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    #19 Utah vs. #20 USC

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    2011: Nate Fakahafua, a 3 star WR with interest from Boise State and BYU, committed to Utah

    by applesanchez
    2014-10-20 10:15:04

    Crazy what our coaches do with talent that no one else sees. Utah, where you'll change positions, your last name, and become a high value NFL prospect.

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    For a fan base that struggles with retaining a full head of hair, they have the rinse and repeat process perfected.

    by midnightversion
    2014-10-20 15:46:48

    A new years 6 bowl would have been nice, but this year was always about 2015 anyway.


    While many are jumping ship over on Cougarboard, the Bronco loyalists have moved their springtime conversations forward half a year.

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    A great Ute, Manny Hendrix, turned 50 today.

    by pangloss
    2014-10-20 09:02:32


    Moment 10 of 100 Seasons of Utah Basketball


    Yes, I was there and I didn't leave early.

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    Some analysis vs USC

    by pop
    2014-10-20 09:03:43

    Just some stats and analysis for USC. Sorry for how long it is but there is a lot to talk about it in this match up.

    utah vs usc
    scoring offense
    22nd - 28th

    rush off
    33rd vs 48th

    pass off
    101st vs 35th

    total off
    75th vs 31st

    scoring defense
    37th vs 47th

    rush def
    23rd vs 59th

    pass def
    104th vs 91st

    total def
    56 vs 69th

    Two shared opponents- FrSt and ORst
    usc 85-23
    If you take out the second half of the fresno state game when USC had 2nd teams in its
    66-17

    Utah is 88-50. If you take out the 2nd half of Frst its 60-30. If you take out overtime against OrSt then its 46-23.

    So against the same opponents in only the quarters that were in regulation and with starters playing the scores would indicate that USC has a better offense and better defense. Their offense is better by 20 points and the defense is better by 6 against the same opponents.

    Also worth noting is that USC has played the 17th SOS and Utah has played the 47th SOS.

    Playing against the averages
    USCs offense has scored
    Frst- 52 (110th scoring def- +16)
    Stanford- 13 (2nd scor def- +.4)
    BC 31 (16th scoring def +12)
    ORst 35 (52nd scor def +11)
    ASU 34 (78th scor def +6)
    UA 28 (68th scor def +1)
    CU 56 (121st scor def +18)

    Utah is 37th in scor defense giving up 21.7 pt/game. USC on avg beats teams avg points by 9.2/game. So they will likely score 31 with a range of 27 -35 pts.

    USC defense has given up
    FrSt 13 (78th offense -15)
    Stanford 10 (99th scoring offense -14)
    BC 37 (84th scor off +10)
    ORst 10 (84th scor off -17)
    ASU 38 (17th scor off 0)
    UA 26 (24th scor off -11)
    CU 28 (57th scor -3)

    USC beats teams on avg by 7.1 points/game below their season avg. Utah is the 22nd ranking scor offense at 37.8 points a game. So I would bet we will score 30 with a range of 27-33 against them.

    Using the same analysis with Utahs opponents
    On avg our defense holds teams to 10 under their season average. USC offense is 28th scoring 35.6 pts/game. So their offense will likely score 25 with a range of 20-30 pts. Between the two USC offensive productions the avg is 23-33 points scored for USC.

    On average Utah scores 7.2 pts more than what the opposing defenses season avg. USC defense is 47th giving up 23.1 pts a game. Based on this we should score 30 with a range of 27-33. The two USC defensive predictions are essentially identical with Utah scoring 27-33.

    These avgs give a final score or Utah 30- USC 28.

    I personally think that the two defenses will hold both teams to the lower end of their respective offensive productions and it will be something like Utah 27 USC 23.

    I think Utah will win this based on a few things.

