athletes from a year ago. Michigan should win being at home, but you'd better not take Utah lightly.

  • Re: Reality Check
    June 19, 2008 8:01 a.m.

    Great trash talk, dude. Predict a Ute loss to Weber St. as if it has already happened. Then follow it up by saying all of the things you won't have a chance to say because Utah will not lose to Weber.

    More likely to lose to a D1AA team this year is BYU. Kewg fans keep mentioning 'how tough' they are, and they were ranked last year. BYU could very possibly come out taking them lightly, then, BAM! Right in the kisser. Panthers 35 - Kewgars 32

  • Last year?
    June 19, 2008 7:41 a.m.

    This isnt last years rankings by chance is it? ND at 19? Seeing as the yewtah being ranked ahead of BYU fact has already been beat to death, I see no comment necessary, but honestly do they pay this Steele guy?

  • Talk is cheap
    June 19, 2008 7:35 a.m.

    Utah fans can squawk all they want about Bronco's cumbaya sessions, about his being "Fully Invested", and his "Quest for Perfection", but, what they can't dispute is Bronco's success in rebuilding the BYU football program.

    The dramatic improvement from the 3 losing seasons immediately preceding Bronco taking over the reins:

    5-6, 5-6, 5-7 (15-19, 44%, no MWC championships)

    to Bronco's first 3 seasons

    6-6, 11-2, 11-2 (28-10, 74%, 2 MWC championships)

    is indisputable.

    After back-to-back top 20 finishes, and with most of their key offensive players returning, no objective fan can seriously question the legitimacy of BYU being included in pre-season top 25 lists.

    Compare Bronco's record with Kyle's,

    before:

    5-6, 10-2, 12-0 (27-8, 77%, 2 MWC championships)

    after:

    7-5, 8-5, 9-4 (24-14, 63%, no MWC championships)

    and it's easy to see why an objective fan could question the legitimacy of Utah being included in pre-season top 25 lists.

    I think both teams are legitimate top 25 teams. BYU should be about 15th in the polls. Utah should be lower in the polls, around 23rd, until they've proven that they can win more consistently throughtout the entire season.

  • little confused...
    June 19, 2008 7:35 a.m.

    ok... I seriously doubt the Utes are going to do anything in their season, and the cougars are appearing to have the biggest shot at busting the BCS this year. I would expect BYU to be ranked in the top fifteen with their far superior offense, defense, and well, special teams, too.

  • Phil says it's math?
    June 19, 2008 7:14 a.m.

    Read Phils method used in developing his poll. While it's based on math, the process for assignment of values is subject to error (i.e. USF, Utah, ND etc)

    Secondly, it sets up Mich to beat a ranked team early in the season(UTAH).

    Third, it sells his books in a new market!!!

  • pshap
    June 19, 2008 7:05 a.m.

    Don't take Washington too lightly. We've got possibly the #1 QB in the nation. Jake Locker, YES.... YOU WILL BE REMEMBERING HIS NAME! He is the best passing and running QB in Husky history.

  • A Name By any Other
    June 19, 2008 6:55 a.m.

    Looks like a ute fan controls this blog.......

  • Reality Check
    June 19, 2008 6:53 a.m.

    The utes are ranked ahead of BYU in a 'Pre-season' poll. Gee, that is impressive when you consider the fact that Utah is considered Only a slightly better-than average-team that consistently wins seven or eight games. And take into consideration that BYU has conscecutive championships in the conference and the utes have none..............what is the precedent for the the utes so-called higher ranking.

    Oh that's right, the utes will sneak up on Michigan like Appalachian State, and shock the world of college football again? NOT.

    Oh, and one more thing, the real shock to the world of college football will come the weekend the utes play Weber. Gee you would think the utes will win this one by 50 or more. The utes and their tougher schedule than BYU? The utes embarrassingly falls from the grace of the college football world.......

    Weber 13 Utah 12

    Your season comes to an end(at least in terms of any great expectation)and never recovers from the disgrace this vaunted Ute team brings on the Mountain West...as it won't matter what you do the rest of the season. Weber becomes the new App. State. Utah becomes the new Michigan that everyone pities....

    How sad..............

  • Michigan Cougar
    June 19, 2008 6:37 a.m.

    Talk is cheap like yewt victories.

    There is No Meltdown of BYU fans. The yewts were talked about very nicely by ESPN last season as one of the better 8-4 or 9-3 type teams in the country.

    Coach Kyle hasn't won a MWC championship yet while BYU has won two in a row. BYU has posted conscecutive 11-2 seasons while the utes have been an above AVERAGE team.

    Ute fans begged the football gods last season to bring disaster down on BYU hoping for some midseason
    meltdown that NEVER occured. And when the utes failed to play an entire game of defense against the Cougars, they lost AGAIN in the last minute.

    Yeah the utes may bring a more balanced team back and BYU has gotten a lot of Hype about their team, but no one will know for certain as to what happens until each team steps on the field.

    Ute fans hoping Michigan overlooks them like App. State? No way in......well you know? Coach Rod will have the Wolverines more than ready to play......

    BYU has put the numbers up the last two years....utah has done nothing to move into any poll. Least wise ahead of BYU..........

  • Red team in top 25? LOL
    June 19, 2008 6:30 a.m.

    LOL, we'll see how long the red team's top 25 ranking lasts. My guess is that pollsters will forgive the loss at Michigan but that the home loss to UNLV will be too much to stay ranked.

    Meanwhile, it's not all good for the mighty Cougars in blue, since they appear to have a season where they will be favored in every game. In other words, anything less than undefeated will not be good enough, and even an undefeated season probably won't get much respect.

  • ha ha
    June 19, 2008 2:08 a.m.

    This is a joke poll right? They have the Fighting Irish at 19. give me a break....

    Where are the other PAC-10 teams? Heck, even UCLA beats BYU every time.

    They have missed some mighty fine teams on the list.

  • ha ha
    June 19, 2008 1:46 a.m.

    BYU fans are pathetic if the cougs were ranked 14th in the paper they would say it was very legit. But since its the utes its a fake magazine gimme a break. This year is the utes year in the past every season something bad has happened and were still descent. This year brian johnsons senior season returning defence we should look deadly. BYU in the last couple years the tide has been on there side this year its our time.

  • UNLV
    June 19, 2008 12:51 a.m.

    Not only are the Utes ranked ahead of BYU in football, the Rebels also broke the top 25 in bb. Funny, it seems the cougars bubble is bursting.

    HaHaHa, funny to see.

  • CTR
    June 19, 2008 12:43 a.m.

    "Qwest for perfection" That's just about as realistic as "Fully Invested"
    Dumb slogans, just goes to prove Bronco really is the guy Biff in back to the future just pretending to be a coach!

  • San Diego Charger
    June 19, 2008 12:09 a.m.

    Until the MWC starts winning out of conference games consistantly, maybe you should root for each other instead of bickering...
    That is until the Utes crush the Kitties in November.

  • Anyways
    June 19, 2008 12:01 a.m.

    Anyways isn't a word. Anyways, I hate BYU

  • This is crazy...
    June 18, 2008 11:19 p.m.

    Who honestly think Philly boy knows what he's talkin' about? He's way off...

    Ute fans enjoy this while it lasts. By the way... Just cause Utah plays in Michigan doesn't mean Utah has the tougher schedule. Wait a minute... Weber St. is one of the toughest around. Might just get App. Stated. Knowing Kyle... That'll happen. On top of Weber -- there's that other team that whooped ya... UNLV.

    BYU plays the tougher schedule. Playing at Utah, TCU, and Washington(they're tougher than what others lead on). With UCLA at home and they can't be taken lightly no matter what.

    Utah does do well with OOC games but for some reason can't do it with Conf. games.

    There's a very good chance that both teams will end up in the top 25. In all reality... BYU will start the season in the top 25 and Utah somewhere in the 30's.

    Athlon sports is a lot more reliable than Philly boy who isn't accurate -- at that much. Athlon has been very close on their predictions on the past years.

    Nothing against the rankings BUT I trust Athlon tons more than this dude.

  • Utah Phans
    June 18, 2008 10:47 p.m.

    Hey, enjoy what you can get,

    You know it won't happen on the field.

  • Did you look at all the teams...
    June 18, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    Did anyone notice any of the other rankings on here?

    This guy has Notre Dame ranked 19th. What?!!! Did he spend last fall with his head buried in sand? Sure, ND may be better this year than they were last year, but that's only because they couldn't be any worse. Any worse and they would have been dropped to Div 1-AA (or whatever it's called now). They'll be lucky to win 5 games this year.

    He also has USF ranked #8. What?!!!! That's even crazier than either BYU's or Utah's ranking here.

    He has Georgia ranked #9 (behind USF...). Did he turn on his TV after mid-October? Georgia was playing the best football in the country by the end of the year, and they have a ton of players back.

    And he has West Virginia #6...last time I checked WVU lost their head coach and their entire program is in turmoil. They still have talent, but #6 (and 3 spots ahead of Georgia)...not this year.

    So before anyone gets too excited about BYU or Utah's ranking in this "poll," it looks to me like the guy who created this thing is a clown.

  • blue blood
    June 18, 2008 10:22 p.m.

    Utah in the top 25? What a joke!

  • Polls are Worthless!!!!!
    June 18, 2008 10:10 p.m.

    Pre-season polls are about as accurate as the Yewts defense on 4th and 18. Shhhhhh

  • Steal Fill
    June 18, 2008 9:54 p.m.

    Obviously this Phil Steele guy is a joke. How Credibile is a guy who ranks the lowly Utes over the Mighty Cougars? Might as well place Utah State in at #9.

  • Unbelievable
    June 18, 2008 9:14 p.m.

    I can't believe the Cougars made the top 20.

  • M D will make Utah roll..submit
    June 18, 2008 9:11 p.m.

