Brad Rock: Utes fared better against ranked teams back when they were in the Mountain West

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  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    Uteology: "What was the point of the article?"

    That Utah isn't any good and that BYU-P should be relevant and in a P-5 conference. Same old homerism hoping Utah doesn't succeed and overshadow their out-of-date favorite.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 15, 2018 2:19 a.m.

    "Nowadays, though, playing ranked teams has become a clear and present danger. Utah has lost five straight and eight of the last 10. Since joining the Pac-12, the Utes are 6-14 against ranked opponents." --BR

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    And I believe Washington is 7-21 25% vs final ranked opponents.

    Oregon has won 2 of last 14 final ranked opponents.

    What was the point of the article?

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 5:10 p.m.

    "Utes fared better against ranked teams back when they were in the Mountain West" - Surprise!

    When Utah was in the Mountain West, they, or any other member of the MWC, played probably less than one ranked team a season. Not only that but they probably averaged less than 2 teams that are now in what is called a P-5 conference. (And most of those games were against the teams typically in the lowest half of those conferences.)

    Equally as important (IMO) is that now we play 2-4 "ranked teams" every year and the games are meaningful to both teams! Every conference game has an effect on not only being bowl eligible (as did the games in the MWC) but, and here is the difference, every game has an effect of which bowl they will go to if eligible! There is not one conference game that is not critical to the success of each conference member.... and that, my friends, is the difference!

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Sept. 14, 2018 3:39 p.m.

    "It’s easier to beat a ranked opponent if you play New Mexico or UNLV the week before or after the big game, instead of, say, Washington State or Colorado. As time has proven, a steady diet of talented opponents takes a toll."

    I think this is spot on, the wear and tear of tough opponents doesn't give football teams enough time to recover. However, while the steady diet of talented opponents in the Pac-12 is tougher than the MWC, the Pac-12 record against other P5 schools, outside the Pac-12, indicates the Pac-12 still has a long ways to go to be P5 competitive. Utah might actually have the best Pac-12 record against non-Pac-12 P5 schools.

  • loyal-tothe-royal Panguitch, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 2:40 p.m.

    Utah has drastically evolved since it's change to the pac-12. It's affiliation and national notoriety has made it a very attractive program when it comes to recruitment. It was a very good move on their part going pac-12. Now is a prime time for them to take the pac-12 south, I don't foresee USC being this bad for another year.

    BYU on the other hand has drastically digressed since it's change to independence. Surprisingly it manages to attract decent recruits out of some sense of loyalty to the brand. Conference affiliation is the only hope for the program to regain some sense of decency, while the mwc would be ideal to the level of play BYU exhibits, it would be extremely embarrassing.