Utah football: Game times, TV plans announced for three 2014 games

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  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 5, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    @Mount Olympus - Good one! Go read comments on BYU articles and you'll see more Ute comments than BYU. At least on the Ute articles most BYU fans stay away.

    And it's laughable that so many Ute fans were demeaning about BYU playing even on Fox1 vs Texas while that's the best so far for the Utes. That doesn't mean some of the remainder of the games won't get broader exposure but it's the pot calling the kettle black. Utah is still struggling to show they belong in the PAC while BYU is struggling to show they fit in too; growing pains for both schools in very different situations.

    May 31, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    @flyer - this is not a personal attack but I think the comments in your post are just plain stupid (and factually incorrect). Not worth a post to reply to concepts but a couple of other things.

    Utah is far from an automatic win for PAC 12 teams, just ask Stanford. Utah has put a lot of players in the NFL in recent years and your comment about 2 this year is way off base. They had two players drafted but neither has made an NFL roster at this point. Plus they have several players that signed free agent contracts, a couple that will probably stick. Realistically 3-4 Utes will be moving to the NFL in 2014.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    May 31, 2014 7:07 a.m.

    BYU fans are seriously commenting here?

    Let's see Power Conference teams on their 2014 schedules:
    Utah 10
    BYU 3 (2 of these - Cal and Virginia - last year were worse than any of the 10 on Utah's schedule)

    ACC & SEC have spoken, they do not regard BYU as a quality opponent.
    Other 3 conferences have not invited BYU to join.

    Enjoy living in Provo and breaking the NCAA rules independently.

  • Flyer St. George, UT
    May 31, 2014 1:38 a.m.

    Just a few more things for all of the Ute fans:

    First, if the MWC is good enough for former Utah running back Lucky Radley, then it certainly ought to be good enough for the Utes.

    Second, I don't recall ever mentioning that I'm a fan of any team much less BYU. My comments weren't about BYU. They were about Utah's lack of relevance in the PAC 12. They're basically an automatic win for most other teams in the conference.

    Third: From what I've read, there's been no arguing with the fact that The University of Utah is irrelevant in the PAC 12 when it comes to football. My comments weren't about whether or not BYU is relevant. They were about the fact that Utah isn't. I'd like to see some argument to the contrary, but there really isn't any. Once again, since joining the conference, they lose to most teams in the conference. They have failed to recruit top tier talent. They don't really send many players to the NFL (2 in 2014).

    May 30, 2014 10:47 p.m.

    @BlueNtheface - you might want to read the article again for clarity. The Thursday games were already known, it is just the times and tv channels that were announced. All the remaining games are on Saturday's and none are on Friday night.

    As a reference, BYU is playing 5 games on Thursday or Friday. Nothing wrong with a couple of Thursday games for any team but Friday is the big day for HS football. Most schools feel Friday games are bad for exposure since potential recruits aren't watching.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 30, 2014 12:58 p.m.


    "What channel is the Pac-12 network on DirecTV again? Bueller? Bueller?"

    I guess you haven't read the real news lately. The PAC 12 made a record $334 million of revenue last year. That is more than any other conference, even the mighty SEC (who has 14 teams, BTW). So, mocking the PAC over their DirecTV situation is just silly, at best. It seems to me that DirecTV is the entity losing out in that stalemate, not the other way around.

    As far as Bueller is concerned, I heard he has switched to Dish and is getting ready for another fantastic season of football from the Conference of Champions.

    Go Utes! Onward and Upward!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 30, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    @Flyer - KVN sure thought Utah is relevant - called the Utah game his "Superbowl". I would take his impressions of football teams he has played against any day over the speculations of a jealous fan posting anonymously.

    @Swoop - the fact that you have Utah's mascot as your moniker "just makes (yo)U look silly".

    Go Utes!

    Onward and Upward!

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    May 30, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    @Flyer. You have got to just be trolling for reactions. Ask Arizona and Arizona fan if they think they should have never come out of the WAC and joined the (then) PAC 10. I can't believe that anyone would really have that opinion.