    For Utah to Beat Michigan...you will be suprised what Rodriguez and, maybe more importantly, Mike Barwis (new strength/conditioning coach) will be able to do with the talent at UofM. I understand people are saying that M will be breaking in new system, lost players etc.,etc. There is no way that Rodriguez will allow his tenure at M to open up with a loss to Utah. Michigan has ten times the talent Utah has even without Justin Boren...the only player who transfered to OSUck, who by all accounts was a lazy hack that couldn't cut Barwis' workouts. Michigan will have an excellent D that will destroy the Utah offense...see you August 30th?

  • Blog
    June 18, 2008 8:45 p.m.

    I read phills blog and the thing that he ranks highest in is returning starters. He has no clue about the mtn west. According to the way he ranks things, and the information that he has, the Utes would be ranked higher than the cougs, so calm down Cougs.

    Go cougars.

  • RE: mnhusker
    June 18, 2008 8:29 p.m.

    Your comment was allowed to be posted? What a joke!

  • mnhusker
    June 18, 2008 8:23 p.m.

    BYU in the top 25? What a joke!

  • For Utah to Beat Michigan
    June 18, 2008 8:15 p.m.

    They should just dress up like Ohio State. Michigan will just roll and submit, just like they have during 6 out of the 7 last years.

    Michigan sucks. Even more so under Rodriguez. Even more so considering all their best players just jumped ship to go to Ohio State.

  • Come on Fans, or Players?
    June 18, 2008 8:13 p.m.

    I have a life so I only read the first 10-15 comments, but I read a lot of "we (didn't know you were on the team) did x and y in the last couple of years" from Cougar fans. There is a mantra in finance, that applies to football, that you should learn. It goes like this "past performance does not indicate future results." What the Cougars have done in the past two years doesn't mean anything about football played this coming season.

    The Utes are playing a Michigan team that has a new coach, with a completely new system. They looked horrible in their Spring game. They don't have the players to run the spread. I'm an alum of Utah and OSU. I can't wait to see Michigan go down to my two teams in the same year.

    The rest of the tough Ute games are at home. They probably have a better shot at a BCS game this year than the Cougars. The sad reality is that if either team loses even one game they will play some bottom -dweller PAC 10 team that hopefully has a winning record.

  • Can't beat UNLV???
    June 18, 2008 7:45 p.m.

    Allow me to remind all the obsessive-compulsive zoobies who can't seem to repeat Utah's ONE loss to the Rebels often enough (yes, I know not all Y fans are like that), that it was only a few short years ago that the TDS was losing to UNLV

    October 8, 2004 UNLV 24, BYU 20 (one of only two UNLV victories that year)
    October 19, 2002 UNLV 24, BYU 3

  • . . . We shall see cont. . . .
    June 18, 2008 7:37 p.m.

    . . . . . . BYU, however, has many reasons to believe they will not win as many games as Utah.

    They return 12 starters, only 3 on defense; play at Washington, at TCU on a short week, and at Utah after facing the Air force option; they were very fortunate not to lose key players to injury last year, will they be so fortunate this year?; their best blocking back, Tonga, is off the team; and UCLA & Utah State have bye-weeks before they play BYU.

    BYU will struggle to get to 9 or 10 wins this year.

  • Impartial
    June 18, 2008 7:37 p.m.

    Objectively, I have a hard time distinguishing between which schedule is more difficult, but although I'd like each teams fans to stop crying about it, I don't have any unreasonable expectation that they will.

    For what it's worth, Phil Steele says BYU has the more difficult schedule, but looking at the teams directly:
    Worst game (Adv. BYU with N. Iowa over Weber St)
    Best non-conference road game (Adv. Utah with Michigan over Washington)
    Best non-conference home game (Adv. BYU with UCLA over Oregon State)
    Wyoming (Adv. Utah with road vs. home)
    TCU (Adv. BYU with road vs. home)
    New Mexico (Adv. Utah with road vs. home)
    CSU (Adv. BYU with road vs. home)
    SDSU (Adv. Utah with road vs. home)
    Utah State, UNLV and Air Force - Draw
    The only distinguishing factor will be who has to play the better competition in the rivalry game. Of course, based on the outcome of that game, no one will care who had a more difficult schedule.

  • We shall see . . . . .
    June 18, 2008 7:35 p.m.

    I will bet that this poll is closer to the final AP and Coaches polls from top to bottom than any other pre-season magazine out there.


    In fact, it will be closer than any of the people commenting here could do.

    Stop looking only at last years win totals as a predictor for this seasons rankings. There are other factors to consider: number of returning starters, which starters return, who will be back from injury, strength of schedule, when and where a teams toughest games will be played, etc.

    Utah returns 16 starters from a team that won 9 games last year; they get Casteel and Asiata back from injury; Brian Johnson should be healthy this year; they play Oregon State, TCU, and BYU at home, they get extra time to prepare for Wyo and SDSU; Weber State and Utah State are on the schedule; and Utah has a bye before they play New Mexico.

    There are many reasons to believe Utah will win 10 or more games this year.

  • We're all the same
    June 18, 2008 7:15 p.m.

    I think it's hilarious that many of the Ute fans think they can stereotype all BYU fans based on those who write comments on a newspaper comment board.
    It's even funnier when they think they wouldn't react the same way given the same situation. Look at Utah fans' response to the Athalon rankings and our own response to the Phil Steele rankings.
    But let's not forget that Cougar fans can be the same way. Because, hey, we're all the same. Some of us just cheer for an inferior school. Just kidding.

  • Michigan
    June 18, 2008 6:30 p.m.

    Opening game in the "BIG HOUSE"???

    Michigan by 27.

  • re:Bowen
    June 18, 2008 6:29 p.m.

    Heard it last year, and the year before.

    You have got to play the game, and quit talking about the game.

    (UNLV... Uh-oh... sorry, that just slipped out, but since it's out there, how are you guys going to match up against the Rebel's this year? They're not ranked, so you should be able to handle them, right?)


    Utah has had a great year once in the past 40 (Most Cougar fans I know respected the team for their efforts "THAT" year) and your coach had smoke coming off his sneakers as he was heading out of town faster than anyone on your defensive squad.

    Live in the now, quit living in your year of the "Urban Legend" and we'll back off the National Championship talk, Heisman, Outland Trophy Winners, etc...

  • Bowen
    June 18, 2008 6:19 p.m.

    byu fans need a reality check. Just because you had a fair 2 years what makes you think your the greatest football act since Utah beat Pitt in the first BCS breaker for any non BCS team. Utah lost a lot of seniors who were a part of that great team and it took a while to get back to normal. We are back and tis your season to be worried. The kitty cat cougars are now match for the mighty UTES this year, or in fact any future year

  • JE
    June 18, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    Phil Steele put the Utes #14 based on them beating Michigan. If that happens, the Utes could get on a roll and climb in the rankings.

    Go Aggies!

  • re:Dutchman
    June 18, 2008 6:02 p.m.

    I suggest you quit buying those expensive "chair seats" and invest in the Dollar.

    Your money will still go away, but without all of the bad memories that make you Ute Fans so sour.

  • Utah?
    June 18, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    at 14? There is no way. BYU should have been 14.

  • re:Go Utes
    June 18, 2008 5:57 p.m.

    Returning QB???

    Dude, your back-up quarterback is better than your starting quarterback.

    Beside that, wasn't he injured part of the season last year with the same degree shoulder separation that Max Hall had when Max Hall led the Cougars past your Utes last year. Where is the heart?



    The list that "goes on and on"... Does that list include the same defense that "Frank the Tank" so abused at UNLV in that SHUTOUT game, that the UNLV coaches admitted to the paper they couldn't stop laughing? (Isn't your defense led by Captain Michael Scott and his Assistant to the Regional Captain Dwight Schrute?)


    I agree with many Ute posters (and even senile Lou Holtz) that the Utes "might" have the better athletes. Just no heart, coherent fans, and they have poor coaching at best.

    Face it, until your "defensive" Head Coach learns how to give a motivational speech that doesn't begin with "Our backs are against the wall, we've lost three straight, time to start playing" Ute fans shouldn't be concerned about "B Y Who fans sounding like idiots."

    Quit talking, and do it on the field...

    Pre-season Phil Steele means squat come gametime.

  • GO UTES!!!!!
    June 18, 2008 5:35 p.m.

    byu fans are idiots... the utes return the starting QB RB 2 WR's and the list goes on and on!! not to mention the best kicker and punter in the nation!!! after we go into Michigan and kill them we'll see what all you B Y WHO fans are talkin about now!! LOL

  • Phil Steele?????????
    June 18, 2008 5:30 p.m.

    im pretty sure this guy doesnt even know what he is talking about. Utah isnt even in the top 25 of one of the most accurate preseason polls in the nation
    Also Geogia is ranked 9th no way, they are alot better then that. Phil Steele doesnt even know what he is talking about. So Utahns keep dreamin even though it will never happen
    AP TOP 25
    1. LSU (60) 12-2 1,620
    2. Georgia (3) 11-2 1,515
    3. USC (1) 11-2 1,500
    4. Missouri 12-2 1,347
    5. Ohio State 11-2 1,346
    6. West Virginia 11-2 1,342
    7. Kansas (1) 12-1 1,303
    8. Oklahoma 11-3 1,139
    9. Virginia Tech 11-3 1,096
    10. Texas 10-3 962
    10. Boston College 11-3 962
    12. Tennessee 10-4 904
    13. Florida 9-4 685
    14. BRIGHAM YOUNG 11-2 654
    15. Auburn 9-4 648
    16. Arizona State 10-3 587
    17. Cincinnati 10-3 566
    18. Michigan 9-4 508
    19. Hawaii 12-1 460
    20. Illinois 9-4 443
    21. Clemson 9-4 353
    22. Texas Tech 9-4 308
    23. Oregon 9-4 253
    24. Wisconsin 9-4 202
    25. Oregon State 9-4 110

  • that's your classic bell curve,
    June 18, 2008 5:24 p.m.

    I'd say

  • You're Kidding!
    June 18, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    First, I'm a die hard Cougar fan but I will say that I am truly glad that Utah is ranked. Anytime ANY team from Utah is recognized nationally, that's a good thing for our great state.

