University of Utah Football – A Celebration. UPDATE: There’s more than one reason to wear black

MCQ - October 26, 2010

 

 

There has been an astonishing dearth in the bloggernacle over the years. Not a dearth of bread or of water, but of hearing about the School of the Prophets. That shining institution set on the hill in Salt Lake City, which our beloved prophets founded and attended, and which has distinguished itself so well lately in the magnificent game of football.  I speak, of course, of the University of Utah, and its football team.

Now, I know this is a dark time for some of you. But rest assured, I come not to mock, nor to mourn with you, but to share with you a celebration. Utah is currently ranked no. 8 in the BCS standings and in the AP poll, and no. 7 in the coaches’ poll. They are one of only 7 undefeated teams left in the country. Brothers and sisters, let’s celebrate together!

As the Utes move into the core of their schedule, anything can happen. If they beat Air force this Saturday, they could move into the top 5. If they beat TCU on November 6th, they will play in their third BCS bowl game in 7 years. Or it could all come crashing down if the team doesn’t live up to its hype in the next few games.

Whatever happens, these players and their excellent coaches have brought a lot of good attention, fun, and honor to the State of Utah and to their school. Let’s all celebrate their achievements and cheer them on.  Especially if you don’t have much else to cheer for.

28 Comments »

  1. I’m happy to root for the Utes except during the BYU game. I’m glad they’re doing well. Now if the meathead fans from both teams could just shut up.

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 26, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

  2. all I care is the destruction of the BCS system. If it is Utah that does it, I will root for Utah as much as it makes it come to fruition.

    Comment by Dan — October 26, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  3. Utah does look solid this year. The real test will be the TCU game. If Utah can pull that upset off then things really get interesting. (Assuming both teams can avoid an upset leading up to that game)

    Comment by Geoff J — October 26, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  4. Utah is on the rise and I hope they put down TCU, Air Force and even BYU if they can end their Mountain West career with a big match-up. While I am glad I will actually get to see some games next season with the PAC-12 I am hoping to watch them beat up some SEC crony again.

    Comment by Jon W. — October 26, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  5. Sad part is I only started paying attention to the U of U during the big season a couple of years ago, I had almost applied for my masters program there. After watching them demolish the Crimson Tide in 08 they became my team.

    Comment by Jon W. — October 26, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  6. I have a similar philosophy toward BYU, Silus, since most of my family are Cougar fans. I always hope that BYU and Utah are both undefeated right up until the BYU/Utah game. It’s going to be hard not having that as the last game of the season in coming years.

    Couldn’t agree more, Dan. Next year, when Utah is in a BCS league, we’ll work to destroy it from within. Maybe.

    Geoff, that’s why I posted this now, so we can at least celebrate what’s happened so far. From here on out, it gets tough, but if it works out, awesome.

    Comment by MCQ — October 26, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  7. Glad to have you aboard, Jon.

    Comment by MCQ — October 26, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  8. As the Utes move into the core of their schedule…

    That’s a polite way of saying Utah has played the 96th toughest schedule (out of 119) so far, against exactly zero teams with a winning record. It’s a *little* early to start thinking BCS…

    Comment by KMB — October 27, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  9. KMB,
    Yeah, that’s funny. I don’t know where you got your number but if you check this site it shows Utah at 119 out of 120 and BYU at 13. Not that Utah is not good and BYU not bad, but it is an interesting thing to consider.

    I’ve actually always liked Utah, except when playing BYU. I’ve wondered how much of that is going to change now that we won’t even be in the same conference any more. The rivalry is always fun and it’s actually the one game my UofU friends are worried about, not TCU.

    Comment by Rusty — October 27, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  10. Not disagreeing with that at all. That’s why I chose to write this now, while there’s still an undefeated record to celebrate. no one knows better than me that this season can go south in a hurry. Air Force will be a tough, tough test, as always, and if the Utes win there, it only gets tougher.

    But come on, KMB, be fair: part of the reason those teams don’t have a winning record is because they played Utah. And if you’re comparing records, some of the other undefeated teams haven’t played anyone difficult either. (Or are you saying that BSU or TCU have had tougher schedules?)

    BCS bowls only happen to non-AQ teams if they win out. That’s a given. But in the case of the Utah/TCU game, there may be a very good bowl game awaiting the winner(assuming both are still undefeated at the time), because both will be ranked in the top five or ten at the time of the game.

    But that’s all just guesswork at this point, I grant you.

    Comment by MCQ — October 27, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  11. Rusty, you need to explain to me how that site makes any sense at all. Utah has already beaten (badly) the teams ranked 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd on that list. And yet Utah is ranked 119 out of 120. What possible formula can justify that. Please feel free to use scratch paper to come up with your answer.

