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    Team #12 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-08-01 12:51:39

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)
    - BYU 7-5
    - Washington State 7-5(4-5)
    - USC 7-5(4-5)
    - Utah State 8-5(5-3)
    - Arizona State 9-3(6-3)
    - Utah 9-3(6-3)

    Today's team, Oregon

    Record: 9-3(7-2)

    South Dakota - W
    Michigan State - L
    Wyoming - W
    @ Washington State - W
    BYE
    Arizona - W
    @ UCLA - L
    Washington - W
    @ California - W
    Stanford - L
    @ Utah - W
    BYE
    Colorado - W
    @ Oregon State - W

    Oregon has lost to Stanford 3 of the last 5 meetings, and Michigan State seems to play a very similar style to the Cardinal. The early loss to Michigan State will take the wind out of the Duck's national championship sails and they will coast to a 9-3 record with the only other losses coming against UCLA & Stanford.

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    Posted for SeaTac regarding advantageous weather that allowed UW/WSU/UA/ASU to have dramatic turn arounds from losing seasons to 8+ wins the following year.

    by UteThunder
    2014-08-01 10:51:32

    Tell that to the teams that had to play AZ and ASU with their 100+ degree weather for most games. Or those that play have to play in the rain most of the time against UW and WSU.

    - SeaTacUte


    University of Washington - Husky Stadium - Seattle, WA 98105

    2013
    August 31 Boise State - No precipitation reported.
    September 21 Idaho State - No precipitation reported.
    September 28 Arizona - No precipitation reported.
    October 12 Oregon - No precipitation reported.
    October 26 California - No precipitation reported.
    November 9 Colorado - No precipitation reported.
    November 29 Washington State - No precipitation reported.

    7 out of 7 home game days with ZERO precipitation reported.


    Washington State University - Martin Stadium - Pullman, WA 99164

    2013
    September 14 Southern Utah - Zero inches total precipitation, however there was a single report of precipitation during the 24 hour period.
    September 21 Idaho - Zero inches total precipitation, however there was a single report of precipitation during the 24 hour period.
    October 12 Oregon State - Zero inches total precipitation, however there was a single report of precipitation during the 24 hour period.
    October 31 Arizona State - Zero inches total precipitation, however there was a single report of precipitation during the 24 hour period.
    November 23 Utah - Zero inches total precipitation, however there was a single report of precipitation during the 24 hour period.

    Washington State University - Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA 98134

    September 28 Stanford - No precipitation reported.

    6 out of 6 home game days with ZERO total inches of precipitation reported. And while there were single reports of precipitation during the 24 hour period, it is not known if any of that TRACE precipitation occured during the 3 hour game window.


    Arizona State University - Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, AZ 85281

    2013
    September 5 Sacramento State - High 111, Low 88, Average 99.6
    September 14 Wisconsin - High 105.1, Low 80.1, Average 93.6
    September 28 USC - High 91.9, Low 63, Average 77.1
    October 12 Colorado - High 87.1, Low 57, Average 71.2
    October 19 Washington - High 88, Low 57.9, Average72.8
    November 16 Oregon State - High 84, Low 62.1, Average 69
    November 30 Arizona - High 75, Low 50, Average 60.6
    December 7 Stanford - High 57.9, Low 36, Average 46

    5 out of 8 home games played on days with a high temp. of 88 or lower, and 6 out of 8 played on a day when the average temp. was 77.1 or lower.


    University of Arizona - Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ 85719

    2013
    August 30 Northern Arizona - High 91.4, Low 73, Average 79.5
    September 14 UTSA - High 96.6, Low 74.1, Average 86.4
    October 19 Utah - High 83.3, Low 46.8, Average 66
    November 9 UCLA - High 80.2, Low 52.2, Average 63.9
    November 16 Washington State - High 75.4, Low 55.9, Average 66.4
    November 23 Oregon - High 53.2, Low 46, Average 48.8

    4 out of 6 home games played on days with a high temp. of 83.3 or lower, and 6 out of 6 played on a day when the average temp. was 79.5 or lower.


    I have no doubt that over the last 20 years you have been attending games at UW that you have sat in the rain many times. But if the average number of times it rains during a Washington game during those twenty years is more than 1 or 2 times per season, I will eat my shoe. It does not rain during "most" of UW's & WSU's games. And many of the times it does rain, it's likely a sprinkle or a quick shower that has virtually no effect on the game.

    Same goes for the Arizona schools regarding 100 degree temperatures. They clearly play in some heat, but it isn't 100+ degrees for "most" of their games. Between the two of them there were only 2 games that MIGHT have been played in 100+ heat, and 3 more that MIGHT have been played in 90+ heat. I say MIGHT because we don't know what the temp. at kickoff was, only the high for the day. And I seriously doubt those schools make a habit of kicking off in the high heat of the day.

    Source: Farmersalmanac.com You can search for weather in a specific zip code on specific dates.

