Utah Utes football: Team, fans ready for 'blackout' game vs. TCU

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  • MC
    Nov. 3, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    Black uniforms? YUCK!!! Why don't ya just wear PINK and really get the fans excited. NOT!!!

  • BYU Fan
    Nov. 6, 2008 10:40 p.m.

    It was very tough for me to cheer for Utah tonight, but I did---because it's the ONLY chance BYU has to have a piece of the championship. Well, it happened, so GO BYU!

  • re:
    Nov. 6, 2008 4:30 p.m.

    if utah beats tcu and byu can find a way to beat utah byu goes to vegas simply based on fan attendance never would air force go ahesd of any of these teams unless they win it outright.

  • Nutt
    Nov. 6, 2008 1:44 p.m.

    Yeah BYU fans, I have never seen a blog where Ute fans were derogatory towards BYU, I know that is a big word for you.

  • BYU Haters
    Nov. 6, 2008 11:47 a.m.

    Bitter BYU fans, sheesh. Sorry you're 'Quest for Perfection' didn't work out. Holy cow, don't be bitter it's not becoming. Besides you will lose to Utah also, your turn is coming be patient.

  • Black should be OUT!
    Nov. 6, 2008 11:12 a.m.

    I personally do not like this ploy. Anytime you go away from tradition and routine, you are asking for trouble. This is just a big marketing gimmick--all about making some money marketing new merchandise. Heck, black is one of TCU's colors, so now we are making them feel more at home. Besides, Utah has never worn black, so this might be a distraction to the players and take them out of the comfort zone.

  • re:ALTAFAN
    Nov. 6, 2008 9:05 a.m.

    Let's see how well you thought it through, One: The quest for perfection was a quest for the whole "season" not just one game, are P-ute fans wearing black the rest of the year? Two: The quest shirts are blue not black. And the players don't wear quest jerseys when they play. Three: Why didn't they have a blackout game for Oregon State? Oh that's right, it is a lame gimmick cuz Ute fans can't get amped for their team, You were probably one of the amped "fans" that left early during the OSU game right?

  • Re: 1:44 hater
    Nov. 6, 2008 7:40 a.m.

    "Already conceding that Utah might not do any better against TCU at home than BYU did against the Frogs on the road???"

    I know that to a TDS fan, being objective and not counting your Ws before the kickoff (nor making reservations for hotel and airfare to the NC game prior the commencement of the season) is akin to insecurity about your team's chances. However, it's quite the opposite. Being objective allows us to be a bit more focused, thus enabling us to perform at a higher level.

    As far as playing TCU at home being a more favorable arena than playing them on the road, I'd have to agree to it's advantageous nature. However, when you lose on the road 32-7, we can pretty much conclude you would have also lost at home.

    Ha ha.

  • I think....
    Nov. 5, 2008 11:11 p.m.

    I am not a U or a Y fan but I think Utah will win because.

    1. Home Field Advantage
    2. Short week
    3. Weather
    4. Not at Fort Worth
    5. TCU doesn't have much of an offense

  • Bad Idea
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:32 p.m.

    Switching to new uniforms for a match-up with the best team in the conference is simply a bad idea. With the physical and mental exhaustion that sets in at some point in a game, very brief, but potentially signficant, confusion is not out of the question.

  • RE: 1:44 hater
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:22 p.m.


  • re 1:44 Hater and bakerb
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:00 p.m.

    First of all 1:44 hater, it won't be an upset if Utah loses because TCU is favored. Duh! Do your research.
    And bakerb if there is a three way tie for the MWC championship between those three teams, I think the BCS might pick TCU or Utah. Now, my dad said and I think it is how they do this. Since BYU won it just barely and TCU won it the year before them, Utah would go to the Las Vegas bowl if not a BCS game.

    Sidenote: Air Force is still 4-1 in the conference and they still play BYU and TCU. So Air Force could actually end up having piece of the Championship too! Like this:

    Utah beats Air Force
    TCU beats BYU
    Utah beats TCU
    Colorado State beats Air Force
    Air Force beats BYU
    Air Force beats TCU
    San Diego State beats Utah
    BYU beats Utah

    Utah 10-2 (6-2)
    BYU 10-2 (6-2)
    Air Force 9-3 (6-2)
    TCU 10-2 (6-2)
    In this case they would pick Air Force for the Las Vegas.

