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    UteThunder
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    While I am hoping BYU doesn't get into the BigXII, there are a few reasons I wouldn't mind it.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-22 13:06:59

    1. The BigXII would not let BYU's dirty play go unpunished. They would no longer be able to handle things "internally" when one of their players throws a punch or leads with their head.

    2. Stabilization of the BigXII can help prevent the formation of super-conferences. This is more of a general concept, as the BigXII doesn't necessarily get stabilized by adding BYU. In fact, whatever stabilization they can accomplish by expanding will happen regardless of which G5 teams they choose. So whether it is Houston and Cincinnati or BYU and Memphis, the resulting stabilization will be the same.

    3. BYU in the BigXII basically guarantees that BYU will never be in the Pac-12. I know we like to think that is already the case, but with the threat of super-conferences looming there will always be a sliver of a chance that BYU could become an option with the lack of good expansion options in the West.

    4. It will be nice to see BYU finally have to face the week-in and week-out brutality of a P5 schedule. Since going independent, they have never faced more than 3 P5s in a row and have never played more than 6 in a regular season.

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    Utah's Roster by State

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-20 21:54:38

    CA - 35
    UT - 30
    FL - 11
    TX - 9
    WA - 4
    AZ - 3
    NV - 3
    HI - 2
    LA - 2
    CO - 1
    ID - 1
    OR - 1
    PA - 1
    Australia - 1
    Japan - 1

    Total - 105

    More than half of the roster comes from CA, FL, & TX and less than a third comes from UT.

    p.s. According to a Deseret News article, Utah had 20 returned missionaries on the 2015 roster. Pretty safe bet the number is approximately the same this year. IOW - Stop beating that same tired drum AAU.

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    I could see BYU getting an invite to the BigXII, but there was a statement made by either their commissioner or one of their presidents a couple of weeks ago that makes me think they will be passed over.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-19 16:38:58

    I can't remember the quote word for word, nor can I find it now, but the basic gist of what he was saying(IIRC) was this:

    'Some people might question the rationale of who we would expand with.'

    I wish I could find the actual quote, but the context of it seemed to say "A lot of people think BYU is the best choice, but we are leaning elsewhere."

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    16 team super-conferences. Who does the Pac-12 end up with?

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-19 15:20:27

    I'm assuming that if super-conferences happen, it will be because one or more of the ACC, B1G, and SEC expand to 16. If one of those leagues expands to 16 it will most likely be with Texas +1 and Oklahoma +1. I don't think anyone is getting Texas and Oklahoma by themselves.

    So, let's say the B1G takes Texas and TX-Tech and the SEC takes Oklahoma and OK-State. The ACC likely takes West Virginia and who else? Does Notre Dame finally join a conference and become a full member of the ACC? More importantly, who does the Pac-12 take to get to 16?

    I would think we take Kansas and KS-State plus two more of the following: Houston, TCU, CSU, UNLV, Hawaii and New Mexico.

    Man, I really hope 16 team super-conferences never happen. The Pac-12 is perfect as presently constituted.

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    The answer to what it will take to win the Pac-12 South, and more importantly, the Pac-12 Championship.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-16 13:26:28

    Below are the per game averages IN PAC-12 PLAY ONLY for the North & South Champions as well as Utah. *USC is listed as the South Champion for 2011 because they had the best record in the South but were ineligible for post-season play. I didn't think the 2011 UCLA team was a valid comparison for what is needed to win the division in a typical season.

    2011.......PPG......YPG......RYPG......PY PG
    Oregon....44.3.....500.9....301.0.....199 .9
    *USC......37.9.....462.9....165.6.....297 .3
    Utah......20.9.....297.8....120.9.....176 .9

    2012
    Stanford...28.9.....405.3....187.7....217 .7
    UCLA.......34.4.....426.9....157.8....269 .1
    Utah.......26.1.....323.2....140.8....182 .4

    2013
    Stanford....33.2....403.1....205.2....197 .9
    ASU.........44.2....473.4....212.8....260 .7
    Utah........25.6....364.3....145.4....218 .9

    2014
    Oregon......43.9....528.2....228.3....299 .9
    Arizona.....35.7....447.4....163.7....283 .8
    Utah........24.6....344.0....171.0....173 .0

    2015
    Stanford....40.9....455.3....255.1....200 .2
    USC.........31.9....405.8....166.8....239 .0
    Utah........30.0....386.4....190.0....196 .4

    Going off of the 5 year averages for the South Champion, Utah will need to improve upon last year's conference performance by 8+ points per game and 60+ total yards per game to win the division; Utah will need to improve by 9+ ppg and 75+ total yards per game to win the conference. Obviously, this is just to beat the averages and there is a possibility that we could win it with less, but there is also a possibility we will need even more to win the division/conference.

