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Rivalry week: No conference title on the line, but 'It's still BYU-Utah'

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    Just another non aq practice. If Byu wins I wont post on Byu articles for a month. I will post all month. Utah 31 Byu 17.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    tough to call.

    Offense - both have struggled so far. Its amazing that Wynn has performed better than Heaps so far. The outcome will likely depend on which QB plays better.

    Defense - a strong suit for both teams right now. Hopefully the D plays well and we still get some points on the board.

    I think Utah has shown its the better team at the moment, but we have only played two games. It should be another thriller.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 17, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Chris B:

    We're gonna miss you more than any words can express.

  • mattmo Gallatin, MO
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    I look for the offense to finally come together and the defense to continue to play aggressive. Utah will play well, but will come up short. BYU 42 Utah 28.

  • mattmo Gallatin, MO
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    I look for a great offensive effort by both teams. BYU42-Utah32.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    BYU 34
    Utah 14

  • deltaaggie DELTA, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Hoping BYU wins so when Utah State wins again this year there will be no arguments as to who the best team in Utah this year.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    The only bad thing about this game being played this early is that both teams won't suffer a loss! Two losses this early in the season spells complete mediocrisy for one of the magnificents. Keep hoping Y-niner & Ewetie fans & SLC media for the same dreams that are in rainbows, but reality says your disappointments are only beginning.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    BYU 28
    u 24

    Chris B. promised the same thing last year after Utah lost to Boise and did not keep his promise. At least his predictions are usually wrong. 31 against BYU's defense? Not today!

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Should be a good battle, but in the end BYU has more guns 24-13.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    I just don't see a close game this year. The reason the game was close last year was because Wynn was playing with a throwing shoulder that needed surgery, that's not the case this year. I just don't see how byu's dbs are going to be able to cover Utah's receivers.

    I think Heaps is overrated, byu doesn't have any good RB's and their defense has yet to face a QB who can throw. On the other hand Wynn was decent against the best defense he'll face all year, he has yet to commit a turnover, and Utah's defense is way better than anything byu has seen. Heaps will throw at least one int and probably 2.

    Utah 28 byu 13

  • Redone SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    I'm afraid that Wynn and his bum shoulder will be Utah's undoing. BYU's offense is due for a breakout game and I don't see the Utes being to hang with them.

    Utah 17
    BYU 24

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Some predictions that will definitely come true: 1) Utah fans will be grateful for BYU because BYU landed the ESPN contract; 2) Utah fans will be grateful for BYU because BYU landed the possibility for Ute fans to watch the replay on BYUtv; 3) BYU fans will be excited to see the Cougars on an ESPN network likely eight more times this season; and 4) Utah fans will be bummed they will not see the Utes on ESPN again until they participate in the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    byronbca

    Wynn is throwing wounded ducks, sidearm, with that surgically repaired throwing shoulder -- you need to wake up and smell the coffee bro'.

    BYU 31
    Utah 13

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    My little brother was up a little too late last night and had some keyboard issues. What he really meant to type was

    BYU 31
    Utah 17

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Both offenses are not executing well. Both defenses look solid. This will not be a high scoring game. But the Ute defense is not as good as the Texas D was. Texas is a legit team and will likely go 9-3. BYU will win 24 to 10.

    Utah has not played anyone of significance yet. USC is not a Top 25 team. The strength of USC is still suspect after barely beating Minnesota who got whipped by New Mexice State. If NM State can beat Minnesota by more than USC did, and USC beat Utah - that would mean that NM State is better than U.

  • bluecoug89 Highland, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    To Chris B, I don't think anyone actually really cares if you post or not. You make it sound like what you have to say is actually important or something. Look at what I found. It's a little known story about what happened to the Utes yesterday during their practice but I believe it's very relevant to the game today. Check it out:

    BREAKING NEWS: UTES football practice was delayed nearly 2 hours yesterday after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Kyle immediately suspended practice while police were called to investigate. After a complete analysis experts determined that the white substance unknown to players was the GOAL LINE. Practice resumed after a special agent decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    Re: bluecoug89

    Remind me again which team only has 2 offensive touchdowns this year so far.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    @bluecoug89 - amen bro.