    Nov. 5, 2008 6:44 p.m.

    RE Nutt, Want to talk about a marketing gimmick eh? Yes the blackout is a marketing gimmick to get the fans amped, do you really not recall the whole "quest for perfection" though. How many shirts were sold? Aparently the Utes aren't the only team that has gimmicks. Way to think that one through though.

  • bakerb
    Nov. 5, 2008 4:41 p.m.

    As much as I hate to say it, the future of the 2008 BYU Football Team is squarely on the shoulders of the UTAH victory on Thursday Night. If UTAH wins, BYU once again has control of their destiny.

    If UTAH beats TCU, then if BYU can find enough Defense to beat UTAH (this is admittedly questionable), all three will end up tied for the MWC Championship with BYU ranked the highest in the Polls. Unless BSU stumbles against Fresno State (doubtful), this will not provide a BCS opportunity for BYU. However, I would be happy with an 11-1 Season and MWC Co-Championship.

    So, I find myself reluctantly hoping that UTAH can find the mustard to defeat a very good TCU Football Team. Be warned, it won't be easy. These guys are better than the thumping they took at OU. In fact, I don't think UTAH can do it, but I will be watching and hoping.

    Go UTES!!!! (at least until 22 Nov)


  • Nutt
    Nov. 5, 2008 4:09 p.m.

    The P-Utes will wish they would have just turned out the lights in the stadium after TCU puts the hammer down on them. Only the P-Utes need to try some gimmick to get their fans amped for a game like this. I am sure TCU is quaking in their purple cleats, Oh no they are wearing all black!!! What do we do?!?!? Whatever.

  • 1:44 hater
    Nov. 5, 2008 2:25 p.m.

    "Utah might not beat TCU, but..."

    Already conceding that Utah might not do any better against TCU at home than BYU did against the Frogs on the road???

    Utah has every imaginable advantage for this game - playing at home, cold weather, altitude, short week, much less of a target for TCU than was BYU, Top 10 BCS ranking. If the Utes lose this game by even a single point, it'll be a much bigger upset than the beating BYU took in Texas a couple of weeks ago.

  • zoob
    Nov. 5, 2008 2:20 p.m.

    byu fans dont even have the right to talk smack about the utah and tcu game. BYU LOST TO TCU!!! if you guys would of beat them then you would have a reason to. now your wishing and praying that tcu beats utah so you dont look as bad. GO UTAH!!, lets shut up tcu and the zoobs

  • zewbie hater
    Nov. 5, 2008 1:44 p.m.

    You zewbie fans are just jealous that your quest for perfection is no more and your defense could not stop Idaho if it had to. Utah might not beat TCU, but will crush BYU and you know it.

  • JJ
    Nov. 5, 2008 1:11 p.m.

    The only blackout will be the Utes crying after the game. TCU 31 Utah 24

  • Texas Tech...
    Nov. 5, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    always wears black uniforms at home. Their alternate is a red uniform. As for the fans to wear black, you are digging your own grave. TCU 24 Utah 17. Remember the score, It will be on the BCS gravestone near Rice-Eccles. hahahaha!!!!

  • hmmm
    Nov. 5, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    "If it goes bad in the first half can we come back out in RED at halftime?"

    That might not stop the bleeding, but it might disguise it a little better.

  • Clear Mechanism
    Nov. 5, 2008 12:52 p.m.

    The biggest game of the year, well except for the white helmets down south...and the team has so little to focus on that they need a decoy with strange ideas about what color of uniform to wear. Talk about lack of genuine focus and what's most important and in your face. I agree, it will be a nice excuse for losing...guess it's just to hard to just focus on a TCU team on a mission...and I don't mean the kind of mission the white helmets go on! What a bunch of screw ups...

  • re: Anonymous and Black Out
    Nov. 5, 2008 12:48 p.m.

    You are right on the mark with those comments. If Georgia had worn their "normal" home jersey's they obviously would have won the game becuase we all know that the uniforms are the reason teams win or lose. Maybe Utah should just steal another teams colors and change their uniforms to that. I got it, how about "Aggie" blue.

