Considering how Boise State played impressive football for all except 1/2 of one
game this season as opposed to the two games that the Utes fell short in, I
guess it is somewhat understandable that the national and Utah media isn't
giving Utah a solid chance in this game. However, I remember two years ago in
an even bigger game against Alabama, no one in the country gave Utah a chance.
And we know how that turned out.Utah is 12-3 in bowl games,
including the nation-leading 9 game bowl winning streak. When given enough time
to prepare, Coach Whittingham has proven over and over that he can win on the
biggest stage. I'll take the Utes by 7.Go Utes!!
Uh bill...last year the Vegas bowl had two ranked teams both of which were
ranked higher than the still vastly overrated utes are this year. I think the
result of this years game may be similar to the one last year though in that the
higher ranked team is going to humiliate the lower ranked, and over rated, other
I agree that this will be an interesting match up. Utah always shows good in
bowl games and this should be a much more entertaining than BCS bowl games
involving Pittsburgh or Connecticut.Las Vegas is getting much better
bowl games than they financially warrant, but that has more to do with the depth
of the MWC than anything. Too bad the rest of the nation couldn't have seen the
talent, I suppose the mtn just couldn't find enough TV sets to showcase the
talent.As a loyal BYU supporter I am pleased with the move to ESPN
and away from the mtn. I am also happy for the Utah move to the PAC-12, I
honestly think that without that decision BYU would have remained in the Dead
Zone we affectionately refer to as the WACky MWC.I expect that the
Utes will will in a thrilling game and that they will meet again next year in
the same bowl game representing different conferences.Looking
forward to next September and the season home opener. Seems too early to but
independence does have its shortcomings. But the benefits far outweigh the
WACky MWC. BYU 45 UTEP 10.
Too bad it will be a blowout. Boise by 40
BYU and Ore St were both ranked LAST YEAR going into the Vegas Bowl. If this was
Utah/Ore St the media hype wouldnt be nearly as wild. Utah, dont kid
yourself, this is all about Boise St.
The Vegas bowl will worse than something in the Roman Coliseum.
Hey Bill, just an F.Y.I. Here's how the Vegas betting line works. The
"spread" (betting line) of 17 points is NOT what the Vegas experts
think will happen in the game. It's the number of points that gets the most
money into play. The betting line is adjusted based on how much money is bet on
the game. If the spread is too large and bets drop off then the spread is
lowered. If the spread is lowered and the bets drop off then the spread is
increased. This takes place until the Vegas boys hit the sweet spot that gets
the most money into play. Thus the betting line is a reflection of what the
nation, as a whole, expects, not what Vegas thinks will happen.
Las Vegas Bowl 2009:#15 BYU (2nd MWC)#16 Oregon State (2nd-tie
PAC 10)Las Vegas Bowl 2010:#10 Boise State (1st-tie
WAC)#20 Utah (2nd MWC)The hype this year is obviously all
about Boise State.If Utah was playing Northern Illinois or Fresno
State, the Las Vegas Bowl wouldn't be drawing any more attention than the New
it also woundnt get the attention if it was boise and ohio or someother mac team
so really its about utah and boise equally
Too bad it wont be much of a game. Smurfs by 45!
Dear Santa, Please bring me a nice gift this year of the Utes
beating the Broncos. Thanks, MiP
To get out of LOTR´s biased box,we need to also state that if
Boise was playing Tulsa, UCF or BYU, it also wouldn´t get any attention.
Boise State vs BYU would be a far more interesting game and attract a lot more
attention than Utah vs Fresno State.Not saying BYU would beat Boise
State, but the Cougars would have a much better chance of pulling the upset than
the Utes will.BYU held a similar team, TCU, to 3 points until very
late in the first, and only gave up 31 points total, including a late score.
Utah gave up almost that many points in the first quarter.
I love the DesNews....so many loyal BYU followers get on these boards. I'm
really not sure where all the smack talk from the BYU guys is coming from this
year. 6-6 record, loss to your rival (2 losses to rivals if you count USU), 1
win against a team with a winning record (thank you replay booth), heading into
obscurity with no conference affiliation, and no shot in the future of BCS games
or Championships unless you go undefeated (if you can't do it in the MWC, you
can't do it with Texas, ND, and Miss St. on your schedule either).Conversly, 10-2, win over the rival, respectable season with wins over teams
with winning records, a bowl game that is a no lose for Utah, heading to a AQ
conference with a real shot at Rose Bowls and Championships. Apparently many of you are having a "blue, blue, Christmas" and the
only thing getting you through are your jealous posts on these boards.
It's been a while since LV bowls get 2 good teams in its game.Good luck,
@Mid-Major CougarsThe LV bowl doesn't have 2 good teams in it this
year. They have one good team and one dramatically overrated team that is going
to get humiliated. This will be one of the worst bowl games of the season from
an excitement standpoint but probably the best one of the season from a pure
pleasure standpoint.I won't watch it though. I'll be going out to
eat and probably catch a movie.
Vegas gets a lopsided beat down of epic proportions.How favorable is
that???I'm betting BYU gets as much publicity as Utah, if not
Mid-Major Utes"It's been a while since LV bowls get 2 good
teams in its game."Actually it's only been a year since the LV
bowl got two good teams in its game.Las Vegas Bowl 2009:#15 BYU#16 Oregon StateUnfortunately, the LV bowl got stuck
with the Utes this year, so they'll have to wait another year at least before
that could happen again.Las Vegas Bowl 2010:#10 Boise
So tired of BYU fans calling this 10-2 Ute team overrated when their 2008
"Perfection" team1) Was picked to win the MWC and bust
the BCS vs. Utah was picked to finished 2nd and go to Vegas2) Utah
ate up bad teams all season vs BYU struggled against bad teams @LES and on the
road:@Washington (0-12) 27 BYU 28UNLV (5-7) 35 BYU 42@Colorado State (7-6) 42 BYU 45And in Vegas...#16 10-2
BYU 217-5 Arizona 31So Duckhunter please tell us why our team
this year is so overrated then your 2008 team?As far as this game
goes, Boise is the better team so they should win. They can even blow out Utah
if we play like we did against TCU and Notre Dame. Regardless, I like the fact
that we get a chance to prove we are a good team while BYU failed in 2008.
Uteologyeasy answerBYU has had three times as many
ranked teams as Utah, but no ranked BYU team has EVER been humiliated by a 40
point blowout loss at homewhich is why Utah, once ranked #5 in the
BCS, is now ranked #20, and why, another spanking by BSU will send the Utes
plummeting out of the Top 25, right where they will deserve to finish, no longer
over-rated, just unrankedbottom line, a 10-2 Utah team was only one
point better than a 6-6 BYU team, and it took a whole bunch of fortunate breaks
for Utah just to be one point better
UteologyA decisive 10-2 season was it? Anti BCS got it right
100%.10-3 and blown away to irrelevance is Ute Nation's destiny this
year. Next year it's a 6-6 or maybe 7-5 season and a repeat at the LV bowl... a
continual cycle of BSU beat downs or maybe a new rivalry with Nevada. So how
does that work for you?Not exactly like you Ute fans gloated about
when the PAC 10 announcement was made or at 8-0 is it?Ute football
will be left wanting from here on out. Mean while back at ranch... BYU will
continue to rise in popularity and independent relevance.