Utes focusing on what they do well ahead of road clash at UCLA

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  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    If it was a joke that Hill was in the Heisman talks, like all you Utes claim. Then Hundley is an even bigger joke

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 4, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    Ucla is vastly overrated!

  • 4 out of 4, 9 out of 12 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    Duckhunter....who cares about BYU's practice facilities? So yours is bigger...wow...let's pin the blue ribbon on your chest.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 2, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    @uteology

    I like the way you tried to take my comment about BYU's and utah's indoor PRACTICE facilities and tried to make it seem as if it was about the football centers. But of course we have the actual post to look at and see the dishonesty. lol

    Utah's indoor practice facility is little more than a glorified warehouse with a short roof that will not allow the kickers to even kick properly without fear of hitting the ceiling. BYU's is so high that a kicker cannot even reach the ceiling.

    Anyone that has been in both facilities knows BYU's is vastly superior to utah's, they don't even compare to each other. In fact BYU hosts actual youth baseball tournaments in theirs at Christmas time every year and splits the space into two complete fields that is how big it is and how high it is.

    You're dishonest about the cost as well, you are quoting a predesign/construction estimate from 1997. The actual cost was over $60 million, and that was discounted considerably by the builder.

  • BYU Joe MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Oct. 2, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    Now you are comparing your practice facilities to BYU - seriously - move on.

    Head on over to the Colorado Chat boards and talk to your new rival the big bad buffs of boulder.

    It's like you don't know what to do with your lives if you are not bashing BYU.

    You're in the PAC 12 - be grateful and then move on. I congratulate you all the time for that accomplishment - it was you're biggest win ever - including the Sugar Bowl - but seriously get over the BYU obsession.

    Why not just say good luck and farewell? Oh yeah, because you have been defined for 100 year by your relationship to BYU - who has been more successful in every sport over the last thirty years than you (except woman's gymnastics I believe).

    Not that you are not an excellent opponent - and not that you have not had exceptional success both against BYU and others.

    But practice fields - really?

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Oct. 2, 2014 3:55 a.m.

    Having visited both school's facilities recently with my son as a football recruit, BYU is far ahead of Utah with Utah closing the gap. The biggest drawback at Utah is and always will be how spread out geographically their facilities are. They put us on a bus to drive us around to the different facilities. At BYU everything is in two buildings right across the street from each other. All six recruits in the group brought that up as being a big draw back. And if you think BYU is just sitting on what they have, you would be mistaken. They are always working on ways to improve their facilities with an endless amount of money from donors.

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    Alright, last week was a let down but this week sees Wilson start clicking.

    Utah by 5. Yes 5 Both teams score between 15-30

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Oct. 1, 2014 10:22 p.m.

    The cost of the BYU football practice facility was reduced significantly by the builder, a BYU alum originally from India with a construction company based in northern California. It was also built over 10 years ago. Our facility will soon be 10 years old, too, and not state-of-the-art as other schools continue to upgrade.

    The U capital improvements have been substantial, campus wide, not just for athletics. The generosity of the Eccles, Huntsman, Sorenson, and Noorda families, and countless others has been fantastic. Without the support of the Eccles and Huntsman families we wouldn't be in the Pac12. We're seeing tremendous upgrades all around the campus, which is why it's an exciting time for the U - even when we lose football games we should have and could have won.

    I'm excited for the future for both schools, academically and athletically. USU and UVU are also making great strides forward. Let's celebrate excellence wherever it exists and improves the lives of students and all of us connected with Utah, without regard to parochial loyalties.

  • JJ1094 Saratoga, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 9:29 p.m.

    @Uteology

    "he U aims to even the score with or surpass competing Pac-12 schools through a $150-million, five-year athletics resource and facilities plan that, by 2016, will usher in new training, practice, and playing areas on the U campus for basketball, softball, tennis, swimming, and football"

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    You are talking about what may be, barring extensions and overruns. The dialog was clearly about current conditions. Fact is right now it is not even close!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:34 p.m.

    @redthunder:

    If you're right about playing better as an underdog, that underlines concerns about the U's coaching. We should win when expected to, especially at home.

    Leach gathered his team at a time out to refocus. Utah came out of half time flat as a pancake, having spent half time with our staff after Coach KW expressed on TV his concern for the team's play in the first half. He didn't inspire them at half time like Leach did in the time out and WSU's locker room at half time. If this is the best talent we've had (as KW says), then it's not a talent problem - it's a coaching problem.

