BYU's Sitake addresses USU’s hiring of Andersen, bowl prep, fights at practice, injury update

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  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 14, 2018 10:50 p.m.

    @blue with envy

    SOS Rankings

    1984 BYU #82*
    2008 Utah #80*
    2004 Utah #70*

    *sports-reference.com

    --------

    Again with the bogus sports reference SOS where:

    "Non-major opponents are included as a single team in the ratings."

    LOL

    Try spinning this:

    1984 BYU wins: 8-4 Air Force

    2008 Utah wins: #6, #7, #18, #25

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2018 9:19 p.m.

    I remember when Utah made fun of BYU's being picked to go to the Holiday Bowl year after year.

    Now, here we are with Utah going to the Holiday Bowl, and all of a sudden, it's a Big Deal! lol

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 14, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    @blue and gold
    (continued)

    2017 West Virginia 7-5. 5-5 against P-5 teams.

    Summary: BYU had the worst record against P-5 teams in the year we played them in a bowl. No other team had so many wins against teams like UConn, E. Carolina, Wagner, San Jose State, Fresno State, and Utah State in the year we played them
    No other team had a game like the 31-0 game against Michigan. 100 yards total offense. Crossing the mid field only on the last drive of the game and that was to something like the 44 yard line!

    My conclusion: There is a strong case BYU was the weakest of the 5 opponents. But this is based on facts not inflated opinion.

    As to the "constant conference also ran" - If that means "never the PAC-12 Champion" - true for the 8 years. However, This year PAC-12 Southern Division Champion. Co PAC-12 Southern Division Champion one other time. Other signs Utah is one of the top PAC-12 teams - Most number of NFL draftees in 2016 (I think that was the year); the most number of All conference players in the PAC-12 this year. The best out of conference record since 2011 (28-1 (97%)). Best bowl record 5-0.

    Sorry for a factual response.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 14, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    @blue and gold

    "Regardless of how you spin it, Utah, a constant conference also ran, has played a pathically (sic) weak bowl SOS. THE best bowl opponent Utah has played since joining the PAC 12 is BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl,"

    Great response. So full of verifiable facts. Let's look a little closer to your reply.
    1) can't refute the list of teams Utah has played and defeated in their bowl history. Only to say "regardless of how you spin it" Great counter with your opinion of a pathetically (not pathically) weak bowl SOS. Full of verifiable facts.
    2) What an incredibly high opinion of BYU - let's look at the facts:
    2011 opponent Georgia Tech 8-4 with 6-4 record against P-5 teams and a win over Oklahoma.
    2014 Colorado State 10-2. 2-0 against P-5 teams with wins over Boston College and Colorado.
    2015 Y 9-3. 1-3 against P-5 teams Wins include Nebraska Boise, U Conn, E. Carolina, Wagner, San Jose St, Fresno St, and Utah State. And don't forget 31-0 loss to Michigan - approx 100 yards total offense and cross the mid-field on the last drive.
    2016 - U of Indiana 6-6. 4-6 against P-5. losses to Ohio State, Nebraszka, Penn State, and Michigan
    (to be continued)

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:08 p.m.

    Bunch of fights? Lol

    Got a bunch of Rocky Balboas, do you? 😂

    How does this grab you?

    —8 straight & counting, 13/16, 19/26 & the insurmountable overall record, 61-34-4.

    Go Utes!

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 8:23 p.m.

    It's hilarious to see the blue faithful disparage Utah's bowl games while they prepare for the FAMOUS Idaho Potato Bowl.

    Seriously, the #38 ranked bowl out of 39, and cougar fans try to downplay Big Brother's bowl record. SMH

    BTW - which coaches on Utah's staff were ever on LaVell's staff. 🤔

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:47 p.m.

    "To bust the BCS in 2004, Utah only beat . . . [blah, blah,blah] . . ."

    gold'n'green:

    You changed the subject--winning big bowl games. How about giving us a rundown on BYU-P's record in that regard?

  • steve24/7 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:31 p.m.

    Fights at practice, huh? I wonder how many fights at practice our Final 4 women's volleyball team has during their practices. I'm gonna guess zero. Something about team unity, liking your teammates, fighting hard WITH your teammates instead of fighting them is probably important to building a great team.

    Sure, there's competition and testosterone at football practices. But Sitake needs to get things under control and move those forces in a positive direction if he wants to have a great team.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:31 p.m.

    Who am I sir?

    Regardless of how you spin it, Utah, a constant conference also ran, has played a pathically weak bowl SOS.

