Monday or Tuesday of last week I was listening to one of the local AM radio hacks talk about the USU vs. TN matchup (my apologies, I didn't bother to recall this person's name). His position was that USU would beat Tennessee on Sunday because last year Tennessee was a horrible team that finished 5-7 that beat no one noteworthy except an #11 South Carolina team.
My knee-jerk response to this statement was thinking back on 2013 and how USU could not beat a 5-7 PAC 12 team who beat no one noteworthy except a #5 Stanford team.
Funny how history has a strange way of repeating itself.
Welcome back to earth, USU. I hope the crash back down isn't too painful.
By far the best was Clay returning two kicks for touchdowns. He was amazing. I suspect there are more to come.
The worst IMO was that we got no take-always. That was a huge problem for us last year and is something we desperately need to change this year. I honestly thought that we would be able to generate some turnovers against a weak ISU team.
The only point you're making is that Utah was good enough at the other 21 positions to win games in spite of starting a DIII QB. Imagine if Utah had a halfway decent QB during that time instead of Hays. On second thought, I don't want to imagine it because the answer depresses me.
If only we could. Unfortunately there's an industry built around the premise that all local teams are equal, regardless of the conference, or lack of conference, that they play in.
To buy into this industry's premise means that you have to deny that the P5 teams are better than the upstarts like USU. Ironically, Utah in 04 and 08 is part of the proof to this premise, according to them. What they ignore is that there has been a massive gap widening in the talent levels and instead of using Utah's difficulties playing in a P5 conference as proof they instead maintain that Utah has gotten much worse the last 4 years.
Is it any wonder that listening to and reading this industry's propaganda is so frustrating to Ute fans?
is beating UNLV in football impressive? Color me not that impressed. I'll be more impressed with Arizona if they steamroll UTSA next weekend, and even that isn't impressive.
I'd be more impressed with a QB who thought his career was over, then coming in and playing a good clean game, taking some hits than Arizona beating UNLV.
I'm not saying Arizona sucks. Right now, I have them above Utah and ASU in my conference rankings. I'm just not saying that drumrolling UNLV exceeds my expectations. Same with USC. If Utah beat a mid-major in their bowl game by 20+ points, that mid-major then went and lost their best players, would you be impressed when we win by 30 points the very next game? So why are you so impressed with USC?
For reference, my power rankings are:
Cal - I don't expect them to stay this high
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