    5 Year Avg
    North.......38.2....458.6....235.5....223 .1
    South.......36.8....443.3....173.3....270 .0

    Bottom line: I believe, at a minimum, we are going to need 250+ yards passing, 175+ yards rushing, and 38 ppg in conference play to win the Pac-12 title.

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    A while back, I posted a comparison of the last 25 football seasons for Utah & BYU to disprove the "Utah has only had two good seasons, BYU has had 40 years of greatness" myth they perpetuate. Now, a closer look at one of those comparisons: P5 Record

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-14 10:51:42

    Original Post if you missed it.

    Part of the argument we get from BYU fans when we throw out our better record vs P5 teams is that we play weak P5 teams while they are playing the creme de la creme. While it is true that they have played some tough teams over the years, they have also played their share of cupcakes while we have slayed some giants(something they have NEVER done).

    From 1991 - 2015, the last 25 seasons . . .

    Record vs P5 Teams
    Utah 53-46(.535)
    BYU 33-49-1(.404)

    In Utah's 53 wins, the opponents have a combined record of 299-348-1(.462)
    In BYU's 33 wins, the opponents have a combined record of 174-224-1(.437)

    Wins vs 6+ Win P5 Teams
    Utah = 28
    BYU = 20

    Wins vs 9+ Win P5 Teams
    Utah = 8
    BYU = 2

    Wins vs 10+ Win P5 Teams
    Utah = 4
    BYU = 0

    In Utah's 46 losses, the opponents have a combined record of 351-231-1(.603)
    In BYU's 49 losses, the opponents have a combined record of 381-208-2(.646)

    Losses vs Sub .500 P5 Teams
    Utah = 10
    BYU = 9

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    To the delight of many, I am going to try to take a step back from defending the police.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-11 14:51:20

    I may seem vociferous in defending our police, but it is only because I am one of the few here willing to look at things from their side. The people who bash the police here seem to do it from a place of hatred and anger for getting a ticket. They are unwilling to put themselves in an officer's shoes and see why things might happen the way they happen. They have little to no knowledge of the laws and policies that govern police work, or why those laws and policies were enacted.

    When an officer seemingly over steps his bounds because he had the audacity to fear for his life, the best they get is "they signed up for that" or "they don't have the right" or "they work for us" as if any of that means cops can't or shouldn't do the things they do to make it home alive each day.

    I love our police officers and the job they do. Are they perfect? Of course not. When they violate the law, they should be held accountable. But they should be held accountable by the law, not rioting protestors and cowardly snipers.

    In closing, a "careful what you wish for" warning to all of those who are anti-police, or cop-haters, or even just cop-bashers:

    You may think the police are bad now, but you just wait. As the public outrage continues to build, we are going to move from where we are now to one of two extremes.

    1) Total anarchy due to a lack of an adequate police force(in numbers) or due to a neutered police force unable to act with any authority - in effect they will become glorified security guards who observe and report but never arrest or detain.

    Or

    2) We will become a police state not too far off from what Nazi Germany was. You may say we are already there, but we aren't even close. To maintain order and "treat everyone equally" our society will become one where every citizen is required to show their papers, whether they are making a midnight beer run in a bad neighborhood or out for an afternoon jog in the nicest part of town. Everyone will be under suspicion and law-abiding citizens will long for the days when it was just the criminals the police worried about.

    I'm sure many will call me crazy, but there is no happy medium where police and criminals live in harmony and nobody is ever shot. What we have now isn't perfect, but it is about as close as our society is capable of and is much better than the alternatives.

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    To UteMan and anyone else who has a problem with police writing traffic tickets.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-08 12:20:14

    First and foremost, the purpose of writing traffic citations is to keep people safe. Allowing people to violate the laws of the road is a recipe for mass carnage.

    Secondarily, traffic stops are used for investigative purposes. Every day, hundreds of people with warrants for their arrest are taken off the streets due to traffic stops. Hundreds of more people involved in illegal activity are arrested as a result of traffic stops.

    Third, it is used as a way of making sure officers aren't parking under a tree and taking a nap. If they are making stops and writing citations when there are no calls, this shows that they are out doing their job, policing the community.

    Fourth, and here is the big one for you "revenue generators" people. Yes, revenue is generated from the fines collected on traffic violations. But rather than think of this in simple terms of "revenue generation" you need to start looking at it for what it is, and that is an idiot tax. Running a city or county costs money. That money can come from one of two places. Either we all pay in the form of much higher taxes, or the idiots who can't follow the law can pay. If you don't like paying the idiot tax, well, stop breaking the law.

