Utes become bowl eligible, Moss tops 1,000 yards on the season in Saturday's victory over Colorado

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  • Trigotan Kennewick, WA
    Nov. 27, 2017 9:48 p.m.

    Nobody has been talking about UCLA's hiring of Chip Kelly. The Utes' window for winning the Pac-12 South is basically next year when both USC and UCLA will be breaking in new QBs. After that....well... Chip Kelly has to retire at some point and USC will end up on probation sooner or later. There's always hope...

  • MRM Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 7:02 p.m.

    GoRed

    "Playing in the ultra competitive PAC 12 has been so much better than in the days of the Mountain West where, although we had 6-8 built-in victories, the competition was weak and boring."

    If the competition in the MWC was so weak,

    - why did Whitt only win one conference championship?
    - why did Whitt only have one 11+ win, Top 15 season?
    - why was Utah constantly losing to mediocre MWC teams like San Diego State (5-7), New Mexico (6-5), Wyoming (6-6), New Mexico (6-7), and UNLV (2-10)?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 27, 2017 3:33 p.m.

    Stringer Bell - Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 12:58 p.m.

    Tightly: "He has a top 25 salary and we should be disappointed any time we don't finish in the top 25. "

    So, we’re disappointed this year. The past three years Utah ended the season ranked and in the CFP poll. With an experienced OL, next year looks very promising. Ask Nebraska and the others how that firing a winning coach-thing has worked out.
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    Exactly. Who said Utah fans aren't disappointed? Disappointed is one thing; calling for a coach firing is another. The knee jerk reaction by some of these fans is surprising. Then again I doubt they are fans at all; fair weather at best.

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 12:58 p.m.

    Tightly: "He has a top 25 salary and we should be disappointed any time we don't finish in the top 25. "

    So, we’re disappointed this year. The past three years Utah ended the season ranked and in the CFP poll. With an experienced OL, next year looks very promising. Ask Nebraska and the others how that firing a winning coach-thing has worked out.

  • Tighty-Whities Draper, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 12:38 p.m.

    The biggest downside to becoming bowl-eligible (what other sport rewards mediocrity so generously?) is that Whittingham can build on his legacy of being the "best bowl coach" in the country. How is that even a thing?

    This measuring stick ridiculous and we should expect more. There are over 40 bowl games this year, meaning that the top 80+ teams in the country are bowl-eligible. Is being in the top 80 in the country all that we should care about?

    I have said it before and will continue to say it. Whittingham is not a P5 Coach. He has a top 25 salary and we should be disappointed any time we don't finish in the top 25. We should be disappointed in another losing season in the PAC-12. I know that there are those that will point to the fact that we ALMOST beat USC and Washington, but remember that we lost to one of the worst Oregon teams in years, and gave the worst BYU team in 60 years the ball with a chance to win on their last possession. A field goal would have ended the drama with BYU, but Whitt chose to go for it and keep his alma mater in the game.

    Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that anything will improve with Whittingham at the helm.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 11:06 a.m.

    Being from the Midwest, I've followed some great rivalries in OU-Nebraska, OU-Texas, Ohio State-Michigan. Never have I seen their fan bases resort to "your helmet looks weird!"
    Must be an independent thing. Desperate and sad!

  • erric Draper, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 10:19 a.m.

    Love my Utes and will watch their bowl game, but going to a bowl with 6 wins is ridiculous. Need to change bowl eligibility to 8 wins.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 8:51 a.m.

    From this BYU fan, I wish the Utes best of luck. That was a great win on Saturday. Whitt is the best bowl coach in the country.

  • GoRed Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 8:45 a.m.

    I agree with Spokane Ute. And I'll add this: Playing in the ultra competitive PAC 12 has been so much better than in the days of the Mountain West where, although we had 6-8 built-in victories, the competition was weak and boring. Now when we play, every week is a toss up. And every week the outcome is generally in doubt until the 4th quarter.

    I love playing teams like USC, Stanford, and Washington on a regular basis. We are going to have years like this from time to time. (Remember, we were a missed 2-point conversion from defeating USC and should have won the Washington game in Seattle. Oh well.) Let's support the team as they play in a bowl game, no matter where they play. Aside from the four playoff teams, everyone else is playing just for entertainment anyway.

    Go Utes!

  • thebig1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    bowl eligible... the biggest farce in sports allowing people to take even more money from delusional fans. Like a 20 win season in basketball at BYU you schedule that. Both weak and who would care at that point other than parents and a coach who gets rewarded for a pathetic season..

  • Voodohound-WIS Waukesha, WI
    Nov. 27, 2017 8:23 a.m.

    Congrats to the Utes. Colorado was overwhelmed by them hideous helmets. Please ditch them before your bowl game. Who authorized that awful design?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 27, 2017 8:19 a.m.

    6-6; low tier bowl and extra practices? Heck yes; I'll take it. Not the best of situations, but could be worse. Just ask Colorado, Cal or Oregon State if they would.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 7:21 a.m.

    Yay! A mediocre bowl again!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 26, 2017 5:32 p.m.

    " David Hale has them headed to the Independence Bowl (Dec. 27) and a meeting with Boston College."

    I saw the Indy Bowl director at last nights game. I hope it's not there. The Indy Bowl did well when it was a regional bowl game where people could drive to see local teams. Nobody wants to go to Shreveport. It's hard to fly into and driving from Utah or Massachusetts isn't feasible. People in LA, MS, AR and East Texas don't want to see Utah or Boston. The Indy Bowl had their lowest attendance in their history last year. They almost cancelled it this year due to lack of a sponsor, which they just signed last month (Walk On's sports bar). I realize at 6-6 you're relegated to lower tier bowls, but the Indy Bowl is about as low as it gets.