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Name Your All-time Utah Ute Football Team. My Team Will Kick Your Team’s Ass

QB – Scott Mitchell

RB – Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala

RB – Joe Williams

WR – Kevin Dyson

WR – Stevon Smith

TE – Henry Lusk

C – Zane Taylor

G – Chris Kemoeatu

G – Zane Beadles

T – Jordan Gross

T – Garrett Bolles

 

DT – Star Lotulelei

DT – Luther Ellis

DE – Nate Orchard

DE – Jason Kaufusi

LB – Stevenson Sylvester

LB

T – Garrett Bolles

KR – Reggie Dunn

KR – Errol Tucker

PR – Shaky Smithson

 

So Weber St picked second the Big Sky

Weber St HC Jay Hill talking about building on last season. So what are their chances?  On a scale of Snowball Chance and What you smoking?

  • Puget Ute
    1

    I’m happy to have much more of a challenge, and I look forward to Weber being the best OOC game this season…

    • BattleGroundUte
      1

      If you remove the emotional element from the TDS game I would consider it the third most challenging OOC. BUT where we chose to locate game in the season and Whitt not wanting to lose to them makes it more difficult than WSU. 

      I would not be surprised if they switch QBs and it adds another element of WTFism to November. 

  • Format of Utehub

    The problem with the thumbs up and down is that it reduces the likelihood that people will post.  If you compare Utehub to Cougarboard, Cougarboard is more interesting because there is more posting/ more user content.  I believe the posting occurs at a higher rate because feedback is not given with thumbs up/ thumbs down.  Consider it.  

    Thanks for the great site.  It is solid.

     

  • Jim Fassel Fan
    9 2

    Do people really hold back from posting because they’re afraid someone may give them a thumbs down?

    Cougarboard has frown face/happy face don’t they? Aren’t they afraid to see frowns?

    • Longview
      2 2

      That is not what I mean.  I mean that they can react easily with the thumb up, rather than reacting with words which creates more interest for the rest of site visitors.

      • Longview
        3 3

        I also think broader posting takes the spotlight off of individual posts which reduces stagefright.  go ahead.  If you want to thumbs down me or up me, don’t — rather state what you like and don’t.  

  • The frequency of posting is a product of a diluted online fanbase (1/3 of which would rather post about politics, 1/3 of which has been alienated by rabid politics posters, and 1/3 of which would rather use twitter than a message board). It has nothing to do with thumbs.

    • Coug fans don’t post as much about politics because they all have the same political beliefs, they’re Republicans. So there’s no back and forth discussion. Ute fans are about 50/50 Republican vs Democrat, so that makes for some heated discussions. So heated that it has fractured the fan base and websites.

      • PlainsUte
        1

        If they posted a differing opinion they are likely to be either shouted down, have their posts deleted and/or get a suspension.

        • BattleGroundUte

          Welcome to the internet… that is how EVERYONE functions across all boards. Anonymity makes people braver than they really are. Most are cowardly lions. 

          I prefer Utehub sans a few users who like to bring the typical BS. 

  • Thumbs down for complimenting that s**t website. Last I checked it was about how many TDS shirts they saw on their last road trip. 

    I think less content on this website because we don’t need to stroke ourselves about every little thing. It is July generally I got s**t to do like take care of my family and my job. I try to post links but rarely get replies. 

    I say get rid of the thumbs up and thumbs down because it limits input. Many are happy enough to just thumb you rather than reply. I also don’t expect replies to make me feel better about myself. 

  • Utah
    4

    I like the thumbs up feature and I think it helps people post. For example, if you post something and get some thumbs up, you are more motivated to keep posting.

    The thumbs down, I think it does the opposite.

    I’d say keep the thumbs up, get rid of the thumbs down, or make it that you cannot thumb down unless you post a response.

    Also, I’d say that if a poster is stalking another poster and thumbing down every post they make, then there should be a suspension of privileges. That person is just a troll and isn’t needed.

    • Thlete
      1

      I like the thumbs as a quick “ditto” or “agree” instead of creating a huge trail or quick replies that don’t add any value to the thread. Let’s the poster know I read it and like/dislike their take. 