    If anyone thinks we should just raise taxes, that's fine, but the police will still be writing citations with the accompanying fines for the three reasons listed above.

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    Team 4 in my game by game predictions of Utah opponents and other teams of note.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-06 15:07:29

    Previous Teams:

    California 3-9(1-8)
    Oregon State 3-9(1-8)
    Colorado 4-8(2-7)

    Up next, the Arizona State Sun Devils


    Northern Arizona W
    Texas Tech L
    @ UTSA W
    California W
    @ USC L
    UCLA L
    @ Colorado W
    Washington State L
    @ Oregon L
    Utah L
    @ Washington L
    @ Arizona L

    Record 4-8(2-7)

    After a 3-1 start, the wheels come off as the Sun Devils hit the meat of their schedule. ASU is losing 4 of their starting OL from last year and only returns 4 starters on offense. The Devils still have talent, but without Graham's ability to steal signals from his opponents, I don't think that talent is going to be in position to make the needed plays to win games in this league. Does Todd Graham start eyeing his next job halfway through the season?

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    Team 3 in my game by game predictions of Utah opponents and other teams of note.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-05 15:49:34

    Previous Teams:

    California 3-9(1-8)
    Oregon State 3-9(1-8)

    Up next, the Colorado Buffaloes

    @ Colorado State(Denver, CO) W
    Idaho State W
    @ Michigan L
    @ Oregon L
    Oregon State W
    @ USC L
    Arizona State L
    @ Stanford L
    UCLA L
    @ Arizona W
    Washington State L
    Utah L

    Record 4-8(2-7)

    The poor Buffaloes, just can't seem to pick up any momentum. Their best record since joining the Pac-12 is 4-8(2013) and they've only won more than 1 conference game one time(2 wins in 2011). Playing a one-and-done at Michigan, (who does that?) isn't a smart move for a team trying to re-build what used to be a great program but has been stuck in a decade long funk. I think part of the problem is they have a decent coach in a conference full of great coaches. This will be year 4 under Coach MacIntyre, and a 4 win season could mean it is the final year for the former San Jose State coach.

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    Team 2 in my game by game predictions of Utah opponents and other teams of note.

    by UteThunder
    2016-07-01 11:19:59

    Prior teams:

    California 3-9(1-8)

    Up next, the Oregon State Beavers

    @ Minnesota W
    BYE
    Idaho State W
    Boise State L
    @ Colorado L
    California W
    Utah L
    @ Washington L
    Washington State L
    @ Stanford L
    @ UCLA L
    Arizona L
    Oregon L

    Record 3-9(1-8)

    Gary's team takes a small step forward, improving on their 2-10 record from last year by just a single game. Similar to the job he had at Utah State, it is going to take Andersen at least 3 years to get this team bowl eligible. His re-build was made even more difficult with the departure of his DC after just one year. Then again, with the way KS's defenses seemed to be slowly regressing at Utah, maybe Oregon State is better off.

    The Beavers could maybe pick up a 4th win against Colorado, but even if they do, the rest of their schedule just seems unfair for a team that is in a downturn. Especially when you consider their bye comes in week 2 followed by the Idaho State game. That leaves 10 straight weeks of big boy football without a break, bookended by Boise State and Oregon.

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    It's time for my annual game-by-game predictions for each of our opponents and a few other teams of interest.

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-30 13:43:25

    This will be day 1 of predicting each team's games and final record. I am starting a bit earlier this year because I always seem to run out of time before fall camp begins. This year I will be predicting every Pac-12 team, our two FBS non-conference opponents, as well as Utah State, Boise State, and Virginia. We will work our way from worst record to best.

    First up, the California Golden Bears.

    California

    @ Hawaii(Sydney, Australia) W
    @ San Diego State W
    Texas L
    @ Arizona State L
    Utah L
    @ Oregon State L
    Oregon L
    @ USC L
    Washington W
    @ Washington State L
    Stanford L
    UCLA L

    Record 3-9(1-8)

    The Bears take a big step back from their 8-5 finish last year. They started off a red-hot 5-0 before losing to Utah, the first of 4 straight losses on their way to finishing 3-5 in the last 8 games. On top of that, 4 of their 8 wins were by a total of 6 points or less. The loss of Goff is what will really hurt them in my mind. He seemed to be their whole team last year, and without him, things are going to be rough.

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    I hate to be a downer, but the Phil Steele article referenced below(and that I also posted about yesterday) is only part of a larger picture that isn't so rosy for Utah.