    1. Good run defense gives USC fits. Stanford has a great run D. 13 points for USC. Utahs run D is 20th. The 10th and 12th run defís in the country (furd/BC) both gave USC good games and kept it close. They are 1-1 against good rush def
    pass rush. USC is 89th in the country in allowing sacks. 2.3/game. The next best pass rush they have faced was stanford at 20th. We are #1 in pass rush. Stanford only got 2 sacks, however BC got 5 sacks (40th in the country), ORSt got 3 (46th), ASU got 3 (70th), UA got 1 (40th), colorado got 2 (46th). Of note that all of those totals were within one of the season avg. I would bet that utah will get between 4.5-6.5 sacks.

    2. Kessler needs a lot of time to get his receivers open and make a play, if given time he will hurt people with his arm. The nice thing is like last week they donít have a number of really great receivers, pretty much just Aghalor with 533 yds and then way behind him is smith with 350 yds. So that match up works ok for us and should limit the effectiveness of kessler, similar to the way we dealt with mannion. Pressure and double cover the star. We did this very effectively to OSU and kept mannion at his season avg and held their star receivers in check and made him distribute the ball to less effective/experienced players.

    3. Our upswinging rush offense is ranked 33rd with 210 yds/game. However against our past 3 opponents we have ran for 253, 242, 192 against the 58th OrSt 62nd UCLA and 70th WSU rush defenses. This is an avg of 229 yd/game and would put us at 23rd in the country and #1 in the pac12, currently we are 2nd behind oregon. So note that against 3 successively harder defenses we have run the ball for more yards each time. USC defense is 59th right behind OSU. Thereís no reason to believe we canít run the ball again for 200+ yards. Granted if you take out the trojans horrendous display against BC when they gave up 452 yds on the ground, the trojans would than be ranked 15th giving up 103 yds per game. But BC showed they are very vulnerable on the ground but lately we are nearly as potent as BC has been on the ground. They avg 287/game and rank 10th. They ran the ball 54 times against USC and threw 14. Our play calling the past 3 games has been 46-18, 55-18. and 40-40 against WSU. So when we run the ball a lot we win the game. USC controlled the run pretty well against BC in the first half and got tired in the second half. After they started to make mistakes they gave up a ton of yards and points to BC in the 3rd and 4th quarter. We will do the same thing to them.

    4. The Utes seemed to have figured out how to win the close ones and USC hasnít. They are 2-2 in games decided by less than 7 and we are 2-1 which seems about the same but when you look at the two games USC has won close it wasnít because they gutted it out it was because the other team blew it. UA missed a 36 yd FG to win and a 2-pt to tie. Furd fumbled on the USC 25 yd line on 3rd down and could have kicked a FG to tie it in the 4th. Furd missed a 26 yd FG in the 3rd to go up by 6. Furd went for it on 4th and 1 on the USC 3 and failed to convert and could have been up 6 at that point. USC isnít gutting out close wins they are narrowly escaping close losses.

    5. The return game will be get another TD this game. USC is 113th in punt return yds allowed and have given up multiple long punt returns. They are 115th in kickoff return yds avgíing 25 yds per kick and have given up 6 returns of more than 30 yds (114th in the country). Their coverage is not good. Clay will get a lot of chances and will take one to the house. They will than start kicking away from him leading to short fields and great field position.


    Either way I think its going to be a great game and another close one that will come down to the wire.

    GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    This is OUR house!

    by rileyUTEtaylor
    2014-10-20 09:22:52

    I'm sure everyone knows the importance of this game. We win, we not only move up in the rankings, but we also become bowl eligible for the first time in what seems like an eternity. Also, we literally control our own destiny to potentially win the Pac-12 South!

    With that being said, the team needs us!!! For one, I plan on going to the "Ute Walk" 2 1/2 hours early and I plan to be in my seat ready to go at least 30 minutes before kickoff. Imagine how awesome it would be if the stadium was full to capacity before we even kicked off!

    Tell your family and friends to get to the game early! USC needs to know whose house it really is and we need to help set that tone early with our presence.

    GO UTES!!! BEAT USC!

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    Update: Scott Mitchell on The Biggest Loser TV show

    by UteThunder
    2014-10-20 20:45:56

    I'm not sure if anyone has been following Scott Mitchell on the Biggest Loser. I thought I would give an update for anyone interested in how he is doing, but not interested in actually watching the show.

