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Tony
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Thanks for the birthday gift, Utes

Good morning.  Thanks to the Utes for the win.  It was ugly, but a nice birthday gift for me today.  I feel like I aged a year in that game. 

  • leftyjace
    1

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TONY!!!

  • bopahull
    1

    I thought it was my birthday present. Happy birthday Tony.

  • utahpunk
    1

    Happy Birthday Admin!

  • KiYi-Ute
    2

    Happy Birthday, man.

    Now who’s got a birthday next Saturday?

  • Utahute72

    Mine’s in May, but feel free to use it ahead of time.

  • Tony

    Injuries due to Under Armour cleats?

    Totally bummed watching Shyne go down.  Looked season ending to me last night.  Then Howard (is that his name) goes down a couple of plays later but did return.  Many in our section and I think perhaps here discussed that crappy Under Armour cleats may be to blame.  Any traction to this?  Sorry, pun intended.

  • uteMac13

    Under armour is actually a great brand what they need to do is put a grass field in at rice eccles

    • norm

      Maybe, but weren’t a bunch of injuries against Cal on grass last week? Seems more likely cleats would be the common denominator to me.

      • noneyadb

        Cal is a turf field

        • norm

          oh, my bad.

  • 1

    Under Armour cleats rank at the top of most everyone’s list. Injuries are a part of the game.

    • It is a terrible excuse and Fitts is silly for making that accusation. 

      • Tony

        So Fitts said something about this eh?  That’s likely where the idea started then.

        • He made a tweet and then deleted a tweet.  I think it was like the day after he was ruled out.  

  • Torg
    3

    Well, if other schools are using Under Armour, how are their players holding up?

    It seems unlikely we are getting different shoes than the other schools.

    This could very well be a case of getting hit by a big bad case of unluckiness.

    We need that juice from Harry Potter where you can heal broken bones and such. Anyone know where we can buy some?

    • bopahull

      Try the State store, seems to work for the rest of we drunk Utes.

  • aquasaurious

    Fitts tweeted that and (and later deleted it) when JJ went down.

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  • Utah

    How Good is Washington?

    I was looking at Washington last night…and there is a chance they aren’t great. Now, don’t get me wrong, they’ve looked incredible. And they are definitely a top 3 PAC-12 team.

    BUT…what do we REALLY know about them? There is a chance that they haven’t played a team yet that will go bowling.

    Rutgers – Rutgers is 2-4, with their two wins over Howard and New Mexico. Their losses are to Washington, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State. Out of their 4 losses, Ohio State beat them by 58 and Michigan by 78. Washington won by 35. My point? Rutgers is really, really, really bad.

    Idaho Vandals – They have lost to Washington and WSU. WSU beat them by more points (50 to 45).

    Portland State – SJSU, Washington, Weber St, SUU have all beaten them.

    Stanford/Oregon – Man, this seems weird typing this, but man, those two teams might not be that good. Oregon is on a four game losing streak, and Stanford has lost two in a row with ND and Colorado coming up. BUT, Stanford has beaten UCLA and USC. What a schizo team.

    Arizona – Arizona took them to OT.

    Here is what sucks: Petersen is a very, very good coach (I hate that guy). He now has a bye week, then OSU, then us. So, he has three weeks to get ready for us.

    I DO think we can win that game. Especially with Troy Williams, who was benched for Browning. Williams will be out to prove that Washington made the wrong choice. If we can go into that game with Patrick, Moss, McCormick and Lo Falamaka healthy, we can beat them.

    Or they could come out and beat us by 30. lol.

    I love and hate being in the conference.

  • UTE98

    I think they are pretty good.

    But if I’m getting ready to face Utah after seeing what we did with our 5th and 6th string RBs last night. Meaning Troy Williams going off on the ground when we needed, I’m thinking, don’t hurt another RB.

    Troy changed gears to running the ball as quick as I’ve ever seen a QB do. He was amazing.

  • leftyjace

    Right now, I’m not sure how we beat Washington. Even at home. I mean, I’m a Ute and I will cheer loud and be there and hope my brain is wrong, but my mind is telling me the opposite of what my heart wants it to.

    • Utah

      If we have Moss, McCormick, Tim Patrick, B-B, Smith is healthier….

      We can beat Washington. Troy Williams is becoming a HELL of a QB. If we can improve the weapons around him…we are every bit as good as Washington. 

      • He is starting to make reads of the entire defense. TWill needs a better clock though and run for the sticks if no one is open. 

      • noneyadb

        Receiver’s need to quit dropping the damn ball. Singleton had atleast 7 passes thrown his way that he didn’t come down with. One he completely miss timed his jump, others he took his eye off the ball. Hell my dog can watch the ball better then these receiver’s.

        • bopahull

          The Arizona receivers seemed to catch anything that was vaguely in their area, why can’t we get a bunch of receivers like those?