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-28 13:34:47

    When looking at experienced teams, Steele does look at the number of juniors and seniors in the 2 deep - the more the better. But that is just one factor in his more complete rankings. The other factors include percentage of lettermen returning, percentage of tackles returning, percentage of yardage returning, and career starts on the offensive line.

    Utah ranks really well in two of the categories, average in one category, and really poor in the remaining two categories:

    #4 - JRs and SRs in the two deep(35)
    #18 - Career starts on the offensive line(90)
    #55 - Percentage of Lettermen Returning(70.6% )
    #108 - Percentage of tackles returning(51.19% )
    #128 - Percentage of yards returning(19.69% )

    When all of the factors are combined, Utah's final experience ranking according to Steele is #91 in the country.

    Other teams of note, Utah opponents in bold:
    #4 BYU
    #9 Colorado

    #23 Washington State
    #26 Boise State
    #33 Virginia
    #39 USC
    #42 Washington
    #43 San Jose State
    #44 UCLA
    #60 Arizona
    #75 Oregon State

    #90 Utah State
    #102 Oregon
    #119 California

    #122 Stanford
    #126 Arizona State
    #128 Ohio State

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    USA Today lists the top player in the nation at each position. 3 Pac-12 players listed including Utah K Andy Phillips.

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-28 09:31:11

    USA Today Best Player Each Position

    Number of players from each conference:

    B1G - 4
    Pac12 - 3
    SEC - 3
    ACC - 2
    BigXII - 1
    Independent - 1
    Sun Belt - 1

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    If experience is an indicator of success, this may be Utah's best chance to win the Pac-12 since joining the league.

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-27 09:41:39

    Phil Steele lists Utah as being the 4th most experienced team in the country.

    Here is how our opponents stack up.

    Conference Opponents:
    #31 Arizona
    #37 UCLA
    #48 Colorado
    #76 Oregon State
    #87 Arizona State
    #87 California
    #93 Oregon
    #102 Washington
    #107 USC

    Non-Conference Opponents:
    #5 BYU
    #93 San Jose State
    NR - SUU

    Other Pac-12 Teams:
    #76 Washington State
    #123 Stanford

    Looking at some of the other teams at the top of the list, you could say this doesn't mean anything for Utah. However, Utah is returning all of this experience from a team that has gone 9-4 & 10-3 in the Pac-12 the last two years. As has been said many times before, if Utah's offense can just be 'average' (particularly the QB ), then we may be in for a special season.

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    Meanwhile, in Pac-12 scheduling news . . .

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-23 15:42:59

    Colorado has signed up to be embarrassed by an FCS team by scheduling North Dakota State. They've also inked a deal to play Kansas State home and home.

    Washington State has also agreed to a home and home series with Kansas State.

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    Utah's biggest Pac-12 win since joining the conference. The nominees are . . .

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-21 12:44:56

    In chronological order

    2013 - 27-21 vs #5 Stanford: The Cardinal finished the season 11-3 and ranked #10 in the coaches poll. This was a monumental upset.

    2014 - 30-28 @ #8 UCLA: A very similar upset to the win over Stanford. On one hand, this might be a more impressive win considering it was on the road. On the other hand, UCLA was ranked "only" #8, and finished 10-3 with a final ranking of #10.

    2014 - 24-21 vs #20 USC: First conference win over the unofficial king of the conference. The Trojans finished the season 9-4 and ranked #19.

    2015 - 62-20 @ #13 Oregon: Another "first conference win", this time on the road, and in such dominant fashion. The Ducks went on to finish the season 9-4, ranked #19.

    2015 - 30-24 vs #23 Cal: The Bears finished the year just 8-5 and unranked, but this was a huge game at the time with College Gameday in town and Utah intercepting the eventual #1 overall pick 5 times.

    Honorable Mentions:
    2011 vs OSU - First conference win
    2011 @ Zona - First conference road win
    2011 vs UCLA - First conference win over a bowl eligible team, the Bruins also won the South Division that year.
    2015 @ Washington - First win EVER against the Huskies.

    What is your pick and why?

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    Utah adds Weber State to the 2021 football schedule.

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-20 16:09:38

    Utah will open the 2021 season at home against Weber State followed two weeks later by San Diego State on the road. One non-conference slot remains open for the 2021 season.

    Article

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    "The Utes have only had 2 good years, BYU has had 40 years of greatness."

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-17 15:23:51

    Really? This is what those assclowns believe? God, I have heard this phrase uttered by BYU fans at least 100 times. Do they really believe such nonsense? Because if they do, then they have to discount the last 25 years of their program's "40 year's of greatness".

    Well, next time anyone hears it . . .

