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  • Stone started the topic Scheduling in the forum Football 1 week, 1 day ago

    With most (maybe all) conferences going to a conference only model, this could get us closer to a system that actually works in terms of playoffs and national championship. One of the long-standing and valid complaints is how to evaluate conferences when they do not all play the same number of conference games. The SEC is now going to face the…[Read more]

  • Stone started the topic In-state Recruiting in the forum Football 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Utah did really well this year in-state. It is not always easy to keep local kids at home. Some see the merits of staying close to home and playing in front of family and friends–the home town hero. But others want to leave the nest, regardless of how nice the nest; they get starry-eyed. Interesting to have seen some of those latter types…[Read more]

  • Stone started the topic Musings in the forum Football 8 months ago

    The two moments against Oregon that stood out to me as critical were:
    1. Utah’s first offensive possession. Granted, it was a quick possession, but everything was clicking so nicely to start. Running well, passing well, moving the chains…. Really tough to have lost that drive on downs close to the red zone. Frankly, I am pretty sure the spot on…[Read more]

  • Stone started the topic Jayden Daniels in the forum Football 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    I recall a lot of conspiracy theories about why Daniels chose ASU over Utah. But seems like the most likely reason he chose to play there over Utah is the most obvious–a chance for immediate playing time. And, based on what has happened this season, he chose well. 
    Had he chosen Utah, he would have been competing this year against: (a) a…[Read more]

  • Stone started the topic Jayden Daniels in the forum Football 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    I recall a lot of conspiracy theories about why Daniels chose ASU over Utah. But seems like the most likely reason he chose to play there over Utah is the most obvious–a chance for immediate playing time. And, based on what has happened this season, he chose well. 

    Had he chosen Utah, he would have been competing this year against: (a) a…[Read more]

  • I think Utah got a field goal on that possession (as opposed to the missed field goal on the first possession), so technically only 11 points left on the field, but unacceptable nonetheless.

    It is crazy how much difference a minor thing can make in a game. Looking back to USC, I wonder how much the whole dynamic might have changed if Lloyd sacked…[Read more]

  • @chinngiskhaan speaks truth. Look, I love seeing cool non-conference games as much as anyone. It is so much more fun to play Michigan or Notre Dame than Idaho State. So much more fun. However, while fun from a fan perspective, it also makes it far more likely that the team will suffer a loss and/or injuries… which decreases the ability to win…[Read more]

  • In other words (according to @whitlessham): Because Scott was commissioner when the Pac12 invited Utah to the Pac12, Utah is forever banned from criticizing Scott.

    Oooooookay. Please let us know when Utah fans are allowed to provide constructive criticism, Sir Whitlessham.

  • Stone replied to the topic Undrafted Free Agents in the forum Football 1 year, 3 months ago

    Not a Ute, but thought it was interesting that Jake Browning was not drafted. He was once touted as a Heisman candidate.

  • Stone started the topic Football Schedules in the forum Football 1 year, 5 months ago

    Although difficult to embrace from the perspective of fans that wants to see amazing non-conference games, this article nicely explains why it pays to schedule down.
    @Utah has been harping on this for awhile, and I tend to agree. Until Utah is winning conference championships and in the playoff discussion, there is very little reason to schedule…[Read more]

  • Interesting that one of the primary factors cited in him choosing between UCLA and Utah was location (i.e., he wanted to get away from home). I think this is one of the biggest hurdles Utah faces in recruiting the kids in Utah. It’s just the way high school kids think (I did too). It is often sexier to tell your friends/neighbors/family that you…[Read more]

  • Sioni Vaki
    Going on a mission for his church before enrolling

  • Stone replied to the topic Recruiting… in the forum Football 1 year, 6 months ago

    Alright, I guess we will see where recruiting rankings end up tomorrow. But even still, I would weight the actual on the field performance much more than a recruiting ranking. Recruiting is critical… but recruiting rankings are meaningless without on the field performance. Utah (and Whit) beat many teams this year that had higher recruiting…[Read more]

  • Stone replied to the topic Recruiting… in the forum Football 1 year, 6 months ago

    Also, a B- for Whit this year? Utah played one of the hardest schedules in the Pac 12, lost its starting running back, starting QB, and top receiver, yet won the South Division and was a close loss away from the Rose Bowl. How does that result in a B- coaching job?

    This is where your prejudices and bitterness really manifest themselves. And why…[Read more]

  • Stone replied to the topic Recruiting… in the forum Football 1 year, 6 months ago

    Utah rarely recruits kids from the midwest, so not sure how the perceptions of Utah’s weather in the midwest matter (and it is no surprise they don’t complain about Utah weather… because Utah’s weather is typically better than in the midwest).

    Utah largely recruits kids from California, Texas, and Florida. Those are warm weather states. People…[Read more]

  • More weekend reading. A certain Utah RB is highly rated.
    Pac12 Heisman Hopefuls in 2019

  • Stone replied to the topic Whitt in the forum Football 1 year, 7 months ago

    I thought this bit from the article on Daniels was interesting:

    he’ll be the highest-rated recruit to join the program since receiver N’Keal Harry (No. 53) came to the school in 2016, and the highest-rated ASU quarterback since Brady White (No. 68) inked with the Sun Devils in 2015.

    Remember Brady White and how many times he decimated opp…[Read more]

  • Nothing too surprising about the fact that day games on network TV are the highest rated. Only marginally surprising that UW was in 5 of the 10 top games (they are a marquee program), but that also could be a result of them having more network/day games than other teams.

    4 of those top 10 games are likely more about the non-conference opponent…[Read more]

  • Plus, what if @OnlyU is actually GA? We will now only have insider info at USU.

  • Happy for USU, a bit sad for Utah. It gave me a lot of confidence having Gary on staff – the more smart, experienced coaches, the better. Plus, I was really looking forward to having a few recruiting cycles with him on staff. He is a really strong recruiter.

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