    • Tony
      2

      As an admin I can view every like/dislike and see who did them. After all, I programmed the whole thumbs system! There have been a couple of cases of users stalking other users and thumbs downing everything they posted.  In both cases I contacted the stalkers directly to find out what their problem was.  Both thought the user who they were downing was not really who they said they were.  After clarifying both situations, the stalking ended. 

      • What about people who thumbs up their own posts, is this acceptable?

        • Duhwayne
          1

          I thumb myself, occasionally.

          • BattleGroundUte

            Just make sure you wash your hands after you do this is the proper etiquette.

          • Puget Ute

            Dude, whatever it takes.  You need to be efficient with your use of time…

  • Tony
    6

    You lost me at “Cougarboard is more interesting…” The average user here doesn’t post. The vast majority of visitors to this site, and any forum site just reads the posts. A small percentage of the users actually write topics or comments. Whether or not the thumbs up/down exsited wouldn’t change that.

    The thumbs up/down feature gives users an easy way to express an anonymous opinion. The feature also shows us all popular and unpopular posts and give us a quick and easy way to express our appreciation to users for good content.

  • Dwight89
    2

    Might I suggest the real answer that will p**s everyone off?

     

    Cougarboard is more popular. 

    ……..

    ……..

    …….

    …….

    Ok breathe everyone.

    If you compare Cougarboard to Utehub on SEMrush they had 77,000 unique visitors in June compared to 5,000 unique visitors on Utehub. So, you are invariably going to get more content posted there if you have more engagement and visitors. Tony, looking at your back end analytics does that 5,000 unique visitors for June match your reports? I would be interested to know how accurate SEMrush is. 

    The question is, why is Cougarboard more popular? Well, the two likely reasons are A) Cougarboard has been around a lot longer than Utehub and B) there are more engaged BYU fans online than Utah fans. Does anyone else have any other ideas?

    So, what can we do to get more fan engagement online? 

    • BattleGroundUte
      1 1

      Productive members of society vs Pathetic myopia. No offense to the posters but ridiculous hypothetical conversations are stupid. Also they are incorrectly categorized when your main point is about TDS put it in the correct category. We don’t play that s**t team until November and I really am not interested in hypotheticals about them. 

  • Beating the '84 Cougs

    The year is 2247. Technology has allowed universities to bring back their best teams ever. BYU has resurrected their ’84 squad with all their experience and confidence gained after beating Michigan, leading them to be crowned national champions.

    Now the Cougars have thrown down the gauntlet and challenged us to come at them with our best team to take them on. Who do you choose? The ’04 and Alex-Smith-led Fiesta Bowl champs? The ’08 Sugar Bowl champs? Ronnie Mac’s ’94 Top 10 team? What about our 2016 team that tied USC for the South, but lost it in the tie breakers? Maybe you’re just that confident in the 2018 team we’ve not seen yet.

    It’s easy to pick our most decorated teams, but were they also our deepest, most talented, and skilled? If you’ve got one shot to take down ’84, who are you going with?

  • 2016. They wouldn’t be able to handle that defense. 1(b) is 2004. That offense would tear them to shreds. But 84 isn’t the best BYU team, not by a long shot. 06 is.

    • Their ’96 team is the best one I’ve seen them field, and it’s not really close. Though I was too young to care about their early ’80s teams. Though I’ve heard some say that ’85 was possibly a better team than ’84.

  • Longview
    1

    2018.  This team

    • Utah

      Depending on how Huntley plays, but this could easily be our best team ever if Huntley takes a step up. 

      Overall, this is easily the most talented team we’ve ever had. Can Huntley step up and lead that talent? Let’s hope so. 

  • Staples
    1

    I’m taking my chances with the ’04 team. Urban and Kyle? That will work.

  • Thlete
    3

    04 Utes so we can have that offense destroy that WAC defense and have KWhitt coach against his linebacker self. 

    • Thlete

      Oh my bad, Whitt graduated in 81. Answer still stands for me. 

      • Staples

        Maybe we could schedule their ’80 Miracle Bowl team. Sports-reference.com has it rated as the Coug’s best team according to their simple rating system with McMahon at QB, Whittingham’s at LB, AND Tom Holmoe on the roster. Incidentally, 2004 is rated our best team using the same measurement, followed by 1929 under Ike Armstrong.

