It could possibly be one of those rare shining moments of the season!Glad football is finally starting.
Coach Christensen will show us some new wrinkles for sure, but he'll save
much of our NASCAR offense for game #2. Utah 55Idaho state
10Utah 7-5 this season - don't call me lucky when it
happens.Proud UteProud Pac 12 member
Hopefully a nice easy start to the season before it gets really difficult!
So glad that Coach Whitt is not going to be judged on how good a coach he is
based on how this team does in 2014. Five teams on the schedule are top 20
pre-season teams and an away game in the Big House spell a losing season and
another non-bowl campaign. But when the schedule gets easier in the next few
years and the Utes start winning more than they're losing and bowl
invitations start rolling in everybody will be happy that Coach Whitt was kept
Scrimmaging against East High School would be more exciting than this snoozer.
Yawn! I wish I could watch it, but I'l be forced to watch Boise and then I
get the privilege to watch BYU on ESPN Friday night. My only disappointment is
that I can watch BYU more often on national TV than my Huskers. Oh well, good
football is good football, guess that is why there are only 2 nationally
televised Utah games! "Let the games begin!"
BTW, 5 and 7 at best for Utah, I predict 3 and 9. Lets split the difference and
call it 4 and 7. The decline continues!
Unfortunately ISU is just not that good. It would have been better to play a
team like Eastern Washington.Utah 66ISU 3
There are those spouting they know "good football" and then make the
claim watching byu play the host of cupcakes on its schedule is included in that
category.They further go on to predict the win-loss record for
another team, without mentioning the quality opponents in 11 of those games,
which truly describes "good football". I suppose, when one
team plays the single most difficult schedule in college football, and the other
team acts as a puppet for the worldwide leader by playing a schedule comprised
of teams with a combined won-loss record from a year ago that is 10 games under
.500, it does become difficult to distinguish what is "good football"
compared to football televised on espn.
CB"I look forward the day(very soon) when the big boy
conferences ONLY play big boy teams."Be careful what you wish
for.1st, luckily for U, a complete P5 vs P5 schedule will never
happen because to many of the big boys like playing 7 homes games, which would
be impossible with an all P5 schedule unless bottom feeding P5s like Utah were
willing to play 7 road games.2nd, an all P5 schedule would doom Utah
to perpetual losing seasons and no bowls. Without their gimme win versus a Big
Sky team every year, the Utes would be hard pressed to finish better than 4-8.
RES would soon look just like it used to during Utah's WAC and
early MWC days. An occassional sell out when a Top 10 USC or UCLA comes to town,
but otherwise, a vast sea of empty red chairs.
TheNunThe fundamental flaw in your argument is SOS doesn't
define how good a particular team is, it only determines how severly that team
has been tested.ANYBODY can lose to a good schedule.It's laughable how Utah fans have suddenly become obsessed with SOS, when
for years they completely ignored SOS when they were beating their chests about
their 9-game bowl winning streak, which was really nothing more than a series of
mediocre Utah teams beating a series of mediocre opponents in bowls.
We will show Idaho we are relevant nationally and that's why we are playing
them because we are relevant.Go Utes!
@thenunNCAA Men's Football - Team Power Rankings (2014-2015)
from Real Time RPI#1 Fla St (SOS #59)#3 Mich St (SOS #87)#8 Oregon (SOS #107)#16 Ohio St (SOS #90)#39 BYU (SOS #78)#42 USU (SOS #150)#48 Utah (SOS #11)Despite the whirlwind of
hyperbole blowing from the hill this morning, Utah doesn't have the
strongest SOS and BYU doesn't have the weakest SOS in the country. In fact,
BYU's SOS isn't much lower than #1 Florida State's SOS.
It's just good to play a game. Yes, East would be more exciting, but
it's time to start the season. Go Utes!!
Go Leopards! Go Utes!
thenunWin, and you'll get credit for playing a difficult
schedule.Lose, and it's just a convenient, whiny excuse.
There are good wins and bad losses but there are no bad wins or good losses. If
you win, then we can talk about SOS as a measure of quality wins. If you lose
more than you win, nobody cares. This game will probably be similar to the
Weber St. game last year. Remember that one? Most don't. Was that an
indicator of the season to come? NO! Don't expect this to be either.
Good luck to the Utes over their whole #11 SOS season.
@ PAC manThe same can be said about 2/3 of BYU's schedule.
2fer"The same can be said about 2/3 of BYU's
schedule."Which 8 teams on BYU's schedule are equivalent to
Utah playing #245 Idaho State?Gotta luv the hyperbole of Utah fans.
It's a perfect preseason to prepare for play in the best conference on the
planet. Chris Hill should be congratulated for setting it up. Anybody that
argues otherwise is obviously disappointed with their own schedule.souptwins,Remember byu's 4 biggest games last year? Most
Why is a "P-5?" team playing an FCS team?
ekuteMost folks only remember two big games for the Utes last
year:Utah @ BYUStan @ Utah
Uteanymous,Will anybody remember byu's upcoming season? Most
I better not hear a single noun about BYU playing "mighty" Idaho State
in the future! Wonder if Whitt will be up 56-0 and practice an on-sides kick?