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    PDX, I don't know if this is what you had in mind when you asked for historical evidence that it is possible Utah could jump from 5-7 to 9-3 this year, but here you go.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-31 16:20:40

    Every team in this conference has made a dramatic turn around very similar to what Utah would be doing by improving from 5-7 to 9-3. I've listed the turn arounds that equal a 3+ win improvement(except for one). And all of these are from the last 14 years. If these teams can do it, why can't Utah? How are these teams any different than Utah? And if your answer is that they have been in the conference longer so were better to begin with, I don't buy it. Many of these teams won fewer than the 5 games Utah has won the last two years so Utah has been every bit as good as these other teams before they made their huge jump in the win column.

    Arizona - 4-8 in 2011 to 8-5 in 2012 = +4 wins

    Arizona State - 4-7 in 2001 to 8-6 in 2002 = +4 wins
    Arizona State - 5-7 in 2003 to 9-3 in 2004 = +4 wins
    Arizona State - 6-7 in 2011 to 8-5 in 2012 = +2 wins

    California - 1-10 in 2001 to 7-5 in 2002 = +6 wins

    Colorado - 3-8 in 2000 to 10-3 in 2001 = +7 wins
    Colorado - 5-7 in 2003 to 8-5 in 2004 = +3 wins
    Colorado - 2-6 in 2006 to 6-7 in 2007 = +4 wins

    Oregon - 5-6 in 2004 to 10-2 in 2005 = +5 wins

    Oregon State - 5-6 in 2001 to 8-5 in 2002 = +3 wins
    Oregon State - 5-6 in 2005 to 10-4 in 2006 = +5 wins
    Oregon State - 3-9 in 2011 to 9-4 in 2012 = +6 wins

    Stanford - 5-6 in 2000 to 9-3 in 2001 = +4 wins
    Stanford - 5-7 in 2008 to 8-5 in 2009 = +3 wins

    UCLA - 6-6 in 2004 to 10-2 in 2005 = +4 wins
    UCLA - 6-8 in 2011 to 9-5 in 2012 = +3 wins

    USC - 6-6 in 2001 to 11-2 in 2002 = +5 wins
    USC - 0-1 in 2005 to 11-2 in 2006 = +10 wins
    (^^yes, this one is listed as a joke^^)

    Utah - 4-7 in 2000 to 8-4 in 2001 = +4 wins
    Utah - 5-6 in 2002 to 10-2 in 2003 = +5 wins

    Washington - 0-12 in 2008 to 5-7 in 2009 = +5 wins

    Washington State - 4-7 in 2000 to 10-2 in 2001 = +6 wins
    Washington State - 3-9 in 2012 to 6-7 in 2013 = +3 wins

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    Team #11 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-31 12:08:41

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)
    - BYU 7-5
    - Washington State 7-5(4-5)
    - USC 7-5(4-5)
    - Utah State 8-5(5-3)
    - Arizona State 9-3(6-3)

    Today's team, Utah

    Record: 9-3(6-3)

    Idaho State - W
    Fresno State - W
    BYE
    @ Michigan - W
    Washington State - W
    @ UCLA - L
    BYE
    @ Oregon State - W
    USC - W
    @ Arizona State - W
    Oregon - L
    @ Stanford - L
    Arizona - W
    @ Colorado - W

    Looks like you were right Tacoma. I know 9-3 is extremely optimistic, but I just look at last year and can't help but think Utah is on the verge of breaking through. Utah was so close to posting this exact record last year, and we had all sorts of issues at QB. With healthy/better QB play, and hopefully Pac-12 depth, we pull those close games out this year.

    Buckle up Ute fans, it's going to be an awesome season!




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    Team #10 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-30 14:02:52

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)
    - BYU 7-5
    - Washington State 7-5(4-5)
    - USC 7-5(4-5)
    - Utah State 8-5(5-3)

    Today's team, Arizona State

    Record: 9-3(6-3)

    Weber State - W
    @ New Mexico - W
    @ Colorado - W
    BYE
    UCLA - L
    @ USC - L
    BYE
    Stanford - W
    @ Washington - W
    Utah - L
    Notre Dame - W
    @ Oregon State - W
    Washington State - W
    @ Arizona - W

    ASU only returns 3 starters on defense, but they return 7 starters on offense including their QB. I'm looking for ASU to win a lot of shootouts. The 3 picks that stand out the most to me are the wins over Stanford and Notre Dame and the loss to Utah.

    Stanford: ASU gets a bye week to prepare for a team that beat them twice last year; once at home and once on the road. The combination of the extra week and revenge will fuel the Sun Devils to an upset win over the Cardinal.

    Utah: The win was right there for the taking last year, but Utah couldn't seal the deal. That will change this year partly due to ASU looking past Utah just a bit towards Notre Dame.

    Notre Dame: I've not been impressed with Notre Dame the last few years. Even when they made it to the BCS title game, they seemed like a team that relied on a ton of luck to get there. After the 37-34 loss to the Irish in Texas last year, the Sun Devils will once again have revenge on their minds.

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    It's hilarious that BYU claims to be a "special" place where their players live a higher standard. Or should I say, PRETEND to live a higher standard?