  • UteThunder
    2

    First of all, I think any one of the ’94, ’03, ’04, ’08, ’14, ’15, or ’16 teams would beat their ’84 team. But, if I am picking just one to go against their ’84 team I would go with the 2004 team.

    I truly believe that ’04 team was head & shoulders above any other team we have ever had. Maybe they didn’t have quite as much talent as some of our Pac-12 rosters, but discipline, execution, and QB play from that ’04 team are all superior. And that offense? Please. Game over before they even have the coin-toss.

    • 16 defense was deadly though. 08 was stacked with NFL talent. 

  • Larry B
    1

    Jakob Poeltl traded to the Spurs as part of Kawhi deal

    It seems like Toronto is giving up a lot for a one year player who doesn’t want to be there.

  • ironman1315
    1

    Sounds like they are trying to blow it all up. Man I wish the Jazz would get Poeltl or Wright though. We need more capable backups at those two positions.

    • Wright would be soooo good next to Mitchell. 

      • You get Wright, Exum (if he learns to shoot), and Mitchell as an occasional hurry-up three guard line up and you could have something deadly.

        • I prefer Rubio to Exum. I don’t know about Exum at all. He really didn’t add value it felt like during that run to end the season. Neto felt like he added more value. 

          • Exum shut down Harden. His biggest value is perimeter defense. If he could get a midling offensive game he would be a really good player. Not a great starter, but certainly a great role player.

            • Harden had 41 and 32 his first two games. Paul and Capela were the guys the Jazz couldn’t stop though. 

              • Exum guarded Harden on 22 possesions in game 2. In those possessions, Harden was 0-7 with 2 points, had one assist and one turnover.

                • BattleGroundUte

                  Yeah but how many turnovers and break downs did the Jazz have offensively?  He feels like an anchor at times. 

                • ironman1315
                  1

                  Which is hy I put a condition on it.

                  But, during the Houston series, Exum had a 99 offensive rating compared to netos 89 and turned the ball over 17% of the time (Ingles was at 21%). I’m not saying he is better than Rubio, but he’s got speed that Rubio doesn’t. Hence why the line-up would be limited and designed to wearout the other team as a hurry-up offense for a time.

                • BattleGroundUte

                  Ingles was really sucky in that series. I felt like he suffered more than Mitchell did from not having Rubio. Mitchell just wore down because of what he was asked to do.

  • RiseasUtes

    Danny Green is a great defender and the Raptors are hoping to convince Leonard to stay.  Big gamble, but they weren’t going to get over the hump without making a move like this.  Jakob now gets to go to a great system for his game.  If Pop stays it will help his career out quite a bit.

  • Stone
    1

    I would not touch Kawhi unless I knew he wanted to play for my team long term. Who is to say he doesn’t just sit out this next year in Toronto with an “injury.”

    • Well I would want him to work out as well. I am wondering how good he is after this injury. 

  • Love this trade Raptors figure they can maybe beat Celtics with him. Maybe they can. I don’t think so, who is there new coach?  

    Poeltl is lucky to go to a great franchise. Even in rebuild mode the Spurs are my second favorite franchise if I had one. 

  • Utah
    5 2

    Three Deep Offense, Utah and BYU.

    I did this last year and it was fun and I’ll do it again.

    I decided to go three deep, to show how pathetic BYU is.

    QB – Huntley, Tuttle, and third string would be Lisk or Mangum. Crazy how far Mangum has fallen.
    HB – Moss, Shyne, DHC – I don’t see a BYU RB making the cut here.
    Outside WR – Mariner, Boyd, Enis
    Outside WR – Thompson, Simpkins, Romney
    Slot WR – Covey, Nacua, Collie/Dixon/Fields
    TE – Jackson, Bushman/Falemaka/Fotheringham
    Tackle – Barton, Ford, Paulo, Capra
    Guard – Umana, Agasiva, Havili-Katoa, maybe Hoge
    Center – Falemaka, Toala

    So, offensively, BYU would have Mangum as possibly third string, Romney as possibly third string, Collie as a possible third string, Bushman as a second/third string, and maybe Tristan Hoge as a depth OL.