  • bluecoug89 Highland, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    Re: Uncle Rico

    Remind me again who got served a dose of their own medicine last week with a blocked field goal and hey, it even got ran in for a touchdown.

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    BYU 42 Utah 14. BYU finally gets offense going. If not Utah 24 BYU 10

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    Re Snack PAC:

    I'll take ducks over interceptions every day of the week bro.

    I think byu fans are going to be really disappointed to find out out that Wynn's "bum shoulder" is the most exaggerated news item of the last decade. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but unlike last year byu will be facing a fully operational Jordan Wynn.

  • PerfectCougar Payson, UTAH
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Could be any score in todays game. We can't know for sure. Only thing we do know is that it will be hard fought!

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Uncle Rico

    Remind us which QB has only thrown one TD against a D1-A opponent this year.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    byronbca

    "I think BYU fans are going to be really disappointed to find out out that Wynn's "bum shoulder" is the most exaggerated news item of the last decade. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but unlike last year BYU will be facing a fully operational Jordan Wynn."

    Keep thinking Butch, that's what you're good at.

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    I watched both games last week and here is what I observed. Heaps was inconsistent, but that could be attributed to the new offense of Brandon Doman. Jordan Wynn completed short passes but for the most part it was a running game against USC. BYU has a very good defense this year. Van Noy and Pendelton are excelelnt LB's who can put pressure on Wynn and force incompletions. Also this game is at LES and its BYU's first home game so that is a huge advantage. My prediction is that the Cougar Offense will want to impress the hometown crowd so they will put up points. The Defense will prevent Utah from getting much momentum. Cougars by 10.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    I hope the Utes can stay motivated for this game. It hasn't felt like rivalry week this week. This game means everything for BYU and they will come out playing hard. I hope the Utes don't overlook them just because they aren't a Pac team. I know they can do it though, GO UTES!!

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    Everybody is failing to mention the most obvious thing of all---kicking.
    Coach Whit was worried about kicking during camp and his worries were well founded. I don't think the Utes have a dependable place kicker at this point and if you need proof, look at last weeks game against SC. New kicker and I understand he's been placed in a tough situation, but this game could be ultra close and the Utes might really need a clutch performance by their kicker. I hope I'm wrong--but I have a feeling that this game might come down to whoever has the more consistent kicking and punting. Go Utes!!!

  • I4C4U Wellsville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    If the cougar defence can put pressure on Wynn (which they will) most of his completions will be in the second row of the stands while he is running for his life. May the best team win. That will give us the victory for sure. I4C the score as:

    BYU 27
    Utah 20

    Go Cougars!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Itchy Lehi, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Ahhhh, I'm loving all this smack talk from both sides. Won't be long before we know who's right. Go Utes!

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Note what Chris B said, "I won't post on BYU articles for a month. I will post ALL month."

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    @snack pac
    i think youre the one who need to wake up bro. haha all you byu fans need to "wake up." tell me one game where byu has scored more than 2 touchdowns. and now youre all sayin its gonna be 34-14 or 27-14 or whatever lol. get real.

  • Highlight WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    byronbca

    Honey, I told you that stuff will mess with your head.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    State Championship...hehe.

    How about a finally in December... Alta Vs byU for the state HS title.

    Meanwhile.. the Utes are playing Oregon for the PAC 12 Championship.