    -Over the last 25 seasons-

    Overall Record:
    Utah 200-104(.658)
    BYU 207-108-2(.656)

    Bowl Record:
    Utah 13-4(.765)
    BYU 8-10-1(.447)

    **Record vs Teams in Pac-12, SEC, B1G, ACC, BigXII
    Utah 53-46(.535)
    BYU 33-49(.402)

    Finished Ranked in Top 25:
    Utah 8
    BYU 9

    Seasons of .692(9-4) or better:
    Utah 10
    BYU 10

    Seasons of .500(6-6) or worse:
    Utah 5
    BYU 6

    Head to Head:
    Utah 15-9(.625)
    BYU 9-15(.375)

    **Note: For record vs P5 teams I excluded games that occurred while the opponent was not a member of a BCS/AQ/P5 conference. So games against teams like Louisville prior to 2005 and TCU prior to 2012 weren't counted. Counting those types of games would have boosted Utah's record and BYU's would have stayed the same, as the Utes have an 8-3 record and the Cougars are 4-6.

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    ACC and BigXII want no part of scheduling Utah

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-15 23:26:41

    Article Here

    In a nutshell, over the last decade, Utah has one of the best winning percentages against teams currently in the ACC and BigXII which makes the Utes a team those conferences are not likely to want to schedule for fear of losing.

    Over the last decade(2006-15):

    5-0 vs. teams in ACC - 2-0 vs Pitt, 1-0 vs GaTech, 2-0 vs Louisville

    4-2 vs. teams in BigXII - 1-0 vs Iowa State, 3-2 vs TCU

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    "Domo should be kicked off the team!" "I don't want someone who would do what Domo has done to represent my school."

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-06 17:54:36

    Just a couple of the common sentiments shared by many Ute fans last summer before the full story about what Domo had actually done was known last summer.

    Might be best for everyone to wait for all of the facts to come out before declaring Young "stupid" and calling for harsh penalties. Kyle Whittingham and the University of Utah typically handle these things well and I believe they will do the right thing here.

    Go Utes!

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    I'm bored and this place has been pretty slow lately, so here are some Big XII expansion thoughts.

    by UteThunder
    2016-06-05 22:41:20

    What will the BigXII divisions look like, and will they affect who gets invited if they expand?

    With their current makeup, it is hard to see them doing anything other than a zipper type alignment for their two 5 team divisions, but let's take a look at the possibilities.

    North/South: A North/South split should put all of the Texas and Oklahoma schools in the same division but there are 6 of them, so who would be left out? Even after they expand, keeping all 6 of them in the same division doesn't seem desirable. I believe a North/South split like this would also limit any expansion to teams from the East as I don't think the Northern teams would be okay with having to travel from West Virginia(or Connecticut) all the way to Fort Collins or Provo while the Southern teams do most of their travel in Texas and Oklahoma.

    East/West: An East/West split would also put all of the Texas and Oklahoma schools in the same division except for one, which again, leaves the question of who will be put in the opposite division? They would have to keep the 6 of them together which limits expansion to the East.

    Zipper: Dividing teams based more on a rivalry type alignment seems like the most fair and logical set up and would keep their expansion prospects open. It would look something like what I have posted below. I paired up the teams with their most logical in-state rival and then split them by putting the Eastern most rival in West Virginia's division and the Western most rival in Iowa State's division.

    Division 1
    - Texas
    - Baylor
    - Oklahoma State
    - Kansas
    - West Virginia

    Division 2
    - Texas Tech
    - TCU
    - Oklahoma
    - Kansas State
    - Iowa State

    If they expand, I believe the BigXII expands East and West. I'm guessing they are going to pick up Cincinnati and either CSU or BYU. Cincinnati will be put in Division 1 and CSU or BYU will be put in Division 2. If they decide to go North/South or East/West, they will only expand to the East and they will take Cincinnati and UConn or Memphis.

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    What is going on with future scheduling?

    by UteThunder
    2016-05-31 16:59:51

    Looking at the other Pac-12 schools' future non-conference schedules, and comparing to Utah's, we seem to be a bit behind most of the conference.

    2020-2025

    Stanford - 14/18 games scheduled, 10 P5 games.
    Colorado - 13/18 games scheduled, 9 P5 games.
    UCLA - 11/18 games scheduled, 7 P5 games.
    Zona - 10/18 games scheduled, 5 P5 games.
    USC - 8/18 games scheduled, 4 P5 games.
    ASU - 8/18 games scheduled, 2 P5 games.
    Oregon - 8/18 games scheduled, 2 P5 games.
    Cal - 6/18 games scheduled, 4 P5 games.
    OSU - 6/18 games scheduled, 1 P5 game.
    Utah - 5/18 games scheduled, 2 P5 games.
    UW - 4/18 games scheduled, 2 P5 games.
    WSU - 3/18 games scheduled, 2 P5 games.