    Crazy how far Utah has come. There isn’t a single player for BYU that would start for Utah right now.

  • chinngiskhaan
    2

    Warner is a good player… but our DBs are historically great this year, so yeah. 

     

    The one guy I might give the nod to over a Ute is Sione Takitaki. He can get behind the line of scrimmage with the best of them.

    • Utah
      1 1

      I’ll do defense on another day. BYU does have some really solid players there…the problem is, Utah has better players. Takitaki is a great pass rusher, but terrible in run. Basically, he is a Caleb Repp level player. 

      I think the starting ends would be Anae and Tafua. The backups are Tupai, Repp, Heninger and Takitaki. Takitaki is good, but he might not even play for us. 

      Warner and Lake are safeties. Those are the only other players defensively that have a shot to play for us. Starting safeties would be Blair and Ballard. Afia, Burgess would be the backups. Warner would be fighting it out with King and Mataele for third string. 

      Again, not a knock on Warner, Utah has a top 10, if not top 5 secondary in all of college football. Warner is good. Blair, Ballard, Afia and Burgess are better. Hansen as well if needed. 

  • crazyute
    1

    How is Lisk ahead of Shelley who showed better in spring?

  • RiseasUtes
    1

    I would give a BYU OG the bid over Havili-Katoa.  I thought he played well at DT a few years ago, but I didn’t like what I saw from him last year on the Oline.  The sad part for them is I try to be pretty rational when it comes to BYU, but I really can’t argue with much on the list.  I would put Shelley above our other guys for now though.  I don’t know enough about their returning Olineman to argue one way or another, but ours weren’t great last year.  So if we take the starting 5 at all positions they are in for a rough season.

  • Jim Fassel Fan
    3 1

    And yet we only win by one score every year. 

    Would love to see a comparison of three deep of USC and Arizona. 

    • ironman1315

      Wjat does this year have to do with prior years?

      • Jim Fassel Fan
        4

        Both teams are returning about 75% of players on the three deep rosters

        Same coaching staffs, except Detmer is gone.  

        • Puget Ute
          1

          The Utah team who ran over/through Colorado at the end of the year last year would have devastated byu.  When we played them last year we were still breaking in a shiny new Oh-fense and we looked bad.  Too many miscues, fumbles, broken plays, etc. 

          By the end of the year that same team was not settling for field goals from the 3 yard line.

          • Our offense stunk badly in several games last season. Both the playcalling, and execution by the players. It wasn’t just the first few games. 

  • Larry B
    4

    I agree that on paper, the talent level isn’t even close between the two teams. However, until we can start beating them by more than a TD, it’s hard for me to say that we are by far the more talented team.

    If you look at the rosters this year, the game should be over by the 4th quarter. Unfortunately though, it’s probably going to be another nail biter.

    The only thing that worries me about this year is the fact that the game is at the end of the season. It’s very possible that we could be looking forward to a Pac12 championship game, while they are either fighting for a bowl game or just playing for pride.

    Hopefully we can just kick their asses and end the debate, but I won’t hold my breath.

    • Tony
      2

      Regardless of score, we can claim to be more talented. Historically, the Utes have competed well and even beaten more talented teams. It’s not all about talent.

      That said, I think the zoo’s chances of beating us were best probably this past year and won’t get any easier for years to come.

    • Utah
      1 1

      The last 3-5 years, the BYU/Utah game has been over by the fourth quarter. I did all the numbers on this before, but since 2011, we averaged a two score lead heading into the fourth quarter and have put the game on cruise control. I think the two point  conversion play is the only game since 2011 where BYU has had the ball with a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter. 

      The games haven’t been anywhere near as close as the scores indicate. 

      • ironman1315
        1

        What about Hill’s last year. That would have been a win had they converted.

        • RiseasUtes

          That was 2 years ago and he said that was the one time.  Mangum had a shot to tie or take the lead in the last possession last year, but they couldn’t catch the ball or move it a few feet.  We shot ourselves in the foot last year.  I think this year we have to much talent/experience for it to be that close again(at least I hope).

