Red roundup: Speculation on Utah's bowl options

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  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 3:06 p.m.


    I think you're spot on. Stanford will get an at-large bid so long as it wins out, especially if Oregon wins out and makes it to the Rose (or title game - could happen but unlikely). Where things get dicey is if Stanford or Oregon lose.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 10:27 p.m.


    Stanford is going to a BCS game as an at large so you have to bump all your teams up one bowl. That puts the Utes in the Sun Bowl, but you're right the Las Vegas Bowl has more to offer outside the game for the players and fans.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 15, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    Cowboy dude

    the predictions I've seen have Stanford and Oregon getting BCS bids with Oregon to the Rose and Stanford to the Fiesta. I don't think it will take Oregon to the BCS champ game for the Pac to get 2 BCS bids, especially with BSU losing.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    If Utah wins out and if the PAC-12 gets two teams to BCS bowls, meaning OR in the BCS Championship, than Utah will get Holiday. Double ifs but still fun to speculate.

    I predicted at beginning of the season, Utah in the Sun Bowl with North Carolina, still possible.

    Heck, Rose Bowl is still possible with lots and lots of ifs.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    This is great fun to be speculating about which bowl game we will end up in and this is the 9th straight year we've been privileged to have this fun. This is whay makes late season college football fun to follow. The only way it could get better is if we were speculating about playoff seeding and home field advantage.

  • U4Me Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 15, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    The PACs worst bowl, is Independence best!

    The Band of Little Brothers

  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    I want to avoid the Vegas Bowl. If we win out, Sun is the most likely and Holiday is a possibility. Very exciting matchups possible in both.

    But first things first, beat beat Wazzu!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 15, 2011 7:27 a.m.


    I understand your sentiment about El Paso, but I'd rather get the Sun bowl as it has a higher payout, and a better bowl. I can't go to either one anyway. Poor me.

  • TexasGirlAUte Draper, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    I don't think I could handle Utah V Texas.... haha

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Nov. 15, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    Yeah, Darth, you're right. BYU, the superior team, lost to lowly Utah by 44.

    I look forward to hearing more of your insights.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    I'll add my prediction to the other experts. Utah vs TCU in Vegas. Hey, it's better than what I was predicting last week. I didn't think the Utes would get past UCLA, and would end up 6-6 playing Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl.

    If I'm a player, I'd much rather go to Vegas than El Paso (Sun Bowl). El Paso is worse than Albuquerque. Sure the cash register is bigger in El Paso, but the Sun Bowl offers nothing else. Watch Border Wars for a close up look at El Paso.

    Rose - Oregon
    Alamo - Stanford
    Holiday - Washington
    Sun - Arizona State
    Vegas - Utes

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    I would love to see a Utah-GATech Sun Bowl---a chance for the Utes to repeat the Emerald (Kraft Hunger, these days) bowl of 2005 when LaTandresse scored 4 TDs and Calvin "Megatron" Johnson scored 0. GATech is a good team and provides an interesting match-up for the Utes.

    I would not like to see another Ute Vegas Bowl with TCU or Boise State as those teams are simply much better than the Utes and I like the bowl games to be good match-ups.

    Texas at Holiday Bowl would be nice.

    In the end, it's going to come down to the next two weeks. IF Utah can win out (college games are rarely a given and WSU could pose some problems on the road), then I would see them in at least the Sun.

    Washington is likely to win out and finish 8-4-->Holiday Bowl.

    Cal and ASU can't both finish 8-4 since they play each other, but one still could.

    My hope is Cal beats ASU, but loses to Stanford. If that scenario, I predict ASU beats Zona and finishes 7-5; Cal 7-5, UCLA 7-5 and UCLA to PAC Championship.


  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    If we can find a way to beat Oregon the Rose is still possible

    Need a reminder of the Sugar Bowl to know Whit's ability to pull of major upsets? Arizona State is putting this one in our hands.

  • Darth Vader Ogden, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    But they are better than Utah.

    They just beat themselves.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    A Utah-Texas clash in San Diego would give the Utes the chance to prove they're better than the team down south. Oh wait. They've done that twice already... once directly, and once by common opponent Oregon State.