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    So we now have to play them in football and basketball, both at their place in the same season? Who the hell came up with this idea?

    by UteThunder
    2016-05-26 16:44:33

    Sure, they will also have to come to our place for both in 2018 assuming the basketball series gets extended beyond 2017, but still, this is just so dumb. If we are going to play them in football and basketball, then the games for both sports shouldn't both be on the same school's campus in a given year.

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    Fun Fact: Over the last 25 football seasons Utah has won 200 games.

    by UteThunder
    2016-05-17 19:12:22

    200 wins & 104 losses for a .658 winning percentage.

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    Millenials - Funny, sad, and scary, all in one song.

    by UteThunder
    2016-05-15 19:03:49

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    Hansen moving to Safety final?

    by UteThunder
    2016-04-04 15:58:58

    Heard a snippet of an interview with Kyle today and when talking about the talent and depth at Safety, he mentioned something to the effect of "and we don't even have Chase back yet". The way he said it made it sound like the decision has been made and Chase is no longer a potential QB.

    The move wouldn't surprise anyone, but has anyone heard anything definitive on this?

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the reasons Poeltl came back that his mom was more interested in him earning his degree than having him play in the NBA? I swear I heard that at the beginning of this season, maybe during the BYU game?

    by UteThunder
    2016-03-31 20:30:07

    Anyone else hear that? Might explain why he hasn't declared yet.

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    Scheduling FBS one-and-dones: Is Utah trying to do this, and should Utah be trying to do this?

    by UteThunder
    2016-03-30 12:25:45

    Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Oregon have all signed Fresno State up for a one-and-done in the next few years, a team we just played home-and-home.

    Illinois is bringing in Akron, UTSA, Charlotte, and Wyoming for one-and-dones.

    Why are we only bringing in FCS teams for one and dones? Is it simply money? What FBS teams should we, and could we, get to come in for one-and-dones?

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    Speaking of TV shows people are watching, is anyone watching Hap & Leonard? I've found it to be very entertaining so far.

    by UteThunder
    2016-03-29 13:35:57

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    Top 10 Most Recently Posted Messages:

    This is an interesting theory and one I had not yet heard. The desire to re-negotiate their TV contract sounds so plausible, you just might be on to something.
    (1 day ago, 0 stars)

    The in-state recruiting hit to Utah, if BYU gets in, will be worse than most realize.
    (1 day ago, 1 stars)

    We didn't do ourselves any favors, but it's not like we tanked and everyone else was peaking.
    (1 day ago, 0 stars)

    That 2010 team finished ranked #23 in the Coaches Poll and should have been ranked in the final AP Poll, too.
    (1 day ago, 0 stars)

    Here's to hoping they get a chance to use every one of those excuses. :)
    (2 days ago, 3 stars)

    No way is that plausible.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Don't be so sure about those teams beating Kansas.
    (2 days ago, 1 stars)

    It's not up to Holmoe to decide how low they are willing to go.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    This, more than anything, might be what keeps BYU out. I don't think their ego will allow them to go as low in the bidding process as the other candidates.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Ultimately, they might be doomed to destruction either way. However, I believe a 12 or 14 team BigXII has a better chance to survive than a 10 team BigXII.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Who are your sources?
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    Brutal compared to what they have faced in the last 5 years of independence.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    We shall see. BYU was dirty long before Bronco and Rose showed up. I'll believe they have been cleaned up when I see it on the field.
    (2 days ago, 2 stars)

    Follow up on point 4.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    While I am hoping BYU doesn't get into the BigXII, there are a few reasons I wouldn't mind it.
    (2 days ago, 0 stars)

    I don't think the Pac-12 is looking to expand right now, unless Oklahoma and Texas are making overtures.
    (2 days ago, 1 stars)

    With only 30 from Utah, I seriously doubt it is anywhere near that high.
    (4 days ago, 1 stars)

    RE: Who ya got?
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    Utah's Roster by State
    (4 days ago, 1 stars)

    My review after having seen it.
    (4 days ago, 1 stars)

    Can't tell if serious or not. . .
    (4 days ago, 1 stars)

    The Utah vs BYU game is on Fox, as in Fox 13 in Utah.
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    KJZZ has been off the air with Dish since December and Fox has been off air for over a month now. I don't think these stations are coming back to Dish any time soon.
    (4 days ago, 1 stars)

    Houston doesn't make sense unless it is part of a plan to get to 14 or 16. They would be on an island by themselves. The correct answer if Colorado leaves would be to add CSU.
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    If Colorado left, then Colorado State would be firsts up to replace them. The Pac-12 just got the Denver market, they would want to keep that before looking at UNLV or any other MWC school.
    (4 days ago, 0 stars)

