College football: Other than USU, Utah's other 'Big Five' schools went SOUTH this season

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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 4, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Who would have thought that Utah and BYU would combine to go 12-12 this year? Not me, certainly dissapointed in Utah's season, but looking forward to next year.


  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 8:58 a.m.


    "[BYU fans] would have you believe that the Utes are in a death spiral. I'm gonna say that things are cyclical, it's down now, and will rise again."

    Utah fans would have you believe that the Utes have always had a great football program that is only suffering a temporary slump. The truth is just the opposite.

    1994 - after more than 100 years of playing football, the Utes finally crack the AP Top 25 for the 1st time

    2003 - after a 10-year absence the Utes crack the AP poll for the 2nd time

    2004 - Utes dominate a weak schedule and take advantage of recent rules changes to crack the BCS

    2005-2007 - back to mediocrity

    2008 - Utes enjoy a perfect storm season; barely survive several scares at home and on the road and upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl

    2009-2012 - Utes begin their downward slide back to mediocrity from ranked to unranked to losing season

    Regardless of what Utah fans hope will happen, it remains to be seen whether Utah will ever become anything more than a middle to bottom of the PAC team, with an occassional break through season every decade or so.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    Last 10 years for Ute football. 2 BCS bowl victories, multiple other bowl wins, and yes, even a few bad seasons mixed in. Not too shabby. Zoobs would have you believe that the Utes are in a death spiral. I'm gonna say that things are cyclical, it's down now, and will rise again. Most people understand that. Now IF the trend continued downward for 3-5 more years, then yes, you could listen to the "crickets" but I hope you are prepared to listen to "Utes win another BCS bowl" in the next few years, because it will happen

  • Superzero Farmington, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    Love what Andersen is doing with USU. I did some research and discovered that in the 2005 Romney Stadium averaged 12,624. Which 2005 was my final year at USU so I remember personally how pathetic that stadium looked with nobody there. In 2009, Andersen's first year, Romney Stadium averaged 15,971. 2010 the stadium averaged 17,878. In 2011 it dipped a little bit to 16,043. This year, 2012, Romney Stadium jumped to 20,054.

    Romney Stadium averages 7,430 more fans since 2005 when I attended football games there. That's a rate change of about 59%! I admit that USU fans need to do better at getting to the games, but I just wanted to make a point that the fan base is returning and that Andersen has not only turned the football program around getting the fans back. USU even had two sell-outs this year in Utah and UNLV.

    My prediction is that next year attendance will coninue to increase with a better conference/schedule, Keeton in his junior year, and Andersen back.

    Go Aggies!

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    "Other than USU, Utah's other 'Big Five' schools went SOUTH this season"

    Who are you kidding, Randy Hollis? When it comes to football in the State of Utah, there is no such thing as the "Big Five" - its simply BYU, Utah and Utah State.

    Utah State had its best season in forty years.

    BYU had a season that will long be discussed as "what could have been" if the coaches had done a better job.

    Utah continued the downward slide that non-red koolaid drinking fans predicted two years ago.

  • cdchttrtn meridian, idaho
    Dec. 2, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    @ idablu

    Yes!!!! I know that BYU had some blowouts with some weaker teams and they should. But
    if you watched what they were doing as compared to what BYU did, even their offenses
    were more like a college team should be. The reason why they were blowouts is because
    of lack of personel, not because of what BYU did. Just look at what they were trying to
    do against the better teams and compare offenses.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Congrats to Utah. It will be a fun game to watch and I'm hoping for a great Aggie win.

    Same goes for BYU. Obviously a season of close losses, QB controversy, and disappointment, but nonetheless we have a bowl game to look forward to and Hill's recovery for next year.

    And the Utes... (crickets)

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    "Every team that BYU played this year had a better offense."

    Sorry, but the evidence contradicts your statement. So you are saying the likes of Weber State, Hawaii, Idaho and NMSU all had better offenses than BYU? You do know those were all blowouts, right?

    Although Doman has had his issues with the play calling, I think he is getting better. Most of BYU's woes this year can be put right at the feet of Bronco Mendenhall. It was HIS decisions and lack of accountability that cost us most of the losses we had this year.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Dec. 2, 2012 7:24 a.m.


    You seem to be an expert on all things Utah.... can you enlighten us on what are you betting your rent money on with regard to BYU football?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    It's pretty obvious BYU was disappointing this year.

    It's also pretty obvious USU achieved the best record in school history (although the TV reports showed a lot of empty seats in dinky Romney stadium that day) but Utah is about where they ought to expect to be, as newbies in the PAC 12, like Arizona and ASU have been for decades. Between the two of them they have a couple (maybe one) Rose Bowl appearances by ASU and none by Arizona. They look and sound a lot like Utah and Colorado. Hopefully that will change, sooner than later, but I personally wouldn't bet the rent on it.

  • cdchttrtn meridian, idaho
    Dec. 1, 2012 9:24 p.m.

    Concerning BYU.....If BYU had an offensive corndinator that new anything about offensive football they might of won some games that they lost. Today, I watched Nevada v Boise State. Two great offenses and I'm thinking, why can't BYU have something comparable. Every team that BYU played this year had a better offense. Even the week teams. Sorry, but things have got to change if BYU wants to keep their fan base.