    However, Utah ranked ahead of BYU? Who are they kidding?.....

  • re:SCUM
    June 18, 2008 5:09 p.m.

    Hey, I like BYU, think Utes are stupid and I am not LDS, so how do you like them apples?

    Thanks for the tip that you can bote for 12 losses...

    The way it stands now is:

    Drumroll...................

    Go unbeaten 36.4%
    Will lose 1 game 1.7%
    Will lose 2 games 1.8%
    Will lose 3 games 1.7%
    Will lose 4 games 1.1%
    Will lose 5 games 1.1%
    Will lose 6 games 0.8%
    Will lose 7 games 0.2%
    Will lose 8 games 1.7%
    Will lose 9 games 3.6%
    Will lose 10 games 5%
    Will lose 11 games 6.3%
    Will lose 12 games 38.6%
    Total Votes: 5348


    Taaaa Duuuuhhhhhh!!!!!!

    (I can't believe the 36.4% ignorant football fans that see an unbeaten Utah season).

  • Re: Enough
    June 18, 2008 5:06 p.m.

    BYU-Provo did beat AZ last year but Provo lost to UCLA during the regular season.

  • Re: Enough
    June 18, 2008 5:04 p.m.

    BYU did beat AZ last year, 20-7.

    CO Coug

  • Mitch Wadley
    June 18, 2008 4:56 p.m.

    The Utes in the top 20? Yeah right! BYU 17th? That's probably a more accurate ranking.

  • CO Coug
    June 18, 2008 4:52 p.m.

    As much as I like the strong showing with the MWC in this poll, the guy has Notre Dame and Penn State ranked far too high (LSU not in the top 10?!?!?). I would take this poll with a HEAVY grain of salt.

    Relax everybody, it's just a meaningless pre-season poll, nothing will matter once the games actually start, then the real rankings will come out.

    Go Cougs.

  • To: BCS Dream @ 3:16
    June 18, 2008 4:51 p.m.

    Keep dreaming. The BCS Will never allow a non BCS School to win a NTL championship.

  • Makes Sense
    June 18, 2008 4:44 p.m.

    Local retailers were getting way overstocked on Red Sweatshirts.

    You would think over the past two years eweyt fans would be a little bit more humble, more gracious, and less obnoxious.

    Two Years ago, Harline holding the ball, and the "loudest silence" I have ever heard. A blowout is probably the next step for the highly superior BYU team.

    (Anyone know who has the longest unbeaten streak in the country? I'm not sure, but I think it's Utah or BYU.)

  • Enough
    June 18, 2008 4:41 p.m.

    BYU-Provo is WAY overrated. Last year they couldn't beat AZ or Tulsa. So now they are scheduling down to try to go undefeated -- nice approach.

  • SCUM!
    June 18, 2008 4:39 p.m.

    I've noticed BYU fans voting Utah will lose all 12 games on Phil Steele's web site poll. Wow, your hatred runs deep. Given that most of you are LDS, may I say, "Thou shall love thy neighbor..." NOT!!! You BYU fans are hypocritical scom and it shows through your absolute hatred through the comments you've made and the actions you've taken (ie the childish voting mentioned previously)against anything that deals with the University of Utah or anyone else who's not pro-BYU.

  • re: who is Phil?
    June 18, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    Last year Phil ranked Georgia #11 preseason;
    they ended up #2.

  • who is Phil?
    June 18, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    the moron who ranked Georgia down at #9 ?

    what is he smoking?

  • Torn Fan
    June 18, 2008 4:30 p.m.

    I am torn with these rankings. I am a huge Ute fan and Steele is a legitimate predictor of these games, but I have some issues with the rankings. I am glad to see the Utes are ranked, 14 is a little questionable even if I do think they will be great this season. As proof, you see Clemson in the top 5 and Notre Dame on the list. We all know that ND was terrible last year. This is another reason that I am torn. It is hard to see ND on the list, but at the same time hard to imagine that ND could ever not be in the top ten with all of the recruiting they are capable of.
    BYU will be great, but the defense is going to be a bigger issue than you expect. I think the hardest thing will be to replace Kehl who I saw as the leader of the team. Your kicking game will be much improved and will probably add around 6 ppg to the average though.
    I can't wait for the season to start, so that we can actually have some substance to the arguments.
    Go Utes

  • Finally
    June 18, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    Finally something Y and U fans can agree on. We both dislike Boise St. Hot Rod would probably call them the pesky Broncos. And we both share a genuine dislike for Notre Dame.

  • Brigham Brawler
    June 18, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    According to Steele, BYU has the tougher schedule. If Utah can catch Michigan off guard early, what a boost it will be for the BYU-Utah showdown. Go Utah.But in the end,,,,,,,, BYU 38 Utah 24,,,, we win the game and the fight,,,, always

  • Zoobies
    June 18, 2008 4:19 p.m.

    Stop the one liners. They hurt, because they are true...

    Also, did anyone ask to stop hearing the one about the classless onside kick and the WY coach flipping off Kyle? Or that A.Collie lives better than we do.

    ...stop those too, it hurts, because it's true.

    Glad Phil Steele picked us higher.

    I've always known we were better, we just could never do it on the field.

  • BSU
    June 18, 2008 4:16 p.m.

    Didn't BSU get spanked by power house ECU in their hawaii bowl game. If you look at BSU's bowl record as well as the rest of the WAC, BSU and WAC fans shouldn't be poping off to much!!!

  • Huh?
    June 18, 2008 4:12 p.m.

    Utah ranked?

  • Re: earlier comment
    June 18, 2008 4:11 p.m.

    The difference is 'Utah by 5' was popularized by a local radio commentator. It has become a way to identify yourself as a Ute fan.

    Do you hear Ute fans repeatedly saying '34-31' anymore? No, that one-liner died within months of the second victory by that score even though it had more of a leg to stand on than either of BYU's current one liners. Sure, it lived on in the commercials for quite a while, but that was not because of Ute fans.

    I'm actually ok with '4th and 18' but to go back to Harline is lame.

  • Ute in Philadelphia
    June 18, 2008 4:09 p.m.

    I hope to see another year, like the one back in '94, where we had 3 conference teams all finishing in the Top-25. That year it was Utah and Colorado St. in the Top-10, and that team down south rounding out the bottom of the Top-25. Could Utah, TCU, and the team down south accomplish this again? Too bad it won't make much difference in bowl opponents.

    I also hope to see Colorado St. move back into the upper echelon of the MWC. They were scary good not too long ago.

    GO UTES!!!

  • By the numbers
    June 18, 2008 4:00 p.m.

    Bowl Records
    BYU -- 26 bowls (9-16-1)
    Utah -- 13 bowls (10-3)

    Final Top 25 Rankings
    BYU -- 14
    AP Coaches
    1312
    1211
    1311
    77
    11
    1617
    2218
    2217
    2323
    1810
    55
    2524
    1615
    1414

    Utah -- 3 & 4
    AP Coaches
    --14
    108
    2121
    45

  • Blue Turf? Kidding?
    June 18, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    Anything worse than rabid, uneducated coug fan? It has to be bronco fan. Turns the stomach.

    Hayseed - go find your own chat room. Get back to peeling potatoes with all the other Seattle-Portland rejects. Your 15 minutes are over.


  • Nathaniel
    June 18, 2008 3:51 p.m.

    As a Ute fan, I think that 14th is a bit high. I do not put too much stock in preseason rankings anyway, but what else are we going to argue about now? Major League Soccer?

    A number of people have mentioned Notre Dame - I think they are going to be much better. They have most everyone back, an easier schedule, and a stellar recruiting class.

    I'm a bit nervous about Utah's defensive line, but otherwise the starters all back, plus Asiata who would have been a starter.

    As for the team down south - I respect the fact that they have found walk-ons to fill in holes in their defense, but they may not always be that fortunate. It is a bit unrealistic to talk like replacing eight starters on defense is no problem whatsoever. They will have a formidable offense though, which should concern every opponent.

    I'm looking forward to another fun season. Go Utes!

  • earlier comment
    June 18, 2008 3:38 p.m.

    There was an earlier comment about stopping one liners (4th & 18 etc...) I still hear "Utah by 5". There is a dumb one liner that must stop. Enough already. How long have we been hearing that one?

  • Geezer
    June 18, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    I think everyone needs to relax just a bit. This afterall is a preseason poll. I've noticed in the past that usually preseason polls favor teams which finished strong the previous year. There will be surprises. Maybe the Cougs and the Utes will fall on their faces. Maybe they'll both be top 10 material. The games will be played and we'll all find out how good the teams will be. This much we know for sure. College football starts in a little more than 2 months. Utah has a decent shot at beating Michigan in the big house. BYU has a chance to impress with big games at Washington and with UCLA at home. Life is good isn't it?

  • andrewute1
    June 18, 2008 3:37 p.m.

    Is that the secondary that gave up the 4th and 18. Yea, we're glad they're all back too. Are they the ones who Sandford said were "afraid" to tackle the UNLV running back? Yea, we're really glad they're back. Did I mention that UNLV SHUTOUT the yewtes last year? Again, SHUTOUT the hapless yewtes!!!

  • Re: Tony
    June 18, 2008 3:35 p.m.

    While I will admit the 2004 Utes deserved a better opponent than Pitt, I don't think it is fair to downgrade the Panthers.

    Pitt was 8-3 and ranked #19 before the game and they were the Big East Champs. Not exactly a push-over.

  • GO BSU Broncos!!!
    June 18, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    50-12 BSU over BYU!!!

  • LOL BYU!!!
    June 18, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    Can't wait to beat BYU again. Remenber when we came down to your house in Provo and won 50-12. Can't wait to do it again. Too bad we don't play you girls this year. Oh yeah, we did it to Utah and Utah St.

  • BYU-Provo
    June 18, 2008 3:32 p.m.

    People need to be more specific when refering to my school. Just for clarification please refer to our school correctly as BYU-Provo.

  • Re: The Math . . .
    June 18, 2008 3:25 p.m.