@ ekute:Exactly how do you know that most people don't remember
BYU's wins from last season? Now you are dropping yourself to Chris
B's level by spouting personal rhetoric as if it was factual. Or do have
anything to back up your statement?I actually remember every one of
BYU's wins last season. And that's more difficult than to remember the
few wins Utah had. I also distinctly remember Utah once again sitting home
during the holidays, just like the year before. One thing is for
certain. BYU opening game will be much more interesting and watched by many more
people than Utah's first game. But then again, that's quite indicative
of how most of the season will go. Interesting that you and other
Ute fans aren't making fun of Oregon's, Ohio State's, and
Michigan State's SOS... since all those teams have schedules rated easier
than BYU's. I guess it's actually a complement to BYU's program
that you and other Utes obviously care so much.
@ ekute:The "best conference on the planet" is highly
debatable. But even if it was the best, what difference does it make if your
team can't win even half of their games in it? Anyone could be a doormat
for any conference. Even Idaho State or Weber State could fill that spot in the
PAC12. So beat your drums too loudly. They aren't saying anything
noteworthy. Concerning BYU's wins from last season. I do
remember that BYU had over 50% more wins than Utah did last year. And it's
easy to remember that BYU went to another bowl game while Utah sat home over the
holidays once again. Both seem to becoming ingrained habits.
Almost all BYU fans and even many Utah fans will be remembering the exceptional
season BYU will soon have. It will be one of those breakout years that comes
along only every so often, when the stars line-up correctly. There
is a valid reason Bronco has been in better spirits after this fall camp than he
has been since becoming head coach. I guarantee that he knows a heck of a lot
more about what will be happening with this BYU team than any of the
BYU-naysayers who offer their less than 2-bits worth on these comment sections.
And they are seldom worth even that.Wait about 2 weeks and
we'll continue this discussion. I'm not interested in any more
unsubstantiated anti-BYU rhetoric until then. And by then, offering any will
only make that person look totally out of touch.On the other hand,
most Ute fans will sadly be wanting to forget the season Utah will soon be
having... mostly because of their tough schedule. But at least they can enjoy
having a winning record for a week before reality and real football starts
Brio,I said "Remember byu's 4 biggest games last year? Most
don't."You said "I actually remember every one of
BYU's wins last season." Then you said "Or do have
anything to back up your statement?"lol.
Here's looking at you Chris...Feldman's flop team: Utah
Utes. They have been sputtering since arriving in the conference and don't
be surprised if the bottom drops out in 2014. The rest of the league has
elevated from when Utah planned the move to the Pac-12, and with CU improving,
the hunch here is that Utah will end up in the South division cellar.
Brio,So far, about 20 other commenters under this article posted
their personal rhetoric.Are they out of line too?
ekuteDon't kid yourself.Our BYU-obsessed friends
from the hill will absolutely remember every single game BYU plays this year;
they'll pretend to forget the wins, but they'll absolutely catalogue
every single detail of any losses - it's what you do.
SportsFan,Read any Ute article...It's what you do.Read the overwhelming comments from happy valley predicting Utah
losses...It's what you do.
Hopefully the u will not overlook The Bulldogs in week 2. they are going to come
in town gunning for the Utes realizing the continued success that their twin
brother Boise State has had against the u. prediction- 27-24 bulldogs.
NASCAR crashes and burns and the pac12 realizes that the SEC is the best
conference in the nation . defense wins national titles .
Just read an article in the salt lake trib written by a well known slc
sportswriter claiming that all u football coaches are on a very short leash.
Wow, would not have expected this article from a slc sportswriter !
65TossPowerTrap "Why is a "P-5?" team playing an FCS team?"For P-5 schools, playing an FCS team is called "opening the
season."For mid-major independents, playing an FCS team is called
ekuteLosing in U're conference is what U do well...
historically speaking of course. And... no prediction necessary.
@ 65TossPowerTrapIt's not rare. It happens dozens of times
sammyg,Beat up cream puffs, lose to the good teams and in your bowl
games is what you do. History proves it.
ekuteIs that what beating Oklahoma and Texas in regular season
games, and winning 6 of 9 bowl games, including beating Oregon and Oregon State,
proved?It's sad when Utah fans resort to mistruths and
distortions of BYU's record in order to feel good about themselves.
Hey, Chris was here, Here, I thought he only commented on BYU stories. I live
& die cougar blue and hope Utah has a successful season. I think that if
they can get that Michigan game, they could get six wins. But at Michigan, wow,
though I project it at 55 / 45 as a percentage for Michigan. Big 10 refs also
like the Big 10. If it was a neutral field I might call it a toss-up. I
don't see a Stanford game this year. The defense will be good, and always
will be. Utah will be in most of their games. Dres is great, but I don't
think you have the horses like some past years, Wilson will be descent. I
don't think your running backs run down hill though. You lost a good one.
Best of luck from this BYU fan. I wish Kyle & team success. As for you Utah
fans. Every time I see you in stores or anywhere, I always ask about your teams.
Most of you know nothing, I know more about your team than you do. Comments are,
"I just wear it". I watch more games than most of you do. I have
First, I really miss watching Utah games. I do wish they would play BYU more.
The National exposure would be good for them.Secondly, I wish Utah
would stop making excuses, play their schedule, and win, or drop out of the PAC
if they can't compete. It's no fun having a mediocre team playing so
close to home.