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-30 11:03:10

    Lost all respect for some BYU players today! #smdh #snitchesgetstitches


    Source

    Sorry BYU, just like it was in the 80s & 90s, you have a lot of players that participate in the same "sinful" behaviors that go on at every university in the country. #stop pretending

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    Team #9 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-29 10:50:38

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)
    - BYU 7-5
    - Washington State 7-5(4-5)
    - Utah State 8-5(5-3)

    Today's team, USC

    Record: 7-5(5-4)

    Fresno State - W
    @ Stanford - L
    @ Boston College - W
    BYE
    Oregon State - L
    Arizona State - W
    @ Arizona - W
    Colorado - W
    @ Utah - L
    @ Washington State - L
    BYE
    California - W
    @ UCLA - L
    Notre Dame - W

    I made a bit of a mistake when making my predictions and listed USC with an 8-4 record even though I had them losing 5, so I apologize for getting a bit out of order.

    Moving on.

    I'm not convinced Sarkisian is going to be the homerun hire USC thinks he is. At Washington he went 7-6 three years in a row before going 8-4 in his final year. That tells me either it is going to take him some time to get things going in L.A. or I am right that he is a good but not great coach. Either way, there will be some first year struggles.

    In the WTF game of the year in the Pac-12, Mike Riley takes advantage of some "new coach's system" mistakes to get a shocking win in the coliseum. Utah & WSU are on the rise and will take advantage of playing at home against a new coach. Stanford & UCLA should need no explanation; they are the cream of the crop right now and will be playing at home.

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    Team #8 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp. *EDIT* Utah State only returns 7 starters.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-28 10:36:06

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)
    - BYU 7-5
    - Washington State 7-5(4-5)


    Today's team, Utah State

    Record: 8-5(5-3)


    @ Tennessee - L
    Idaho State - W
    Wake Forest - W
    @ Arkansas State - W
    BYE
    @ BYU - L
    Air Force - W
    @ Colorado State - L
    UNLV - W
    @ Hawaii - W
    @ Wyoming - L
    New Mexico - W
    San Jose State - W
    @ Boise State - L


    Utah State only returns 7 starters and while they will get Chuckie back from his season ending knee injury, it is doubtful he will be the same dual threat QB he was before. The schedule is soft enough that the last few Aggie teams would likely go 11-1 or 12-0, but the lack of experience and Chuckie's new found limitations will lead to some frustrating losses.


    Disclaimer:

    - Placing Utah State where I did in this countdown is in no way an endorsement that they would finish that well in the Pac-12. Similar to BYU, I believe the Aggies would be in a fight to finish 4-8.

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    My positive experience with Brian Blechen

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-27 22:08:16

    The following quote comes from this post about the 2010 Utah vs. BYU game.

    We [My son and I] went down onto the field to join the celebration. We happened upon Brian Blechen who was kind enough to give my son one of his arm bands and take a picture with him, both of them flashing the 'U'.


    I like Brian Blechen. I am glad he is a member of the University of Utah football team. I will cheer for him during this season and look back on the picture of him with my son with fond memories of his time as a Ute and the time he made my son's first Utah/BYU game even more memorable than it already had been.

    Go Utes!

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    Team #7 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-27 13:36:48

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)
    - BYU 7-5

    Today's team, Washington State

    Record: 7-5(4-5)

    Rutgers(@ Seattle) - W
    @ Nevada - W
    Portland State - W
    Oregon - L
    @ Utah - L
    California - W
    @ Stanford - L
    BYE
    Arizona - W
    USC - W
    @ Oregon State - L
    BYE
    @ Arizona State - L
    Washington - W

    Leach has the Cougars moving in the right direction and coming off a disappointing bowl loss, they will take another step forward this year by posting their first winning season since 2003. Leach's offense will lead to the 7 wins, but the Cougar's lack of defense will lead to the 5 losses.

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    Utah State checks in on USA Today's College Football Pre-Season Rankings Countdown. #46

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-27 13:22:19

    #46 -- Utah State


    Aggie Opponents:

    FCS -- Idaho State
    #123 - Hawaii
    #111 - UNLV
    #110 - New Mexico
    #105 - Wake Forest
    #103 - Wyoming
    #102 - Air Force
    #76 -- San Jose State
    #73 -- Colorado State
    #68 -- Tennessee
    #63 -- Arkansas State
    NR --- BYU
    NR --- Boise State


    Other MWC Teams:

    #82 -- Nevada
    #58 -- San Diego State
    #51 -- Fresno State

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    Arizona State checks in at #47 on USA Today's College Football Rankings Countdown. I'm a bit surprised, I expected with Kelly coming back they would be top 25.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-26 19:30:25

    Teams of Interest:

    #116 - California
    #101 - Colorado
    #66 -- Utah
    #61 -- Washington State
    #52 -- Oregon State
    #51 -- Fresno State
    #47 -- Arizona State

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    Team #6 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-26 15:48:49

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)
    - Washington 7-6(3-6)

