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    leftyjace
    5

    South end zone expansion!

    Not worth much, but I’m up at the Biz school alumni association board meeting, and heard confirmation that not only is south end zone being filled in, but the MUSS will be expanded as a result. Awesome!

  • ironman1315
    2

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

    • 1

      I wasn’t there but I think this is what goes on in those meetings.

  • Wilson's Mustache

    I hope this is true, but do I dare?

  • Utahute72
    2

    I’m more astounded that lefty is part of the Alumni board.

    • leftyjace

      Hey now… SHUSH YOU

  • Hypodactylus

    If true, this is fantastic!

  • leftyjace

    To be fair, a timeline was not given. But this does confirm it is definitely in the plan!

  • rbmw263
    3

    im excited for this to be announced in 2027

  • You know what that means: Jack the ticket prices on the 2%ers. You MUSSers better yell twice as loud cause us old farts can’t hear you.

  • Extra Medium

    which happens first, new south end zone announcement or BYU to big 12?

    • ironman1315
      1

      Utah gets a national championship.

  • SteelUte
    10

    Newbie

    Well, here I am.  I was a casual visitor to another site,  enjoyed a lot of the posts and insight, and I can understand the mass exodus that just occured.  I thought I would join this site, it looks well run, updated and has a lot of informed fans.  Hope to see it stick to the Utes, not delve into the Y too much, and leave religion and politics out.  I understand that religion and politics are part of Utah, but nothing makes me close my browser than rants on religion and politics either right or left.

    Anyway, looking forward to this game tonight! I think if we can punch them in the face early they shut down, shivering looking forward to getting out of here.  This game is obviously huge for USC, win and they can turn the season around, lose and it alarms will be sounding, heads rolling.

  • Tony

    Welcome. Glad to have you. The water is warm here. Enjoy and GO UTES!

  • I think this means another Utah TOUCHDOWN!

  • KiYi-Ute
    1

    Welcome fellow Ute fan! Here’s to a good game and a Utah W tonight.

  • TrueUte
    1

    Just did the same thing. Lurked for years, donated, posted every once in a while on the other site. Seems over here has a better atmosphere, layout, etc….As someone who has lived out of the state of Utah for the last 10 years communities like these are my only link to fellow Ute Fans. So, Thanks!

    • 89ute
      1

      Post your guts out over here! What makes a board a good board are the posts.

  • UtahSig

    Welcome TrueUte and SteelUte! Glad to have you.

  • Tony
    1

    Stop by my tailgate and say hello, after 3 – Row H #69 (yes, great number)

    I will be getting up to my tailgate probably around 3ish. When the band plays we go over there. Otherwise stop by and say hello.

    North end of row H, #69!

    • Tony

      Don’t get too excited though. Most of the people in my tailgate are old farts.

    • Utah
      2

      That guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. He is incredible.

  • 1

    I land at 3:15, then take Traxx to the stadium where I meet up with my brother. Probably places me there 4:15 to 4:30. Donors Talegate buffet under SEZ and stadium opens at 5:00. So my window is 4:30 to 5:00. I wanna check that ass out.

  • utejeph

    Dammit, sounds awesome, but it is straight into the game from work. Next time though.

  • leftyjace

    Going to try to swing by!

  • Utah

    Some RB stats

    SC gives three guys the bulk of their carries, like us: Davis, Jones, Ware.

    Davis: 37 att, 3.6 avg, 0 TD

    Jones: 23 att, 5.1 avg, 1 TD

    Ware: 17 att, 4.6 avg, 1 TD

    I’m not sure what to make of this, because they have played Alabama and Stanford.

    Alabama is allowing opposing teams to rush for 2.3 yards/carry. USC ran for 2.1 yards per carry. Mississippi ran for 3.2 yards/carry.

    Stanford is allowing opposing teams to rush for 3.6 yards per carry. USC ran for 4.5 yards/carry. Kansas St ran for 2.8 yards/carry.

    What does that mean? Who the hell knows. USC ran better than average against Stanford (maybe Stanford’s defense is a little over-rated) but worse than average vs Alabama (maybe Alabama just is that great).

