Utah Football

  • Utes Move Up 5 Spots in AP Poll During Bye Week college

    Utah has jumped up to a #5 ranking in the AP Top 25 college football poll. The Utes were ranked #10 heading into the weekend. They had a bye but several teams ahead of them lost; namely:

    #3 Ole Miss

    #6 Notre Dame

    #7 UCLA

    #8 Georgia

    And then the Utes leapfrogged LSU.

    The complete top 25 now looks like this: AP College Football Top 25

     

    Enthusiasm is through the roof for this weekend’s game against #23 CAL.

    Only adding to that enthusiasm, ESPN announced they will bring their traveling Saturday morning pre-game show, Game Day, to Salt Lake City and the campus of The University of Utah.

     

     

     

  • Why Isn’t Utah Ranked in the Top 5? AP top 5
    Utah has a bye this weekend. It’s kind of a shame they can’t play again this Saturday while they are on a roll. I’d love to see them curb stomp someone again and feed off the momentum and all the national hype they are getting right now:
    These are a few thoughts tweeted out by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports this past Sunday after the new rankings were released. The top 10 went like this:
    1) Ohio State
    2) Michigan State
    3) Ole Miss
    4) TCU
    5) Baylor
    6) Notre Dame
    7) UCLA
    8) Georgia
    9) LSU
    10) Utah

    Incidentally, Feldman has 231,000 Twitter followers. He is one of many leading the charge to give Utah even more love after their 62-20 thrashing of Oregon on Saturday night.

    You really can make an argument that Utah has two of the ...

  • Utah Destroys Oregon and Sets Themselves up for Magical Year Utah Oregon 2015

    America was re-introduced to Utah Football and Coach Kyle Whittingham in a big way last night. The Utes absolutely destroyed Oregon 62-20 in Eugene on FOX. There were so many positives for Utah and the win was monumental for the program. Probably the most notable take-away is that the contest started at 5:30 Pacific, which of course meant 8:30 Eastern. Rather than the typical Pac-12 7:00 Pacific kick-off (10:00 eastern) that none of the SEC honks watch or the all-important sports writers in the Northeast wouldn’t watch, this was Fox’s prime time game for all the country to see.

    And a changing of the guard in the Pac-12 is what they were treated to. I don’t know how else to say it other than this game was program defining for both schools. Oregon played in the national championship just 4 games ago. Sure, Michigan State got them last week, but Michigan State may be the best team in the country. However, Utah blew in to town and put the country on notice that Oregon’s fun n gun offense is no longer the gold standard in the Pac-12. Utah showed their team is far better than Oregon and that the Utes’ defense ...

  • Offensive Improvement Could Make Utah an Elite Team watching paint dry

    Utah is off to a 2-0 start and will likely be 3-0 after they pummel Fresno State this weekend. Utah’s defense is as good as we all thought it would be. However, their offense is just plain boring. It’s kind of like watching paint dry. Their quarterback play is dreadful and there’s nothing to really get up out of your seat and cheer for. Nobody’s going crazy over the Utes on local radio shows. There’s just not a lot of buzz around town.

    Part of the Utah buzz kill along the Wasatch Front is due to BYU grabbing all the headlines. Heading into the season all the chatter was about the Utes coming off a great year and looking to build on that. BYU was heading the wrong direction with a really tough schedule. I certainly thought that was the case. And it may be still. The magic could run out in a hurry this weekend for BYU against UCLA and give the Utes credit – they have taken care of business so far.

    However, what’s gonna happen in week 4 when Utah heads to Eugene, OR and really starts their season. I just don’t think Utah has the quarterback play or ...

  • Pre-season Outlook for Utah Football rice eccles stadium 2

    The University of Utah is set to open their season Thursday night at home against Michigan in what will be one of the most anticipated games of the opening weekend of college football. Expectations are high after the Utes went 8-4 last year and won their bowl game as well. They have several key players returning this year. So what are realistic expectations?