    THE best bowl opponent Utah has played since joining the PAC 12 is BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, and Utah barely hung on to secure the win after the Cougars spotted the Utes 5 TD’s in the 1st Q.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    JohninSLC

    “In THIS century, Utah has played in two of the best games, winning both.”

    To bust the BCS in 2004, Utah only beat THREE teams with winning records, none better than 7-5.

    Utah’s bowl opponent was a QUAD champion of the 7-team Big Least. Pitt finished #25 in the final AP poll, lower than the #24 Air Force team that BYU beat on the road in 1984.

    SOS Rankings

    1984 BYU #82*
    2008 Utah #80*
    2004 Utah #70*

    *sports-reference.com

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:06 p.m.

    blue n gold: "You’re forgetting that many of Utah’s coaches are from the BYU/LaVell Edwards coaching tree."

    Lester L Wester:

    “They sure didn't learn bowl-winning ways there; 7-14-1 for LaVell against pedestrian opponents.”

    How many times Utah has beaten a bowl opponent ranked higher than #20 in both final major polls?

    The answer is ONCE!

    Alabama is the ONLY bowl opponent Utah has ever beaten that was ranked higher than #20 in both final major polls.

  • Lester L. Wester Henderson, NV
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    blue n gold: "You’re forgetting that many of Utah’s coaches are from the BYU/LaVell Edwards coaching tree."

    They sure didn't learn bowl-winning ways there; 7-14-1 for LaVell against pedestrian opponents.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:19 a.m.

    "If Utah could get into better bowl games, their record wouldn't be quite as nice."

    bemoresmart:

    Jealous coog fans most certainly know that getting into a top tier bowl game isn’t easy. In THIS century, Utah has played in two of the best games, winning both.

  • CV Storm Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:16 a.m.

    And here I thought Coach Sitake would be a little depressed with USU hiring Coach Anderson. He had a chance to move up, but he still retains his place as no better than the 4th best HC in the state.

  • BrianB Greencastle, IN
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    BYU got the bowl they qualified for. There should be gratitude and solid preparation. Western Michigan is no Bo Diddley Tech. They are a good opponent who shows up for games. Th Cougars will need to play their A game. To expect a blowout and bemoan that this team should be in a "better" bowl is foolishness.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    @bemorefare

    "If Utah could get into better bowl games, their record wouldn't be quite as nice."

    Our history of bowl losses are to Washington State, Wisconsin, USC, and Boise State. Our wins include: West Virginia (twiice), U of Arizona, USC, Souther Miss, Pitts, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and California. In addition there were a couple wins over non-power 5 schools. Consider also that all bowl teams had non-losing records those years!

    Conclusion: you are correct. "IF" Utah had played Alabama every year their record "wouldn't be quite as nice". However, it would include at least one win! And when you say it wouldn't be "quite as nice" you are saying it wouldn't be the best of all teams that have played at least 15 bowl games. Well, actually, that's not quite true as I believe Utah could lose one more bowl game and still have the best winning record of all teams having played at least 15 bowl games

    .

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    " There’s fights and stuff going on in practice. We have to condition them and get them ready ..."

    Sounds like the BYU coaches are preparing for the famous Pot. Bowl to be round two of the Beach Ball Bowl of a couple year back.

  • bemorefair MH, 00
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:13 a.m.

    If Utah could get into better bowl games, their record wouldn't be quite as nice.

  • CougarForever Holladay, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2018 11:35 p.m.

    You would think that the DN sportswriters could give us a bit more injury information -- Squally Canada?, Riggs Powell at LB?, what has been the story with Butch Pau'u all year?, a bit more in the way of details regarding Isaiah Kaufusi and Lopini Katoa? Rather than just report what Sitake tells them (I can listen to his press conference and get that) they should have cultivated enough inside sources to give expanded information.

    Even if we were missing half our starters on O and D we still could handle Western Michigan (especially with their starting QB out due to injury). If our D shuts down their running game, which it should, it is going to be a very long frustrating game for the Broncos from Kalamazoo. The current line of 12-13 is probably too generous to Western Michigan. This has the makings of a big-time blow-out (and, unfortunately, not a very interesting game). A match-up with North Texas, Wake Forest, Memphis or TCU as some projected would have been so much better.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:14 p.m.

    red.diehard - Central, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 7:10 p.m.
    “Only a couple of coaches to go and all Utah collegiate football coaches will be from the Utah Coaching Tree.”

    You’re forgetting that many of Utah’s coaches are from the BYU/LaVell Edwards coaching tree.

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 7:10 p.m.

    Only a couple of coaches to go and all Utah collegiate football coaches will be from the Utah Coaching Tree.

    Best wishes Coach Anderson.