  • 89ute

    This is not going to be popular but I’m sticking to my guns on this. DO NOT SCHEDULE TOUGH OPPONENTS OUT OF SCHEDULE. Worshington did it right. 9 conference games are a meat grinder where you lose a few players EVERY GAME. If we didn’t play Michigan last year, we win the south and you will not convince me otherwise. This year, we lose Kyle Fitts during the BYU game. I’m happy our out of conference schedule is s**t until we hit the Baylor series in 2023 or whatever the hell it is.

    I’d like to see an out of conference schedule each year of SUU/Weber, Easy G5, another G5 or easy P5.

    Getting through conference play is a war of attrition. I get that playing Michigan at home was one of the best games ever but we paid for it on the back end. We are still playing 500 ball in November and I think it’s because of depth. Each year our depth gets better and we’re almost there, or we might actually be there now. How nice would it be to have Kylie Fitts right now if we played the likes of Rutgers instead of BYU?

    The grind will hit Worshinton at some point but they’re still going to be very fresh when they face us.

    • Utah
      1

      I’ve been saying this for years as well. P5 scheduling is too tough, and recruiting is too tough, etc. 

      Any intelligent person schedules down in OOC. You should progress like this:

      1 – Schedule down. Make sure you have 7+ home games a year, even if you play Portland State and Idaho OOC. 

      2 – Win 8+ games. Then win your bowl. 

      3 – Recruit better. Get to top 25 in recruiting. 

      4 – Win the south. 

      5 – Recruit even better. Get in the top 25 every year in recruiting.

      6 – Win the PAC-12. 

      7 – Recruit better. No team has won a national title without a top 10 recruiting class the previous 5 years. 

      8 – THEN, and ONLY THEN, upgrade the OOC. And, you ONLY do this if you are left out of the playoff. 

      This “we need to schedule better OOC opponents” line of thinking is CRAZY. It’s G5 thinking and not realistic AT ALL. 

      Hell, even USC wishes they scheduled down this year. If they schedule down, there is a good chance they beat Utah or Stanford and are top 10 right now. 

      SCHEDULE DOWN. 

  • Utahute72
    1

    Scheduling down may cost Washington a shot at the playoffs. One loss and they are likely out. That said I think they are ahead of where they expected to be at this point in time.

    • 89ute
      1

      Stanford scheduled up last year and it cost them. Oklahoma with 1 loss last year was not better than 2 loss Stanford. The committee penalized Stanford for dropping their 1st game at Northwestern. I was incredibly disappointed in the selection committee last year for this reason. Until they prove otherwise, glossy win/loss record trumps strength of schedule.

      Also, when Oklahoma faced the top teams in the big 12 (TCU, Baylor & OSU) they faced a 2nd string QB.

    • Exactly you have to have balance. The Michigan win helped Utah last season. BYU doesn’t really help Utah because they continue to beat crap teams. 

  • rbmw263

    They are very good. They will probably blow their CFP with a head scratching late loss and then go beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl

  • UtahUteGuy

    Take #75 Out!

    “Take #75 Out!”

    That’s what I heard one fan behind me shout last night.  I had to chuckle a bit.  Yes, let’s remove our fourth string center, who is actually our backup right guard.  We’ll replace him with Scooby Doo.  It’s amazing the lack of fan awareness at our games.  Anyway, it looks like the false starts got cleaned up a little bit by the second half.  Hope we’ll have smooth sailing next game.  I did not envy Nowakowski’s job last night.  That was brutal.

  • 1

    “Let’s play without a center!!”

  • rbmw263
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    100

  • UtahUteGuy
    4

    When I first saw “100” as the title of your post, I thought you might be referring to the number of yards we were penalized for false starts last night. 😅

    • UTE98

      I quit counting at 85, did we finally make 100?

      I’ve not seen Kyle quite so fired up two games in one season, much less two in a row. You could have cooked an egg on his head last night he was so hot.

  • rbmw263
    1

    This is a place we’ve now hit in 3 consecutive seasons….

    Where we get off to a great start with some signature wins, and sit in the drivers seat for the Pac 12 south. We know what happened after that the last two years. This one has to be different. This one is going to be different. Finish strong Utes.

  • Tony
    1

    At this point it’s all about injuries.

  • 1

    Yeah makes me think of when Wilson went down.  Troy Williams seems willing to run more but it is very risky.  Keep riding Howard or Monalo I say don’t risk Williams to significant injury.  

    • KiYi-Ute

      Agreed. I was incredibly nervous at the end of the game when we kept drawing up designed QB runs. Williams cannot get hurt at this point. Protect him at all costs.

  • leftyjace
    1

    It’s ironic how now we seem deep at QB simply because we have two of ’em that are pretty solid – a luxury we don’t have at a lot of positions right now. LOL

  • Troy Williams is ranked 11th in Passer Rating amongst PAC 12 QBs. Only OSU’s Darrell Garretson is worse and by a large margin.

    Williams is also ranked 11th in completion %.

    I know there have been a lot of injuries amongst the receivers and there’s been a lot of dropped passes, but you usually know what you’ve got by mid-season.