    Wow.

    We are all dumber for having read your post.

  • Tony
    June 18, 2008 3:24 p.m.

    I am from PAC 10 territory. You know - big time college football. I don't care a bit about either of these two teams. Lets see USC / UCLA / Ore. / CAL / etc... or BYU / Ut. / UNLV / NM / Col. St. / etc... no contest.
    Coming from Southern Cal. we hear more pub. about BYU than Utah. A couple years ago it was all about Utah and who they would play in the BCS (that team deserved better than Pitt.!) But since then we have heard nothing about Utah. BYU gets more pub.

  • Crimson Tide
    June 18, 2008 3:22 p.m.

    Actually Phil Steel's preseason publication is the Bible of College Football. Sorry. He is incredibly acurate in his preseason projections. Since 2004 he has done a section called going up. In that he predicts what teams will have the same or better record in the upcoming season. In the past 4 seasons he has put 42 teams on that list and 34 of them of matched or improved their records. Thats pretty darn accurate. Utah is on that list this year. That is very reasuring.

    I personally think pre-season polls are meaningless. However, I love that BYU fans are telling Phil Steele that he is some kind of idiot. They all of course pubish a preseaon college football poll that is widely read and respected by millions of football fans across the country. They are just smarter than he is. Arrogance: (N)overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward others, see Zoobs.

  • Aggie fan
    June 18, 2008 3:18 p.m.

    Believing the Utes are the 14th best team in the country is like saying my Aggies will go bowling this year!

    BYU yours is a couple slots too high as well. But should still be way ahead of the Utes.

    Just my two cents. I used to have more but now it's in the gas tank.

  • BCS Dream?
    June 18, 2008 3:16 p.m.

    To all you UTES who think that BYU's ultimate goal is to get to the BCS, you are as dumb as Phil Steele. The ultimate goal is to win a National Championship and last time I checked the score on that one was BYU 1 Utah 0.

    Open your eyes and have fun in the Helicopter Bowl this year.

    BTW - Somebody tell Coach Whit that Elton John called, he wants his fanny pack back.

  • Who's Phil Steele???
    June 18, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    I have heard of him. I just think it is funny that last week when an article stated that Athalon Sports rated BYU in the top 20, it was the Utes that were bashing Athalon and claiming that they never heard of them. BYU fan defended Athalon Sports and how well respected it is. Now it goes the other way, and Ute fan acts offended that nobody has heard of Phil Steele and act like he writes the Bible of college football. It's kind of comical.

    I am a BYU fan, but I can see both BYU and/or Utah very easily in the top 25 come the end of the year. It will all come down to who gets a few breaks in their favor.

  • Re: Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 2:52 p.m.

    Thanks for the "objective" view, Anonymous. You being a U fan and all. Boise State and Utah get more attention than BYU. Collectively, you're probably right.

  • Steele
    June 18, 2008 2:50 p.m.

    Phil's own words on BYU/Utah this year:

    Gentlemen,

    I want to thank each of you for writing and it is nice to see Mountain West fans being among the first questions as normally in May an June most of the questions come from SEC country where College Football is king 365 days of the year.

    First let me address BYU. They are a team that has dominated the MWC going 16-0 the last two years and outgaining league foes by 139.4 ypg in 2006 and 157.3 ypg in 2007. Their goal this year is to get the a BCS bowl and despite having just 3 starters back on defense they are capable of accomplishing just that! I feel they have an excellent shot at knocking off

  • The Math..the quest
    June 18, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    I hope Utah beats MICH. and MICH goes on to win the Big 10.

    Then, BYU beats UCLA and UCLA goes on to win the PAC 10.

    Guess who plays in the Rose Bowl? Mich vs UCLA

    When BYU beats Utah for the MWC title, the Cougars will be in position to play Florida for the Nat'l Championship.

  • It all can change
    June 18, 2008 2:41 p.m.

    Last year proved it all can change, this college football season in the MWC will be close the biggest factors are going to be schedule and health. If Utah can stay healthy look out they are a great team and are in a better situation this year depth wise if key personel go down. ie Louks vs a big uncoordinated QB that could do nothing. BYU should be tough, Defense is a big ? but the offense should make up for a large portion of that. I hope both teams can stay healthy, although I cannot stand BYU I wish the inury bug that the Utes had last year upon no-one not even my enemy. Additionaly instead of whining about it we should all be happy because it gives the MWC credibilty now if only we could get a better TV deal life would be great. GO UTES!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 2:36 p.m.

    BYU fans as an outsider from the Midwest you need to realize that nobody outside Utah is impressed with your program. Nobody remembers the fact that BYU has won two strait undefeated conference championships, (unless you live in the MWC) So before you expect respect, you need to get to a BCS game and win. People east of the Mississippi think that BYU and Utah play in the WAC. Boise State and Utah actually get more attention than BYU.

  • Realism
    June 18, 2008 2:28 p.m.

    Sure, Utah has a chance of beating a rebuilding Michigan in Ann Arbor, and BYU has a good chance of getting it right against UCLA this year.

    But whom among you (coug fans?) believes either of these teams could come out of a BCS conference with a ranking of 14 or 17? OK - maybe in the Big East. Big-10, PAC-10, Big-12, ACC? Slim to no chance. SEC? Never. Not with these rosters.

    The rankings are a gift to a lesser conference - on all accounts.

  • Lighten up Zoobs
    June 18, 2008 2:26 p.m.

    It is a preseason poll. They're not good for much but fodder like this. You guys will be good, and we'll be good. Who cares? As far as our two teams go, all I care about is that we beat you in November, which we will.

    I don't care if both teams are 11-0 or 0-11 or anything in between come late November. I just can't wait till we win and shut you pencil-neck dweebs up. Settle down, go watch your folk dance team or sing in the tunnels or whatever you dorks do down there and the season will start soon enough and this can be settled on the field.

  • RE: Jake
    June 18, 2008 2:19 p.m.

    A Utah fan who never made it?????!!!!!

    Phil Steele could buy and sell Brigham Young University ten times over.

  • The Traveler
    June 18, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    Two teams with pre-season ranking in the top 20 and the MWC cannot get national coverage for the game they play against each other?

  • rick
    June 18, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    the utes are much better than BYU.........

  • BYU Ranking???
    June 18, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    byU ended the season ranked in the top 15, right? So, amazing how a team that got shut out (as byU fans like to point out) by one of the most terrible teams in college football (UNLV) can come within 1 minute (and 1 miracle play) of beating the top 15 team??? byU is so mighty, that they barely beat such a terrible Ute team???

    No, Utah lost more player games due to injury last year than any other football team. Without injuries (knock on wood for 2008), Utah WILL be better and WILL beat byU.

    There really isn't any question....Utah's defense kept them in the game with byU last year and now they will finally have an offense to go along with their top-rated defense. I'm not sure why byU fans are even opening their mouths...its a no brainer.

  • Obsessive one-liners
    June 18, 2008 1:47 p.m.

    And as if in fulfillment of prophecy, "Fully Invested" only further proves my point.

  • Jake
    June 18, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    everyone its ok...just go look at his website...then you will be able to tell why he knows nothing about college football...im guessing he's a utah fan who never made it so he's trying to meke himself feel better

  • Realism
    June 18, 2008 1:38 p.m.

    The Poll's a stretch for both the Utes and Cougs - regardless of Steele's credibility or lack of it.

    Nevertheless, there's one thing we readers can always count on - 'off-the-chart' moronic comments from a large portion of cougar fans. Try watching a college football game that isn't played in cougar stadium before you post your drivel.

    Go Utes.

  • College FB Fan
    June 18, 2008 1:36 p.m.

    Stop pretending like this guy just came to Earth in a UFO and started making college football predictions. He is actually the most accurate college football predictor in the nation. Nice that just because byu is 3 spots below Utah you have to flip out. I think it's great that the MWC has two teams in this poll.

  • lezoave
    June 18, 2008 1:30 p.m.

    I agree with BBKing. Wouldn't it be exciting if both teams ran the tables in preparation for a final showdown in Rice Eccles? Two top ten teams battling it out for MWC supremacy and possibly a shot at a BCS title? Now, THAT is an exciting thought.

  • Utah Cougar
    June 18, 2008 1:27 p.m.

    OK people, let's look at this from an objective standpoint. THIS IS A GOOD THING. I being a cougar fan am thrilled that Utah is also ranked. This brings credence to the conference and shows that the Utes and Cougars are finally getting the recognition they deserve. I say, go Utah and beat everyone that comes in your path, but watch out in November, because BYU WILL WIn. Even though I still think that this poll is a little jacked (Notre Dame? Cal?). Last year maybe this poll would have made sense, but not this year. Good luck Utah, see you in November!

  • Sam Shields
    June 18, 2008 1:22 p.m.

    He is so stupid if he thinks the utes are better than BYU look at the offense is gonna be good maybe he should look at ESPNs poll

  • andrewute1
    June 18, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    Michigan wont let appalachian st happen again? Utah is a D-1 established school that will win in michigan. Plus this year michigan lost a a great qb, runningback, recievers, o-line shall i go on. . .

  • Re: Go MWC
    June 18, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    The only real question for BYU last year was whether they would have good QB play or not. They returned most of their offensive line, Reed and Tonga, plus they were getting a proven player back in Austin Collie.

    I wouldn't call that rebuilding your offense.

    On defense, they have to replace 8 starters. That is a lot harder than finding a new QB and RB.

    Utah beating Michigan wouldn't be "another Appalachian State." Utah is a good D1 team that is not that far removed from winning a BCS game and wins bowl games more frequently than BYU fans change their underwear. It wouldn't be a bad loss for Michigan if they were to lose.

  • Fully Invested!
    June 18, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    We can whine and moan... some of us "cougar fans" can be ignorant, and rediculous. You can call us all of the names in the book! Steele has not only, Utah, who got shut out by respectably one of the worst teams in the nation last year, and a team that had 9 losses in the top 25. This has no effect on the AP polls. 4th and 18... nice covereage... how bout when unga plows through for the touchdown and the poor utes in a ball crying... hey lookin forward to another domination by the Cougars! Not only in the MWC but in our outside conference games too!

