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RiseasUtes
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Antonio Brown sporting Ute Gear

https://mobile.twitter.com/AB84/status/1129946140135370752/photo/1

As a Ute/Raider fan I like seeing this, but also thought it was cool that he is supporting Huntley.  Nothing that exciting, but without much else going on I thought it was worth sharing.

Huntley is looking pretty big.

52 votes for 12-0!!

I usually say I hate to predict a loss or think about it. I want to hear from those 52 who predict 12-0. What are your reasons and hopes and desires and what side of the bed do you get out on??? So many questions for ya….

I am saying 11-1 I think Utah falls on the road somewhere. My reasons are Utah stays healthy specifically at two positions. QB and RB.  

  • Tony
    1

    I’ve got 10-2. Most likely losses to Washington and USC. 

  • UteThunder
    1

    Going back to 2014, I have predicted our final win total within 1 game every year except for last year (I think I had us at 11).

    This year? I really don’t know what to predict. I have a lot of concerns going into this year.

    – Moss is back at RB. He is an NFL talent, but how healthy will he be and is his knee going to hold up for the whole season?

    – Huntley is back at QB, but he has had two season ending injuries. He looked really good in the Red/White game, but will his body hold up for an entire year?

    – OL is replacing a couple of guys and we will have a new starting LB crew. 

    – Covey has been our best WR and is coming off of multiple injuries including an ACL tear. There is no way he will be what he has been for us in the past. Can Simpkins, Enis, and Dixon step up to carry the load?

    – Ludwig is back at OC. How long will it take for the new offense to get rolling? Will it get rolling?

    – And then there’s our kicker situation . . . yikes.

    Even with all of that uncertainty, I think we have enough talent to get to 9 or maybe even 10 regular season wins. If things go our way, maybe we win 11 or even 12 games including the post-season.

    • I also forgot to mention how our schedule is much more favorable this season vs last season. Utah returns a lot of talent from last years effort which went really well. I initially was very worried about OL last season but I think they did well enough. LB is the biggest question mark on the defense and obviously the concerns with special teams. 

      • UtemanUtefan

        I can’t remember what I voted but we bring almost the whole defense back save the LB’s. If, and it’s a big if, Bowen Lloyd and Bernard step up and are comparable or dare I say it, better… We could have an amazing, top ten level defense.  If the offense is average we’re a 10 win team.

    • Correct you are UteThunder.  Our Kicking situation is NOT ideal.

      Any word on the eligibility of Cameron Rising yet?

  • UtTroutHunter
    3

    I have 10-2 with loses to USC and ASU. I doubt the Utes beat both USC and Washington on the road, but I think they can get one. A loss to ASU,  because that’s just what the Utes do. 

  • astUTE

    I have them at 11-1, and did not specifically account for the loss.  I expect them to beat USC ASU, and Wash on the road. but lose a WFT game like, CAL, AZ, BYU????, or most likely WA St. at home.  Seems like there is always at least one WTF lose since we joined the PAC.  If this is the year we stop that streak, Thank GOD!  And if no WTF lose, my predecition goes to 12-0.

  • noneyadb

    9-3. It’s Whitt’s number. Losses to USC, Arizona, and UCLA. Doomed to the Vegas Bowl.

  • Utesbyfive

    I voted 11-1. I think they can do it. I say we lose to Washington and beat either them or Oregon for it all.

  • Tony
    7

    5 things to know about Utah Football

  • Johnny80
    4

    I like some of the insights. I will admit that I’m drinking all the kool-aid and believe that we are much better than the 8 wins that the author predicted. Really love the “whatever “ comment when it came to the OOC games.

    • chinngiskhaan
      1

      lol, yeah, it was pretty funny. He did say that it could end up being a lot more than eight if we manage to beat USC or Washington though.

      Oh man, if we beat both of those teams at their places, we would be in for a very special season.

  • Hammer

    I think he meant to say Francis Bernard is coming off a good season, not Devin Lloyd, who rarely played?

    • he said Devi Lloyd had a good spring, not previous season

  • Dante Guardi

    8 wins? u gotta be kidding me… I dont think this guy watched us in October last year. This is the only year we have the most talented roster in the Pac 12 south, 8 wins?! Im thinking 10 at least

    • Tony
      2

      Vote in the poll!

    • Most talented in the South? Idk about that. USC still most talented in the conference but poorly coached. 

  • ProudUte
    12

    Huntley could be the number one QB in the state of Utah, or

    he could be two or even three.

    Jordan Love from Utah State is a great QB in the MWC.  I am not sure what he could do in the PAC12, but I like him a lot.