     

  • Utah

    Sticking with USC, they have allowed teams to rush for an average of 195 yards per game and a 5 yard per carry average.

    VS Stanford, Stanford ran for 295 yards and a 6.3 y/c. For the season, Stanford is averaging 200 yards per game and a 5.0 y/c. Against Kansas St, they ran for 105 yards and a 3.5 y/c.

    So, USC’s defense definitely did worse vs Stanford than Kansas State’s.

    VS Alabama, USC’s D let Alabama run for 242 yards and a 5.3 y/c. For the season, Alabama is averaging 233 yards and 5.3 y/c. So, Alabama has been pretty consistent.

    Now, USC did slow USU down, holding them to 49 yards and a 1.9 y/c.

    • Utah

      My big concern for Utah is that we do what we did last year:

      Abandon the run game. That we come out slinging the ball around, turn it over a time or two, and give USC all the momentum.

      I hope we come out and do what Stanford and Alabama did, and run the ball 47 times. BEAT THEM DOWN.

      Then play action off that to B-B and Patrick.

      • Tony

        I think they remember.

      • Well I hope Shyne learns to use his pads a little better.  Moss runs with ferocity and knows how to take hits.  Utah seems to do better with the run game not down hill style but more pulling blockers to make holes.

        • Utah

          As bad as we’ve stated our OL has been, our RB’s have actually been very good.

          While we are only averaging 4.4 yards per carry, a lot of that is Joe Williams’ fault.

          McCormick has the most carries and is averaging 6.1 y/c.

          Moss is second in carries and is averaging 6.4 y/c.

          Next comes Williams and he averaged 3.4 y/c.

          Finally Shyne is averaging 5.6 y/c.

          I think it’s save to say that McCormick and Moss are weapons. They have averaged good numbers vs bad defenses and against good defenses.

          McCormick averaged 4.6 vs SUU, 6.2 vs BYU and 8.7 vs SJSU

          Moss averaged 4.8 vs BYU and 7.9 vs SJSU

          Shyne averaged 2.4 vs SUU and 7.7 vs SJSU

          I think one takeaway is that our OL is getting better.

  • GreatNorthernUte
    1

    Our OL played relatively poorly against SUU. Otherwise, the OL has not played that badly at all.

    Most of the time, line play is a war of attrition. If both teams have decent technique and are equally talented, it comes down to who is better coached and conditioned for the late game. The team that is better on this front starts taking over in the late third quarter and fourth We saw this element against BYU. Sure, Moss ran well, but really our offensive line took that drive over and busted some big holes. Our coaching, conditioning, and some slightly better athleticism took over. While BYU is indeed G5, remember that they are playing with 24 year olds on the roster — their linemen are closer to P5 than not because they’re just plain bigger.

    The exceptions are where one lineman just physically outmatches his opponent. This usually doesn’t happen much between P5 teams. Of course, a true top 5 team usually has a couple of these players who just physically overpower in all circumstances. Anyway, this is what happened against SJSU. Their defensive line was clearly overmatched and did a good job to hold their own through most of the first half. They didn’t stand a chance in the second.

    I expect the rest of the season to look more like the BYU game for the O line, as we enter conference play. However, they didn’t have a bad game at all there. Let’s see how they do against USC.

  • Utah
    3

    Some QB stats:

    Troy Williams vs Darnold

    TW: 63%, 8.4 y/a, 4 TD, 4 INT (although the last INT vs BYU should not have been an INT)

    SD: 64%, 6 y/a, 2 TD, 1 INT

    SD has played a bit this year, although it was against second stringers in games SC wasn’t going to win. But, it was against Alabama and Stanford’s second stringers and they are no slouches.

    VS Alabama he was 4/8, 29 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

    VS Stanford he was 5/7, 45 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

    I think he will come out throwing. I think that he believes he is the next great USC QB and he will try to prove that on the first drive.

    I think Helton and Darnold will come out and try to prove to the world that they are SC and the future.