    Today's team, BYU

    Record: 7-5

    @ Connecticut - W
    @ Texas - L
    Houston - L
    Virginia - W
    BYE
    Utah State - W
    @ UCF - L
    Nevada - W
    @ Boise State - L
    @ Middle Tennessee - W
    BYE
    UNLV - W
    Savannah State - W
    @ California - L

    Stepping out of conference for a day, I have BYU going just 7-5 this year. I know, given their softer than kittens in a cotton candy factory schedule, 7 wins seems low. But, this is how I see it. Travel takes a toll on teams, and BYU is no exception. Road travel to Connecticut, Texas, UCF, MTSU, Cal & Boise will make finding success on the football field just a bit tougher. Also, for as weak as their schedule is on paper, many of their opponents return a great deal of starters from last year and should be improved over what they were last year. Teams I expect to be most improved on their schedule are Houston, UCF, & California.

    A couple of disclaimers on these picks:

    - If the rumored suspensions and looming NCAA sanctions are of any significance, I could see BYU taking a sharp nose dive with additional losses @ UCONN, vs. Virginia, & vs. USU.

    - Putting BYU at 7-5 is by no means an endorsement that BYU would finish ahead of Colorado, Oregon State, California, Arizona, & Washington. If BYU were to play in the Pac-12 this year, they would be in a fight to finish ahead of Colorado and would most likely finish with the same 4-8 record.

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    Team #5 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-25 14:51:45

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)
    - Arizona 6-6(3-6)

    Today's team, Washington

    Record: 7-6(3-6)

    @ Hawaii - W
    Eastern Washington - W
    Illinois - W
    Georgia State - W
    Stanford - L
    BYE
    @ California - W
    @ Oregon - L
    Arizona State - L
    @ Colorado - W
    UCLA - L
    @ Arizona - L
    Oregon State - W
    @ Washington State - L

    In a weird way, Chris Petersen selected both the best time and the worst time to jump to the big leagues. It's the best time because Washington's schedule almost guarantees a winning record in year 1 with 4 VERY winnable non-conference games(3 of which are at home), plus, they have Cal & Colorado on the schedule this year. It's the worst time because the Pac-12 is quite possibly the strongest it has ever been. After a quick 5-1 start against the type of schedule He is use to facing, the harsh reality of facing great coaches with top talent week-in and week-out will set in for Petersen as the Huskies limp to the finish winning just 2 of their final 7 before heading to a bowl game. Not a great first year for Petersen, but much better than the 2-10 record his Boise State predecessor Dan Hawkins posted in year one at Colorado.

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    Team #4 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-24 10:24:30

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)
    - California 5-7(2-7)

    Today's team, Arizona

    Record: 6-6(3-6)

    UNLV - W
    @ UTSA - W
    Nevada - W
    California - W
    BYE
    @ Oregon - L
    USC - L
    BYE
    @ Washington State - L
    @ UCLA - L
    Colorado - W
    Washington - W
    @ Utah - L
    Arizona State - L

    Arizona has lost possibly the best RB in the country last year as well as their starting QB. They are bound to have some struggles on offense. If not for such a soft non-conference schedule, the Wildcats would take an even bigger step backwards, but they will make it to bowl eligibility with 3 conference home wins plus the 3 cupcakes early on.

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    Rebuttal to SeaTac regarding Wilson's 6 INTs against UCLA

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-23 21:36:04

    SeaTac and I differ on the cause/blame for Wilson's interceptions.

    I say they were the result of tipped passes, quarterback pressure, and a WR running the wrong route.

    SeaTac says they were the result of bad throws by Wilson.

    I tried to let the video do the talking, but he still can't see what I see. So I figured I would let the man who knows more about football than both of us combined do the talking.

    Whittingham's comments in the post game before reviewing film.

    I know a few of those interceptions were fluke circumstances balls being tipped, off receivers' hands so it wasn't all on Travis.


    Whittingham's comments the following week after reviewing the film.

    Very few were on Travis. He got hit a couple times just as the ball was coming out, which changed the direction of the football, and the flight. A couple of them were right off receivers' hands. One was a great play by the defense, a play that the ball just kind of bobbled around and (the defender) ended up making the play at the end before it hit the ground. A broken route structure - one time you would have a slant and go dialed up, but didn't get the whole signal on the outside, so we just ran the slant aspect of it and put the ball up. That was the one the safety intercepted in the half.

    If its bad decisions, bad throws, it's one thing. You still say, 'There were six interceptions,' which is a huge negative, but it was not all on Travis, in fact, very few were on Travis. One or two.


    I love ya, SeaTac, but I think you are dead wrong about Travis. He is going to do great things for Utah, I'm certain of it.

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    Interesting tweets regarding Langi & Whit - The last one doesn't make it sound too good for Langi ending up back at Utah.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-23 14:48:27

    Confirmed with Kyle Whittingham that he met with Harvey Langi last Tuesday, contrary to what was reported. Decision still pending.


    Whittingham said "No comment" when asked his feelings about the way the Langi situation went down.