    Thinking back to 2008, and the close wins that led to the undefeated season, I think Brian Johnson's will to win was huge. Wilson isn't Johnson, at least not yet. Maybe next year.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:33 p.m.

    I had a call with a business associate who is UCLA alum today. I asked if he were going to the game on Saturday. He laughed and said, "I apologize in advance for the beat down your team is going to suffer." That's what the Bruins think of us at this point - a doormat not a rival.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    As awful as last week's loss was for my team I kinda like how they enter this game. Utah, for whatever reason, always seems to do better as the underdog and has a knack for face planting when favored. Not to mention Utah has always played UCLA very well. I'm very, very cautiously optimistic about this game and like Lifelong pointed out Utah's season pulls a 180 if they pull it out. Wilson needs to forget about his performance last week and get Utah's offense punching back or else this game gets ugly in a hurry. Is it Saturday yet?

    GO UTES!!

  • agb Layton, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    Snack Pac:

    Not only does he bring up BYU, but has to twist around an article about facilities Into his typical straw man style arguments. Kinda makes you wonder if he's trying o convince us or himself.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 1, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    Above and beyond all of that BYU's facilities on the whole are still superior to Utah's, and it really isn't close. Baseball and softball stadiums? BYU in a landslide.

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    That's funny considering Utah's new swimming pool will cost more than your indoor football practice facility.

    You seem to think the arms race is between Utah and BYU, it is not:

    * In 2016, Utah will begin on a $9 million pool and diving facility, bringing the U at least up to par with the rest of the Pac-12 programs.

    * The U aims to even the score with or surpass competing Pac-12 schools through a $150-million, five-year athletics resource and facilities plan that, by 2016, will usher in new training, practice, and playing areas on the U campus for basketball, softball, tennis, swimming, and football

    * About $50 million will come from Pac-12 television revenues

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    Cougdawgs,

    I don't think it will be close, but will not be overly surprised if it is. Whitt always pulls out one or two big wins a year. UCLA is finally finding their stride, and I am no Bruins fan. I think it's the Bruins by 3 TD's. But that is why they play the game. Now BYU and USU, that will be close if Chuckie plays, otherwise a blowout by BYU!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 1, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    Duckhunter
    Highland, UT

    @lifelongute

    BYU's indoor practice facility is vastly superior to Utah's, there is no comparison to the two. In easy to understand even for a Utah "fan" terms BYU's facility is a Mercedes while Utah's is a Chevrolet.

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    In easy to understand even for a BYU "fan":

    * Utah's Chevrolet: $30 million football complex

    * BYU's Mercedes: The Student Athlete Center is $21 million. The Indoor Practice Facility costs $9 million, according to Athletic Director Val Hale.

    Must be a used Mercedes?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    Utah always plays UCLA tough and makes the game close. I think the final score will be closer than people think, and I've been saying all along that UCLA is overrated. They should have lost to Texas and only scored one offensive TD against Virginia. If this game were at RES I would predict Utah wins in a close game, but because it's in the Rose Bowl I think UCLA will pull another nail biter out of their hat.

    UCLA 21
    Utah 20

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    for those wondering lifelong ute is actually 1 of chris b's screen names. life or chris, how a'bout a 3-9 or 4-8 record this year. What will that do to "your" program ! no one is even listening to your mumbo jumbo concerning the future of BYU football . Any intelligent college football fan realizes that all the Y needs to do is keep winning and everything will fall in place. you can mark that down unlike your silly comments !

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    @lifelongute

    BYU's indoor practice facility is vastly superior to Utah's, there is no comparison to the two. In easy to understand even for a Utah "fan" terms BYU's facility is a Mercedes while Utah's is a Chevrolet.

    Now Utah's new football facility is probably nicer than BYU's but it is more than a decade newer. That said if Utah's facility is a Mercedes then BYU's is still a BMW, plenty nice.

    Above and beyond all of that BYU's facilities on the whole are still superior to Utah's, and it really isn't close. Baseball and softball stadiums? BYU in a landslide. Track and field facility? BYU and not even close. Swimming and diving? Once again BYU. Football stadiums? Utah's is nice but small, BYU's is equally nice but MUCH larger. Winner BYU. Basketball arena's? BYU and once again it isn't even close.

