Remember that every coach (not just mendenmidmajor) thinks his team is
exceptional at this time of year. Everyone is undefeated. At this point the only
people who think that the cougars are a big deal are the Y fans. To everyone
else in the country they are just Power 5 fodder to beat up on. It's not a
great honor to be independent when the only reason you are is because you
weren't wanted by any relevant conference in country...and ESPECIALLY when
one of those conferences has 2 vacancies that they'd rather leave empty
than to invite you. The Y needs to play a "big boy" schedule and win to
be taken seriously. So far they've shown they don't belong. Quit
playing "small ball" and losing to P5 conference
"bottom-feeders". Utah and TCU were the only non-AQ teams who had
winning records vs. the BCS, and now they're both in elite leagues. Now
it's a new era, and the reset button had been set. Win and get into a major
bowl, and all and the respect will trickle in. Until then it would
be wise to be silent. Please!
Remember that every coach (not just Whit) thinks his team is exceptional at this
time of year. Everyone is undefeated. At this point the only people who think
that the Utes being in the pac-12 is a big deal are the utah fans. To everyone
else in the country they are just Pac-12 fodder to beat up on. It's not a
great honor to be in a great conference when you bring no honor to that
conference. The Utes need to win a title (in any sport) to be taken seriously.
So far they haven't shown that they belong. Just win in any sport at all
and the respect will trickle in. Until then it would be wise to be
"Coach Christensen puts up 40 points a game - just go look at his stats at
Missouri - against power 5 teams! "How about we look more
recently, as a coach at Wyoming. Just last year, his road performances were
dreadful. 21 @ Texas State, 44 @ San Jose State, 7 @ Boise, 7 @ USU...vs non
SEC/Big XII competition...all losses. 7 losses, including 4 in a row. This was
one of his better years. I guess there is one month to enjoy
"reports" of good practices until Fresno comes to town.
Spokane Ute:"There's no doubt that if you put Utah in BYU's
schedule; 9-11 wins is the end result."You sure about that? Ok
I'll bite:Utah vs-UCONN- winTexas- toss up (playing AT
Texas is never easy)Houston- toss up (and no, this wouldn't be a
gimme for Utah...5 star QB and 5 star recievers with best TO margin in country
last year)Virginia- winUtah St- toss up (against Chuckie Utah lost
once and probably should have lost last year if not for having to onside
kick)UCF- loss (yes, loss. Game is on road against tough defense,
preseason ranked, and if that's not enough ask Baylor who's better th
UNevada- winBoise State- toss up (I have them same for BYU...just
don't know how good they'll be & they've owned U in the past,
also on road)Middle Tenn- winUNLV- winSav State- winCal-
winSo I have 7 wins, 4 toss ups, and 1 loss. Yes, 9 would be possible but
certainly not in the "no doubt" range. UCF is the wild card...that
defense is tough.
Interesting to see all the BYU fans making prediction, especially the ones that
go to the trouble with going game by game. Just as interesting is to see some
of the U fans going overboard with their predictions.Listing Fresno
as a LOSS is crazy. Utes playing at home and will be favored. OSU on the road
is also a toss up, Utes will probably be underdogs but not by a lot. UCLA,
Stanford, and ASU will be extremely difficult games. Every other game on the
schedule is winnable (and yes that includes Oregon due to their schedule making
this a trap game) but really only 1 gimmee on the schedule this year.Utes could be anywhere from 3 to 8 wins depending on how things go. I think
they have a realistic chance to win 6 games and make a bowl. That would be a
good season given the schedule.
Every team in America had an exceptional first day of football practice. For every winning team, is a losing team.Don't get to
@Troy TownI certainly believe and I'm hopeful Utah will end up
in the 6-7 win range. Do us a favor. Since you are such a huge BYU fan, or maybe
a Utah hater, is the better term for it; place BYU against that schedule and
let's see what you crank out. There's no doubt that if you put Utah in
BYU's schedule; 9-11 wins is the end result.
KYuteAdding realty to your fantasyIdaho State - WinFresno State - LOSS (you'll be looking looking past Fresno St to
Michigan)Michigan - LOSS (you barely beat the worst Michigan team since
1962)Washington State - toss-upUCLA - LOSS (it's in the Rose
Bowl where the Utes have never won)Oregon State - LOSSUSC - LOSS
(BYU versus BYU with more talent)Arizona State - LOSSOregon - LOSS
(LOL that you'd think this was a toss-up)Stanford - LOSS (the
Cardinal are going to pile drive the Utes into the Bay)Arizona -
toss-upColorado - toss-up (the Buffs have been playing the Utes close and
will seal the deal)1 win, 3 toss-ups, 8 losses5-7, IF,
the Utes spring an upset, otherwise it's back to the couch potato bowl
Re: SaneFanI had two coaches. One went to and won BCS Bowls and got
his team included into a prestigious P5 conference (Whittingham), and one who
never came close to even being invited to a big time bowl game and whose team
is languishing as an outsider independent (Mendenhall).
same words from wittingham as he said the last 2 years...same words from
chrisb as he has said the last 2 years...same thing expected from utah as
they have done the last 2 years...