      • Last year BYU had the ball on last drive of game with chance to win. We were one unlucky bounce away from losing. 

        • Utah
          1

          You are correct. They had 1 min and 29 secs to go 91 yards. And with three minutes left in the game, Utah was up by 13 points. If your game plan is to score 14 points with three minutes left…good for you  

          My point still stands. The games haven’t been as close as the scores indicate. 

    • If we’re in contention for PAC 12 Championship game when we play BYU, we will beat them easily. Last year we were not contenders. Not even close. 

  • HoosierUte
    6

    Top ten teams played by Utah in its 125 Years of Football

    Rank. School      # Games (first game) w/l/t Pct

    10. Oregon         31 (1933) 9/22/0 .290

    9. UTEP              33 (1964) 25/8/0 .758

    8. Denver           41 (1905) 28//10/5 .720

    7. Arizona           43(1924) 22/19/2 .535

    6. New Mexico     52 (1938) 33/17/2 .654

    5. Colorado         64(1903) 29/32/3 .492

    4. Colorado St.    80 (1902) 56/22/2 .713

    3. Wyoming         83 (1904) 51/31/1 .620

    2. tds                  98 (1896) 60/34/4 .633

    1. Utah State       112(1892) 79/29/4 .723

  • Does Denver still have a football team? I’d like to slap them around a few more times instead of Weber State.

    Our record against CU is shameful, we need to never lose to them ever again.

    • PlainsUte

      No, but they have a pretty good hockey team.

  • UteThunder

    I did not expect to see Oregon on this list; and with just 31 games played? Weird. I would have thought for sure there would be several other teams who we had played more than 31 times.

  • FountainofUte
    4

    Losing to Colorado isn’t shameful, generally. Losing to them in 2011 was absolutely shameful. Putrid. Inexcusable.

    I found it interesting to see how close the series’ are with Colorado and Arizona. Those are the rivalries we need to be grooming in the coming years.

    And, I know I’m in a minority with this opinion, but I still see schools like Wyo, Colo St, and New Mexico as regional brothers and semi-rivals. I’d like to see them more often in our non-conference schedules. If it were up to me, I’d love to have a H-&-H always going on with some of our old WAC and MWC brothers. I’m actually stoked that Wyoming’s on the near future schedule.

    • utefansince79
      1

      Indeed, following the “A-B-C” concepts for non-conference foes, our old traditional MWC rivals are a good “B” opponent (and NOT you know who every single season).

      Looking forward to Wyoming as some of the more memorable games I saw when first becoming a Utah fan were against the Cowboys.

      I remember a game (I believe in 1981) where Wyoming had upset BYU early in the season in a blizzard, and later visited Utah late in the year and the winner would still be in the title race and loser would essentially be out.  We had a simply epic game against them with the north end packed with very rowdy and loud visiting Cowboy fans with Utah winning by just 3.

       

       

       

    • UteThunder

      Those MWC teams are okay, but I would rather play Utah State than Wyo, UNM, or CSU. If we are going to play former WAC/MWC rivals not named USU, then I would prefer we play the schools in recruiting hot beds – Hawaii, San Diego State, UTEP, etc. etc.   

    • Jim Fassel Fan
      2 1

      We should be the king of the Intermountain region, it’s absolutely unacceptable that we have a losing record against both CU and Boise State, one is full of idiot hippies, the other is a trucker school.

      Eventually we’re going to see all P5 conferences go to an 11 conference game schedule. There’s really no reason for this not to happen, the more conference games are played, the higher the ticket prices will be, the more money can be made. Nick Saban came out and said he favors a 9 game conference schedule, because of the potential to make more money. If Alabama can come to the realization that making money is actually more important than winning mythical national championships, everyone else will come to that realization. The remaining 12th game should be a P5 crossover game, i.e. PAC 12 vs. Big 10, midway through the season. The conference with the best winning percentage that week gets preference for invites to the playoffs.

      But in the meantime, I wish we’d schedule former WAC foes rather than the crap we’re seeing now. I’d love to see us regularly play Wyoming, Hawaii, and New Mexico.

      • utefansince79
        2

        I miss having Utah State on the schedule and making the drive to Logan.  (and Aggie fans >>>>>>> TDS fans).