    "Wherever he ultimately decides to go, we wish him well," Whittingham said of Langi.

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    Team #3 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-23 10:17:27

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)
    - Oregon State 5-7(2-7)

    Today's team, California

    Record: 5-7(2-7)

    @ Northwestern - W
    Sacramento State - W
    BYE
    @ Arizona - L
    Colorado - W
    @ Washington State - L
    Washington - L
    UCLA - L
    Oregon - L
    @ Oregon State - W
    BYE
    @ USC - L
    Stanford - L
    BYU - W


    Cal returns a ton of starters and contributors which will lead to a huge improvement over last year's 1-11 record, with the lone victory coming against Portland State. The problem is many of those who are returning were Freshman last year. In a strange way, experience will lead to their improvement, but youth will keep them from making a bowl game. Cal is still a year or two away from returning to the top half of the Pac-12, but a 4 win improvement is a huge step in the right direction.

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    Team #2 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-22 10:09:58

    In case you missed it, I am predicting every Pac-12 team's game by game results(plus Utah State & BYU) working my way from worst record to best record on our way to the start of Fall Camp.

    Previous Teams:

    - Colorado 4-8(1-8)

    Today's team, Oregon State

    Record: 5-7(2-7)

    Portland State - W
    @ Hawaii - W
    BYE
    San Diego State - W
    @ USC - W
    @ Colorado - L
    BYE
    Utah - L
    @ Stanford - L
    California - L
    Washington State - W
    Arizona State - L
    @ Washington - L
    Oregon - L

    Having a senior returning starter at QB should mean a good year for Oregon State, but I don't think so. OSU lost to an FCS team and ended the regular season on a 5 game losing streak. Losing Cooks is going to be a big blow to Mannion's effectiveness and OSU is going to struggle this year as a result. The Beavers could pull out an extra win against Cal to become bowl eligible, but I will be mildly surprised if that happens.

    I know the win over USC will have many of you thinking "WTF?" but it's just a gut feeling I have. Part of it is because OSU seems to win a game or two they shouldn't as well as lose a game or two they shouldn't. See: E. Washington & Boise from last year. I also think Sarkisian will still be getting things going early on in the year and Riley will be able to take advantage of USC miscues.

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    There is only one correct answer on the poll.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-21 14:36:49

    Sorry to anyone picking 6-6(5-4), but you are wrong.

    7-5(4-5) is the better option, no question.

    7-5 guarantees Utah a bowl bid & a winning record and it leaves potential to finish 8-5.

    6-6 could mean Utah doesn't go to a bowl game. If Utah does get a bowl bid, there's a chance they could finish with a losing record.

    I realize 5-4 puts us higher in the South standings, but does anyone remember who finished 3rd or 4th in the division? No, but people remember going to, and winning, bowl games.

    Plus, a winning record feels & looks much better than a losing record, even if it is just 7-6 vs 6-7.

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    Another Utah opponent checks in on the USA Today College Football Pre-Season Rankings Countdown - This time it is Fresno State

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-21 13:41:44

    For those keeping track at home, so far we have . . .

    FCS -- Idaho State
    #101 - Colorado
    #61 -- Washington State
    #52 -- Oregon State
    #51 -- Fresno State


    Utah is #66 in this countdown.

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    14 day team prediction countdown

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-21 10:31:19

    With 14 days left until the start of Fall camp, I will be posting a daily game by game prediction for each team in the Pac-12, plus Utah State and BYU. I will work my way from the worst predicted record to the best predicted record.

    First up, Colorado

    Record: 4-8(1-8)

    Colorado State - W
    @ Massachusetts - W
    Arizona State - L
    Hawaii - W
    @ California - L
    Oregon State - W
    BYE
    @ USC - L
    UCLA - L
    Washington - L
    @ Arizona - L
    BYE
    @ Oregon - L
    Utah - L

    Year 2 of the Mike MacIntyre regime will be just as frustrating as year 1 as I am predicting them to finish with the same 4-8(1-8) record from a year ago. Even though the record won't show it, the Buffs can still find signs of improvement. Two of their wins last year came against FCS opponents Central Arkansas and Charleston Southern. All 4 of this years wins will come against FBS competition. Another sign of improvement could be average margin of defeat. After losing to Pac-12 opponents by an average of 29 ppg last year, it's hard to imagine the Buffaloes won't be able to improve on that number just a little bit. However, by season's end, MacIntyre's seat will start to warm up with talk of needing to make a bowl game in 2015 if he plans on sticking around for more than 3 years.

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    Utah appears to have quietly added a game to a future schedule.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-18 14:19:43

    Future Non-Conference Opponents: 2019

    When I checked this site on June 26, Utah didn't have anything scheduled beyond 2018. Now they show Utah vs. Idaho State - August 29, 2019.

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    Another Utah opponent checks in on the USA Today College Football Pre-Season Rankings Countdown - Oregon State

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-18 09:43:53

    Utah opponents:

    FCS -- Idaho State
    #101 - Colorado
    #61 -- Washington State
    #52 -- Oregon State

    For comparison . . .

