Utes football: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson excited for rivalry game against BYU

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  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 20, 2013 4:58 a.m.

    Any byu fan lamenting rn being injured during last year's game should merely have looked over to our side and seen the M.A.S.H. Unit we had going on, plus BB finishing out his suspension. JWIV, both of our Safeties, numerous O-Linemen/WRs, etc.

    Furthermore, Uteology correctly added support to UT's current bottom-feeder Rush-D ranking when he pointed to their virtually identical final ranking from last year. This clearly shows a long-term pattern and directly factored into their DC being immediately fired following their national embarrassment/humiliation in losing to such an inferior opponent.

    Unless th ever learns how to throw the rock at least at a mediocre-/Pop Warner-level, rn is easily preferrable, even an injured rn.

    th is purely one-dimensional and definitively not at an Elite Sean Mannion-like one-dimensional. UT was easily the exception, not the rule. A complete/utter fluke.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    I agree no one should wish injury on any player.
    I hope the game can be played without injury to anyone.
    However you were wrong about the worst Y haters wouldn't do that.
    One did in these comments in the last couple of weeks.
    Everyone needs to back off such talk and just enjoy a simple game.
    You know, something we all want our own children to play.
    Something friends share with each other before thanksgiving dinner.
    Something we have fun doing.
    Fun...not fanatisism.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    I'm so sorry. I didn't make it clear. I was not talking about Texas run defense. I was talking about their offense. Despite being decimated by BYU's defense their offense held up about the same against Ol'Miss's defense.
    Utah has not been tested by a rush offense other than Utah State so it appears good at this time. OSU did not have a run game when they arrived in SLC and they didn't do any better than they did against Hawaii.
    I believe Utah will find the Y very difficult,the multi-faceted running game will prove much more had to stop.
    On the other hand the Y will have to change their passing game to more drop back passing and less roll out. The roll out throws have been the problem for Hill. His passes have been good when he sets his feet.
    I think Utah's best bet is a throwing game but that means Wilson has to stand still and I don't know if he will have time because the Y's defense is much more aggressive than Utah State, Weber and certainly more so than what OSU showed.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    He better not be to excited. He will be more grassstained than touchdowned after saturday.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 4:55 p.m.


    You'd assume from his moniker that he would know whats up, but you know what happens when you assume.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 3:58 p.m.


    "Has anyone outside of Utah found the channel they normally play on?"

    Do you get out much? It's not hard to get EVERY Utah game this year. I had no problem catching the first ever game on FoxSports 1 when I was across the country in a my hotel with limited channels.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    It certainly does not hurt that those two coaches went to BYU over Utah many moons ago. Does it hurt that despite this they still chose to Coach at Utah, especially when one was given the head coaching job at BYU?
    BTW, keep talking up beating Texas, who just so happens to be one of the most laughed at teams in the country this year. And I certainly do not pay extra to watch the P12N and Utah, I would have to, however if I wanted watch ESPNU and each BYU game.
    Guess you are still just "Small Fries" my man.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 3:42 p.m.


    cable triple play...complete tv programing, full feature phone service, 50+ Mbps internet.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    I honestly think it's great that the PAC has their own sports channel. My only complaint is that it doesn't come with the standard satellite sports package. A person has to buy-up to a premium package in order to receive it. Not so with ESPN.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Wilson is a straight up beast, and I hope he continues to heal from the loss of his best friend.

    Go Utes!
    Go BYU fans that have shown class here. Go away those that haven't.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    All that mocking of BYU's secondary could easily come back and bite you in the rear end... and will definitely add to how badly you're going to feel about losing to them. Just don't forget your promise to not post on any more BYU articles for a year. A lot of people, and apparently even many Ute fans, have had enough of that stuff that does nothing to add to the online dialog.

    In answer to one of your inferred questions, BYU has actually beaten nationally ranked teams both this season and last. Can Utah claim as much? I didn't think so.

