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So who's the backup center?

Seriously?

Makol Mawien?

Chris Reyes?

This scares me some. Unless Jakob has greased the palms of some zebras, and/or has figured out how not to foul, we’re going to be a short team for at least 15-20 minutes a game.

  • Tony (admin)

    Good question. I don’t know the answer.

  • NSLUte

    Based on last years performance and then what I saw and the night with the runnin’ utes, it has to be Reyes. Mawien just looks way too raw a this point. With some work he can be real good though.

  • palos_verdes_ute

    agree. my wife can post against mawien. its reyes for sure with possibly kuzman/chapman playing combo. they are trying to condition jakob to stay in games longer.

  • Tony (admin)

    We would be going pretty small then when Jacob is out.

  • leftyjace

    That scares me. That makes me wonder if we aren’t ranked too high. How are we going to keep up with the tall trees in the PAC-12?

    Ouch.

  • Torg

    I know there is some bias as a fan, but I honestly felt like a ton of Poeltl’s fouls last year were horrible calls. I felt that he got the short end of the stick more than anyone on the team with refs. I feel that since Jakob is now a recognizable player on a national level… he wont get the same foul calls like last year.

    • Utah never gets the calls ever until it actually happens I refuse to believe it will happen.

    • YodaUte

      Sounds like a conspiracy to me…

      • Touche

  • leftyjace

    So, to the original question…

    David Collette?

  • leftyjace

    OK, time for a bit of a rant

    What the hell, people?

    Seriously, what the hell?

    Why is everyone trying to unload their Oregon State tickets? This is going to be the most fun we’ve seen on a football field since Oregon got trounced! I can’t wait to see Gary Anderson’s prune face and Sitaki freaking out at everyone because we’re kicking their patooties all over the place.

    So we lost to USC. BIG FREAKING DEAL. We KNEW we weren’t going to go undefeated. I’d rather lose now and have the rest of the season to re-build our ranking and reputation than to lose at the end of the season.

    We are still in the lead in the South. Life is good.

    Travis Wilson is a kid. This year will be just fine. But can you imagine how great NEXT year is going to be??? Cox looks like the real deal. Hansen will give a better go at it than I think people are willing to admit. We’ll be better off at QB than we’ve been in years after this season. Combine that with our increasingly awesome depth, stellar coaching, and increased confidence, and we have the potential for some very special seasons after this one.

    And THIS one will STILL be a special season! How cool is that???

    Domo needs to shut his trap. Dude got posterized and deserved it with all his trash talking.

    Halloween sucks.

    Life is good!

    The end.

  • Tony (admin)

    I’ll never hawk my tix, no matter how the team is playing. And THIS game has been on my mind for a long time. HALLOWEEN at the tailgate and RES? Sign me up.

  • UtahSig

    So, I agree with most of what you said. Things are bright and if you told me at the beginning of the season we would be sitting at 6-1, first in the division and #13 in the country I would take that in a second.

    However, I won’t be at the game on Saturday because I have three little girls that are bouncing off the walls with excitement about Halloween and having me take them trick-or-treating. I love the Utes and am still fully on the bandwagon, but my kids are a bigger priority. I think there are probably a lot of people in the same boat.

    I will DVR the game, and won’t check social media all night. I plan on watching the game and cheering my heart out late on Saturday night once the kids are in bed.

    Go Utes! Crush the Beavers!

    • Why don’t you take your kids trick or treating at the tailgate lot and then to the game? Most everyone will have candy there.

  • utegolfman

    Kids over football. Has nothing to do with how the team is playing. My seats will have Ute fans in then for sure though.

  • Tony (admin)

    We are bringing my 3 year old boy. He will trick or treat at the tailgate.

  • Puget Ute

    Luckily my kids hate Halloween so we all get to hang out together and watch the game.

  • leftyjace

    I get the kids over football thing.

    Just sucks to see so many people looking to unload tickets.

    • UtahSig

      If it makes you feel any better I am giving my tickets to my brother and sister and they are huge fans.

  • FormerUteSax

    One of the rare times I wish we had the Thursday game

  • leftyjace

    Good point! It could definitely be worse though. An 8pm start would be rough.

  • The Lone Wolf

    You think next year is going to be better than this year? After losing Wilson, Booker, Covey, Scott, Asiaita, Norris, Whittingham, Paul, Poole, Thompson, Aiono, Carter, Hacket, and possibly Patrick? How is Utah going to be better? This is a once in a decade type season. Utah fans better be enjoying this.

  • leftyjace

    Depth, my friend. Depth.

  • The Lone Wolf

    Utah’s depth is great, but Paul, Carter, Booker, Norris, Hackett, and possibly Wilson, Aiono, and Asiata will get a shot in the NFL. It’s not easy to replace that kind of talent. Utah will win 6-8 games next year, which is good, but they won’t do what they have done the last two years.

  • Utah man forever

    Lefty, What makes you think Cox will be next years starter? Currently he is fourth or fifth on the depth chart and not seeing any game time or reps. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him transfer. He has a cannon for an arm, but he has not shown that he can read defenses or check down his receivers or consistent accuracy. There is a reason the Utes recruited a JC QB and it isn’t to back up Cox.

    • The Lone Wolf

      Cox will be third string next year.

