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    • #170622

      Ute Fan

      “Teams That Will Disappoint in 2022”


      Championship odds: +6000

      Win total over/under: 9

      Do I personally believe it will happen? No. Flatly ignoring a recent trend seems unwise, though.

      Utah has reached the Pac-12 Championship Game in three of the last four seasons, and the lone exception was a strange 2020 campaign. During the three traditional years, the Utes went 18-1 at home and 11-6 otherwise in regular-season games.

      That’s a reasonable concern for 2022.

      Utah begins the season at Florida (Sept. 3), also traveling to Arizona State (Sept. 24) and UCLA (Oct. 8) within the first six weeks. The closing stretch sends the Utes to Washington State (Oct. 27), Oregon (Nov. 19) and Colorado (Nov. 26).

      Add in a home showdown with USC (Oct. 15), and Utah’s schedule is no walk in the park. If the Utes struggle on the road, the season could turn disappointing very quickly.

    • #170624

      Ute Fan

      What I do know is that Cam excelled on the road last year. If they don’t let the hype get in their heads, this team will be special.

      • #170675

        2008 National Champ
        Ute Fan

        He had his best games when Theo Howard was healthy enough to stretch the D early, regardless of home/road. Hopefully someone will step up to fill that role this year as Enis/Vele are more possession types.

    • #170630

      Ute Dub
      Ute Fan

      Damn, I hope we go into Florida and make them look like Oregon of last year vs. Utah. 

      • #170631
        10 1

        Ute Fan

        I feel very good about our chances. I’d think we need to pile on the points in the 1st half, however. The second half could be a slog for our players given the humidity.

      • #170643


        I lack confidence at the beginning of every season, since we haven’t historically been very crisp early on. I hope that’s fixed this year. 

        • #170645

          Ute Fan

          KW teams have been pretty sharp when facing a real competition in season openers.  Those types of games have not been frequent since the move to the PAC12 but the team was well prepared against a very good Michigan team in 2014. 

          • #170646

            D T
            Ute Fan

            You beat me to it…..That UM team finished the year ranked #11.

          • #170647


            Yeah you’re right on the Micigan point.  

            • #170649

              Ute Fan

              I’d also add that for almost a decade we were breaking in a new offensive coordinator…EVERY FREAKING YEAR. We now have stability, comfort and experience on that previously lacking side of the ball. #FireLudwig

          • #170668

            Ute Fan

            Whitt does better with early games that matter. So often he is comfortable in OC games early using them for teaching, rotating thru backups, and letting players understand what he has been talking about. He really only cares to win these games and views them as more of a teaching tool. No style points. Last year was just strange with OC games.

        • #170652

          Ute Fan

          I’m with you, Tony.  It typically takes our Utes a game or two to get things rolling.  However, this year we have a lot of experience coming back and I “hope” we can hit the ground running.

          I always remain nervous until I see the team play.  

    • #170650

      Ute Fan

      Bleacher Report…..


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