    You mean "Whithky" . . . ;)
    (5 days ago, 8 stars)

    This was their "announcement" . . . ? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHA!!!!!!
    (5 days ago, 4 stars)

    Announcement or Statement? Because those aren't the same thing.
    (5 days ago, 3 stars)

    You can't say the Pac-12 has only one power team in USC and then say the B1G has OSU, UM, MSU, PSU, Nebraska and the SEC has Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Tennessee.
    (5 days ago, 1 stars)

    I could see BYU getting an invite to the BigXII, but there was a statement made by either their commissioner or one of their presidents a couple of weeks ago that makes me think they will be passed over.
    (5 days ago, 0 stars)

    Yep, also terms like how many years you are willing to take a reduced payout and how much of a reduced payout you are willing to take.
    (5 days ago, 0 stars)

    I listened to some of the conference call. You and I took very different things from what they said.
    (5 days ago, 1 stars)

    16 team super-conferences. Who does the Pac-12 end up with?
    (5 days ago, 1 stars)

    Am I the only one who finds it funny that you use an executive order from a Democrat as an example of bad policy that Trump could plagiarize?
    (5 days ago, 2 stars)

    So my wife is upset that the RNC cut into the Bachelorette. Trump is already coming through on his campaign promise to Make America Great Again! ;)
    (6 days ago, 3 stars)

    The news from the ACC is actually good news for any G5 team hoping to be invited to the BigXII. Any ideas the BigXII might've had about poaching the ACC just went up in smoke. If the BigXII wants to expand, it is G5 teams or bust.
    (6 days ago, 0 stars)

    That was a good article with a nice overall message. Thank you for posting it. But I do need to point out one blatant lie by Sharpton.
    (6 days ago, 2 stars)

    Went to Utah State, is on the list by mistake.
    (6 days ago, 0 stars)

    Bravo. He says everything I believe and would like to say, but am too inarticulate and emotional to put into words when it comes to these issues.
    (6 days ago, 2 stars)

    Hopefully my last post in this thread.
    (6 days ago, 2 stars)

    I watched his entire 38 minute speech this morning. There was nothing even close to this . . .
    (7 days ago, 2 stars)

    How sad is it that it has taken at least 17 officers being shot in retaliatation for him to make this strong of a statement?
    (7 days ago, -4 stars)

    HLN reports 7 shot, at least 3 dead. People suck.
    (7 days ago, 0 stars)

    Whit would definitely NOT put the USC & UCLA losses on the defense.
    (8 days ago, 1 stars)

    Strange that you would put our season on our defense. There were multiple chances for the offense to come through, and they just couldn't.
    (8 days ago, 2 stars)

    I agree, but the downside to that is that they did it with a senior 4 year starter. So I have to wonder, how much of it was Harding & A-Rod and how much was Wilson having that much experience? Guess we'll find out soon enough.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    Unless we get 250 & 175, those numbers just don't even come close to what we need.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    We might go 10-3 if that happened because that is almost the same number of total yards per game we had in 2015(386.4 total ypg). We need A LOT MORE than 380 yards/game. 400 is an absolute minimum and we likely need 450+ if we want to win the Pac-12.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    Points allowed per game and point differential
    (8 days ago, 1 stars)

    With his rushing and receiving yards added in, he averaged 300.3 total ypg in 2004. If we hadn't blown everyone out that year, he likely would have passed for 300 ypg.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    The answer to what it will take to win the Pac-12 South, and more importantly, the Pac-12 Championship.
    (8 days ago, 2 stars)

    Alex averaged 224 passing yards/game in his 10 starts in 2003 and 246 passing yards/game in 2004.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    I don't think we have averaged 300 passing yards/game since Scott Mitchell.
    (8 days ago, 0 stars)

    I'm afraid it is going to take a bit more than that.
    (10 days ago, 0 stars)

    I agree, that would be the ideal situation. But keep the following in mind.
    (10 days ago, 0 stars)

    There's a couple of reasons.
    (10 days ago, 0 stars)

    I agree that every officer should wear a body cam, but I also understand why some would not want to.
    (10 days ago, 0 stars)

    More . . .
    (10 days ago, 1 stars)

    A while back, I posted a comparison of the last 25 football seasons for Utah & BYU to disprove the "Utah has only had two good seasons, BYU has had 40 years of greatness" myth they perpetuate. Now, a closer look at one of those comparisons: P5 Record
    (10 days ago, 4 stars)

    I'm not sure the belief is necessary.
    (11 days ago, 0 stars)

