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  • #97134

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    If Utah beats USC, they have equal chances to be a 1 or 2 loss team in the regular season.  Its a stretch, but doable.

  • #96962
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    I think some don’t realize how hard it is to get to the top of a P5 conference, particularly when you are new to that level. I think the list of schools that moved to that level and win it all is short? I think there are many P5 teams that would very much like to be in Utah’s position. Sure there is more to go but there is no reason be disappointed currently. As bad as it is, I don’t think Petersen simply expects to own Utah next year. I don’t expect that other teams expect to shutdown our WRs. Most observers expect Ludwig to be successful. Lots of things need to go right, but there is reason to look forward to next season. Oregon may turn out to be the biggest test. Possibly the other coaches have their own demons other than Petersen, likely he is hoping one does not show up.

  • #96925
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    What is needed is to finish as a one loss team and the conference needs to have another top 12 team. A one loss team will almost always make it unless there are no other good teams in the league. The ACC can pull that off but not the Pac. It is not easy but doable to win the CCG after a season with only 1 loss. When it happens, the team will have a very good QB, RB, DL, and DBs. If Huntley moves into the category of very good, we have a chance. The OL needs to only be good enough to not hurt us. This team goes as far as our QB goes assuming no critical injuries.

  • #94836

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    This will not be a typical first game.  Ludwig will want to quickly establish the offense, not the usual saving everything for league games.  The players remember the game from last year and don’t want to repeat any of it.  This will not be a game between winning the southern division and the championship game.  The last 25 years have included pleanty of wins in Provo.  The utes could stumble next year, it just will not be when coming out of the gate.

  • #94438
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    Two years ago we did not know Johnston would not work out and did not have a backup plan. This year we do know Johnston will not work out and have a chance for a backup plan. We got lucky two years ago, this time around we have more time to form a backup plan. I don’t expect to be as lucky, kicking may not be a team strength, but I do expect that we can find a replacement that will at least make kicking neutral for the most part relative to other Pac teams. I don’t expect to have a bottom quarter PK in the Pac.

  • #94436
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    We are the only Pac 12 school and only school west of Oklahoma. At some point that must turn into a recruiting advantage for the best linemen in the country that want to go to school out west. I think this is just now turning into critical mass that moves it from a recent blip to a meaningful expectation. Hope we can capitalize.

  • #94236
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    I had to suffer thru 2 decades with only 2 wins by Utah.  For me, we can dismiss BYU after 2 decades without a win.  Still, from here on out, playing BYU and USU will mean playing a physical game against an emotional team wanting badly to win and they will give the best effort of the year.  Expect everything they have when they catch an opportunity for more than required to end a play so injuries are a concern.  Still, because there are so few home games and they are getting more costly, I would prefer to limit ourselves to one warm up game, on the road is fine, and make all the others more meaningful.  We should not replace these games with easy wins.

     

  • #97173

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    5 games are just sitting there to be had.  Two more will be winable.  If you focus on the two that left (I also wish they had not) there is every reason to wring your hands and worry.  That took us a step back no doubt.  But if you factor in the players we did not have last year and the development of others, the net  whould be progress.  It may take some time to get everyone playing together, however, there are ample teams on the schedule that will also be trying to mesh in new players and coaches.  Last year’s team would do better than 7, no reason this year’s team can’t do 7.  Spending half my time on the positives and half on the negatives gave me more hope than focusing on the negative.  Having Daniels come back may provide the balance to the old school culture that helped Majerus work.  I am going to expect the same.

  • #97135

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    7 and 5.

  • #96694
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    Exactly, the LBs and Safeties will look like they are everywhere because it will be difficult to get a blocker to them.  If numbers are dedicated to blocking, it takes pressure off the rest of the defense.   However, it will be interesting to see how Leach attacks the defense.  I expect passes in 2 seconds or moving QB pockets.   He may test us more than others.

     

  • #96599
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    Huntley, Moss and Covey will be fine, all the rehab news is good. The OL is the only difference we will notice but they will be up to BYU. The RBs behind Moss will provide better depth than enjoyed last year. The LBs will be more physical than last year but not as football savvy, but the line play in front of them will be even more dominating than last year leaving not much to notice. The next set of safeties will match last years with only Blair’s physicality being a difference. The punter will be up to our standard, the place kicking may not be a high level but may just be average. The game is on the road, but when they were winning some the road team was doing fine. The new OC will be much more a problem for them than for us. The past slow starts in Sept. have more to do with vanilla game plans, playing down to the competition and lots of rotation. All that could have been a problem if not for last years trap game. Because it was embarrassing, we may see something much closer to the opener with Michigan than to other preseason games. We won’t be looking forward to the first ever Pac conference championship in 6 days, instead it will be the end of a long wait to hit someone on another team. BYU will not be able to keep themselves from getting our football teams attention all thru August. I think a distracted Utah was the only team of note that Wilson has faced, he will likely have no idea what is coming to him all thru September – no Mangum to take the tough first half of the season.

  • #94444

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    My thoughts as well. If he could not take the starting position at Marshall, it is not likely he can stand up to Pac DL guys. Nice to have him in the depth at OL and likely the best option out there but Harding is required to do magic, and maybe he can, to assume he can help keep our QB standing. This is a nice thing but not an exciting thing.

  • #94300
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    You need to consider the year for the RBs, don’t compare Fr to Sr when looking at the future. Brumfield compares well to spring Moss before his So year. Often spring plays are called to look at what players are working on including new things. The focus may even be working the OL with things they are not getting right or downfield blocking setup or the other side of the ball. This is not a sample of what to expect in Sept. Brumfield will follow in Moss’s footsteps and no, we do not have a stable of MWC backs. Rising running likely had more to do with watching the defensive backups react to that than anything to do with hoping he is a running QB. Most plays were not about what you were focused on.

  • #93375
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    Jimmer should keep his dreams to himself. No one should need to help him and his fans with his dream. This is not Make a Wish, what about all the other people that are simply involved with the Jazz season and have to sit thru the event. I would suggest a game in Provo with local players where Jimmer scores most the points for both teams, as a better alternative.

  • #93081
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    Down but not crap. I think the three will not go away as fast as you expect. We need the tournament wins to begin to turn around our perception.

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