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BYU, Utah football: Utes quick to admit this game is a biggie

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  • AK Cougar
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:51 a.m.

    The Utes do have so much to lose. Great article about the strenghts of the team and insight into the players. I am sure Bryce McCain is going to be ready to play. He certainly will be working hard to keep Austin Collie in check. I hope they let Brian Johnson run some. It would be sad if he got hurt when on the run cause they will need him in the Bowl game, but that is a real tool the Utes have to work with.

    This will be the game to be talked about for the next year. Cougars by 3, 24 - 21.

  • Classless Coug
    Nov. 19, 2008 7:24 a.m.

    This is the biggest regular season game of the year for both teams and everyone knows it. The coaches just don't want to say it because they're already fighting an uphill battle to keep a bunch of 18-23 year olds from letting their emotions get the best of them.

    Three years ago a slightly better BYU team lost at home to Utah because the BYU players were psyched out of their minds to finally be favored against the U after three losing seasons. The last couple of years the teams have been evenly matched. This year, with Utah favored, we'll see how they handle the pressure. I'll be in the stands taking the abuse from the RES fan base.

    At least we're a Boise State loss away from a BCS play-in game so, for MWC fans, this is a win-win game. Although, the refs will take care of Utah this year (like they did for BYU last year) because they know where their bread gets buttered and they'll take guaranteed BCS money. BYU must keep it from coming down to being decided by the zebras to win. Otherwise the cougars will be the ones whinning about the officials all year.

  • COUGARS
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:52 a.m.

    O McCain you better be worried because austin collie is going to have a field day on you. we will see if the utes can stop byu's big three. GO COUGARS!!

  • As a ute fan...
    Nov. 19, 2008 9:22 a.m.

    McCain scares me. He gives up so many big plays. I keep hearing how he is so incredibly fast but he's given up a lot of big plays this year (not to mention 4th and 18 last year). He is the weak spot in our D.

  • byufan
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:24 a.m.

    can anyone tell me if its the Aggies or utes we are playing this weekend?

  • Utes
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:28 a.m.

    I agree that the Utes have much to lose and win with this game, but only a desparate Cougar fan would be blind to the fact that BYU does also. 1)How embarssasing to the Cougs if their big brother goes undefeated again, and accomplishes the single goal that the Cougs had for 2008, BCS. 2)Conference title on the line, at least a share for the Cougs. 3)Could be an outside shot at the BCS for the Cougs should Boise lose. 4)Have to go back to this point. From January 2008 the only focus and goal that Cougar-nation had was going to the BCS. They put every egg they had in the BCS basket by opening their mouths and starting their own hype machine. It would be bad enough for them not to make it, but for Utah to go AGAIN would be devistating.

    Sounds to me like both squads have huge stakes on the line, so lets not buy the Coug spin that they have nothing to lose and are care-free. Which team has closed practices this week, just asking!

  • RE: As a ute fan... NEVER
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:43 a.m.

    You kewgs think we can't pick you out, your stink is unmistakable. Utah will be ready for you.. Austin callie will be checked.. I'd worry sbout Maxie boy getting and astrology class on the field since we'll put him to look at the starts so often. TCU's OL coun't stop us neither will you!!! where was austin in forth worth???

    A TRUE FAN NEVER points out weakness their team! NEVER

    UTES ALL THE WAY..

    Should I say: as a "coug fan" I am really worried about pitta being hurt, or Max's mistakes under pressure. And our D better show up because we are not going to be able to keep up with them as we did against CSU. RIDICULOUS ridiculous

  • RED Man
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:51 a.m.

    Hall is in for the most depressing game of his life. He will be sacked at least 4 times. Hurried 7-8. Hit 16. And throw a minimum of 3 picks. Utes will win this one BIG!! COUNT ON IT.

  • Johnson Won't Get Hit
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:54 a.m.

    Even if Johnson runs (and he will),no worries. BYU can't hurt him, with their weeanie pull down pillow tackles.