    If I’m Scalley, I go full mode “bend don’t break” to start the game. Only send 3 to 4 on the blitz, back everyone else off in zone, and make Darnold make tough throws into tight, tight coverage. See if you can’t get an early TO to swing momentum big time to your team.

  • Utah

    Also, Darnold is averaging 2.4 yards per carry. I don’t think he is the runner that everyone is making him out to be.

    • So far in the season the QB keeper has been the play that has hurt Utah the most though.  So I think we will see him get more touches.  SUU, BYU, and SJSU all had running style QBs that made some plays.  Ask Mr Potter how it feels though after awhile:

      • Utah

        I agree. Losing Fitts was bad for us vs BYU. We do get Chris Hart back this week and I bet Pita T has been working on his contain a lot as well.

        This is a HUGE opportunity for Pita T. He is an elite pass rusher, but hasn’t proven anything in the run game. If he can become a solid run stopper, at least eat up blocks and hold contain, his draft status would skyrocket.

  • KiYi-Ute

    Another good thing is that Whittingham and co. recruited Darnold heavily when he was in high school. They’ve got a lot of tape on him, and know him as a QB. I think that really plays to our advantage tonight.

    Why on earth Clay Helton announced their QB change early on Monday, I have no idea.

    • Well he didn’t want Utah to waste too much time preparing for Browne….or he needed to somehow slow the tide of mutiny.

    • Utah

      I think Helton announced it Monday because his donors demanded him to make a change. It’s the only reasonable explanation. Helton basically was told to start Darnold.

  • Tony
    1

    How to post images and videos to Ute Hub

    With many new signups I’m getting people asking how to post images and videos. Images couldn’t be easier. Copy the IMAGE URL and then click the IMG button in the text controls above the message area. Paste in the url. Done. More here:

    https://www.utehub.com/forums/topic/how-to-post-images-to-ute-hub/

    Youtube videos “should” post automatically to the regular forum area if you just PASTE IN THE YOUTUBE VIDEO URL. Don’t do the iframe thing. That’s a security issue here. The threaded view on the home page may or may not show the video, but if you click the OPEN button to go into the regular forum area the video should appear.

    If you have problems with a photo or video, let me know and I’ll try to help you! You can also find help in the “How to Use Ute Hub Forum Area.”

  • Uteusmc
    1

    Tony – Any chance you can include these instruction in some type of help section so we can use it for reference at a later date?

    • Tony

      There is a HOW TO USE UTE HUB section I linked to in the end of that post.

      ALSO, there is a SEARCH here and believe it or not, it actually WORKS! Just type in how to post images and voila!

      BOOM!

      • Uteusmc
        2

        Yep, saw it as soon as I clicked submit.  Sorry for being a dumbass

         

        • Tony

          No worries. Also should mention if you go to the Forum menu, there’s a FORUM INDEX which shows all the categories too. Might help you find certain content.

          • Tony

            The text composer thingy is kind of a built in function, but maybe I can find a way of putting a HELP button in there. I’ll put that on the list of stuff to look at.

  • bopahull
    1

    Thanks Tony.

  • UteFanatic

    Poof, nevermind.

  • Utes49ers
    2

    Utes49ers Keys to the Game

    1- Start fast on offense. We are 3-0, but we have been sluggish on offense at the beginning of each game.
    2- Pressure Darnold with the front 4, early and often. We need as many guys as possible to cover Juju.
    3- Establish the run, to open up the play action game. Tim Patrick will play a significant role.
    4- Limit turnovers.

    Utes win 24-16

  • 2

    Utah’s defense is going to have fun tonight. A lot of fun.

  • FormerUteSax
    1

    I might just add

    5 – don’t kick to Adoree Jackson

    • Yes look at these examples:

      The one against Utah st was terrible because he picked it up off the ground.

      http://www.conquestchronicles.com/2016/9/10/12873350/usc-trojans-football-adoree-jackson-returns-a-punt-79-yards-for-a-touchdown-utah-state-aggies-helton

  • bopahull
    4

    IT'S GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!! GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!! RUN LIKE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (click open)

    How do you post Vids and images?