    Comment by MCQ — October 27, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  12. I’m not looking forward to BYU-Utah because I’m 95% sure BYU is going to get demolished. We really really suck this year.

    Comment by Tom — October 27, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  13. MCQ, beating teams that have played against other good teams doesn’t mean anything. The formula can be found in the FAQ section.

    Comment by Eric Russell — October 27, 2010 @ 11:56 am

  14. Yeah, I saw the formula Eric, but I think you’re wrong. The formula listed is the formula for computing the overall ratings, not the strength of schedule ratings.

    The overall ratings are based on the strength of schedule ratings and the strength of schedule ratings of the teams you play. Utah is ranked 36th in the overall ratings. Obviously, that is mainly because of the strength of schedule rating of 119, but we aren’t told how they arrived at that number.

    However they did it, it’s hard to imagine how you can compute strength of schedule without taking into account the strength of schedule of the people you beat.

    Comment by MCQ — October 27, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  15. You people are all WAY too polite/good people! I HATE Utah. I always hope they lose every game they play every year in every sport ever!

    Having said that, I very much love all my Utah friends (which are many after living Holladay for 3 years) as they are all fantastic people. They do have a great coach and great people as athletes. I just wished they sucked more at what they do, for my sake :)

    Comment by Bret — October 27, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  16. Thanks, Brett. Utah and Holladay love you too.

    Comment by MCQ — October 27, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

  17. Here’s what Comcast Sports says about Utah, after ranking them #7:

    Their preseason lasted this long. Now it’s time to see if they’re for real with Air Force, TCU and Notre Dame in the next three weeks.

    That pretty well sums it up.

    Comment by MCQ — October 28, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  18. Except Notre Dame is playing — according to one player — “the worst season of its history”. But, yes: TCU and Air Force will need to be reckoned with. Here’s to a season with only one loss.

    :)

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 28, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

  19. Even at its worst, Notre Dame is still Notre Dame.

    I’ll take only one loss if I have to, but I’m still hoping for undefeated.

    Comment by MCQ — October 28, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  20. So, it was a squeaker, and it shouldn’t have been (Utes get five takeaways and it’s still close?!?). But at least Utah gets the win. TCU should dominate UNLV tonight and then the Utes and the Horned Frogs meet next week in a titanic battle of unbeatens for all the marbles of the non BCS teams (BSU should drop in the rankings based on their comparative strength of schedule). Stay tuned.

    Comment by MCQ — October 30, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  21. TCU won, so next week will be the biggest game in, I don’t know, forever, at the RES. Utes will be in special camo blackout. Should be awesome.

    Comment by MCQ — October 30, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

  22. For those interested, I will be live-blogging the Utah/TCU game from inside the RES on Saturday. Put on your back camo gear and join me!

    Also, please note that ESPN’s College Gameday will be broadcasting live from the RES on Saturday morning. Tune in and check it out.

    Comment by MCQ — November 3, 2010 @ 10:37 am

  23. Not much to say about the debacle today. TCU is obviously a great team, but it seemed like Utah was strangely unlike themslves, and did not play up to their potential. Wynn was off target all day, even though he was rarely pressured. The Ute receivers dropped several easy catches and one even fell down in the open field after finally making a long reception.

    The biggest problem, however, was the complete failure of the defensive secondary to stay with the TCU receivers. Utah’s corners were playing more than five yards off their men and constantly got burned because of it. There never seemed to be an adjustment to this obvious flaw.

    It’s a sad day for Ute fans, but TCU earned a great victory and should legitimately be a contender for the BCS title.

    Comment by MCQ — November 6, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

  24. I’m out of the loop. What’s with the goofy slogans on the jersey backs of the players? Some military nod of some sort to go with the fatigues? I swear if BYU did something like that (in a good year or no) they would get absolutely crucified for it by all sides.

    Anyway, great game;-)

    Comment by Bret — November 6, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

  25. It wasn’t Utah’s idea, it’s a thing that their sponsor, Under Armour was doing to honor the troops, especially wounded soldiers. You can argue with the execution, but the motivation is alright.

    Comment by MCQ — November 6, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  26. Agreed.

    At least this might mean the Holy War will be a bit more interesting than we all thought. Hopefully:)

    Comment by Bret — November 6, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

  27. The Holy War (I really hate calling it that) is nearly always interesting. Even in years where the teams have vastly different records, it often is a very close game. I’m expecting it to be close this year too.

    Comment by MCQ — November 7, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

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