  • Girl In the Picture
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:59 a.m.

    The girl in the picture (advertisement above)represents BYU fan faces as the 11/22 game progresses. Get a good look, because it won't be pretty. In fact, by games end it will be quite ugly.

  • RE: BYU Fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:59 a.m.

    The Aggies are off, the Utes have a scrimage with BY Academy on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Public is welcome to attend.

  • where was collie?
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    uh...collie had over a hundred yards receiving against TCU's lockdown corners, bro. I don't know if the cougs will win but rest assured, as a ute fan, collie will own your U's secondary. No one has been able to stop him all year and that is why he is leading the nation in receiving yards. Give credit where credit is due. May the best team...destroy the other. hahaha

  • RE: Johnson Won't Get Hit
    Nov. 19, 2008 11:30 a.m.

    We'll see how pillowy soft Johnson feels after saying hi to Coleby Clawson.

  • Collie with two TDs
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:00 p.m.

    Collie is a good player and I am sure he will have 2 touchdowns and 160 yards and Unga may have one, BUT Brown will have two, Casteel will have one, Reed for one, Asiata for two and then there is our King!! So will be stop Collie, maybe not, will we out score him.....COUNT ON IT!!!!!

  • RE: Where was Collie?
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:03 p.m.

    If there is one player for the Y who can carry the rest of his team on his back, it's Austin Powers er Collie. He is the Eric Weddle of their team. Utah will at best do damage control and keep him from winning the game for them. If Utah does contain Collie, it will be huge! He is the best in the country and Eric Weddle will be trying to stop him when he (Collie) starts playing on Sunday.

    GO UTES!

  • ute fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    I'm a diehard Ute, but I'm really worried about this one. You know BYU's only motiviation here is to spoil our season. There is no higher goal. I think they will be ready and will play with more emotion.

  • Truebluecougar
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:23 p.m.

    You have every reason to worry, as does the school up north...

  • Excited!!
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:37 p.m.

    This game is going to be awesome, no doubt about it. This really is a match-up of two awesome teams and it is going to be close. The last few years have been close games (bar Utah's blowout of BYU when they went on to crack down the BCS barrier).

    The last few years games have been determined by offensive plays at the end, but I'm picking this years game winner to be a defensive stop rather that a big TD to win it.

    Hopefully the winner gets a BCS bid.

  • Ute Solution
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:40 p.m.


    Do like AFA and hold or tackle recievers on every play....if you have home town refs, it may work....

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:42 p.m.

    So Sorenson, how many TD throws would BJ have had to make to get the U record?

  • Brigham Young's true University
    Nov. 19, 2008 12:50 p.m.

    Brother Brigham would be proud to see his team take down the Academy down south, no wonder he only called it the academy. A university is where you go after you attend an academy, a Montessori school, or other prep schools like the TDS.

    Let's hear it for the school the Prophet founded the University of Deseret!!

    GO UTES!!!

  • honeycomb
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    Brother Brigham would be even prouder to see the school that honors his name humble the Jolly Utah Gang up on the hill.

    JUG 19
    BYU 38

    GOOOOO COUGARS!!!!!

  • RE: Where was Collie?
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:33 p.m.

    Big deal, Freddie Touchdown Brown had over 100 yards on 9 catches against TCU. BYU is too much of a 2 horse pony that is easy to contain if you have the speed. Utah 34 BYU 17

  • Fun year for the Utes
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:35 p.m.

    I'm putting on my running shoes to get ready for a 3rd storming of the field this year. Not because it'll be a last second victory, but to get a close-up look of the MWC trophy and join the "BCS" chant. Pretty fun year to be a Ute fan.

    Utah 34-21

  • Honeycomb - WEAK
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:41 p.m.

    How could you use Humble in the same sentence?
    Go make some green jello - you will need it to go with the HUMBLE PIE we ordered for you

    BY'sU Gang

    TO Victory UTES!!

  • Clawson?
    Nov. 19, 2008 2:49 p.m.