  • Agree
    Nov. 5, 2008 12:12 p.m.

    Distraction to team. May work for first 5 minutes. I'm worried but excited. This will be the true test for Whittingham to see if he is an elite coach.

  • Just a thought
    Nov. 5, 2008 11:47 a.m.

    If it goes bad in the first half can we come back out in RED at halftime? LOL Utes win by 10. Go UTES! I'm hoping for snow!!

  • go #77
    Nov. 5, 2008 11:30 a.m.

    it will be you guys 35-21 for sure!

  • danburtreynolds
    Nov. 5, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    Way too big a deal is being made of this. It's a promotion. However, for those of you citing the Georgia blackout this year, actually Georgia did it before this year and won, and Texas Tech did it last week and it worked out pretty well.

    Utes win no matter what color they wear.

  • wst
    Nov. 5, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    How many teams have changed uniforms for one game and lost? More times than not, I believe.

  • Ugliest Uni's
    Nov. 5, 2008 11:03 a.m.

    The ugliest uniforms I've seen are San Diego State's black uniforms. Let's hope Utah's black uniforms don't drop SDSU to 2nd most ugly.

  • Distraction
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:51 a.m.

    The blackout gimmick will be nothing but a distraction. If the players insisted on doing it, Whittingham should have scheduled it for the Weber State game.

  • Tyler
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:31 a.m.

    The black uniforms look terrible in my opinion. Why are the Utes dressing in a uniform that isn't even a team color. At best black is an outline for the Utes logo.

    Alternate unis are just ploys to get more money off jersey sales.

  • Confused...
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:27 a.m.

    "Some have wondered if the Ute players might get confused with black home jerseys, instead of the usual red."

    That's awesome! I knew ute players were, should we say, academically challenged, but I didn't know it was this bad.

    Good luck utes...just take things slow and try not to get too confused.

  • Black Out
    Nov. 5, 2008 10:11 a.m.

    Yeah out much did the blackout work for Georgia, oh well!

  • Red and Black
    Nov. 5, 2008 9:58 a.m.

    Red - as in "We'll fight for dear old crimson for a Utah Man am I!"

    Black - the color of despair!

    Should've stuck with Red.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2008 9:30 a.m.

    Blackouts are awesome!


    The Georgia Bulldogs

  • Good plan
    Nov. 5, 2008 9:07 a.m.

    Good plan to deck out in mourning colors for this game. May be needed.
    C'mon Curious George, what rock did you crawl out from under?

  • jkell
    Nov. 5, 2008 9:01 a.m.

    TCU's colors are Black and Purple. Good idea Utes to use one of their colors. It will be like practice for them as they dominate Ute football in every aspect of the game.

  • How bout White?
    Nov. 5, 2008 8:27 a.m.

    Why didnt we fo for the opposite and actually use one of our traditional colors, White? I mean we are a state known for our incredible snow conditions and this is the holiest place on earth right? Well maybe we can do it against the holiest team on earth when the little boys from down south come to town.

  • Ute Fan
    Nov. 5, 2008 7:59 a.m.

    It will be fun to have black jerseys. The only way to know who they are is by their helmets. So all you'll be looking at is the helmets all night long. It should still be a tough game whether we wear black, red, or white. It doesn't make a difference. Go Utes!

  • Re: Curious George
    Nov. 5, 2008 7:48 a.m.

    No. Since they're the road team, they'll be wearing their light uniforms.

  • Black & Blue
    Nov. 5, 2008 7:46 a.m.

    If Utah's football team has underestimated TCU as much as Utah's fans have, it'll be black & blue night for Utah's BCS and MWC championship hopes.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2008 6:14 a.m.

    I used to work in the Equipment Room at the University of Utah. The home team dictates the color and the visitor knows what color to bring. There is no possible chance of this happening.

    As for the idea, I never thought Utah would go for it. Chris Hill did not want black in any uniform. But, I think it will make a fun environment for the game! Utah 17 TCU 14.

  • Curious George
    Nov. 5, 2008 12:50 a.m.

    What happens if TCU shows up in all black? Is that even possible?