@Sanefan Is this the same Bronco Mendenhall that makes excuses for why
they lose instead of owning up and saying the other team was better? Oh I forgot
he also blames "questionable" calls for his team's failures.
win win win win toss-up win toss-up, etc. That's just funny. I don't
care who you are. The list projects no losses for the team up on fantasy hill
this year.The only thing left out was that K Whitt will get a
contract extension and the utes will finally keep an offensive coordinator for
more than one year...since we're fantasizing...
Thanks Chris. I was having a bad morning and needed a good laugh. I my job was
on the line I would say the same thing. When the first snap is taken reality
will set in and we will see that all of the hype is just that. 40 points per
game is a nice dream and it could happen once or twice but when the other team
scores 50 it is still a loss. I do believe that in the moral victories category
the utes will be 12-0.
I've got the Utes slotted for the Rose Bowl. Bet on it.
For once, I actually agree with part of Chris B's comment. The Utes will
have a 7-5 season this year and go bowling. The Utes are much improved and
hungry to avenge last year with more depth and talent. The running game will be
more of a factor this year than last with the addition of Booker and McCormick.
The receiving corps is deeper with Scott back and the addition of Clay. The QB
position is much improved with quality backups behind Wilson (or Thompson). I
think the Utes are poised for a break out season!Idaho State -
WinFresno State - Win (We're 5-1 vs Fresno in RES)Michigan -
Win (We're 1-1 in the Big House, '02 10-7 Loss, '08 25-23 Win)Washington State - Win (Shulz won't be at the helm)UCLA - Toss-up
(Down to the wire last year with 6 INT's)Oregon State - Win (Down to
the wire with 3 INT's)USC - Toss-up (Offense is much improved)Arizona State - Toss-up (Last year still stings!)Oregon - Toss-up (Shulz
won't be at the helm)Stanford - Toss-up (Utes match well against
power run)Arizona - Win (Healthy QB)Colorado - Win (2011 was a
SanefanWellsville, UT"I had two coaches. One who though
every thing was great ( like Whittingham) and so we believed so and constantly
lost. The other who rode us hard and constantly told us we need to be better
(like Mendenhall, Sloan , K, to name a few) and we were winners."You honestly think Mendenhall is a coach who drives his players and isn't
"every thing [is] great" kind of guy? Seriously? This is a guy who
comes up with catchy slogans, inexplicable symbolism, and uses only a third of
his allotted practices before bowl games. The difference between
the two coaches in your comparison is that one plays against high caliber
athletes and coaches who are adept at finding and exploiting every weakness no
matter how small. The other doesn't.
Chris,You're right he did put up around 40 a game at Missouri.
What you forgot to mention was that Missouri was a better offensive team than
Utah is with a lot better quarterback (Chase Daniel).
Turn out the lights, the party is over. After this season a mad scramble to
rebuild the program. Ute program is in turmoil. Time for ChANGE was last year.
Try 5-7.Even that's stretching it.
I had two coaches. One who though every thing was great ( like Whittingham) and
so we believed so and constantly lost. The other who rode us hard and
constantly told us we need to be better (like Mendenhall, Sloan , K, to name a
few) and we were winners. Just a thought. The Utes will be lucky to achieve
their best of 5 and 7 in the Conference of Champions, which they will never be.
I predict a continual decline and probably a 3/9 season; 4 and 8 at best. So
sad for a once respectable program that sought money over winning football
games. they are have become the Maryland of the college football world.
@ Chris BDefense was a HUGE problem against OSU, Arizona, and WSU
last year. Maybe watch a game or two sometime.... You might like it.
Spoken words by a coach who wants to keep his job!
Kyle had better hope for a winning season or he will be looking for a new
job....just my prediction.
I think it is finally time for Utah to have a winning season and go bowling.
Hope springs eternal but sometimes it all does work out.Go Utes!
That's what we like to hear. Anyone who doesn't think we'll be
bowling is just crazy. Coach Christensen puts up 40 points a game - just go
look at his stats at Missouri - against power 5 teams! Defense was
never the problem. We're going to win 2-3 games the
"experts" don't have us winning.7-5 and the best bowl
of anyone in the state - I'll be reminding you all year long I called
it.7-5 Go UTES!!