    Johnson will have all day to throw, all day.

  • Two near death experiences
    Nov. 19, 2008 3:40 p.m.

    this season and the yewt faithful pretend they are invincible. Unbelievable!!!

    This weekend your undefeated season dies too. No surviving the third NDE. Just walk into the light yewts, walk into the light and know that the light was from the BYU train that hit you.

    Theres a ThreePete coming this weekend....going on four next season.

  • RE: Two near death...
    Nov. 19, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    I'll take "near death" but still getting the W over a 32-7 pummeling any day!!

    I had an overly excited BYU fan tell me that BYU was a freight train coming into SLC after their UCLA victory. More like a train wreck.

  • Marshmellows
    Nov. 19, 2008 4:19 p.m.

    Get the marshmellows out so the BLUE secondary doesn't fall and hurt themselves. LEARN HOW TO STICK SOMEBODY. You know who I mean.

  • For the record
    Nov. 19, 2008 4:30 p.m.

    Two great teams will take the field on Saturday.
    Players should be recognized for the talents that
    they have and the efforts they give. Fans should
    be loyal and supportive of those athletes and enjoy
    the competition as it was meant to be. Players deserve respect from the fans 'win or lose.' These
    young men will give their very best. Yes, be supportive of YOUR team. But respect the efforts
    of all players. One other note. Let's try to respect one another as well.

  • UteatHeart
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:10 p.m.

    We are very lucky in this state to have a great rivalry like this one. It should be another unbelievable game. I've always bled red, but I greatly respect the Y's athletic dept.

    Close game 27-24 Utah on the final drive.

  • re: ute fan
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    Im also a die hard ute and i expect byU to be focused but what about our team they will be motivated as well here is a few reasons why........

    1. out right mwc championship
    2. bcs berth
    3. senior day
    4. undefeated season
    5. 2006, 2007 games vs byU (heart breakers)
    7. oh ya and they are playing byU
    8. bcs berth
    9. bcs berth
    10. bcs berth

    I hope and pray to the man up stairs that utah will win what a great way to send our seniors out, KING LOUIE thank you for being such a stud love your commercial and GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    UTAH 30 byU 21

  • Again
    Nov. 19, 2008 8:34 p.m.

    Get ready for another heartbreaker, you overconfident uties.

  • re/ again
    Nov. 19, 2008 9:14 p.m.

    heartbreakers are right, we all know who expected to win and who should have won those games.

  • Re: Enter My Name
    Nov. 19, 2008 10:35 p.m.

    As Cougar fans we should give our respect to the Utes.....they do really have a great football team and deserve the hype they have been receiving all year long....but....

    But let's hear it for all the rags that have been thrown at the Cougars by the ute fans that think we'll just crash and burn.....and that could have happened after TCU, but it didn't.....the Cougars picked themselves up after that HARD smackdown and have slowly made their way back to respectability. It hasn't been pretty the last few weeks...but they have won....also, their three toughest conference have been on the road....AFA, TCU and now Utah....Makes you wonder how the schedule meister worked all that out...doesn't seem fair does it???

    But will the Boys be focused on Saturday....oh yeah...and does this game have meaning for more than just wrecking Utah's season....oh yeah....but do you think they'll put out of their thoughts all the reckless and absurb things Utah fans have or will say....Nope....and what about all the trash the utes will talk about our Quest for Perfection...I can only imagine what They will say about that....

    It ain't over yet utes....and will Brigham's Academy Wreck someone's season.....Oh yes they will!!!!!!

  • RE: re: ute fan
    Nov. 20, 2008 12:04 a.m.

    The man upstairs? I don't understand, does the guy in the apartment above yours play on the team or does he have some control over the game?
    If not, you are sounding just like the BYU fans you Newties like to make fun of... I don't think divine intervention is the answer to this rivalry.

  • hey cUgies
    Nov. 20, 2008 8:27 a.m.

    remember what happened last time utah was ranked top 10 vs byu in 04

    UTAH 52 byU 21