      • Utah man forever

        I agree third, fourth string or gone. There is a good chance both Manning and Cox will be gone.

  • Jumpmasterute

    So I’ll be attending my first game in over 30 years this week. Flying in from Nashville.

  • Tony (admin)

    So I’ll be attending my first game in over 30 years this week. Flying in from Nashville.

    Cool! Stop by the tailgate and say hello. North end of row H.

  • leftyjace

    I don’t know why I think Cox will get some consideration. I have no logic or facts to base it on. Just a hunch.

  • Tony (admin)

    Seems like every one of these guys we are talking about was supposed to be the next Alex Smith, but now it is all up in the air, so to speak. When will we get that great QB recruit?

    • The Lone Wolf

      Tony, you did get that great QB recruit. His name is Travis Wilson. Offers from half the PAC 10, elite 11 kid, big time measurables, good speed. He just wasn’t developed because of Utahs ridiculous revolving OC and QB coach mess.

      • rbmw263

        I blame a series of events in his sophmore season for killing him mentally (losing a friend and then coming out and throwing all those picks against UCLA, coming out in the next few games with a torn up hand and sprained index finger, all the while standing behind a crap o-line and getting pasted several times a game)

      • Tony (admin)

        I missed that one.

  • Utah man forever

    Hub, The Utes first have to decide which offence they want to run and recruit to it both QB and coaches to that system alone. Example: Whitt brings in Norm Chow and Chow likes a pro set drop back QB and recruits to it. Hence Cox and Manning. This year ARod recruits two pro style drop back passers one JC from Cali, and another a HS senior in FLA. If Whitt (coaches) are so in love with a read option why do the Utes recruit pro set drop back QB’s? Also the blocking schemes are different for each system, so not only do we need to recruit QB but also lineman, receivers and backs to that system. It is as much as matching your QB to your system as it is recruiting a quality QB within your system.

  • Tony (admin)

    Excellent commentary. What came first, the QB or the egg? Are we running the spread because that’s what we want to run, or because we don’t have a QB that can run a pro set?

  • leftyjace

    I don’t like the read option.

    Not that it’s not effective…

    But how do you attract top talent and athletes to a program that primarily does the read option vs. the pro set or the spread?

    Plus the read option is not as fun to watch.

    But that’s just me.

  • palos_verdes_ute

    troy williams is our QB and we have the same offense coordinators.

    that will happen for sure. we will be competitive again.

    • The Lone Wolf

      “We will be competitive again.” ?? And you aren’t competitive now?

      • leftyjace

        I’m pretty sure what he means is for next year. We are talking about the quarterback situation post-Wilson, after all.

  • Tony (admin)

    Beaver Jokes

    Well I’ll start this one off…

    Utes look to pound Beavers this week after being blanketed by Trojans last week.

  • oc_ute

    in the late 70’s and 80’s women’s gymastics. i think mike runge was the announcer at the Huntsman center

    “ladies and gentlemen please welcome the lady beavers from oregon state”

  • oc_ute

    fillmore, virgin, beaver

  • Tony (admin)

    fillmore, virgin, beaver

    A great stretch of road. Just drove it a few days ago with the wife.

  • Summit Ute

    Helper Fillmore Beaver is a great stretch.

  • Utah’s D penetrates beavers’ spread formation repeatedly.
    Wet balls attributed to Beavers’ mishandled muff.
    Beavers take a pounding as Ute D stiffens with huge sack.

  • Tony (admin)

    Absolutely brilliant @bradf15. Just read it to my lovely bride. The look on her face was classic.

  • 89ute

    If you are at all worried about OSU, listen to this.

    Interview with OSU radio analyst Jim Wilson

    “will not win another conference game this year”
    “Don’t have a D1 QB on the roster”
    “OSU cannot do anything on offense”
    “I don’t even see the Beavers scoring against Utah to be quite frank”

  • Tony (admin)

    Wow I hope he’s right.

    Those quotes sound like Utah bandwagon jumpers!

  • leftyjace

    Wow.

    Oregon fans are loving this season, even if their team isn’t doing so good. They are almost as passionate about their hate of Oregon State as BYU is in their hate of Utah.

  • Tony (admin)

    Predict the Score – Oregon State at Utah


    Utah Utes
    6-1, 3-1 Pac-12
    vs
    Oregon State Beavers

    2-4, 1-3 Pac-12
    Saturday, 10/31/15 – 5:00PM MSTSalt Lake City, UTTV: Pac-12 Networks

    Post your predictions for the Oregon State at Utah football game here. Anyone who would like to provide a prize for these contests let me know!

  • cjd1

    Utah 35 OSU 14

  • Jumpmasterute

    28-10 Utah.

  • Tony (admin)

    45-13 Utes

  • FormerUteSax

    42-16 Utah

  • bigmanUTE

    31-10 utah

  • leftyjace

    48-10 Utah

  • The Lone Wolf

    38-9 Utes

  • RUUTES

    Utah 38-14

  • oc_ute

    34-14 Utes !

  • UteFanatic

    The score will be closer than we all hope or want it to be, but the Utes prevail. Utah 31 – OSU 28

    • UteFanatic

      Well, I was wrong about the actual score but the game sure felt a lot closer than the final score.

  • Homer Crimson

    Utes 42-24

  • UTE98

    45-10, or as I call it Utah by 5 (TDs)