    I know it is considered a crime on this site to say anything nice about a BYU player.  Wilson is not an All American.  However, he is a skilled QB with what appears to be a lot of confidence.  I do think he lacks the receivers to be great QB this season.

    Huntley, IMO is the most athletic of the three and is the best dual threat of the bunch.

    I think Huntley (if he stays healthy) will be the best QB in the state of Utah in 2019; however, the other two guys are talented QBs and I think both will have good seasons.

  • Central Coast Ute
    3

    I agree that Huntley should be the best of the three and I think he’ll have the best season if he stays healthy. I won’t be surprised is Love has better passing stats however, due to an easier schedule.

  • gnUTE
    7

    Wilson is a good quarterback and a good athlete. But, he is not in the same class with Huntley. BYU fans have an amazing ability to exaggerate the abilities of their QB. If they had Jason Shelley or Jordan Love they would be convinced that guy was the best in the state. 

    I think the state QB rankings would be:

    Huntley

    Love about a half step back

    Shelley and Wilson about the same level

    And this is assuming Wilson comes back strong from a serious throwing side shoulder surgery.

     

    • I am interested to see how well Love does without Wells. GA has done all right allowing his OC’s to thrive for the most part. OSU obviously being an exception. 

  • Staples
    2

    Nice post and totally agree, all 3 major programs in the state look to be in excellent shape when it comes to QB.

  • Tony
    9

    He will certainly be the QB on the #1 football team in the state of Utah.

  • The color analysts at the Utah Spring game kept raving about how much bigger Huntley looked.  And I agree, he DOES look bigger than he did last year.  However, I think it looked like Shelley had the more successful offseason in the gym than Huntley.  That guy looked considerably stronger.

    Unfortunately, Rising is the only talent we have at the QB spot that’s sporting “Pac-12” size for the position.  And despite the fact that Huntley looks bigger, I still don’t think he’s gained the weight necessary to last a full season, so hopefully, Rising would be able to add to the depth at that position

    FWIW, I was very [pleasantly] surprised that we managed to get through last year with 2 QBs.  I didn’t think we would.  I thought we’d finish our bowl game with our #3 guy.  And when that guy opted to transfer, I was very nervous.

  • PGA Championship starts tomorrow

    1st tee is at 6 am … for Thursday & Friday on PPV.  

    PGA Championship

  • PlainsUte

    Who’s your favorite to win?  Dibs on Keopka.

    • Basketball Junkie
      1

      Keopka, Tiger & Dustin Johnson have to be the odds on favorites. Massive viewing crowd because of Tigers Master Win. Should be a Kick! Are you watching it?

       

      • PlainsUte

        Watching of golf limited to Sunday afternoon if I happen to have time.

    • Tony
      1

      I’m going to go McIlroy.

      • I was going to list everyone but…. I thought that would be kinda obvious! Ha

         

      • Tony

        Like I said, Koepka.

  • chinngiskhaan
    4

    I would love to see Finau get his major win

    • FtheY
      2

      This. Cheering for Finau definitely, love the local guy. 

      Can’t stand Tiger as a person, but man, I love to watch him compete. Seeing him win the Masters was great and it would be cool to stay in the game chasing Jack’s major record. 

      Also, totally forgot they moved the major schedule around this year. I’ll watch for sure on Sunday and check in where I can. 

    • Tony
      1

      Right. Finau. That would be awesome.

  • HCHooligan
    17

    Chase

    astUTE
    6

    Been too busy with personal things…

    Finally caught up today on some of the early pre-season top 25 predcitions.  I’m obviously pleased to see the Utes featured often, sometimes prominently, and only completely missing on a few.

    A question and a comment:

    Why has Oregon jumped to the top of the class?  I get that they have a returning senior quarterback, and a very good incoming recruiting class.  But, toward the end of last season, with everything to play for, they came into Utah and lost to our backup QB and running back.  Recruiting classes rarely provide anything to the bottom line, other than perhaps depth in their first year, and Oregon lost their best receiver, Dillon Mitchel, who will be very hard to replace.  Is this just a case of the national media “WANTING” to reestablish the presence the the “Oregon Brand”?

    Comment:

    There are some prominent OOC games scheduled with non-PAC12 schools, obviously none involving Utah.  We need to get BYU off the schedule and start looking for something more interesting and something that will help our national strength of schedule and the perception of our program with the national press.

  • Utesbyfive

    How good is Auburn supposed to be? That game will tell a lot.