    By the way, it's interesting that both Utah's head coach and defensive coordinator are BYU alumni... choosing to go there when both had offers from Utah. That's gotta hurt just a bit.

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Hey Naval Vet,

    Here's hoping for a nice frantic, emotional win on Saturday!

  • STLute St. Louis, MO
    Sept. 18, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    I've watched each Utah game from the comfort of my couch. Looking forward to catching every other game this year too.

    Go Utes!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    "Besides, I hope the "national" Ute followers are excited to see this game as it's the only time Utah will be shown on ESPN all year...Has anyone outside of Utah found the channel they normally play on? "

    Two of the three games were on Fox Sports 1, a new national network. The other was on the PAC-12 Network (the game against Weber State).

    Anyway, this game will probably be close, since most of the time it is a close game.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    Weak stuff to bag on tv coverage. FXS1 has been getting great reviews nationally. The Pac12 has it's own national network. I haven't had any trouble finding and watching any of them quality channels. I wonder if the satellite company would of dropped the Virginia game had it been ND playing.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    I guess it is time to remind some here that for the last twelve months the BYU excuses for losing last year game to the Utes were QB injuries! Oh! If only Hill was able to play and if only Riley had been healthy ring any bells? People who live in glass houses should not have a very short memory.

  • BoSox4 St. George, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Ya you're right Fox Sports 1 is a channel that nobody knows about nor watches... Or the Pac 12 Network... which i can watch on my phone from practically anywhere...byu fans cant say anything until they beat us in the 2010's

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Feels good to have a quality quarterback and team leader on offense, something Utah has missed since BJ.


    Good for Whit.


    Why are you wishing injury on our quarterback? Even the most vile byu "haters" don't do that. I feel sorry for you.

    Go Utes! Beat UCLA and win the Pac12 South.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    "After a game against some really good DB's it will be nice to get Travis some more confidence playing against lower quality secondary. BYU first string corners are historically pretty weak, and with this year having second and third stringers out there - wow. Wilson may very well pass for 400 yards"

    Dont be so hasty to claim how great the oregon state passing d is. Through 3 games they are giving up 299 yds and 2.33 td's per game. This is against an FCS team, Hawaii, and the Pac-12 doormat. Thats nothing to write home about buddy.

    The cougs through 2 games are giving up 213 yds and 1.5 td's per game against (GASP)...2 BCS teams! you should check stats before you talk.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Sept. 18, 2013 9:07 a.m.


    Typical Ute spin - you know, the reason for Texas having the 126th rushing defense just might be the potent BYU rushing attack that put up 550 yards on the Longhorns. Even in the mud and slop at Virginia, BYU had 189 yards rushing.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:56 a.m.


    And what has come of all your espn "exposure"?

    This year, all I've seen in people mocking Texas for losing to byU.

    And your best win since going indy 3 years ago is ....Utah state?


  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Besides, I hope the "national" Ute followers are excited to see this game as it's the only time Utah will be shown on ESPN all year...Has anyone outside of Utah found the channel they normally play on? I haven't..not that I've cared enough to look. Enjoy your national spotlight, just remember it's only because you're playing BYU that you're actually on!

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Chris B, as always, is good for a laugh or two. It makes me smile when so many of my fellow BYU fans fall for his enticings. Wilson appears to be a solid dual threat QB. Though I still think the U will lose to BYU this year, and yes Chris, this is a rivalry game, throw everything out the window. The U has a difficult road ahead (yes I do think their schedule is tougher than ours)I think the U will have a legit shot at a PAC-10 title in a couple if years if Wilson stays healthy and if, they can get their defense to back him up. As for this year, I think it is going to be another painful one. We shall see.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    He better be excited, it's the last "chance" he has to win all year. How many weeks do you think he makes it before a separated shoulder or broken ribs end his season? We already saw what Utah can do against one of the worst, what happens when he has to play a real defense? Don't worry though, he'll have December through next year to rest up on the couch watching other teams in the state play their bowl games.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    300 yards?