  • Obsessive one-liners
    June 18, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    Exactly how many times will zoobies repeat their "still open" line? Its old. Find something new. Stop obsessing over ONE loss to UNLV. Is there not a shred of creativity down in Provo?

  • To Whos Sorry
    June 18, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    Think how good BYU would have been if Whittingham had accepted!

  • Go MWC
    June 18, 2008 12:51 p.m.

    I hope to see two unbeaten teams play each other at the end of the season, but seriously, do you Ute fans actually believe that you will be able to beat Michigan in the Big House? Michigan is NOT going to allow another Appalachian State happen again this year. You can hope and dream, but they are not going to lose two season openers in a row. Utah has potential to be a great team, but before we forget, everyone last year said BYU was going to be terrible because they were going to be "rebuilding" their offense. So I guess BYU has to "rebuild" their defense this year, right? Go Cougars!!!

  • Re: Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 12:32 p.m.

    Your last two posts 12:09 & 12:14 were great. Your others? Contentious. It's Utes like you that give your team a bad name. Your said Y fans should not be so negative, but a quick review of your posts shows that YOU should chill out. Your team will be good this year. The Y will be good. Be happy. I don't dislike the Ute football team/program. My dislike is towards the Ute fan attitude (Anonymous).

  • Go BYU and MWC
    June 18, 2008 12:30 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan and think this is great to see the Utes in the top 25 as well. I would like to see TCU or another MWC school in it as also. The conference needs this kind of publicity or our conference will not get the respect from the rest of the nation. I hope the Utes go undefeated (until they play BYU). The BYU-Utah game is always better when both teams are good. The only thing pre-season polls are good for are pre-season respect - which translates to a higher ranking when you keep winning. Other than that, they are worthless. It is good to see Utah in a few top 25 polls.

  • Who's sorry?
    June 18, 2008 12:22 p.m.

    Trust me. There are very few Cougar fans, if any, who haven't thanked their lucky stars that Whittingham turned down the Y. And since Collie is coming back, he'll still be open.

  • Room for another view
    June 18, 2008 12:21 p.m.

    In the Rivals.com pre-season rankings, last season's BCS buster, Hawaii, is ranked 81st.

    Utah State -- 118 (out of 120, OUCH!)
    UNLV -- 105
    SDSU -- 102
    Colorado St -- 96
    Air Force -- 88
    New Mexico -- 56
    Washington -- 51

    BYU, Utah, TCU, Wyoming, Michigan, Oregon St, and UCLA still on the clock in the countdown.

    Final poll from 2007:
    BYU (11-2) -- 13
    Utah (9-4) -- 24
    Michigan (9-4) -- 19
    Oregon St (9-4) -- 22
    UCLA (6-7) -- 47
    Washington (4-9) -- 67
    Utah St (2-10) -- 116

  • Stoopid Phil
    June 18, 2008 12:21 p.m.

    Me bleed Cooger blue. Anyone who thinks BYU not #1 stoopid. Yewts are so stoopid they think they #14. Who is this guy anyway? How could the Yewts be picked above BYU because BYU won Utah last year.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 12:19 p.m.

    Pre season rankings are as reliable as, and mean about as much as a politician's promise to reduce spending and corruption in Washington.

  • Who
    June 18, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    I'm not sure who Phil Steele is. But I would like to see what he is basing his decision to place Utah so high upon. They are good, but I think it's even a strech for BYU to be ranked that high and BYU is better than Utah. And i'm basing that decision upon the result of the last game the two teams played. plus their records. plus the game they played two years ago. plus max hall to austin collie.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    anyone with Notre Dame on their top 20 list is suspect at best...

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 12:09 p.m.

    Rankings don't matter. I hope both teams go undefeated into November. Imagine the publicity if two rivals like BYU and Utah are playing to get a BCS bid at the end of the season. To bad it'll be on the mountain. Gameday would so be at Rice Eccles again.

  • Only a matter of time
    June 18, 2008 12:08 p.m.

    "Utah has 20 more victories than BYU in football head to head"

    Thanks to the leather helmet era, BYU's record vs Utah is 30-50-3 (not including games played in the 1890s where the teams split 3-3).

    During the last 50 years, however, BYU has a 29-21 record vs Utah; and during the WAC/MWC era (since 1962), BYU is 28-18 vs Utah.

    The last tie, btw, was 6-6 in 1941.

    All-time winning percentages:
    BYU (1922-2007) - 55%
    Utah (1892-2007) - 56%

    Overall winning percentages since the WAC was formed in 1962:

    BYU - 65%
    Utah - 52%

    Last 10 5-5
    Last 2010-10
    Last 3019-11
    Last 4025-15
    Last 5029-21

  • Educated Cougar
    June 18, 2008 12:05 p.m.

    Phil Steele is not only a respected College Football expert, but his preseason magazine is the most accurate predictor of team performance of any of the major College Football magazines including TSN, Lindy's, or Athlon.

    What's more surprising is that none of the other magazines or web sites give the Utes any respect in preseason rankings. For me, the scariest game on BYU's schedule is Utah. Nothing would be better than having both teams undefeated coming in playing for the conf championship and a BCS birth.

    "...Sakoda lines up for the game winning 28 yard field goal from dead center...and...DOINK!...no good!!"

    Oh wait, that's already happened before. Someone needs to write a new one.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 12:05 p.m.

    Phil Steele is just doing the best guess work he can.

    But...

    BYU is returning only 11-12 starters compared to Utah's 16.
    Max Hall started and finished in two BYU losses compared to Brian Johnson, with a shoulder injury, starting AND finishing with only one loss (to BYU).
    Utah has A LOT more defenders returning than BYU (defense wins championships. The fact that BYU had all that offense compared to Utah's offense at that last game and Utah was STILL very much in the game shows this).

    Also, this doesn't take into account last season as much as you think nor does it predict where they'll be come December. It's just Phil Steele's best guesswork.

    You cougar fans are funny though. One article that doesn't have your beloved Cougars ineffably praised, and you guys go CRAZY! I can see why you guys would want to be the University of Utah. Get a Nobel Prize Laureate. or some REAL professors for that matter, not just good seminary teachers.

    Get a life.

  • Amazing
    June 18, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    To hear the BYU fans tell it, you would think that BYU had beaten Utah by 30 points the past two years. Injuries were the problem for Utah last year. They are very good and very well coached. It will be a fun year to watch both teams.

  • andrewute1
    June 18, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    I got the magazine and it is amazing, not just about utah but how detailed everything is with every team. It even says what kind of field they will be playing on like field turf or grass. I will not disagree and not say byu wont be good because they will, but utah will be very underrated when the season comes. I think the biggest factor this year will be how good brian johnson will be without having to try as hard as he did last year. He will have such a good supporting class around him that he will be able to let loose like he did throwing in '05. Utah's runningbacks will be amazing. Mack will hit 1,250 yards and I wouldnt be suprised if Asiata went for over 800 giving the utes over 2,000 on the ground. That will take a ton of pressure off BJ.

    GO UTES!!

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 11:48 a.m.

    BYU's "Qwest for Perfection" will end likely the first week when they host UCLA.

    For those of you who don't know Phil Steele....then you aren't college football junkies. He runs a publication and has been and is much more accuarate than any other pollers out there. Now, the Utes at 14? I think that is way off base even though I love my Utes.

    Coug fans, rather than cry be glad....the conference needs this to continue building it into a football conference. Don't be so negative.

    GO UTES

  • Andrew
    June 18, 2008 11:41 a.m.

    Go BYU. Don't worry Cougar fans. Utah is a good team too. Worry about Utah in November. Preseason polls do not mean squat compared to a loss versus a team you should beat especially if you have high expectations.

  • RK
    June 18, 2008 11:38 a.m.

    I'm a huge Utah fan but 14? Seriously he's delusional. We've had 3 mediocre seasons in a row where we've underachieved and suffered losses that never should have occurred. I think byu could be around 20 so their ranking isn't so unbelievable. Wow. I'm shocked by this. He must have different polls for each state to make the teams in that state feel good.

  • Get a clue BYU fans
    June 18, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    Phil Steele isn't basing this poll only off of how well teams played last year. It is based off of things like SOS from last year compared to this year, returning starters, injuries from the previous year, coaching changes, etc.

    Interesting note from this magazine: Utah lost 51 starts to injury last year, which was more than any other team in the country. Historically, teams don't have back-to-back seasons with that many injuries. So, basically what this says is that even in a year where the Utes were ravaged by injuries they STILL put up NINE(9) wins and they are likely going to be healthy this year meaning they should be VERY GOOD, if not flat-out GREAT.

  • @9:51
    June 18, 2008 11:17 a.m.

    While BYU did have a statistical advantage in most categories, I'm curious why you think BYU's turnovers deep in their blue zone had such an affect on the game.

    Both teams had two turnovers.

    BYU threw an interception at the BYU 16 yard line (that is Utah's red zone, not BYU's blue zone). Then they fumbled at the Utah 25 yard line (not in the blue zone either). Thus, BYU didn't have one turnover "deep in their blue zone".

    Utah threw an interception at the BYU 5 yard line (deep in Utah's red zone). Utah's other turnover was an interception at the Utah 43 yard line.

    Thus, Utah had one turnover "deep in the red zone." BYU had no turnovers "deep in their blue zone."

    It's interesting that the BYU turnovers deep in their blue zone (that never happened) had such a profound affect on the outcome of the game when Utah's red zone turnover didn't.

  • MKL
    June 18, 2008 10:59 a.m.

    This poll is a joke, they have Georgia at 9, Notre Dame Ranked, Phil Steele needs to watch more football. I see both Utah and BYU having strong seasons this year, but based on last year BYU should have the higher preseason ranking. All this preasons poll stuff is garbage anyways. "Thats why they play the games!" I can't wait.

  • Some arrogant? hmmmm
    June 18, 2008 10:55 a.m.