    He is still on the show and doing well.

    I believe they just finished week 6; after a starting weight of 366 lbs, Scott lost 7 lbs this past week and is down to 295 lbs for a total weight loss of 71 lbs so far. By the way, He is on the Red Team(woot woot!)

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    Imagine what the Utes would look like without the jackpot of JC's and other transfers

    by annarborute
    2014-10-20 18:23:36

    Paul
    Carter
    Clay
    Patrick
    Booker
    Thomas


    Next year will bring studs in at DE (from UCLA) and Safty for (So. Carolina.)

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    Going along with this. Remember when Troy Hinds was the best player in the state? And the HUGE recruiting win it was for BYU when he committed. I remember before Hinds committed, Hunter Dimick committed to Utah. The coaches were ecstatic. I remember

    by Ute2004
    2014-10-20 10:49:07

    hearing Whitt talk about Dimick and said he was the best player in the state and now that they had Dimick they weren't too worried about getting Hinds and would focus their recruiting elsewhere.

    Yeah, I guess the guy knows what he is talking about.

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    Based on what I have witnessed so far...

    by Chad Sexington
    2014-10-20 10:32:49

    I cannot wait to witness the rest.

    I believe UTAH will win the South and the League. Unless/until my team is eliminated from contention I will continue to believe that they will triumph.

    Gee, I sure hope we get the Offense figured out because this can be another special team if they do.

    Go UTES! Pop the Prophylactics!

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    Andy Phillips named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week

    by WebMonkey
    2014-10-20 17:07:34

    Pac-12 Announces Football Players of the Week

    SAN FRANCISCO - Quarterback Cody Kessler of USC, safety Damarious Randall of ARIZONA STATE and kicker Andy Phillips of UTAH have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

    Kessler, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif., tied the Pac-12 regulation game record, and set a school-record with seven TD passes in USCís 56-28 victory over COLORADO. In the first half, he averaged a TD pass every 2.7 completions and 3.7 attempts and tied the school-record with five first-half TD passes (four TDs came in the first quarter). He finished 19-of-26 in the game for 319 yards with zero INTs. Kessler currently is sixth nationally in completion percentage (69.5%, third in Pac-12), 10th in passing efficiency (162.1, fourth in Pac-12), 13th in passing TDs (18, fifth in Pac-12) and 18th in completions (23.1, sixth in Pac-12). He has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 17 of his 21 career starts and at least two scores 10 times in his career. His 69.5 percent completion percentage in 2014 currently is above the USC season record (69.1 percent by Matt Barkley in 2011).

    Randall, a senior from Pensacola Fla., accounted for seven solo tackles and a sack, forced and recovered a fumble, and broke up one pass in the Sun Devilsí 26-10 win over No. 23 STANFORD. Stanford fumbled a punt near the end of the second quarter and Randall recovered at Stanfordís 12-yard-line to set up the Sun Devilsí second touchdown of the game. Randall led a defense that shut out the Cardinal in the first half for the first time in Stanfordís past 87 games. Randall also played a key role in holding the Stanford running game to just 76 yards on the ground, which marked only the second time in the past 31 games the Cardinal have been held below 100 rushing yards. Randall extended his team-leading tackles total to 58, including 52 solo tackles and six for loss.

    Phillips, a sophomore from Draper, Utah, was three-for-three on field goal attempts with makes from 46, 43 and 38 yards in Utahís 29-23 double-overtime win at Oregon State. He improved to 9-of-11 in 40+ yard field goals this season and 13-of-15 overall. Phillips, who leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring (10.8 ppg), scored 11 total points against the Beavers, going 2-of-2 in PATs to improve to 26-of-26 this season and 67-of-67 in his career.

    Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Mike Bercovici, QB, ASU; Royce Freeman, RB, ORE; Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA; Devontae Booker, RB, UTAH; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Derrick Malone, LB, ORE; Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA; Suía Cravens, S, USC; Nate Orchard, DE, UTAH; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Zane Gonzalez, K, ASU; Kaíimi Fairbairn, K, UCLA; Alex Wood, K, USC

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