What’s your unpopular (no red goggles) opinion for our Friday game?

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    • #179800

      Ute Fan

      Disclaimer: This is not supposed be a pessimistic post, neither is it meant to be critical. Just curious about opionions in the context of Friday’s game that’re not red-goggled or popular. Here’s mine:
      The USC D is not as porous as everyone is making it sound, and even then, their TO margin makes up for the inadequacies. With that in mind, I don’t see our O score >30 points, which means our D will have to play lights out to give us a chance to win.
      What’s your unpopular take for our Fri game?

    • #179801

      Ute Fan

      The old rule from Dennis Erickson in the PAC12 was the first team to 30 usually wins. In this game I think that bar is set higher at 35. If we come out strong and at least hold serve in Q1, we’ll do well. Most of our key players have been in this spotlight and the Rose Bowl last year. This seriously could devolve into which team has the ball last.

      • #179805

        Ute Fan

        Im just trying to find someone who is ok placing a bet on USC for me.

    • #179802

      Ute Fan

      My satirical one: our kicker wins the game for us

      My real one: our defense won’t stop them. I think we get maybe 2 punts. I hope CPIII makes a play similar to the Oregon game but this is the best qb we have probably ever faced so I doubt it. Our offense hopefully answers the bell again and we out score them! I think the offense does and Utah goes back to back

      • #179813

        Ute Fan

        Benny Hill Satire is Redding throws for a TD after a fake fg attempt. Then misses the PAT. 




    • #179803

      Ute Fan

      I’m getting Utah vs Washington vibes for this one. Walking into the game no one thinks we have a chance. We go all gas no brakes, play our best and nearly win it. As long as we don’t have anything crazy happen in the last minute like we did that year, we can get it done. I think it was 2018? 

      I think USC wins this one 6 or 7 times out of ten. We have to make this our 3-4. Cam needs to run, Kincaid healthy, oblock needs to set the tone for the run game. We need some creativity from Scalley to get to Williams without compromising coverage, most likely by sending an extra guy. 

    • #179804

      Ute Fan

      Utah Oline run blocking against the good teams, especially on the road. 78 total non-QB rushing yards against USC in the CCG is not going to get it done. 

      Utah rushing yards against good teams Utah played:

      Team/Rising/non-QB rushing yards

      USC: 138/60/78 

      Oregon: 156/43/113

      UCLA: 192/59/133

      Florida: 230/91/139


    • #179806

      Ute Fan

      Kincaid has a torn shoulder, he’s not getting any healthier but he’s the player that’ll ball out regardless.

      I think the defense can hold SC to <38 pts, Ludwig will need to get away from his play calling tendencies and keep SC guessing. 

      Utah wins if Rising has a >65% completion percentage. USC wins big if Cam goes <55%.

    • #179811

      Ute Fan

      Taking my red goggles off and I think we win by 3+ scores

    • #179815

      Ute Fan

      I think the odds are against us, frankly. But if we can keep a handle on the turnover battle and limit big plays from their offense we have a fighting chance and that’s all you can ask for.

    • #179818

      Ute Fan

      Utah will not blow out USC.

      USC’s offense is too good to be blown out.  They make very few mistakes and can score quickly.  I will not feel comfortable about the game even with a 20-point margin and ten minutes to play.  Their offense is fast, talented, smart and just don’t turnover the ball.


    • #179819

      Ute Fan

      I’m not super optimistic. Take away the home field advantage and replace it with a neutral site and you’ve got a ~3 point USC win. Add in the fact that Utah isn’t playing as well as we were back then and I see a ~10 point USC win.

      • #179832

        Ute Fan

        I think that is fair, though we played great in the last CCG. We’ll have plenty of fan support there.

    • #179823

      Ute Fan

      We are extremely banged up on offense. All of our most important contributors are either out for the year or banged up. The only semi-regular contributor that isn’t is Vele (as far as I know).

      On defense we are healthier, but still pretty thin at DE now. We still have capable guys there, but Ellis and Fillinger were both starting to turn a corner in their development when they went out (No clue if Ellis will be out or not).

      Despite all of this, I’m expecting at least a decent game. USC fans are acting like they will win this game easily because this one matters… but the last one mattered as much or more, and we still won.

      Of course, we aren’t playing at home, but we played great our last time in Vegas, so I expect a good showing from our guys. Our defense will be better than it was during the first half of the last game with USC. Our offense will probably be worse.

      • #179839

        Ute Fan

        Ellis is listed as number 1 on the depth chart. Defense is going to show up to play, offense will compete. Utes by 10

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