Utes' schedule ranks among toughest in the nation

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  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Aug. 25, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    The tale of 2 schools heading in different heading in different directions:

    October 24 Boise St... October 25...USC #15
    Nov 1 MTSU... November 1...AZ State #19
    November 8 BYE... November 8...Oregon #3
    November 15 UNLV... November 15....Stanford #11
    November 22 Savannah State... November 22...Arizona

    Enjoy your season folks! Glad you have that bye week before the big game... Band of oh brother

  • Go Utes! Go Yale! Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:52 p.m.


    SOS is not being used as an excuse by any true Ute fan. Just by nay-saying bluebies.

    Real Ute fans are stoked by having the #1 toughest schedule in the country. Facing top shelf competition makes the games and wins all the more rewarding.

    The complete opposite of hollow, meaningless victories over UNLV and Savannah State, mingled with other cream puff games. Yep, byu is due to have a "special" season. Wake us up when your November schedule concludes.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Love the Pac 12! Never get tired of putting Pac 12 stickers on or talking about our Pac 12 conference. Competition is fierce, but that's how we want it.

    If Wilson stays healthy this team goes bowling, guaranteed. As always, Go Utes!!

    Go Pac 12!!

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 7:50 p.m.

    Utah had the lead or was tied in the 4th quarter in 9 games last year.
    They need to finish games this year. Hopefully with another year of experience Wilson can lead them to more victories in close games.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 7:17 p.m.


    "Most true college football fans prefer to see their favorite team play many challenging games, even if it means not having a hollow win total at the end of the season."

    What you are seeing 'GoRed' is the different mindset between mid-majors like byu (and its fans) and a P5 mindset which underscores the reason that byu is right where it belongs.

    If the Utes can manage to put together enough wins to make a bowl game, they will indeed have made a strong statement. Bring on the competition and...

    GO PAC-12!!

    Aug. 24, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    You're right, sammyg. If Utah instead traded their schedule, which includes playing 5 ranked teams, to a schedule that included the worst teams from several conferences like UConn, Virginia, and Cal, sprinkled with such traditionally poor teams as UNLV and Savannah State, then they would be looking at a potentially 11-1 or even 12-0 season. But where is the reward in that?

    Most true college football fans prefer to see their favorite team play many challenging games, even if it means not having a hollow win total at the end of the season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    And the trophy for the most difficult SOS schedule goes to...

    There is no trophy.

    So all of this talk about a hard schedule serves nothing but the excuses for when a team fails to make it to any level of achievement, mainly a winning season and a bowl game.

    How many teams that have played a "grueling, week in and week out' chart tipping SOS actually go to the best bowls or ultimately play for a national championship?

    Very few.

    So I appreciate the continued story line of the struggling Utes... SOS excuses and all.

    We've been hearing this for how many years?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    I have a feeling that the Utes are up for it.

  • NorCalCougarFan&Alum Elk Grove, CA
    Aug. 24, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    I have to admit that the Utes' schedule is grueling. I hope the Utes can stay healthy and have at least a .500 season. I don't want to see Coach Whittingham get fired. However, its non-conference games aren't a cake walk except for Idaho State. Fresno State will play hard and give Utah a run for its money. Unfortunately, a 3-9 or 4-8 season is a real possibility.

  • N.C.Y. Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 24, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    It looks like a 4-8 schedule to me.