    Utah State opponents:

    FCS -- Idaho State
    #123 - Hawaii
    #111 - UNLV
    #110 - New Mexico
    #105 - Wake Forest
    #103 - Wyoming
    #102 - Air Force
    #76 -- San Jose State
    #73 -- Colorado State
    #68 -- Tennessee
    #63 -- Arkansas State

    BYU opponents:

    FCS -- Savannah State
    #116 - California
    #111 - UNLV
    #95 -- Virginia
    #93 -- Connecticut
    #82 -- Nevada
    #70 -- Middle Tennessee State

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    Link: Kaelin Clay tweets out a video of him beating DeAnthony Thomas in a race.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-17 21:59:45

    #Speed

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    USA Today Ranks all conferences.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-16 21:48:57

    Conference Rankings

    And they include Utah when addressing the depth of the Pac-12.

    . . . don't be surprised if 10 teams all but California and Colorado end up with seven wins.

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    Had a thought on the new jerseys.

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-16 19:28:27

    Remember those gray jerseys from a year or two ago? They weren't official team jerseys and were for fan purchase only.

    We've heard these latest jerseys aren't the official team jerseys. But we've also heard these are similar to the official team jerseys.

    With all of that in mind, I'm guessing we will see a much more understated silhouette of the mountains on the sleeves and possibly no black.

    So maybe just red sleeves with the jagged white mountain-top line? Maybe they keep the solid black above the line, too?

    Regardless, these aren't an upgrade over the previous design.

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    So we're now the University of Utah Jazz circa late 90s?

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-16 09:07:14

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    Visited CB tonight. According to a few posters over there, BYU suspensions on the horizon. Key players. Possibly for multiple games. Posts are too vague to get anything more than that. Fun stuff, though. :)

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-14 21:06:49

    *****EDIT*****

    And now almost all of the posts talking about the suspensions have been deleted.

    They delete anything that is negative about their program. What a bunch of head-in-the-sand sissies.

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    Was curious who had a better home schedule. Utah State or BYU?

    by UteThunder
    2014-07-14 16:23:54

    USU/Idaho State vs. BYU/Savannah State: Two crappy FCS opponents, should be EVEN but BYU plays Sav. State in November. Edge - USU

    USU/UNLV vs. BYU/UNLV: Edge - EVEN

    USU/Wake Forest vs. BYU/Virginia: The Demon Deacons went 4-8, (2-6 in ACC) last year while the Cavaliers went 2-10(0-8 in ACC) and the 2 wins were over an FCS team and BYU. Edge - USU

    USU/San Jose State vs. BYU/Utah State: The Aggies have been much better the last few years and SJSU fell back to reality after losing their coach(6-6). Edge - BYU

    USU/New Mexico vs. BYU/Houston: Houston is easily the better team here. Edge - BYU

    USU/Air Force Academy vs. BYU/Nevada: Both teams were bad last year. The novelty of playing a service academy is the deciding factor. Edge - USU

    Totals: USU 3 - BYU 2 - Even 1

    Their schedules are virtually identical with a slight edge going to the Aggies, which says a lot about the supposed "upgrade" of going independent.

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    Confirms the thought that BYU travelling well is a myth. 90% of the fans that attend their road games outside of Utah either live there or drive in from surrounding areas. Only 10% of their road attendance comes from people travelling from Utah.
    (1 day ago, 0 stars)

    Hahahahahaha!!!!
    (1 day ago, 3 stars)

    RE: The data at the website you used is fatally flawed. In Oct/Nov we get 5"-7"+ of accumulation per month so there is a big risk of rain. But the heavy, gusting, swirling winds at Husky Stadium are legendary and are caused by its location.
    (1 day ago, 0 stars)

    Is Jimbo's son contractually required to wear Nike gear? Or contractually forbidden to wear Under Armour?
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    Earlier this summer I saw an early 20-something wearing a shirt that read: "Tattooed and Employed" - He had some tattoos on his arms and one on his neck. I'm sure his job flipping burgers is awesome.
    (1 day ago, 1 stars)

    I can accept this as evidence my data is flawed. Definitely 'rain-like' conditions. Would you say this is a fair representation of the weather at MOST of UW's home games? Most meaning 4 or more games per year.
    (1 day ago, 0 stars)

    Team #12 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
    (1 day ago, 3 stars)

    Oh how I have fantasized about kicking your ass for daring to have an opinion differing from my own. ;)
    (1 day ago, 2 stars)

    RE: Enough - I've had enough of your simpleness and pie in the sky b.s.
    (1 day ago, 6 stars)

    Just went through their 2010 schedule. 6 games, ZERO precipitation.
    (1 day ago, 6 stars)

    Just went through their 2009 schedule. 7 games, ZERO precipitation.
    (1 day ago, 7 stars)

    Just went through their 2008 schedule. 7 games, ZERO precipitation.
    (1 day ago, 5 stars)

    Of course local weather conditions play a part in the success of a team.
    (1 day ago, 3 stars)

