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  • Utah Man
    Sept. 10, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Stay hungry, Stay humble, Stay being the underdogs and kick it in the guts!! GO UTES!!!

  • Re: Utah Man
    Sept. 11, 2009 9:25 a.m.

    How are we the underdogs? We're 11 and a half point favorites. Wake up!

  • casual fan
    Sept. 11, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    Just another scrimmage for the Utes. Too bad Oregon is damaged goods. It would have been fun to see them knock down a full strength PAC-10 team. Even after getting drubbed by BYU in Las Vegas, Oregon Coach (and now AD) Belotti wouldn't give the MWC any credit. Show 'em Utes.

  • be afraid yoots
    Sept. 11, 2009 10:08 a.m.

    San Jose St beat USU 30-7 last year. U guys beat Doormat U by only 35-17 this year. Now that San Jose has played USC u guys are going to feel like a slow motion cakewalk to them.

    San Jose St by 3.

  • Vegas
    Sept. 11, 2009 10:47 a.m.

    San Jose St. is weak and the Utes are a 14.0 favorite. They should do better than that with a better team and a better coach. Beat SJS and then beat the spread. Whit will out wit them as he did 'Bama.

  • Cali Coug
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:01 a.m.

    Yewets beat the spread in this scrimmage by 10. Schedule starting to look a little soft...

  • Cougarfan
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    I hope the Utes are afraid of this game going into it so they prepare well (which fear will subside after they're 14-21 points up at the half). But let's be honest with ourselves, this game shouldn't even be close. The mantra against mediocre talent is to focus on yourself because the Ute players are not going to bust their butts getting ready for a toothless SJSU. BYU has the same problem this week against an awful Tulane team. They try to be complimentary about their opponents, but this is a week off for both programs and it would take an astronomical meltdown for either team to lose. Just a thought.

  • Go Utes
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    The Utes will come into this game very focussed and come away with a win. I look for Misi and Sly to have big games; furthermore, Asiata will break 100 yards again and Cain will grow in his confidence.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    Heck man, some of you BYU boys can't even spell UTES. How did get into college? Well, maybe you never been to BYU?

  • Big Daddy Ute
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:40 a.m.

    What Comcast channel will the game be on. Go Utes.

  • Yewties
    Sept. 11, 2009 12:04 p.m.

    Tough game.......was Dixie College schedule full?

  • re: Anonymous 11:28am
    Sept. 11, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    No, I didn't go to BYU. I went to yootah and became so disgusted with it that I later became a BYU fan and now root against the yoots.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Sept. 11, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    How many more of these USU and San Jose State type games will we have to play to equal the game BYU had against OU? Or I guess there won't be any equal to that for us?

  • @Ernest T. Bass
    Sept. 11, 2009 12:58 p.m.

    How many bowl losses like the one to Arizona will it take for BYU to match Utah's 8 straight. My guess is about 12 but only if BYU freaks out every time they loose and try to play it of cool.

  • yet again
    Sept. 11, 2009 1:03 p.m.

    another big game this week end for the Utes. GO Little Brother!

  • Northern Iowa
    Sept. 11, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    Just a reminder that BYU opened with Northern Iowa last year. Please no more scheduling smack. It's ridiculous. My grandmother would put up more of a fight than Tulane would.

    Northern Iowa. Enough said.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 11, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    The meltdown begins(lolololololololol)

  • This is not Provo
    Sept. 11, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    Wow, gotta love Cougar fans. Beat your first top-5 team since 1990 and suddenly your schedule is always soooo much stronger the Utah's.

    Last time I checked, you guys played 3 FCS teams from 2005-08. Utah played one FCS team in that span. BYU also played the only winless 1-A team last fall. Based on those numbers, I'd say tough schedules are not BYU's strong point.

    Point is you probably should not be blasting Utah for playing Utah State and San Jose State. Especially when you are also playing Utah State later in the season and taking on a Tulane team that is much much worse than San Jose State is.

  • Mike Johnson Fallon NV
    Sept. 11, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    The bottom 30 FBS teams in 2008 according to Sagarin:

    Last year, according to Sagarin, the bottom 30 FBS teams were:

    91Florida Atlantic62.82
    92Syracuse62.60
    93San Jose State62.51
    94Louisiana-Lafayette62.26
    95Arkansas State62.26
    96Akron61.94
    97Central Florida61.39
    98Middle Tennessee60.77
    99Fla. International60.73
    100Iowa State60.47
    101Utah State60.40
    102UAB60.11
    103Ohio University58.74
    104Wyoming58.14
    105Indiana57.94
    106Army56.81
    107Washington56.68
    108Kent State56.66
    109Toledo55.65
    110Louisiana-Monroe55.62
    111San Diego State55.43
    112Washington State54.91
    113New Mexico State54.13
    114Eastern Michigan54.06
    115Tulane53.78
    116SMU53.66
    117Miami-Ohio51.34
    118Western Kentucky50.54
    119Idaho49.50
    120North Texas47.61

    As bad as USU and SJSU were, Tulane was worse, although that isn't saying much. Of course, BYU earned a pass with last week's win.

