Brad Rock: Utah Utes finally look like they thought they'd look

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  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:09 a.m.


    Colorado shouldn't be a problem for the Utes this year; even Colorado fans think this is one of the worst Colorado teams since the 60's.

    Washington State is a make or break game the Utes. With Mike Leach as their coach, a decent QB, and a couple of scary-good wide receivers, sooner or later the Cougars are going to have a break-out game, and we all know the Utes don't have enough offensive fire-power to survive an offensive shoot out.

    Fortunately, the Utes play their toughest remaining opponent at home, but even so, the Wildcats are good enough to win at RES, even if Utah is playing well.

    That brings us to Washington, which played well against Stanford, USC and Oregon State, but was awful against LSU, Oregon, and Arizona. Unfortunately, the Utes play the Huskies in Seattle and the Utes haven't beaten a good PAC 12 opponent on the road in ages.

    Prospects for a bowl: fair

    WSU - good, but not a lock
    Washington - fair, but only if Utah has a convincing win against WSU to keep momentum going
    Arizona - fair, if Utah beats WSU and Washington
    Colorado - excellent

  • eelek62 SANDY, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:25 p.m.


    I think San Diego State probably is that good. USU is very good this year and deserves much more credit than they are getting.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Oct. 29, 2012 9:54 p.m.

    Solomon Levi,

    The later we get into the season, the more credibility the computer (Sagarin) ratings have. Still, I wonder if SJSU is as good as their rating suggests. Sure, they stayed within 3 points against Stanford to open the season, but they were recently beaten by 22 at home by Utah State. Their "quality" win appears to be against #57 San Diego State, and their other wins were against teams rated 74, 110, 130, 132, and 167.

    NMSU and Idaho are ranked 171 and 182.

    One of the things that I admire about the Cougars is that they ALMOST NEVER lose to underdogs. I will be very surprised if they don't win the remainder of their games.

    Utah, on the other hand, is more inclined to lose games that they shouldn't (yes, last year's Colorado game still stings). That unfortunate fact, combined with facing good athletes in every Pac 12 game (see Rivals, Scout, and ESPN rankings of Pac 12 recruiting), makes every one of their conference opponents dangerous.

    Remember, Arizona just beat USC, and Washington just beat Oregon State.

    BYU will win all three, and I hope Utah finds a path to bowl eligibility.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:49 p.m.


    "BYU's biggest challenge will be not going to sleep at the wheel as they play SJSU, NMSU, and Idaho."

    While you were looking up the Sagarin ratings, did you happen to notice this?

    #22 BYU
    #36 SJSt
    #44 Utah

    btw, if I were a Utah fan, I'd be more worried about Utah falling asleep at Colorado - just sayin'.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:27 p.m.


    You're right, Cal doesn't seem to be very good this year. If only the Utes would play BYU so we could see how the two teams measure up....

    Oh yeah, they DID play. And the Utes won in the head to head contest - again.

    I know, I know, "Utah didn't beat BYU, BYU just beat themselves." But your Cougars are doing that with increasing frequency.

    Moving on from my snarky comments,

    According to Sagarin, Cal is the 10th best team in the Pac 12, and the 62nd best team in the country. The Georgia Tech team that the Cougars handily beat on Saturday is the 8th best team in the ACC, and the 81st best team in the nation.

    Both teams looked good on Saturday. BYU's defense shut down a potent Yellow Jacket ground game, something a lot of teams haven't been able to do over the last several years. And Utah looked much improved when compared to their last four outings.

    Hopefully Utah can continue to improve and become bowl eligible. BYU's biggest challenge will be not going to sleep at the wheel as they play SJSU, NMSU, and Idaho.

    Go Utes!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    It was nice to see the Utes put it all together finally last night. This team has been through a lot this year. Having a new OC always means getting used to a lot of changes but then put 3 different starting QB's into the mix and it has proven to be quite an adjustment. I'm glad this team has continued to fight and has gotten better each week. Some teams would have folded through that much adversity.

    The Utes need to continue to take it one game at a time and try to build on their new found momentum. I think Wilson has made some huge strides in all 3 of his starts. Most importantly, his leadership. For a young freshmen, he has shown that he is not just capable of playing at this level but he is proving to be a good team leader as well. As good as Wynn was when he was healthy, he wasn't ever that strong of a leader for the team - evident this year as not being voted in as a team captain.

    Last night it seemed that the team really tried to rally around their QB.

    Go Utes

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 28, 2012 4:18 p.m.


    I for one could care less how you judge Utah. How did you judge them when they played BYU? I can't wait to hear the excuses.

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Oct. 28, 2012 2:07 p.m.


    That's fair. None of us really think they're a good team, don't worry. But there is no doubt that this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully they keep improving!

    Go Utes!

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 28, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Let's not pretend that Cal is a good team. Next week won't be a good barometer either. I'll withhold judgement until they play the Huskies.

    Oct. 28, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    A nice step in the right direction Utes!

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Oct. 28, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    4 touchdowns on offense, not 6. 2 special teams, one defense.