    Posted for SeaTac regarding advantageous weather that allowed UW/WSU/UA/ASU to have dramatic turn arounds from losing seasons to 8+ wins the following year.
    (1 day ago, 8 stars)

    "Greatest season in the history of BYU basketball . . . " and it ended in a run all the way to the Sweet Sixteen.
    (2 days ago, 10 stars)

    So now it's rain AND WIND? Give me a break. I stand by my statement, it does not rain at "most" of UW and WSU's games. "Most" being 4 or more of their 6-7 regular season home games year in and year out.
    (2 days ago, 2 stars)

    How have I never seen this before? That was hilarious!!!!
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    But there is one key difference between this year and last year: We're playing in the Pac-12 this year. The Pac-12! So it is going to be much tougher to win this year.
    (2 days ago, 2 stars)

    I will bet my life on it that Arizona & ASU don't play "most" of their games in 100+ degree heat and Washington & Washington State play "most" of their games in the rain.
    (2 days ago, 1 stars)

    Answers to some of your questions.
    (2 days ago, 1 stars)

    I just don't get people like that.
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    At least we bought out one of the road games against USU making it a 2-for-1 in our favor.
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    PDX, I don't know if this is what you had in mind when you asked for historical evidence that it is possible Utah could jump from 5-7 to 9-3 this year, but here you go.
    (2 days ago, 2 stars)

    Don't look now, but we have a home and home with San Jose State and they play in a 30,000 seat stadium. And Utah State plays in a 25,500 seat stadium.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Do you really think Patterson is a bad coach and just happened to make bad decisions at the end of a bunch of games?
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Well what the hell? Having 7 home games in 2018 was the best part of this agreement.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    You have that backwards.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Obviously Chris Hill has to sign off on playing BYU and when the game will be played, but do you really think he had an option?
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Huge difference between scheduling them as our 'B' level non-conference opponent in early September(a tune up game, if you will) and BYU scheduling NIU in late October as part of the meat of their schedule.
    (2 days ago, 12 stars)

    If it is the date you have an issue with, that is on Larry Scott, not Chris Hill.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    2018 & 2019 schedules - Looks like we will have 7 home games in 2018
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Do you even follow college football?
    (2 days ago, 1 stars)

    RE: I'd love for you to be correct here, but I just have one question. Is there a history of insanity in your family?
    (2 days ago, 3 stars)

    So much has changed since that game 2 years ago.
    (2 days ago, 6 stars)

    I can tell you.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Team #11 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
    (2 days ago, 5 stars)

    We played Oregon and Stanford in 1995, both in Salt Lake City. And in back-to-back weeks. ;)
    (3 days ago, 7 stars)

    Right. That's one game and they won 10 regular season games.
    (3 days ago, 0 stars)

    I guess you missed the part where they won with an average margin of victory of 26.3 ppg. They can take a step or two back defensively and still win a lot of 45-42 type games.
    (3 days ago, 0 stars)

    It's only a matter of time before ESPN has a 'Bachelorette' type show featuring BYU and all of the conference suitors vying for BYU to accept an invitation to join their conference.
    (3 days ago, 13 stars)

    Not quite. BYU plays 5 non Saturday games this year. A lot of people watch whatever game is on Wed./Thur./Fri. night because it is the only game on, not necessarily because they have a rooting interest in either team playing.
    (3 days ago, 1 stars)

    Looking at their scores from last year, I'm thinking they have a good shot at winning some shootouts.
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    #sheshouldn'ttalkwithhermouthfull
    (3 days ago, 2 stars)

    I imagine she is in the process of being lifted from the car to the wheelchair when the unprovoked assault begins.
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    I don't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet, but based on the teams I have predicted so far, Utah may or may not have just picked up their 6th win.
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    And they only parked in the reserved spot because some Ute fan with Pac-12 stickers on his truck parked in the handicap stall.
    (3 days ago, 2 stars)

    Team #10 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
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    That's awesome. I'd bet he parked there today as a big F*** you to your note. I would love to see the look on his face when he finds out he was towed.
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    On the flip side of that coin, NIU is 5-17 against P5 teams over the last 10 years. 5-19 if you include South Florida(no longer BCS/P5) & TCU(in MWC at time of game).
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    Are you saying Jesus was a Jazz fan?
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    It's hilarious that BYU claims to be a "special" place where their players live a higher standard. Or should I say, PRETEND to live a higher standard?
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    I'm still getting a blank page
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    I think your link is not working.
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    Because "Indians" is such an offensive term?
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    Toughest team in a decade?!?!?!
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    In a word: Yes
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    Admittedly, it is a long shot. However, I don't buy the argument that USC is suddenly back to full strength now that the scholarship reduction has been lifted. Plus, the players didn't get the coach they wanted so I wonder how quickly they will . . .
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    RE: HL's LOI not being signed, Utah used a bit of a loophole themselves
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    Team #9 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
    (4 days ago, 5 stars)

    Yeah, doesn't say Utah or Utes anywhere, I don't see a block U or a Drum n Feather logo anywhere. That's not a game jersey.
    (5 days ago, 0 stars)