    I love this. You have nothing of value to say, so you use hmmmmm. Is it that you are thinking of something witty to say, hmmmm.

  • Good to see Utah ranked!
    June 18, 2008 10:55 a.m.

    The cougar win over the utes will provide some timely leverage at the end of the season. And Yes, BYU will beat UCLA, but UCLA will be the PAC 10 champs and play in the Rose Bowl.

    Stand by for the Cougars and the Gators in the BCS championship game!!!

    That's right folks, your read it here, FIRST!!!

  • Kyle
    June 18, 2008 10:57 a.m.

    I am a die-hard cougar, but I think most BYU fans here aren't giving Utah the respect they deserve. We squeaked out 2 wins over them in the last 2 years. It was a miracle, to say that Utah is anything but tough would be inaccurate. I would say that the rankings are a little off, but it's great to see both BYU and Utah ranked. I don't get why most BYU fans love to see Utah get beat by UNLV. The only thing that does is take credibility away from our wins over them. We should cheer our guts out for the Utes when they play everyone else, then destroy them and hate them with the hate of a thousand burning suns when we play them. That's what a good rivalry is.
    I say go Utes when they play anyone else (we're all in the MWC) but GO COUGARS when they play us. Both teams will be great this year! My prediction for this year- BYU will beat UW, then dominate UCLA for 3 quarters and then collapse and give the game away in the 4th. Also, Utah will destroy Michigan, only to lose to Utah State. Go Cougars!

  • Keep crying BYU fans!
    June 18, 2008 10:54 a.m.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

    I love this! BYU fans are all up in arms because Utah is getting more love from a national publication than they are getting. Ha Ha Ha!!!


    I think the real issue for BYU fans is that they KNOW Whittingham is on the verge of doing great things at Utah, and they are SCARED.

  • Richard Noel
    June 18, 2008 10:54 a.m.

    Go Utes!
    There are a lot of starters returning and true athletes grace the Utah Sidelines.
    I cant wait to watch this season unroll.



    PS. Utah has 20 more victories than BYU in football head to head, so all the BYU fans can come talk trash to me about Utah when they tie the series (assuming they win every game for the next 20 years. I will be at least 46 by then, but you and I know that we will never see the Cougars catch the Utes.

  • BYU RULZ
    June 18, 2008 10:48 a.m.

    This is awesome. I wish all polls looked like this. It only adds to our credibility as a conference

  • Stop already
    June 18, 2008 10:45 a.m.

    U fan will say "1984 was in the past, let it go"

    U fan will also say "Utah has BCS win, see 2004"

    Hey Hilarious, is that a double standard?

    Go Cougs.

  • To To most ute fans......
    June 18, 2008 10:43 a.m.

    Some arrogant? hmmmm......

  • BYU Crazed
    June 18, 2008 10:43 a.m.

    Are you kidding me!! Is this guy stupid?! I don't know who this guy is but i think he needs to research these teams more and find out who really is the better team. BYU is ranked 12th in the national polls and Utah is not even in the picture of any type of national attention. This Phil guy needs help!

  • Notre Dame ranked?
    June 18, 2008 10:44 a.m.

    Are you kidding? Nine losses last year.

  • Re: Bubble
    June 18, 2008 10:41 a.m.

    "Phil Steele is famous for the best pre-season college football review magazine. He really does his homework, on every team... not just the BCS teams"

    Obviously, Phil doesn't dig as deep as he should in doing his homework because he left one of the most important factors out of his equation in evaluating BYU's defense -- Jamie Hill, who took 4 walkon DB's last year and molded them into a unit that hardly anyone noticed, because they were so solid.

    They were burned by trick plays early in the season during the Tulsa game, and then shut down the trick plays the rest of the season. Utah tried at least half a dozen trick plays during their game at BYU and every single one was stopped for a loss or minimal gain.

    3 starters returning, plus a solid group of backups, plus Jamie Hill = another solid defense for the coming season.

    Bronco's vision of building a program, rather than a team. Preparing all of his players to be ready to play whenever they're called upon.

  • all I hear
    June 18, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    All I ever read about on these posts from cougar fans, unti today, is what you team will be ranked in the pre season polls. Now you changed your tune about pre season polls. It is amazing how a cougar fan will pick and choose what is wrong and right. I am sure you will be debate this at your next family night activity up at Squaw Peak.

  • COUGAR FAN
    June 18, 2008 10:38 a.m.

    who the heck is Phil Steele never even heard of him so why are we even talking about this because everyone knows that BYU is going to be a much better team then Utah this next Year. Even you ewt fans know that BYU is better and know that UTah shouldnt be ranked that high in the polls U ute fans just wait till November when BYU kicks your but and make it into a BSC game

  • To Most Ute fans....
    June 18, 2008 10:35 a.m.

    I sometimes feel myself wanting to pull for the Utes.
    1) You are a Utah team
    2) The MWC needs respect and if you win it helps the conf.
    3) A Ute win (over someone other than the Y)helps the awesome BYU/Utah rivalry.

    But then I come across Ute fan. Some of you are ok. Most of you are angry and pretentious.

    Go Cougs.
    Yes I know there are some arrogant Y fans as well.

  • PHIL STEELE IS RIGHT
    June 18, 2008 10:31 a.m.

    If you don't know who Phil is...Pat Forde from ESPN said that the 5th best college sport day in the entire year is the day that college football preview magazines hit the stands and says that "This is the day Phil Steele has made." Get out of the Utah County Bubble and see the world!!!

    Utes rated higher than the Cougars........thats the way it should be. Suck it up zoobies...still trying to acheive what Utah has..a BCS birth and an undefeated season (see: Utah 2004).

  • umm.....
    June 18, 2008 10:20 a.m.

    Is this guy really serious? Geez, where does he get the idea of the Utes being 14th!? Utes fans and players don't even think they'll be 14th at any time this coming year! What is Phil Steele smoking?

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 10:17 a.m.

    Talk is cheap. Pre-season rankings are meaningless. Looking forward to the season and a November date in Rice Eccles. Go Utes!

  • Re: go utes
    June 18, 2008 10:16 a.m.

    "Outside of Provo nobody cares about BYU"

    LOL. Actually, many Utes care as much or more about BYU than they do their own team.

    BYU in a BCS game is not the end goal, but a stepping stone to their ultimate goal, earning a shot at another National Championship; something Utah fans can only dream of because of BYU.

    If it hadn't been for BYU's 1984 13-0 National Champions and BYU's 1996 14-1 Cotton Bowl Champions, there would have been no Boise State, Utah, or Hawaii BCS busters.

  • Utah County Bubble
    June 18, 2008 10:16 a.m.

    It's always a joke that BYU fans are in the "Utah County Bubble" and these cougar posts are proof. Phil Steele is famous for the best pre-season college football review magazine. He really does his homework, on every team...not just the BCS teams. His work is more objective than...say...ESPN (the MWC spurned ESPN for the MTN so we get no respect).

    As a Ute fan, its great to hear the BYU fans moan over this. All summer they can't wait for another football article to pronounce themselves the MWC winner and BCS bubble buster. Looks like you've got some competition

    Utah DOES have a tougher schedule this year!!!

    Utah has a good portion of their offense back and most of their stellar defense back this year too. All the best players with injuries are coming back (best RB, WR, QB) so the Utes, assuming they are healthy, WILL be a force this year. I'm not predicting a MWC championship or BCS year, but the Utes will be good and have the same, or better potential, than do the Cougars.

  • hackiman
    June 18, 2008 10:13 a.m.

    I think ranking the Utes that high is a little crazy... But I believe that Utah can be that good. I don't think they have earned the right to be ranked in the top 25 yet, but they can work their way up to lose to BYU.

    Go Cougs

  • Hilarious
    June 18, 2008 10:13 a.m.

    Suddenly the arrogant BYU fans who claim Ute fans as merely BYU haters are now the ones doing the hating. How quickly the tables can turn.

    It's funny that when a similar story came out about Athlon sports magazine pre-ranking the Cougs #14 there was a bevy of posts from BYU fans citing the indisputable legitimacy of Athlon sports magazine. But when one of its main competitors (Phil Steele) comes out with a similar poll pumping up the Utes its credibility comes into question. Life isn't made of double standards ladies and gentlemen, no matter what BYU fans would have you believe.

  • Byu Fans
    June 18, 2008 9:59 a.m.

    If any of the byu fans read the Phil Steele magazine they would have notice what he said: BYU ONLY HAS 3 RETURNING STARTERS ON DEFENSE! Byu may have all of their offense returning but it is defense that wins games. Byu had the best defense in the league last year and still LOST two games and was close to losing 4/5(TCU,UCLA,Utah) games last year!

    When byu plays teams with athletic defenses they struggle, ie Arizona,UTAH and UCLA(twice last year)! 17 points that "great offense" was held to against UCLA twice and Utah, but last year it didn't matter because byu defense held the other teams lower than 17 points. What happens this year when Washington/UCLA/TCU/UTAH all keep byu under 20 points? Then Washington/UCLA/TCU/UTAH all score over 30 points on one the the worst defenses in the league? =2/3/or4 loses.

    That is right: "byu will outscore their opponents!" Just like Tulsa '07, TCU'05,.... it must suck to score more than 50+ points and still lose!!

    For those fans who want ESPN quality comments:Todd Mcshay pick Utah to win the conference and beat byu!

  • Ute-less
    June 18, 2008 9:54 a.m.

    Can't we all just get along? Give the Utes a doughnut, like UNLV did last year and I'm sure they will settle down!

  • Re: andrewute
    June 18, 2008 9:51 a.m.

    "Yes byu won last year but if it was not for the 4th and 18 play utah would have a 9 game winning streak going into the preseason"

    If only, but...

    what you're conveniently forgetting is that Utah never lead during the entire game until 1:34 left in the 4th and only held the lead for 56 sec.

    BYU's turnovers deep in the blue zone and missed field goals are what kept the game close on the scoreboard.

    BYU dominated in every other facet of the game, except kicking.