         

         

        • BattleGroundUte
          3

          Logan is so nice. Provo f**k that noise. 

        • FtheY
          2

          This. I’ve had nothing but good experiences in Logan. They also have a cool little stadium.

      • UteThunder
        1 1

        I don’t think we will ever see eleven conference games. Nine, or maybe even ten, but never eleven.

        Coaches like being employed. Getting to bowl games keeps most coaches employed. With an eleven game conference schedule plus one more P5 game, getting to six or seven wins suddenly becomes a monumental task for half of the teams out there. With three or four non-conference games, most years, most P5 coaches can pick up two to four cheap wins and then just need to find a few more Ws in-conference to get bowl eligible. 

        I think we are more likely to see an eight or nine game conference schedule with a mandatory P5 non-conference scheduling guideline to equalize things a bit. 

        • Jim Fassel Fan
          1 2

          If coaches had any influence on what university presidents decide, they wouldn’t have to constantly worry about losing their jobs. Untapped revenue eventually gets tapped, it’s why we don’t see many games on network television anymore. Bowl games will eventually be classified, P5 and non P5. P5 bowl games will take as many teams as the market allows, as always. 

          • UteThunder
            1

            Give me a break. How often is it the university president who fires a coach? Most university presidents don’t have a clue about athletics.

            Sure, a decision on conference schedules is going to be made by university presidents, but they are going to talk to their ADs, and most likely their coaches, to get a feel for what those individuals think would be best for their university. I don’t think very many coaches are going to be advocating for a scheduling system that will make their job more difficult. 

            • Give you a break? Come on, you think coaches’ concerns over scheduling will outweigh a significant increase in revenue. No. If that were the case, Jim Fassel would be going on 35 years as HC  

              • UteThunder
                1

                Yes. Because what is best for a coach in this case is also best for the university, i.e. winning more games. Putting your university in a situation where they could make more money but are more likely to lose more games will ultimately end with your university worse off and possibly making less money down the road.

                For an example, look at BYU going independent. They have been making more money as an independent than they did in the MWC, but they have put their coaches in an almost impossible situation. Their revenues are going to start to take a sharp decline due to losing more games and waning fan support. 

  • Dwight89
    2

    Moar Utah Football Talk

    Alright folks, as we get closer and closer to Fall Camp, what are the position groups that still need to be sorted out, and who are the likely starters? 

     

     

    For me, I think the group that seems to be most up for grabs right now are the wide receivers. Right now I would say the five who are in the running to start are:

    Bronson Boyd

    Siaosi Mariner

    Britain Covey

    Demari Simpkins

    Samson Nacua

     

  • Utah
    6 5

    Bryan Thompson is our best receiver. 

    • Onlyu
      7

      100% 

      • FtheY

        OnlyU, what makes him so much better? 

        Utah called that one. Maybe downvotes for being correct? 

        • Onlyu
          8

          First of all we are in a much better position at WR top to bottom than we probably ever have been albeit maybe slightly inexperienced.

          We’re splitting hairs a little with Mariner, Covey, Nacua, and Simpkins. They’re all right there but Thompson on paper is one of the more talented receivers we’ve landed at the U. 6’2”/210…plenty physical, great hands, Engineering track so highly intelligent, great route runner…the whole package. He started to come on strong at the end of last season and worked his way into some game time before it was over. Really struggled to figure things out in the Summer/Camp…moving too fast for him but once he caught up his talent really started to show. Got hurt lifting so missed the Spring which is why you haven’t heard much about him BUT you will.

          If you ask the guys throwing to him right now they will say in order – Thompson, Simpkins, Boyd, Nacua, Wilson, Covey (though he wasn’t there to throw to in the Spring and that probably changes). They cannot believe how quick Perriman is. Enis hasn’t had much time with them yet but also probably works his way up. You know what you get with Field. We’ll see where Dixon figures in since he’s young but he’s also behind the core group today.

          Thompson, Simpkins and Boyd – group 1

          Mariner, Nacua, Covey, Enis – group 2

          Dixon, Field, Johnson, Turley group 3

          Not set in stone but if the season started today that’s where we’re at.