  • Central Coast Ute
    1

    Regarding Oregon and this is just my take; I do agree that the media is probably a little biased here, but as you said they have Herbert coming back, plus a very good, experienced offensive line. Their left tackle, who was injured when Utah played them, might be the best in the country. I predict he’ll be a top 10 pick when he goes to the NFL.

    • astUTE

      Forgot completely about him, and partially that he missed our game last year.  I still have to see something from Oregon before they’ll create any fear.   The good news is, that if we play them it will be in the conference championship.

  • ProudUte
    2

    All the local talking heads seem miffed with all the Oregon love.  I personally don’t see it.  Herbert was not a super star even with a great receiver.  I am unimpressed with their coach.  Oregon is a big name program and I think a lot of the love is wishful thinking; just hoping that they are back in the mix.  I just hope we play them for the conference championship in December and blow them away.

    Go Utes!!!

     

  • W16Ute
    1

    App crashes

    Tony, love this app, live the community. Thanks for working hard to make it awesome. I’ve noticed that my app will close spontaneously and the extra word part is that it’s always when I try to open a thread by BattlegroundUte. Not sure why him specifically and usually after a day or so I can access the thread but the first few times I try, it crashes. Really wish I had better information to go on than that but there is nothing to screen shot and no message, just closes. Thanks again for your hard work.

  • UteBacker

    The same thing is happening to me.

    I just thought Tony had some vendetta against Battle!

  • chinngiskhaan
    3

    Battlegroundute is a computer virus

  • Tony

    Can you tell me what thread it is? It might be something to do with embeds like Instagram.

    • Tony

      I found it. Taking a look now.

      • BattleGroundUte

        I will no longer embed those sorry @admin

        • Tony

          Not a problem. Didn’t know insta links didn’t work right.

  • Tony
    2

    Ok same thing happened for me. It was an Instagram link which wasn’t automatically working right. I changed it to a standard link. Give it a try now.

    • W16Ute

      I can go into the thread now but the link says site can’t be reached

      • Tony

        Crap. Try it now. I was fixing it with my phone. 

  • Larry B
    2

    What would you rather:

    Mique Juarez comes in and adds depth at LB or a place kicker transfer who you can count on to make 70 percent of his FG’s inside 45 yards?

    I think I’d have to go with the kicker. With the style of football Whittingham likes to run, I’m really nervous about the possibility of not having a kicker who can’t hit outside of 25 yards.

  • darklightning
    6

    I’m going to put my rose colored glasses on and say UCLA helped us fill both! 🙈🙉😂👍🏻

    • Larry B
      1

      Yeah I hope the kicker from UCLA is at least average. We just don’t know a lot about him yet.

  • RiseasUtes
    1

    70% from 45 yards isn’t very impressive.  I think we will get that from any half decent kicker.  70% from further than 40 would be a weapon though.

  • chinngiskhaan
    1

    I think we will almost get 70% out of our kicker, that is pretty average.

    • utefansince79
      1

      70% of FGs within 45 yards would be a significant drop off from what we’ve experienced the last few years.

       

      • chinngiskhaan

        meant to say almost certainly get at least that

  • BattleGroundUte
    4

    I would take depth at LB. Riverboat Kyle for the Championship please. 

    • FtheY
      3

      I have more confidence in Ludwig’s 4th down calls by default due to his experience. IIRC, it felt like Taylor got a little too cute sometimes. 

      • UteThunder
        2 1

        Agreed about Taylor, but have you forgotten the triple reverses and other cute plays Ludwig would call when he was here?

        • Brettski

          I had forgotten, and now I’m remembering.  And now I’m sad.

        • BattleGroundUte
          1

          Fourth and one..Decoy Asiata up the middle triple reverse fake pass for a five yard loss. 

        • FtheY

          I actually do not remember those. However, it’s apples and oranges as I was a much more casual fan back then and didn’t watch the game the way I do now. I’ll have to keep an eye on that this year. 

          • BattleGroundUte
            1

            Many a fire Ludwig chant on the east stands with those calls. Then BJ would run the quick 2 minute drill and move the chains. 

            I really hated the Louks packages as well. Ball in BJ hands was always the best. It was almost like his injury made him better in the pocket as well. Mentally he knew he couldn’t fall back on his legs. 

  • Definitely would go with the Kicker.  But I guess it really doesn’t matter what we “prefer”.  We get what we get, and Juarez looks like a pretty good “get”.

  • SrJ
    3

    utah football

    Does anyone know what happened with the “know nothing BS’r john777”?

  • chinngiskhaan
    9

    who cares?

  • Brettski
    3

    He’s been busy playing Fortnight