    First downs - BYU 21 Utah 14
    Net yards - BYU 424 Utah 244
    Rush yards - BYU 155 Utah 115
    Pass yards - BYU 269 Utah 129

    Utah the better team? Definitely NOT last year and pure speculation this year.

    Utah will be improved, but so will BYU.

    Jamie Hill will work wonders with BYU's defense. I'm not in the least bit worried that BYU won't have a solid defense this year, together with a high-powered offense and a MUCH improved kicking game.

  • GO UTES!
    June 18, 2008 9:42 a.m.

    Outside of Provo nobody cares about BYU, they finally beat a not very good UCLA team in their second try, a team that an inconsistent, not so great Utah team stomped. Both teams are going to be good going into next season, preseason polls don't mean anything (Michigan ranked #4 in 2007). The fact both teams are ranked in this poll is good for both of them. But BYU in the BCS is something they have to earn, something they've failed to do so far. I can't wait for November! GO UTES!

  • Zane Taylor Fan
    June 18, 2008 9:39 a.m.

    show em what you got!! and Byu better watch out for UCLA as they will pay!

  • Re: Gumpolman
    June 18, 2008 9:37 a.m.

    Utah is going down hill? Are you kidding?

    Utah has won 7, 8, & 9 games the last three years. Anyone can see that Utah is trending upward. BYU on the otherhand peaked at 11-2 the last two years and with all of the players they lost on defense, they are most likely on the way down this year.

    How does 8-5 sound for the cougars? Very realistic.

    Probable losses at Washington, home vs. UCLA, home vs. New Mexico, at TCU on a short week, and at Utah after playing on the road at Air Force.

    Utah on the other hand is very likely going to win 10+ games this year.

    Their only real possible losses are at rebuilding Michigan, home to Oregon State on a short week, at New Mexico after a bye, home to TCU on a short week, and home to BYU of course. Utah is likely going to be favored in all of these games and for good reason too.

  • To Cougar faithful....
    June 18, 2008 9:37 a.m.

    I am a Y fan but I think this is great. I know we will have a great year. Think of the Y/U game at the end of the year. Our schedule does lack a little strength and this game would help. Plus the Y/U rivalry has been one of the best in the nation lately and this game would further help it along. Our conference lacks respect and this ranking of #14 for the U (if true) would help. Look, if we are as good as we think we will be it should be a W. This year should be a lot of fun. I hope the U goes undefeated and lose to the Y.

  • Re polls guy
    June 18, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    Its the Harris Poll, and if your going to act like you know what your talking about, atleast figure out how to spell it

  • Classic
    June 18, 2008 9:35 a.m.

    I believe in anything that ruffles the Cougs' feathers is a good thing. Afterall, how can the Cougs be so great when they have downsized their level of comptetion so that the average winning percentage of the teams they'll play this year was below 50% last year. It's called pathetic scheduling. I'm sorry, when you brag that Washington is your best nonconference game and they were terrible last year, then you have issues with scheduling. That's one way to get noticed, to do what Hawaii did last year and then get their butts kicked at the end of the year (@ Rice Eccles Stadium, might I add).

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 9:34 a.m.

    Fans, you guys are ridiculous. If you don't know who Phil Steele is then you aren't a college football fan. He has an annual college football magazine that is one of the most informative. Rankings are guesses. The Celtics weren't predicted to do much before the season but they came out on top.

    Keep crying Cougar fans

  • Tokolosh
    June 18, 2008 9:29 a.m.

    This should create excitement that both teams are geting respect... instead the supposedly great "football fans" of BYU are showing how disconnected they are from the college football scene. If you discount this ranking because you have never heard of Phil Steele then you are a college football idiot. Preseason polls typically aren't worth much more than publicity but that publicity can go a long way if the teams start off the season backing it up. Especially when the pub comes from someone like Phil Steele. That carries a lot of weight.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 9:26 a.m.

    grumpolman,

    BYU plays in Logan this year too. The polls mean nothing because both Utah and BYU will lose in Logan. Ok, maybe they wont. But a guy can dream. Go aggies!

  • hot air
    June 18, 2008 9:19 a.m.

    Being in the top 20 is common for the Cougs. I can see why the utes are so excited, it's their first ranking all year.

    By the way, 4 & 18 didn't win the game. It only got a first down. You still had a chance to win that game and you blew it. I don't know why utah thinks they are going to run into the BCS, they are the most hated team in the MWC. Every team saw onside kick when up by 40. The league is tired of you popping off when you've done no better than third place with Whitt. You run your mouth but never back it up. I.e. shut out at UNLV.

  • Utah Rules
    June 18, 2008 9:15 a.m.

    The Utehs rule and we should be ranked in the top 10. Phil needs to do some homework or something like such as.

    Go Utehs, I need to get back to the counter to take some orders.

  • Phil Steele
    June 18, 2008 9:13 a.m.

    Before you ignorant cougs make yourselves look any more foolish, please google Phil Steele. You will find that his preseason magizine is one of the largest and most respected of it's kind. Out of curiosity, I researched the magazines end of year accounting statement. 11.2 million in gross revenue from the preseason football magazine alone. All of you saying that you have never heard of him are just embarrasing yourselves. Millions do read the magazine, the accounting numbers prove it. Please stop being ignorant Cougar fans.

  • Polls
    June 18, 2008 9:10 a.m.

    The only polls that matter are the USA today, AP coaches poll and the Harrison poll. Because the coaches poll and the Harrison poll along with some computer polls determine the BCS poll. Do yewet fans really think that they will be ranked in either the AP poll or the Coaches preseason poll? Phil Steels polls are made to sale magazines but they will have no influence on the AP and USA today preseason polls. Utah will be an honorable mention in both of these polls at the bottom of others receiving votes and BYU will be ranked in the top 25. Utah being ranked in this poll is laughable given the UNLV game last year and looking at the ND ranking. And yes being ranked higher is an advantage if you win your games. To make the BCS you need a final ranking of 12 in the BCS. To have any shot at a national championship (which is only a pipe dream for a MWC team) a MWC team would need a preseason ranking of probably 12 or higher and still need teams ahead of them to lose. Cougars!!!

  • General comment to all FANS
    June 18, 2008 9:08 a.m.

    BYU fans... relax... it's just a preseason poll.

    Utah fans... it's a good sign, but it's just a preseason poll.

    Geesh, don't y'all have jobs that you need to get to?

    Cheers (as I have to get back to mine)

  • Nate
    June 18, 2008 9:02 a.m.

    Not only is the Utah ranking ridiculous, but how in the world is Notre Dame in the ranking? I think he just put a bunch of school names in a hat and pulled them out at random.

  • Dutchman
    June 18, 2008 8:53 a.m.

    I've got seven chair seats on rows 39 and 40 in Rice Eccles for my fall football games. Can't wait to celebrate the victory over BYU and the preacher Bronco in November!

  • andrewute1
    June 18, 2008 8:49 a.m.

    byu fans- First of all, like it was said earlier, phil steel's magazine is the best college football preseason magazing and is well respected around the nation, that includes espn. I totally agree with the ranking, utah is the better team! Yes byu won last year but if it was not for the 4th and 18 play utah would have a 9 game winning streak going into the preseason. Utah gets back basically everyone on offense, and has one of the best secondaries in the nation returning. The truth is that byu gets a great offense back, but it really hurting on defense. What happens one game if byu's offense struggles a couple games, can the defense be there to pick them up like last year? We will just have to see. . .

    GO UTES!!

  • Thanks
    June 18, 2008 8:42 a.m.

    Thanks D.N. for finally giving us something to fight about, the last few weeks have been pretty dry.

    However, regardless of how you feel, I would really like to hear the rational from this "expert" that nobody has heard of.

  • RE: Zac
    June 18, 2008 8:42 a.m.

    Wow, talk about ignorant Cougar fan. Any half way intelligent football fan can see Utah has a much more difficult schedule this year. And this is coming from a BYU fan. Please think before you say something like that, and make the rest of us look stupid.

  • Phil Steele
    June 18, 2008 8:37 a.m.

    For anyone acting ignorant and saying "who is Phil Steele?" SHAME ON YOU if you consider yourself a real college football fan. Throughout the country Steele is very well known and respected, and yearly publishes an in depth magizine of College Football, viewed with much respect by millions of fans, coaches, players, and AP writers you send in their AP top 25 ballots come August.

  • sob
    June 18, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    it would be interesting if the utes are favored over michigan at the start of the year

  • grumpolman
    June 18, 2008 8:17 a.m.

    The cougars program is on the rise and the utes are going downhill, when the cougs win in RES that is what really matters.

  • RESPECT
    June 18, 2008 8:19 a.m.

    Good to see both schools getting some respect. Probably a little high for both schools (I would say BYU #21, Utah #24), but at the end of the day, being mentioned in one of the country's biggest preseason college football magazines is an honor for both schools. All the BYU fans freaking out on here should calm down. I'm seeing a BoM pride-cycle coming on in Provo if you're not more careful. You are one big hit on Max Hall away from going 7-5. Be humble and respectful, and your team will have a great season.

  • grumpolman
    June 18, 2008 8:15 a.m.

    To say Utah has a tougher schedule when they are playing both Utah State and Weber State is like saying my girls friend is beter looking because she has less zits. Who cares about pre-season rankings it's the final rankings that matter and they don't even matter that much.

  • Zac
    June 18, 2008 8:10 a.m.

    Re: Stupid Comments, yours aren't much brighter. BYU actually has a tougher schedule than your Little Red Ladies. Weber State ring a bell? Plus all the best MWC teams at home. I know you like to bag on BYU because they are playing N Iowa, but I like how all you Ute fans conveniently forget that you are playing Weber State. And Michigan is breaking in a new coach and quarterback. That should be a win. But here's to having two quality teams gutting it out for the MWC Championship and the right to a BCS Bowl. GO MIGHTY COUGARS!!

  • Alma the Wiser
    June 18, 2008 7:59 a.m.