          • Utah
            3 1

            Another thing I’d recommend, is listen to the coaches. No one has seen Thompson play this year, but every coach brings him up every time they are asked about the WR’s…unprompted. That’s a good sign. 

          • Jim Fassel Fan
            1 2

            A lot of names with very few catches. The WRs weren’t a big threat last year, well below average by PAC 12 standards. I hope someone will emerge, but this group is not as deep as previous years, no way. 2014 was much deeper. 

            Dres (NFL)

            Clay (NFL)

            Scott

            Patrick (NFL)

            Hatfield (NFL)

            Lewis

            (NFL Allen

            Norwood

            Field

            Young

            • Onlyu
              3

              I’d argue that Thompson, Boyd, and Enis will play in the NFL or at least reach the level of the guys you mention.  Mariner, Simpkins and potentially Covey will get a look as well.  Very similar…Enis, Boyd and Thompson are higher rated incoming prospects than those listed above as well.  

              Point taken on catches but in fairness Boyd wasn’t eligible and Covey and Enis weren’t here.  Simpkins, Mariner, Nacua and Thompson were involved. 

              I forgot Perriman above…he wasn’t here either but will probably figure into the return game until Simpkins moves on.

              Young but talented.

            • ironman1315
              1

              Two are defensive NFL guys. The others are marginal NFL guys.

          • FtheY

            Thanks OnlyU, awesome breakdown. This makes me very optimistic. 

    • Utah
      1 1

      Lol @ those who thumbs me down. 

      • darklightning
        2

        The same people who think Samson Nacua is ranked #35 on 60 in 60, I would guess. 

      • FtheY

        I have to give you a thumbs down just so I don’t miss out. Everyone else has. 

        • Utah

          Ha ha. I think there is a small group of desperados thumbing me down (3-5 people) consistently in hopes of driving me away. 

          They are defending their honor by thumbing me down. Ha ha. 

          • Duhwayne

            If you can’t handle Utah at his worst, you don’t deserve him at his best?

          • FtheY

            Glad you got the humor out of that one, I thought it was funny! Yeah, downvotes happen from time to time, unfortunately. Oh well, such is life on the message boards. 

  • alharmon
    3

    125 Years of Utah Football

    UteThunder
    2

    Non-Utah Pac-12 Games

    Other than Utah’s games, which annual Pac-12 matchups do you always try to watch?

    I like watching just about any Pac-12 matchup, but there are 5 that I go out of my way to try and watch:

    Colorado vs CSU – I’ve been watching this game since the formation of the MWC.

    USC vs UCLA – Intense rivalry in sunny SoCal that I just like to watch in late November.

    USC vs Notre Dame – In a sport defined by regional rivalries, this is one of the very few national rivalries.

    Stanford vs Notre Dame – Not quite on the same level as Trojans vs Irish, but still a fun game between some big time teams.

    Arizona vs Arizona State – I don’t know why I like this one, but it always catches my attention. 

  • Jim Fassel Fan
    1

    USC vs Washington State is the most important non Utah game this season. 

    • Utah
      1

      That is always a messed up game. Craziness always happens in that game. Always a fun one to watch. 

    • Chidojuan
      1 1

      Why is this game more important than SC vs Arizona? That game is going to determine our rival in the South Division.

      • Jim Fassel Fan
        1

        USC is always the favorite. We play Oregon and Washington, USC plays Oregon State and Washington State. That’s a horrible disparity in schedule difficulty. The only way we get past that is if Washington State beats USC.

        • Chidojuan

          Good answer, I was thinking in terms of the South division, but that is a better big picture.

  • alharmon
    3

    – Any big out of conference game involving a PAC-12 team (for example, Washington vs Auburn this year)

    – Stanford vs USC

    – Any ranked PAC-12 vs PAC-12 matchup (like USC vs Washington State, that was a dang good game)

    Honestly though, I just love football and I don’t care who’s playing.

     

  • UteBacker
    3

    The Oregon-Washington rivalry is nasty.  Those guys hate each other.  Makes for some good football.. 

  • RedLine
    2

    USC Stanford. That game is by far my favorite. Hands in the dirt, no glitzy glam, no out muscling. That game is played to the last whistle every year regardless of the score.