  • UtahSig

    Welcome Bopahull! Glad to see the tradition continues even if the site changes.

  • Tony

    Fixed it for you. You can’t iframe stuff here (at least yet).

    Welcome. Tony.

    • bopahull
      1

      Thanks Tony. I actually signed on to this site about a week after it opened. I have gradually been visiting the Hub more and more. I now spend a little more of my fan time here than on UFn.

  • bopahull
    1

    IT’S GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!! GO UTES!!!!!!!!!! SKIN THE BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RedLine
    1

    Scalley's Defensive Identity

    Curious to see if Scalley continues his aggressive calls for pressure to the QB going into PAC play. Sitake had a similar philosophy but this led to many big play losses. Pease was very different in philosophy by focusing on solid coverage and defensive balance. Pease’s style was the approach used in our best result in the PAC12. Blitzing works well when the secondary is solid. LB are new but have done well and the secondary has looked good. What do you think we’ll see going into PAC play? Can this team hold up on blitz heavy defensive calls in the weekly grind of the PAC12?

  • Tony

    Arguably the blitzing nearly cost us the game against byu. They carved us up in that last drive. It has been very aggressive. Not sure that will be too much gambling when we get up against better defenses and better athletes. Tomorrow will be interesting.

    • noneyadb

      Was it because of blitzing, or loosing Kylie Fitts?

  • It will depend on who we face. SC has a terrible OL. Their run game sucks, they do have some talented receivers, but the QBs have not been very effective getting them the ball.

    No question in this game that Scalley will have them going after the QB.

  • I think the aggressive play calling lead to the win as well so meh Utah won. Hill broke containment twice and scored good for him. For the most part he was bottled up.

    Utah will run a four man blitz but you might see a Marcus Williams sack.

    • UteStuckInSeattle

      I don’t see them sending Marcus on a blitz, as he’s too valuable roaming in the secondary, but I think you’ll see Chase in the USC backfield quite a bit tomorrow night.

  • Puget Ute
    2

    With Kylie Fitts in the game I do not believe Taysom would have been able to break free

    • ironman1315

      Indeed, one defender left his feet. And Puta was head hunting more than keeping contain. I think that can be fixed though.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    The aggressive defensive schemes have worked quite well, except a major issue was exposed at key times by Taysom Hill and a few times by SJSU, and that is the our linebackers are being a bit too aggressive in their blitzing to the point where they are overpursuing and leaving their feet.

    Tauteoli is a rocket coming into the backfield but he tends to leave his feet and whiff on tackles because of it. Barton does pretty well to stay assignment sound but he needs to wrap up better, case in point he had Taysom dead to rights 3 yards in the backfield on the 2-point conversion and he Taysom squirmed out of a weak tackle. Luckily the D-Line was there ready to wrap up Hill.

    If the D-Line maintains good containment and our LBs play assignment-sound football I think we’ll be celebrating a win tomorrow night.

    GO UTES!

    • Barton nearly had the strip on that play as well. Hill had to collect himself and the Football. It was a great play by Barton that lead to the eventual tackle.

  • utejeph

    Remember its a blackout so err body needs to get some of these

    Black Garbage Bags

  • Milton Vanderslice
    1

    When it comes to foul weather, the blackout theme doesn’t take priority to warmth.

    • CincyUte

      The blackout was pretty cool back in the MWC days. TCU ’08 was amazing. Wyoming ’09 was kinda meh. And TCU ’10 was humiliating. We should have stopped there.

      • Wilson's Mustache

        TCU was a disaster for more reasons than the scoreboard. Who does a blackout during the day? Stupid.

  • utejeph

    Agreed, I’d rather people be warm and cheer than try to achieve the blackout. I’m taking my whole winter set up

  • Navy blue coat over black fleece and black ski shell pants. It’s what I got.

    • noneyadb
      1

      Target has black rain ponchos to cover the navy blue

  • DCute

    I’m planning on the always fashionable – Black Trash Sack.

  • FormerUteSax