    I think Utah gets back to its winning ways this year.
    (5 days ago, 13 stars)

    A high # of returning starters is one of the best indicators of success/improvement in college football. Even if they were on a $#!+ty team the year before.
    (5 days ago, 1 stars)

    Wyoming returns 16 starters, and if you've learned anything about these predictions by now, it should be that I place a lot of value on home field advantage. Also, I mentioned there would be frustrating losses.
    (5 days ago, 2 stars)

    *well
    (5 days ago, 8 stars)

    Team #8 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp. *EDIT* Utah State only returns 7 starters.
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    My positive experience with Brian Blechen
    (6 days ago, 17 stars)

    A cancer? Doesn't contribute? Well, we must have terrible depth then because the coaches sure seem to play him a lot.
    (6 days ago, 3 stars)

    So you should realize it's not an example of stupidity and yet you posted it implying that it was.
    (6 days ago, 3 stars)

    Based on the meme you posted, I'm assuming you have no idea what you are talking about because you clearly don't get what was going on with the whole baptism thing. Hint: It's NOT the blasphemous anti-mormon scenario BYU fans think it was.
    (6 days ago, 5 stars)

    USC - Better chance for a win and Oct. 25th should be better weather than Nov. 8th.
    (6 days ago, 3 stars)

    God I hope so. It has been a long 20 years of futility.
    (6 days ago, 1 stars)

    RE: Great sportsmanship, and terrible form.
    (6 days ago, 2 stars)

    Didn't come across wrong at all. These picks are just for fun. I don't care if people disagree, I just wanted to give some of the thoughts that led to that pick.
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    Are you saying Sarkisian is out of the closet? ;)
    (6 days ago, 4 stars)

    Meh, it's a rivalry game that has been dead even the last 10 years. 5-5 with WSU going 3-2 in Pullman. I figure the Cougars will prevail over the Huskies at home with a new coach.
    (6 days ago, 0 stars)

    7 of 13 opponents ranked #102 or worse and 11 of 13 ranked #63 or worse. Utah's MWC schedules weren't quite this weak, but anyone who doesn't think Utah's exponentially increased SOS is a valid reason for the struggles the last 2 years is crazy.
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    Team #7 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
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    Utah State checks in on USA Today's College Football Pre-Season Rankings Countdown. #46
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    Arizona State checks in at #47 on USA Today's College Football Rankings Countdown. I'm a bit surprised, I expected with Kelly coming back they would be top 25.
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    The only class Matt Leinart took his senior year was Ballroom Dance.
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    Hell ain't a bad place to be.
    (7 days ago, 1 stars)

    *EDIT* After reading the statute, I withdraw my previous comment. However, it appears Jamaal Williams will (or has) suffered the same fate.
    (7 days ago, 0 stars)

    I am including Utah State & BYU because they are the other FBS teams in this state and might be of interest to some on here, myself included.
    (7 days ago, 2 stars)

    Boise returns 8 starters on defense and 6 on offense, including their QB, plus they almost never lose at home.
    (7 days ago, 1 stars)

    Team #6 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
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    Big Tom Holmoe & Barbie Mendenhall: Adversarial allies - How long until their antics lead to the death of everyone in the bubble . . . er, I mean Under the Dome?
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    Well of course it did. Those tools think Harvey Langi spends all day reading cougarboard and they don't want something like that swaying his decision.
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    I'll admit CP is a great coach, but he didn't build Boise into a national power.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    Let's not give CP too much credit for BSU. He didn't exactly build it, more accurately, he maintained it. And he wasn't the Oregon OC, he was the WR coach.
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    I wouldn't count Shaw and Wells, not only did they take over for a successful coach, they were also part of the previous coaching staff.
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    I don't get it. But I did laugh at the following typo: "if he takes the Boob of Mormon"
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    I won't argue about the talent, but both of those games are on the road and as we have so painfully learned, road wins are hard to come by in this conference. Plus, how often does a new coach come in and is an instant success from day one?
    (8 days ago, 1 stars)

    Team #5 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
    (8 days ago, 1 stars)

    Gotta love the comment from a BYU fan talking about how Utah doesn't put a lot of LBs in the NFL. A quick glance at the list shows 4 former Utes playing LB in the NFL and only 2 from BYU.
    (8 days ago, 3 stars)

    Taking a closer look at the schedules of Stanford, Washington State, and Cal, I am surprised those teams made the top ten.
    (9 days ago, 0 stars)

    Considering they have Utah #1, I would say ZERO politics went into it. Maybe the author places a little too much value on the SEC, but I don't think his decisions were motivated by outside forces.
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    Interesting to see Texas A&M on there after yesterday's discussion regarding Stoops' comments about aTm having a soft schedule.
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    It comes down to home field advantage and the coaching change at Washington. Petersen will be good up there, but I don't expect him to walk in and win 10+ games right off the bat.
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    Team #4 in my countdown to the start of Fall Camp.
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    I agree.
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