Chris B:Following your same line of reasoning toward BYU games...A opponent who had already lost to a division II school wasn't
supposed to pose a problem at all for Utah, either.But it (OSU) did... at
home no less. Utah is now off to an 0-1 conference record, which is as close as
they're going to get to a winning conference record this year.... again!
Got a prediction for Utah's bowl game at the end of this season? Will
it be more impressive than the one last year?LOL
@ Who am I sir?Why are you wasting such great writing talent in this
online comment section? With your wonderful sense of humor, you should be
preparing and submitting resumes to all the network and cable channels as a
late-night talk show host. Yes, truly hilarious sarcasm.It's
more than interesting that even after the game with BYU, you and Chris B still
remain obsessed with all things BYU. Is that obsession because you know in
your own sarcastic way that things will soon be going only downhill for Utah
while things are likely to get better for BYU from this point on? Good
choice!@ Chris B:Yes... a respectable goal for Utah
would be to just finish with any kind of winning record whatsoever... especially
considering they haven't done so since 2011. Nor have they ended the past
few years nationally ranked as highly as BYU. Changing that might also be
another good goal to consider. But unfortunately, most of your conference games
are forthcoming, meaning the rest of the season will be mostly downhill. As such, you might be better off continuing to inspire BYU fans rather than
trying to fool Utah fans.
Utah 95,It's not respectable if in their five biggest
games(Utah, Notre Dame, Texas, Wisconsin, and Boise) they go 1-4. Frankly even going 2-3 with wins against a bad texas team and a struggling
Boise team should hardly be considered a success.There are still 6
games on their schedule that shouldn't post a problem at all. However,
Virginia was one of them LOL
I expect BYU will finish 7-5. That would be a respectable record, considering
their schedule.Good luck BYU - except against Utah State.
to Steven S JarvisByu could win 10 but they wont. Byu is
looking at a 6 or 7 win season (same for the U). Byu can beat GT;
the Jackets looked horrible last night. Byu may have a chance in S
Bend but NOT in Madison.
10 (more) reasons:1. BYU's objective to run the fastest plays
resulting in BYU being # 1 in the nation.2. Fan's can guess to which
player the pass was intended.3. Fan's can guess if at any point in
the game Coach Anae will call an unpredicted play.4. Chance for coaches
and fans to wear retro slogan shirts one more time.5. Watch the team line
up on the sidelines and upon the signal storm onto the field. No one does it -
better.6. Watch the best independent this side of South Bend. (Sorry
Idaho and New Mexico State)7. Who will win the rivalry game with Idaho
State?8. Resole the question are those live fans on the West side or
mannequins in suits and tie?10. Watch the free enterprise system at work
in the supply/demand for tickets to Idaho State game.
@ Aggie238:You make some very valid points. The Cougars definitely
have a tougher second half of season schedule this year. It will make it a much
bigger challenge.@ Ernest T. Bass:Sarcasm is only funny
when not overdone. Yours have been way overdone for quite awhile. It's
getting really old. Please consider changing your MO.@ Chris B:You had 3 of the first 8 posts on this article that is 100% about BYU.
Utah already beat BYU this season. Why continue the obsession? Why try to
discourage BYU fans concerning the rest of their season? What's the real
purpose to continue denigrating BYU after the rivalry game is over?As far as Utah's PAC12 season, a lot more will be known and determined
after their next game. I wish them well.... now that their games with BYU and
USU are over.
@Chris BBYU fans aren't so fickle. BYU had a year in
basketball where they won a single game. Did that kill the program? Did the
fans stop coming? Take a look at the Huntsman Center. What happened there?
Utah has to do something in order to keep football viable.BYU is the
premier program in the state with the highest interest inside and outside of the
state. Sure Utah has proven it beats BYU when the two have matched up. Yet the
Utes have not proven anything outside of their victories over BYU.
Tators,BYU has "bounced back" in recent years because the
level of competition has taken a nose dive over the latter half of the season.
That's not true of this year as much as the last couple of years. Where is
BYU going to get the easy wins this year? Utah State? Wisconsin? Georgia
Tech? Perhaps Notre Dame? Sure, they'll beat up on Idaho State and MTSU,
and probably Nevada, but based on what's happened so far, games against
teams like a questionable Boise State and even Houston are starting to look a
little scary, let alone the real heavy hitters left on the schedule. The
defense will keep BYU in games, for sure, but many of the offenses they still
face are very capable of putting points on the board even against great
defenses, and the defenses remaining on the schedule present nearly impossible
odds against the struggling BYU offense. BYU simply isn't going to win the
war of attrition against most of these teams unless Taysom Hill suddenly becomes
a Chuckie Keeton clone, which isn't going to happen in one season, let
alone 2-3 games against practice squads.
"Why would Utah's quest be over after Oregon State?"Because the Utes haven't won a single game against a PAC 12 opponent with
a winning record since joining the conference and there's no chance that
the rest of the PAC south (except ineligible USC) will finish with a losing
record as happened in 2011.U missed your one and only chance to back
into a PAC south title with a mediocre 5-4 conference record.
Im not ever giving up. They are so dang close to being undefeated and so so dang
close to the national title.
Just Truth,Why would Utah's quest be over after Oregon State?
Our quest is for a Pac 12 title and Rose Bowl. Why would those be over with a
loss to Oregon State.Your quest was for a BCS bowl, or at least I
hope it was. Your quest is over.Utah's is very much alive.
What was so difficult about that to understand?
NO doubt Ute fans are in the catbird seat now. It will take a while for this
team to gel. 8 new offensive linemen and new line coach and offensive
coordinator make things a little more difficult. For some reason I have no
interest in watching Utah football the rest of the year, but I will be very
interested in how BYU does. I am looking forward to Middle Tennessee.
So Utah's "quest" was over after Oregon State? Double standard? I
love BYU regardless of whether they win or lose. I like watching them get better
and I still think they have more upside possibility than any other team in the
state. Good luck to Utah, but if Chris B. is any indication of the caliber of
your fan base then what a sad standard to cheer on.
Anae does struggle with opening the playbook. It feels like he runs the same 10
plays over and over. However, I agree with the author... let Hill focus on
short passing plays (more screens, meshes, and comebacks), bring back in the
tight ends, and let him develop confidence and chemistry with his receivers.
Then he can introduce more complex, big gain yardage plays.Also we
need more misdirection plays like the double reverse and wildcat. I would love
to see a statue of liberty every once in awhile with the how good Taysom is with
his fakes. The rugby pitch needs some work, but could become a weapon once
BYU has a rather bad habit of often starting seasons out slow. It happens more
often than most fans would like to admit. But the good thing is, is that they
then often go on to have very successful years, even sometimes finishing up
nationally ranked in the top 25. Considering the level of competition still on
the schedule, that could very well happen this year too... assuming the coaches
get those wrinkles worked out of the passing game. I'm still confident
Hill has the ability to be a better-than-average passer.
The main reason for byu fans to give up on your season:Your quest is
over. Virginia ended your quest just hours after it started, and then your
entire season was ruined when you lost to your rival, for the fourth time in a
row, giving Van Noy, Hoffman, Taysom Hill, and many others a grand total of ZERO
wins their entire careers against their rivals.You don't have a
conference title to play for.You aren't playing for a BCS
Bowl.May I suggest you begin supporting the team in Utah that is
still very much alive for both of those things: Utah!
No fan has given up on BYU. BYU still can get to 10 wins, a bowl game, national
ranking and should play ranked teams Wisconsin and ND later in the year with a
possibility of Houston and/or GT also being ranked. BYU's QB and RB are
just Sophmores and will continue to develop.