    Love it.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    Talk smack all you want. Utah receivers have been more consistent as has Wynn (despite the fact the cougar o-line is supposed to be better), Utah has the best RB on the field in White. Utah has better DBs and the front seven is a push. That leaves coaching. Whit and Bronco's records are almost identical and 3-3 against each other. I still give a slight edge to Whit for the BCS busting season. That still isn't happening in Provo after last week. So, I see it coming down to play calling and who would you rather have? Doman or Chow? Utah 24 BYU 17

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th final
    UTAH 3 7 10 3 23
    BYU 7 0 0 3 10

    Utah will show the difference in athleticism when our d line wears BYU's O line out by mid 3rd quarter. It will be a hard fought game but there is no way those BYU offensive or defensive lineman will last a full game, just like last week against Texas they were completely worn out halfway through the the 3rd quarter.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    We are seeing how good BYU really is by watching the Texas vs UCLA game. UCLA is getting stomped 21-0 with 9 minutes left in the 2nd qtr.!

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    A business person who allows his or her emotions to make decisions will generally choose wrong. Football fans who rely on emotions to make predictions at least don't lose money (unless they are betting), but they can make fools of themselves.

    If we look at this game rationally, there is nothing to indicate that it will be a high scoring affair. If we could transplant Wynn's football mind into Heaps' body, we would have a world beater, but as it is we have one quarterback with a bad arm and another quarterback lacking the mentality.

    However, both teams have done well on defense. As I see it, BYU's best chance is a low-scoring game. If both teams score in the teens or lower, I have to like the Cougar's chances. If Utah scores more than three touchdowns BYU will be hard-pressed to match that. That would also be because of a Cougar defensive breakdown.

    I see the outcome of this game riding on the BYU defense.

    However: don't write that down - we play the game to learn the truth.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Sept. 17, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    majmajor: "We are seeing how good BYU really is by watching the Texas vs UCLA game. UCLA is getting stomped 21-0 with 9 minutes left in the 2nd qtr.!"

    You can't really gauge BYU strength by former competition latest scores ...

    See Ole Miss game final score today
    Vanderbuilt 30
    Ole Miss 7

    Also score in Texas Ucla game is now 28-10 1st half and yes, UCLA is really bad.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 17, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    @BYUfaninWashSt:

    Remember, Ole Miss is missing a few running backs and don't have much of a running game.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 17, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    Chris B. challenge--If BYU wins by twenty one or more, you quit posting for forever.

    Where's Hedgehog?

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 6:10 p.m.

    BYUfaninWashSt | 3:28 p.m. Sept. 17, 2011
    Everett, WA
    "majmajor: We are seeing how good BYU really is by watching the Texas vs UCLA game. UCLA is getting stomped 21-0 with 9 minutes left in the 2nd qtr.!"
    "You can't really gauge BYU strength by former competition latest scores ...

    I didn't see the Ole Miss score. Agree, one can't just compare one of the teams. Tired of the whiners that complain that BYU lost to Texas. Some were disrespecting Texas, when in the reality even the worse Texas teams are extremely competitive with any team in the nation.

    Not concerned about the Vanderbilt / Ole Miss score. BYU always has had terrible problems matching up with any of the SEC teams. Vanderbilt is a part of the conference with the best athletes and football in the nation.

    So, BYU is better than a mid-level PAC team, but not as good as a mid-level SEC team. I look forward to tonight's game. The Utes and Cougs should match up well and give us a good game.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    BYU is in a Heap of trouble!

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Can somebody please explain to my why Norm Chow is calling plays for UofU and not BYU???

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    After this blow out by Utah I'm sure everyone will be blaming Bronco but honestly who are you going to get to coach at the Y? Bronco rightly only signed a 3 year deal because he knows full well BYU's days are numbered in the NCAA and there is no sugar coating what has happened to this program. BYU's program isn't even a shadow of what it once was during the 70' - 90's and after this years losing season the recruiting will be even worse. Fans support is next to fall. Expect to see about 28000 in the stands in late November this year. Utah has a legit Pac 12 program and BYU is .... well ... 47-10 pretty much tells the story. Expect Utah State and TCU to do the same as Utah did. Wow, have fun with the paper bags over your heads Cougar fans.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    Boy this was almost as exciting as the SUU vs UTSA game in Cedar City way to go Red Teams.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    It just doesn't get much better than this! Congratulations Utes!