    Utah returns a balance of starters on both sides of the ball, with most of their offense coming back. I

    BYU only returns 3 defensive starters from a defense that was directly responsible for winning half of BYU's games last year.

    Utah has a more favorable conference schedule than BYU. It is very possible that Utah will end up with a better record than BYU this year.

    Utah 34 BYU 23

    Go Utes!!

  • credibility
    June 18, 2008 7:57 a.m.

    I don't think anybody should be paying attention to this poll. Forget where BYU and Utah are ranked, he has Notre Dame in the top 25 and how did they do last year?????? Why did the Dnews print this???

  • Yewtes ranked at all
    June 18, 2008 7:38 a.m.

    Well if the Yewtes are 14th, then UNLV should be number 1, since they SHUTOUT, I said SHUTOUT the hapless Yewtes who were "afraid" to tackel their running back. Did I say UNLV SHUTOUT!!!! the hapless yewtes??

  • TMONEY
    June 18, 2008 7:33 a.m.

    How many Games did Notre Dame win last year. How could they possibly be in someone's top 25. It doesn't lend much validity to this poll

  • This is fun
    June 18, 2008 7:31 a.m.

    I doubt BYU or Utah should be in the top 20, but it sure is fun to see the BYU fans melt down at the thought. Actually, it doesn't surprise me that Utah is ranked ahead of BYU. They had a tough time due mainly to injuries and still came back and had a good season. If they stay healthy... well that is always the key. BYU is one injury away from the season Utah had last year. Injury or not, my guess is that BYU will start off 1-2 and that will burst the bubble right there. P.S. I am amazed that some BYU fans still haven't gotten over the fact that Whittingham turned them down. Come on guys.

  • Ignorance
    June 18, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    You Cougar fans are really showing your ignorance here. Phil Steele puts out the biggest Preseason College Football Magazines in the country, that is read nation-wide by millions.

    Why would Utah be ranked over BYU in these rankings? Several reasons, the first of which is the schedule. Utah has a realistic shot at beating a down Michigan team in the opener, and then has BYU and TCU at home this year.

    Do you Cougar fans really think your team is that much better than a Utah team that has had a lead on you with a minute to go in the last minute for two consecutive years? Yes, the comebacks were amazing and you should enjoy them; but BYU has by no means dominated this matchup.

    It also should be remembered that last year Utah lost it's best QB (BJ), best RB (Asiata), best WR (Casteel), best OL (Boone), best LB (Jianonni), and best DL (Long) for significant amounts of time to injury. Be honest with yourself zoobs; would the Cougs fair as well without Hall, Collie, Reynolds, Unga, Jorgenson, Nixon? Don't think so.

    Both teams should be tough this year. Show some respect, not blind ignorance.

  • Stupid Comments
    June 18, 2008 7:28 a.m.

    Look, now one knows who Phil Steele is is a fine comment, but to state that because Bronco said "(Qwest?)quest for perfection" that such will be true has got to be one of the most ignorant comments I've ever heard...

    BYU has the easier schedule of the two teams which might add to such a quest, but remember getting out of the MWC undefeated will not be easy for any team this year. TCU, Utah & BYU all have good teams capable of upsetting anyone. Health is always an issue as well, look at the Utes, they had a great team last year but then lost several key players and ended up having a respectable year. So, having said that, if both teams stay healthy it will be a great game. Now before anymore of you BYU fans make such ignorant comments, please read, re-read and then post a comment that is not as ignorant as some of your hypocritical buddies.

    GO UTES!!

  • Nothing To Do
    June 18, 2008 7:21 a.m.

    Wow, there really is nothing to do but fantasize about sports right now...

    50 days to the olympics...

    74 days to college football...

    Whatever will we do, but daydream and bicker for the rest of the summer?

    Oh, there is always baseball or soccer. NAH!

  • BlueCoug
    June 18, 2008 7:14 a.m.

    Don't take the Utes lightly.

    The Utes could surprise a lot of people this year, like they did against UCLA last season, or they could have another one of those up and down seasons where they drop a couple like the did against UNLV.

    I'm waiting to see how they do against Michigan.

    Regardless, they'll probably be BYU's toughest game this year.

    I'll post my pre-season rankings in August when more people are tuned in to football.

  • JIMI
    June 18, 2008 7:07 a.m.

    nice ranks. lol love it!
    keep cryin zoobs. its funny

  • Conversation Starter
    June 18, 2008 7:07 a.m.

    It's nice to see a couple of MWC teams ranked in a pre-season poll, but, as I've said before, pre-season rankings are meaningless because nobody really knows how good the teams are until they've played a few games.

    Until then, it's just on-paper guess work.

    I would like to know who Phil Steele is and his rationale for his rankings. Maybe we can get an update from a brave soul willing to shell out a few bucks to read Phil's magazine.

    I would have ranked BYU about 14th and Utah about 20th. Ohio St. should be the pre-season #1.

  • Finally some respect for MWC!!
    June 18, 2008 6:47 a.m.

    Love to see both Utah schools garner a little respect nationally. Hope it is that way come November.

    How about a matchup with both the Cougs and the Utes undefeated and in the Top 10 battling for a place in a BCS bowl with combined victories over UCLA, Michigan, Washington, Boise, etc. The first two or three Saturdays of the season will be important for both squads. Would love to see the Utes go into the Big House and come away with a victory.

    And what will be even sweeter is a Cougar win in RES that will burst the BCS dreams of the Kyle and the boys and propel the mighty Cougs back into national prominence.

    All the best to both teams in the upcoming season!

  • The Entire Country
    June 18, 2008 6:47 a.m.

    Riiiiiiight!!!

  • I bleed Red.
    June 18, 2008 6:39 a.m.

    I love my Utes, but 14? Come on. Who's Phil Steele, anyway?

  • Utah??
    June 18, 2008 6:32 a.m.

    The Utes couldn't wipe the boots of the top 20 teams. Who is even coming back for Utah this year? BYU at least has their QB, best WR, best TE, best RB. Utah is due to get a dose of reality at Ann Arbor as well while BYU plays Washington and NE Iowa (not close). Look for BYU to win the MWC and Utah to be 3rd or 4th.

    And how could LSU go from number 1 to number 14? Not much in this poll makes sense.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 6:19 a.m.

    That doesn't even make sense since BYU beat Utah last season and were #1 in the conference

  • ????
    June 18, 2008 6:21 a.m.

    Who is this guy? Utah 14th? Does he watch football?

  • This just in
    June 18, 2008 6:10 a.m.

    man has landed on the moon.

  • Bandaid
    June 18, 2008 5:48 a.m.

    This ranking will last about 1 week (if that) when the U loses to Michigan and BYU beats a pansy team. Yeah, it's a pansy team but it's a win. Utah, however, will drop out of the top 25 and won't see it again for the rest of the season.

  • What?
    June 18, 2008 5:44 a.m.

    For a team that returns almost all of it's offense from a team that finished in the top 15 last year and BYU is ranked behind Utah? How many starters are Utah returning?

    Anyways, that would be cool if the rankings hold up. It makes for a great finale for the Mountain West Conference championship. Too bad two ranked teams will be playing for the championship on The Mountain.

  • DHK
    June 18, 2008 5:43 a.m.

    Phil Steele is an idiot. Ranking The yewts at all is stupidity let alone ahead of the Cougars. He took an over dose of his medication.
    Go cougars!!!!

  • Phil's Steele is in his head
    June 18, 2008 5:15 a.m.

    Let's see, a team that finished in the top 15 and returns 10 of 11 starters on offense should be ranked lower than a team that finished where? Please, Phil Steele shows his bias here. THere is no justifiable football reason to rank the Utes ahead of the Cougs. On paper the Utes are certainly not as strong as BYU. Oh yeah, and which team won the past two seasons in head to head competition and won the conference? Switch the two around and Phil may be on to something, but I wouldn't put the Utes in the top 25 of college football quite yet. Let's see how they do at Michigan first.

  • BBKing
    June 18, 2008 4:35 a.m.

    Could you imagine a season in which both teams go into Rice Eccles undefeated?!

    I know, too much to ask, but that would be incredible. And if they did, starting the year higher in the polls like this that would mean that by the time they get to November both teams would certainly be in the top ten, and the winner would be guaranteed a BCS bid!

    That would be world class football right here in Utah!

    And of course, they have that charity golf game between Utah and BYU coaches that goes back to Lavelle Edwards and Ron McBride. The loser in Golf has won in football since Mendenhall and Wittingham have taken over.

    So that means that BYU wins in November and goes BCS hunting. And Utah whips some chump PAC10 team in Las Vegas.

    Getting ahead of myself but this could be a great season if both teams play consistent and stay focused.

    Of course, go BYU!

  • We'll see
    June 18, 2008 4:03 a.m.

    This will be great for the Utes...until two weeks into the season when they lose 5 in a row - it's the Whittingham way! Pre-season polls mean nothing.

    Go Cougs!

  • Ralph
    June 18, 2008 3:23 a.m.

    Nobody told Phil about the great Bronco Mendenhall and his quote of the year "qwest for perfection." How could this be, Utes ranked ahead of BYU next year? BCS is what every cougar fan dreams of, something the Utes already accomplished. Could it be the year of the UTES returning to the BCS!!!!!!!

  • meh
    June 18, 2008 2:41 a.m.

    As with all that was said about the earlier polls, these mean nothing.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 2:20 a.m.

    Who is Phil Steele?

    Never heard of him or his rankings.

  • Right!
    June 18, 2008 1:29 a.m.

    An 11 and 0 BYU team will DEFINITELY be the underdog when they go to visit the 8 and 3 Utes at L.E.N. Stadium!

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 1:16 a.m.

    Who's this guy? Utah ranked higher than byu? Utah ranked at all? What a joke

  • Eye Dee Ten Tee (Buckeye)
    June 18, 2008 1:05 a.m.

    The Phil Steele Poll? Get real. Why not wait for the AP or USA Today poll to run this story.

  • Cool
    June 18, 2008 12:09 a.m.

    Looks like BYU will be the underdog at Rice-Eccles in November.

    Can't wait.