    I see what you are saying, but I just can't assign a win over a 1-2 team, who would then be looking to replace their coach according to you, the title of Biggest Win in RES History.
    (11 days ago, 0 stars)

    How do you figure beating a 1-2 USC team would be the biggest win in RES history? Sure, it puts us in 1st for the division early, but come on . . . I can think of several wins @ RES that are bigger.
    (11 days ago, 1 stars)

    With that in mind then, I guess any justice who is a Christian should have recused themselves since the opposition to gay marriage is mostly due to Christian influence?
    (11 days ago, 2 stars)

    Serious question . . .
    (11 days ago, 1 stars)

    Something, something, let the marketplace regulate that.
    (11 days ago, 5 stars)

    Just a guess, but there are federal regulations that states can't just side-step if they were to feel so inclined.
    (11 days ago, 0 stars)

    I guess this explains why he was no longer listed as a member of the team a week or two ago. Bummer.
    (12 days ago, 0 stars)

    Wait, let me get this straight . . .
    (12 days ago, 0 stars)

    Don't kid yourself, they have another Ace up their sleeve.
    (12 days ago, 0 stars)

    RE: Just one comment regarding the Anarchy prediction, where has it happened?
    (12 days ago, 0 stars)

    Oh, this is rich! You laugh at the idea of the government conducting investigations into police shootings. Then turn around and hang your hat on the findings of a government investigation.
    (13 days ago, 2 stars)

    Is this one of the objective people who can consider the validity of police actions? It's good to know they have their tinfoil hats to help with their objectivity.
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    RE: There's a huge difference between writing a ticket because somebody sped by at an unsafe speed, and setting out to cite people to generate revenue and meet department metrics.
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    Pardon me. You are correct, you are merely "pissed off" at police because they write tickets. Totally different.
    (13 days ago, -3 stars)

    Exhibit A of someone who hates the police because they give tickets.
    (13 days ago, -3 stars)

    I didn't say "consider the validity" I said put yourself in their shoes. There is a difference.
    (13 days ago, 3 stars)

    Are you saying I like seeing those things? Because I don't.
    (13 days ago, 0 stars)

    In how many of these shootings are people willing to actually put themselves in the officer's shoes? How many are willing to see how an officer could feel his life was in danger and so used lethal force? One of the very few, indeed.
    (13 days ago, 3 stars)

    To the delight of many, I am going to try to take a step back from defending the police.
    (13 days ago, 2 stars)

    So it is a personal problem then. When I see an officer wearing something that could be categorized as military, it doesn't phase me one bit. And why should it?
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    Excellent post. Against BYU I began watching the clock before the 1st quarter had even ended.
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    And what problem is that?
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    I'm not complaining that he left, just speculating as to why he left. I agree that it worked out better for us.
    (13 days ago, 0 stars)

    The funny thing about the fear of militarization of the police is that the fighting, resisting, protesting, and rioting is only making it worse.
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    That's where you and I disagree.
    (13 days ago, 1 stars)

    Absolutely BYU would hire Utah's DC to be their HC. They tried to hire Whittingham back in 2005, didn't they?
    (14 days ago, 2 stars)

    In terms of this discussion, it wouldn't be brought up because it has nothing to do with Obama or his feelings towards law enforcement. He didn't select them, he is merely performing his presidential duty of awarding the medals.
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    Travis Wilson and . . . ;)
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    I'll admit, with national signing day being pushed up to tomorrow, this is definitely some troubling news.
    (14 days ago, 2 stars)

    It's about time. Where was he during the funerals of the officers that were killed after the Michael Brown shooting?
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    Hmmmm . . . Where did I say "I support that officer's actions"?
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    Yes, Ute2004, let's take guns away from cops. They don't need those on traffic stops. %)
    (14 days ago, 7 stars)

    You really need to stop making stuff up.
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    By calling that officer a murderer, you are saying that he arrived in the park that day with the pre-meditated intent to kill that boy. Is this really what you believe?
    (14 days ago, -1 stars)

    RE: You don't get nervous because you, your friends, and your family are not frequent targets of aggressive, racist police officers.
    (14 days ago, -1 stars)

    It's ok. The video was pretty damn funny though.
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    I love when rare exceptions are thrown out to "prove" that something isn't almost universally true. It's even better when those exceptions don't correlate.
    (14 days ago, -1 stars)

    I was replying to the words written in black and white, so no, I am not just making $#!+ up.
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    I was not aware of that information. It makes me wonder though . . .
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

    Now this I can agree with. (except for the part about him answering the 2nd time she asked, that's not true.)
    (14 days ago, 0 stars)

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