    Really what it all means is y9ou don't have a clue what you are talking about. LOL!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    As a Ute fan, I understand why many still dis-like BYU. Some of that is jealously do to the sucess they had during the 80's and early 90's and some is because of the school and a few players decision to mix sports and religon. But I have to call out some of the Ute posters who continously call out BYU on every article. Utah's leadership and most of the alumni no longer consider BYU their rival or beating them the goal of the program. A few Utah fans still living in the past do. The goal of the program is to win the conference, no matter what sport we're playing. Beating BYU does very little outside of preparing the team for conference play. To a few of the Ute fans living in the past, you need to jump on the bus and stop looking back. What BYU does has little impact to the U so wish them all the best and move on.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    Money can't buy you a good football program.

    Cal has received PAC money since its inception and hasn't been to the Rose Bowl in 55 years.

    OSU gets that money as well and is on a 50 year Rose Bowl drought.

    AZ has been in the conference for 36 years and has yet to sniff the Roses.

    Even a quality program like ASU hasn't been there for more than 15 years.

    The idea that the U would join the conference and get to the Rose Bowl in the first 5 or even 10 years was just wildly unrealistic.

    I hope the U figures out how to excel in the PAC-12, but thinking that money alone will get them there is just naïve. Everyone gets the same money from the conference and the larger, more prestigious school get more donor money, so the U isn't on par even from a financial standpoint.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    BYU has been one of the few programs that is the Black every year. When was the last time Utah was in the black? BYU is just fine and if moving up in the rankings is an indication of moving ahead; well, BYU is moving ahead and Utah is moving behind. Just remember AZ and WSU have been getting PAC 10/12 money for a very long time, little good it does them.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    It's amazing how obsessed our little brothers are with BYU.

    Even on an article about Utah's upcoming game against a Top 10, conference foe, the only thing BYU-obsessed Utah fans are interested in discussing is BYU.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Lifelong Ute

    "If you look at the new football facilities as Utah compared to what byu has, its not even close which are better."

    You've obviously never seen BYU's football facilities, so you obviously don't have a clue how each team's facilities compare.

    Try doing a little research next time before spouting off.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    Not much,

    No, I wasn't taking it out of context at all. byu is also falling behind in facilities. If you look at the new football facilities as Utah compared to what byu has, its not even close which are better. Its just another example of them falling behind us.

  • Not Much of a Fan OC, CA
    Oct. 1, 2014 12:35 a.m.

    @Lifelong Ute:

    You're taking the last line in the ESPN article completely out if context to manufacture a dig against BYU, who is not our rival any more - just ask Chris B.

    The writer was talking specifically about facilities. Here's the quote: "And although Alden didn't outline any specific building projects, he said it's likely some of the money will go toward bricks and mortar: 'In this area, if you're not addressing and moving forward, you're falling behind'." In this area is referring to spending on facilities.

    BYU already had moved ahead with its new football practice facility before going independent. And LES improvements have been and are being made each year.

    The writer also mistakenly referenced Utah's capital improvements as a new football stadium and b-ball area when both are practice facilities and Huntsman Center improvements. You can't build new stadiums and arenas for $16-$25 million as reported.

    We need to get RES up to 60,000 capacity but that won't happen unless we can put a winning record together.

  • Not Much of a Fan OC, CA
    Oct. 1, 2014 12:10 a.m.

    @Lifelong Ute:

    4-1 is what the U would have been after the expected loss to UCLA this coming Saturday if a certain star receiver hadn't dropped the pass the QB threw perfectly last Saturday. That drop was lights out for the team.

    Your fanatical optimism aside, how will you feel when the U is 3-2 Saturday night?

    I'll be more disappointed than last week because if we'd been headed to the Rose Bowl with some momentum I think we might have had a chance to upset UCLA. I see no chance now.

  • Not Much of a Fan OC, CA
    Sept. 30, 2014 11:54 p.m.

    Kicking field goals and punting?

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    Great article on ESPN about financial winners of conference realignment. Among the biggest winners: The Pac 12 Utah Utes. None of us thought it would happen overnight, but no question that money will help us buy what we want - a top notch football program

    The very last sentence so painfully(for them) describes indy no conference wants them byu:

    "In this area, if you're not addressing and moving forward, you're falling behind."

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    We were loving life being up 3-0 and looking like we could beat anyone in the conference. Suddenly, last Saturday would make it seem like we're in despair. Win Saturday, and we're sitting at 4-1 which is an incredible record and one we would have been thrilled to have. Doubters, keep doubting. Your crow will be even more bitter when you eat it!