  • Mike Johnson Fallon NV
    Sept. 11, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    The little brother in the state is playing Tulane and not SJSU.

  • Idaho
    Sept. 11, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    Could we play any worse teams? I am embarrased for the Ute nation.

  • Ute4Life
    Sept. 11, 2009 3:33 p.m.

    Re: be afraid yoots...

    I'll say to you what I said to the tough guys making predictions before the USU game last week... put your money where your mouth is lil' fella.

  • to Big Daddy Ute
    Sept. 11, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    Channel 400 on comcast - 8:30 pm
    Go Utes!

  • Mike Johnson Fallon NV
    Sept. 11, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    >>>Could we play any worse teams? I am embarrased for the Ute nation.

    Why? This is consistent with teams considered to be among the best in the country.

    And yes, there are a lot of worse teams that could be played.

    Florida played Charleston Southern--a team USU would dominate easily--last week.

    Texas played Louisiana-Monroe last week and plays Central Florida in November, both teams comparable to USU.

    USC played SJSU last week

    Oklahoma is hosting Idaho State this week.

    Alabama has Florida International this week and North Texas next week.

    Penn State played Acron last week and has Eastern Illinois in a few weeks.

    Iowa escaped defeat by Northern Iowa (which is a much better team than some believe) by blocking 2 field goal attempts in the final 7 seconds preserving a 17-16 win.

    Virginia wasn't as lucky as Iowa, losing to William & Mary. The ACC is a combined 4-2 against I-FCS teams and 0-4 against I-FBS teams.

    No, there is enough "embarrassment" to go around.

  • re: Utah Mann
    Sept. 11, 2009 7:55 p.m.

    Can you really be the "underdog" when playing Utah State and San Jose, especially with an '08 #2 national ranking---or are you already easing the disappointment of a loss to BYU, by making the "underdog" statement.

  • Re: Yewties
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    I realize you probably go to UVSC. Because if you went to the y, you would realize that byu plays Tulane!!! Last I checked San Jose is a tougher opponent that Tulane. I guess Northern Iowa's schedule was full.

  • Very Typical......
    Sept. 12, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    BYU finally beats a nationally ranked team and the zoobies begin their typical smack talk. That strange combination of ignorance and arrogance is oozing from the bubble once again.

    Who owns the longest winning streak in nation? Who owns the longest bowl winning streak in the nation? Who is regarded as the top non-BCS program in the nation? Who owns a decisive edge in head-to-head competition? Who has won two BCS bowl games? Who didn't win an embarrassing NC game by beating the 6th place team from the Big 10, causing the creation of the BCS?

    The answer would be the true big brother, the University of Utah Utes.

    Congrats on your win against Oklahoma, it was great for your program and for the conference but why the smack talk? Tulane and San Jose State are both weak opponents.

    Good luck tomorrow. Go Utes, Go Cougars

  • Re: This is not Provo | 2:43 p.m
    Sept. 12, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    You are absolutely right. Utah continues to schedule games in accordance with a long standing strategy implemented when Urban Myer was with us. The Utes will continue employ that strategy.

    Mendenhall has no strategy. The first time he scheduled N. Iowa was to give his team a psyc lesson that they really can score after the Crowton years. It worked. Problem is, he stayed with that approach until this year when he decided to do what he sees Utah and TCU doing year after year. Mendenhall threw the dice and hit the jackpot with Oklahoma. Who knows what he is going to do next year?? No strategy, no repeatable process, poor coaching. That's our Bronco.

  • Re:Ernest T. Bass | 12:16 p.m
    Sept. 12, 2009 9:38 a.m.


    You're always good for a laugh!!!

  • re: re: this is not Provo
    Sept. 12, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    Mendenhall has no strategy? Yes, I guess that's why after his 1st year as HC inheriting a broken team from Crowton that needed a major overhaul he has won 11, 11, 10, has two bowl wins, and now is 2-0 with a win over #3 OU on the road. No strategy? Next time lil' fella think before u post. Or better yet, leave the posting to people who know what they're talking about, ok?