To StGtoSLC--Just because the Utes report a sellout doesn't mean that the
Stadium is full. Just take a look around. Only about half of the last 22 games
saw the stadium full. Utah has and continues to give away more tickets than any
other major college program. I have attended 7 games in the last two years and
have not ever paid for a ticket. THe U is a great place to attend a football
game. I just wish the home team would have a good team again. This aint'
the MWC or the WAC!
Rockarolla, that's what we've heard for 3 years, but guess what: 22
consecutive home sell-outs.
Chris B, the bleachers at the U will be empty if this team doesn't start to
win. It has happened before.This years team STINKS!
@downunder,Wow, I guess any of the Jewish athletes playing on Saturday
have sold their souls as well? Or do you figure they don't have one
because they aren't LDS? Your reference for Sunday is not shared by many,
but coming from Utah sometimes it is hard to understand that.
@Down under"The reality is that BYU will not sell its soul to a big
conference that will insist on Sunday play. It seems that utah had no problem
doing it. "Utah isn't selling its soul because selling its
soul implies that it's giving up something it considers a core principle
and Sunday activity is not something the U holds as a principle like the Y does.
@Chris B"It's not easy playing ranked teams week after week, but
it sure beats beating on WAC nobodies like Wyoming, New Mexico, byu, and usu
this time of year. If all we cared about was our record, we'd just go
independent and schedule 6-7 games against MWC quality opponents."According to the Sagarin rankings BYU currently has the 10th highest
difficulty schedule in FBS (sure they have Idaho State later in the schedule but
they also have Notre Dame). While that is obviously below Utah's #1 SOS,
it's hardly bad. BYUs schedule is much better than it was their first two
years as an independent.
Play to win, especially in the fourth quarter. Stick to the game plan that got
you the lead in the first place.
@down underThe University of Utah is a state school, not a
church-owned school. Like all other state-owned universities across the
country, the U embraces all religions and races. Intrinsic to this is their
acceptance of diverse beliefs and religions. They are not beholden to any one
particular church's beliefs---they can't. If they did, then they
could be open to potential legal action.down under, it's called
"separation of church and state".
Crissy,The reality is that BYU will not sell its soul to a big conference
that will insist on Sunday play. It seems that utah had no problem doing it. So
the real winner is not on the field but off the field. I would rather stick to
my principles than sell out for money. I am proud of my independence and am
proud of what BYU stands for. Brigham Young would be embarrassed of what utah
Go Devils, appreciate the compliment. Unfortunately, getting a win in Tempe is
not an easy feat for anyone (except Oregon, of course), and with the Utes'
road inconsistencies, I don't realistically see the streak ending next
year. Overshadowed in the state of Utah by the collapse of the Utes is the
clutch play of Taylor Kelly and Marion Grice in the 4th quarter. Congrats on
that win, the Devils definitely earned it. Good luck to your boys the rest of
the season, these last four games (including Utah) is quite a gauntlet for them.
They'll need a lot more offense against the Beavers and UCLA than they had
yesterday, and that Zona game is almost always a wild one!
This from a long-time ASU fan: Hey, we have been exactly where you are now. It
is frustrating and not pretty, but Utah is a very good team- much better than
your record- and the Utes played great against us. I confess I do not understand
going for two after the first TD- oddly, that proved to be the winning margin.
Anyway, wait till next year. Your team is way better than last year, and the
Devils were lucky to escape with a W. NOT looking forward to the next meeting.
The streak can't last forever!
I do think the punter is a stud. Strong leg and can place it when he needs to.
He is a weapon.
Chris,Your denial of the obvious is getting a little out of hand.
Yes, Utah has improved but close losses don't mean anything, they are still
a lose. They will learn how to win those close games in the future, but right
now they aren't good enough to win those close ones. As for your statement
about the only program in the state with a future being Utah I beg to differ.
BYU is just as good as Utah and has as much promise as the U. Try complimenting
them for a change. It won't kill you. I've done it and I'm still
Umm.. The D played excellent! Well, maybe just under excellent, but really good
nonetheless. Holding a high scoring offense to 20 points was pretty darn good.
The offensive line gets an F as well as mind case Wilson. Ultra conservative
play calling in the 4thQ was ridiculous, and proved to be just what ASU needed
to gain momentum. As with the Oregon ST, UCLA losses, this game was waiting for
the Utes to win it, but for some reason, they just can't. This team
isn't as bad as their record indicates, yet neither are they as good as the
team that beat Stanford, which kind of looks like a fluke if you didn't
know how good our D is.
It's not easy playing ranked teams week after week, but it sure beats
beating on WAC nobodies like Wyoming, New Mexico, byu, and usu this time of
year. If all we cared about was our record, we'd just go independent and
schedule 6-7 games against MWC quality opponents. But there isn't a program
in the nation other than Notre Dame that isn't in a BCS league that
wouldn't JUMP at the chance if they were offered a power conference spot.
The first two years we weren't in these games. This year as tough as the
losses are, the team is showing a TON of promise. The only program
in Utah with a future, is Utah.
Lone bright spot? No. The defense held a team that averages nearly 50 to 20
points. That's phenomenal. This year has been filled with close losses,
but the last thing we need is a new coach. If Whittingham is putting the team
in a position to beat ranked ASU, ranked Oregon State, ranked UCLA in the last
minute, that's on the players. Not the coach. And add a HUGE Stanford
win, Whittingham is the BEST thing about this program. Recruiting has still
been improving the last year or two. The players will start making these plays.
Whittingham is the man for the job, I'm behind him fully.