    The sky is the limit considering the secondary Wilson is facing

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    After a game against some really good DB's it will be nice to get Travis some more confidence playing against lower quality secondary. BYU first string corners are historically pretty weak, and with this year having second and third stringers out there - wow.

    Wilson may very well pass for 400 yards

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    Considering the secondary he's facing, what QB wouldn't be excited?

    Wilson's going to light them up!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    Travis Wilson has played a lot better then I expected this year. The offense isn't the problem. When you score 45 points you should win the game; period!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 18, 2013 6:36 a.m.

    Very impressed with Sitake's comments about his alma mater. He has the right perspective about having come from BYU but is now committed to Utah. Whit on the other hand comes across like a traitor, someone who does everything he can to disavow that he was every associated with BYU, firing numerous jabs at his alma mater.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 5:48 a.m.

    As a Cougar fan, Wilson has earned my respect. Good arm, good mobility and above all, the kid has heart!
    A worthy opponent!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2013 11:20 p.m.

    Texas has the #126 rush defense today. Last year they were #102 rush defense.

    Utah has the #28 rush defense today. Last year we had the #22 rush defense.

    To suggest Utah has no rush defense while BYU devastated a good Texas rush defense defies all facts.

    As far as Wilson, he's a legit dual-threat QB. I think so far he's proven that he's a legit PAC-12 QB.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    I was impressed watching Wilson as he kept coming back despite OSU having their way with the U defense. He is a competitor for sure. I thought he runs like a giraffe however and I imagine his legs are very vulnerable if someone actually keys on him. No one from OSU ever tried to contain him. Very vanilla defense by OSU But his tenacity is something to focus on.
    I studied the stats from both teams, their foes, who their foes played and the changes in statistics. Utah talks about having a stout run defense but they actually have had no effect on the run game compared to how other teams have handled their mutual foes. Example Hawaii actually held OSU to the same run statistics and Hawaii has no run defense claim.
    BYU on the other hand devastated Texas and Texas played without most of their significant personel against 25th ranked Ol' Miss. yet statistically did about the same.
    But I point out...statistic's never play the next game. A lot will depend on does the bye help BYU or does the loss motivate Utah.
    I will enjoy the game, come what may and love it.

  • frugalfly PULLMAN, WA
    Sept. 17, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    Best thing for Utes was to lose to OSU. Should never have happened. Utah is far and away a better team than OSU. But if the last few years are any indication, Utah should beat BYU. The last few years, Utah loses on either or both sides of their BYU game to lesser opponents but seems to find a way to beat BYU. Should be a good game. Both offenses have a lot to deal with in these two defenses.

    Sept. 17, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    Mr. Jarvis: "Wilson will have less time to throw than he did against his last two opponents."

    Maybe you're right, but maybe not. Most casual fans outside of the PAC-12 don't realize how formidable of a duo Dylan Wynn and Scott Crichton are as Oregon State's defensive ends because the Beavers don't get a lot of the national publicity and because the rest of their defense has underperformed. But don't let that take away from the fact that these are probably two future pros (Crichton for sure), and Utah's 12 first quarter yards were mostly due to the O Line's inability to contain these two. The second quarter saw major adjustments made that took these two out of the picture, and the stats speak for themselves (however, one of the few times later in the game they did get pressure, Travis threw an off-balance pass that was just slightly inaccurate and a defender was able to make a play on it). BYU's got pass rushers as good or maybe better than these two, but Utah is capable of making necessary adjustments to them. This game will be a great chess match!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Wilson has pro height and mobility. Since he is only a Sophmore, I can expect more out of him over the next two years as he matures, gets stronger and gains experience. This year is all about learning.

    Wilson will have less time to throw than he did against his last two opponents. Will he throw more errant balls with the pressure of playing on the road than he did last week or will he take off with his legs and attempt to avoid the sack. BYU has a plan to contain him. This will be a great game.