    Also, the PAC 12 is doing just fine without their network on DirecTV. They brought in $334 million last year, more than any other Conference in the country. I simply switched from DirecTV to Dish, just I like I switched from Dish to DirecTV to get the Mountain, back in the day.

    If anyone wants to talk about relevance, just ask one of BYUs seniors from last season if they think Utah is relevant. What do you say about a team that you could never beat?

  • Jeremy234 SLC, UT
    May 30, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    Good start. I'm looking forward to this season. Go Utes!

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    @ flyer & clark

    go back to the MWC is definitely what byu needs to do. and fast. You guys are good for a laugh though.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 6:52 a.m.


    Speaking of irrelevance...

    The Utes were never relevant in the WAC.

    The Utes were only briefly relevant in the MWC - 2004 and 2008.

    And, other the being cannon fodder for the big boys of the PAC to pad their conference records, the Utes have been completely irrelevant in the PAC 10.2.

    So if I were U, I'd drop the embarrassing topic of irrelevance. For a program with only two lifetime 11+ win, Top 25 finishes, it just makes U look silly.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    May 29, 2014 11:50 p.m.

    As a fan, I really don't mind Thurs. & Fri games. There are always so many other things going on Sat. afternoon. I just find it so ironic that when BYU's schedule was announced, so many Utah fans used games on those nights as a source for razzing. Karma, perhaps? Good luck to the Utes this year regardless of when they play and on what channel they're seen.

  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    May 29, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    @ Flyer
    "I think that for the Utes to ever be relevant, they need to swallow their pride and move back to the MT. West Conference. It was in that conference they experienced their greatest success. They're simply not cutting it in the PAC 12"

    I think that for the Cougs to ever be relevant, they need to swallow their pride and move back to the WAC. It was that conference they experienced their greatest success. Oh wait! That WAC doesn't exist as a football conference anymore. That means BYU is stuck in irrelevance (independence) because no other conference wants BYU. The MWC certainly doesn't want BYU back.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 29, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    "BYU, a mid-major, can play on Thursday nights but we (Utah "fans") will never settle for playing them in the PAC12."


    Got that DirectTV contract yet? (crickets)

  • Flyer St. George, UT
    May 29, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    I think that for the Utes to ever be relevant, they need to swallow their pride and move back to the MT. West Conference. It was in that conference they experienced their greatest success. They're simply not cutting it in the PAC 12. They haven't proven to be able to recruit top flight talent, they consistently compete with the lower tier programs for the worst record, they really don't send a lot of players to the NFL.

    There are basically three tiers in the conference: top tier of OR,UCLA, Stanford, USC. Second tier of WA, Oregon State, ASU, and Arizona. Third tier of Utah, Colorado, Cal, and Washington State. The last tier are perennial bottom feeders. In order for the program to ever make a name for itself, they need to probably make this unconventional move.

    Based on the pundits' early prognostications, this season should mirror the first three. They've had three years to prove themselves, and now it's time to move on and earn some respect.

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    May 29, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    What channel is the Pac-12 network on DirecTV again? Bueller? Bueller?

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    May 29, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    2 out of 3 games announced on Thursday. Turns out big time football can be small at times.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 29, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    I love the Thursday night games. I really don't even care who's playing. Nothing better than being center stage!

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    May 29, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    "Utah is playing Idaho State on a Thursday night? How embarrassing."

    * Comment included insensitive thoughts that were not appropriate in the context of the story.

    From our comment policy:

    Be sensitive in comments about death and injury, especially in stories that involve children.

    Are you serious? Did Idaho State die or did Utah die? I'm not usre how this comment was insensitive to children.

    What year did you graduate from Utah?

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    I'm curious which network will televise the Utah-Michigan game.

    That's gonna be ESPN or ABC.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:16 p.m.

    Cool. Two teams from Utah playing on the Pac 12 Network August 28!!

  • Colorado is our rival Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    Is it September yet?
    Go UTES!!