    • I believe Utah will be an even better football team this year but may win the same number of games. It’s important to remember Utah won several close ones last year. It is quite possible a few of those games don’t go their way this year and they end up only 7-5 or 8-4 again.
    • I heard a crazy stat on the radio a few weeks ago that Utah had not beaten a Pac-12 opponent by more than a touchdown in the past two years. It is true. Those numbers speak to how good the Pac-12 is. The conference is easily the second best after the SEC and the Pac-12 South has five incredible teams. Colorado is the only non-powerhouse in the division.
    • Close games and all, I think Utah is talented enough to be a top 15 or even ...
    • Pre-Season Thoughts on BYU Football BYU logo

      More interesting than the win/loss record this season will be the attitude of the BYU fan base: seeing what attendance is, gauging the growing dissatisfaction with Bronco, the reaction to watching their rival have a solid year again in a power conference.

      • It is highly likely BYU will be 1-3 after the first 4 games of the season
        • Nebraska is the most winnable game but you don’t just waltz into Lincoln and beat a storied program. BYU will also be missing players due to suspension from the Miami Beach Brawl. BYU gets Nebraska in their first game with a new coach so that may help.
        • I think Boise State is a flat-out better team and program than BYU. This is essentially BYU’s only real home game of note. If the Cougs do win at Nebraska, Lavell Edwards Stadium will be a mad house for that Boise game and perhaps they’ll have a chance.
        • Though they are getting too much hype, UCLA will be more talented than BYU
        • Michigan is a winnable game…..if you’re playing them week one like Utah is. However, I think Harbaugh may have that ship turned around by the 4th game. Could spell trouble for BYU
      • Because of what will likely be a ...
      • The Identity or Brand of Each Major College Football Team Oregon brand 2

        Great read here from Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. He states the current “brand” of each major college football team in the country, and more importantly – what their brand should be. His comments on BYU and Utah I think are spot-on. He lays this all out on an interactive map. It’s really well done.

        Branding in college football: Identity goes beyond just uniforms and logos

         

      • College Football Conference Realignment – 5 Years Later Conference map

        BYU and Utah fans remember it well – five years ago Utah received word they were joining the Pac-12 and leaving BYU behind. BYU football decided to go Independent. Check out this link to a fantastic read from Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports, one of the premier college football writers. He provides a great summary of all the conference changes and how the affected teams have fared in the 5 years since. It’s a really fascinating break-down. Hard to read if you’re a BYU fan.

        Biggest winners, losers five years after realignment hell broke loose

         

      • Why’s Everyone so Outraged over a Fight at a Football Game? church ball

        Memphis announced suspensions yesterday stemming from the BYU/Memphis brawl at the conclusion of the Miami Beach Bowl. The announcement has reignited outrage over BYU being involved in such an ordeal. I have a question for folks that feel that way – How many of you who are so up in arms about BYU being involved in a fight, have ever been involved in an altercation during a game of hoop or something at the local rec center, city league or church ball? I’m guessing we’ve all been!

        So just relax a bit. If we are mostly out-of-shape, weekend warriors getting mad enough to start a fracas at the local rec center, then why is it so crazy to think that every now and then a fight might break out at a college football game?

        When you have roughly 150, 18-24 year-olds in peak physical condition, from different parts of the country involved in 60 minutes of hand to hand combat – tempers might occasionally flare up! It’s not the end of the world. It was frankly good to see some guys from BYU get mad. Yes, BYU professes Christianity and good sportsmanship and all, but it’s still just football. And football can ...

      • Thoughts on College Football Playoff Championship

        Not a great game to watch but it sure was a dominating performance by Ohio State on Monday night. 33 million people tuned it for it. It was the largest audience for a cable program ever. Not a shocker as #’s 2 and 3 on that list were the semi-final games 10 days ago. A few thoughts on the game:

        • I think it’s safe to say the line for the best college coach now starts behind Urban Meyer. Saban is not far behind but he is now #2.

        • I heard a good comment on a radio show the other day – can’t remember who it was or I’d give them credit – When Urb and Florida rolled Ohio State in the BCS championship back during Tebo-mania, Ohio State had tons of big strong guys and a great run game. The difference now at Ohio State is that Urb has those same big strong guys, but he also now has big, strong FAST guys. It’s not just 3 yards and a cloud of dust anymore with Ohio State – it’s 3 yards and a gust of wind as they break through into the secondary and take it to the house! Ohio State looked really ...