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#21 Utah vs. #13 Arizona

Saturday, Nov. 22
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I feel like I have Multiple personality disorder this season!

by BadBadUte
2014-11-23 13:07:57

I cannot quite settle in on how I feel about this football team.

On One hand.
we are 7-4, a Colorado win away from having a winning record in the Pac-12, our pre season Strength of schedule was no joke.
We Literally may have played the hardest schedule in the nation, I know it may be the Homer in me but I think top to bottom the pac-12 south is a better division than even the SEC west.

We win the Colorado game and the bowl game OMG we are 9-4!
Wrap your heads around that for a moment...
Go back to September and tell yourself we finish the season at 9-4 or 8-5... Do you consider it a successful season?

On the Other hand.
WTF!! Ugh I know that if, if's and But's were Candy and nuts we'd all have a merry Christmas.. But WTF!
The Games we have lost.. The 21 point give back to WAZZU, The 14 point swing to Oregon, The O.T loss to ASU..
Even looking at this season with red Blinders on You have to be left with a Huge Feeling of What if?
What is our Offense wasn't soooo bad.
What if we didn't melt down in the 4th QTR of games and give up 21 to Oregon in like 4 minutes, Didn't let Wazzu come back, Held on just one Big play against ASU..
So mind numbingly frustrating.

I bounce back and forth from Giddy and happy that we are playing in this division in this conference and every week is like a Bowl game!
I revel in the cardiac kids guts and determination, the never say die spirit!

Then we get taken to the Woodshed and just beaten by AZ.

After the game next week i will go back and watch all of the games.
See if I cant wrap my head around what this season truly is and not have so much conflicting emotion running through my head.

All I do know for sure is that the best of times and worst of times are warring with themselves every week.

So win or lose, A Utah man am I!

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Attendance

by loyter
2014-11-23 19:15:09

I've seen several people complaining about attendance. To them:

1, Why should we expect fans to show up when the team does not?

2, I didn't see a single person leave before the game ended. There just happened to be 11 minutes left on the clock when it ended.

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That is a bit sharp to lay on a 20 year old kid who has given a lot to be a good Ute...

by UtahFanSir
2014-11-23 09:07:11

...don't you think?

Also, if you need a scape goat, pick a grown man, like KW or DC or both.

Finally, TW has a lot of company on not being fantastic on the field.

This is the same kid the fans carried off of the field not that many weeks ago.

While I see the issues, I cannot throw TW under the bus.

PS Thank you for removing the "Just go away" comment with respect to TW.

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Insider information

by DistantUte
2014-11-23 09:08:43

I think some of you know that I have some internal sources that provide me with information not publicly known. I've learned that for next week K. Scott will be running 6 yard outs to the sideline instead of 5 yards. This should really give us an advantage. I've also learned that TW will be the starter. However, to remedy his problem of staring down his primary, they have taken a cue from Homer Simpson. Recall the episode where Homer was in court and to make it look like he was not sleeping, he wore glasses with painted on eyes. Those same glasses will be affixed to TW's helmet to make it appear as if he is looking in a different direction. Two brilliant adjustments by the staff.

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The left ear is a little quiet.

by 480ute
2014-11-23 09:23:26

Other than that I can't complain much.

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Didn't see us beating UCLA and Stanford on the road. Didn't see us losing to WSU and Arizona at home.

by UTE BC
2014-11-23 11:48:54

So I don't know as much about football as I thought. I still love these games, the tailgates and most of all the thousands of coaches in the stands! Been a great year - lets go beat the Buffs

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"You can always take layers off...but if you show up without layers and then it's cold, then you're in trouble." - Joe Buck

by leftyjace
2014-11-23 11:20:45

Yes it was miserable yesterday, but I dressed for a blizzard just in case and ended up using everything I brought. I have yet to be at RES with some sort of rain or snowfall where it was NOT miserable. So glad I didn't risk it.

The game sucked, the weather was horrible, and yet despite all of that I was able to still have an enjoyable day spending quality time with my son.

I love that we have a great, improving football team representing my alma mater! Love the stadium, love the spirit, love the passion and emotional investment of my fellow fans!

And guess what??? We have a chance to go 8-4 and go to a bowl game this year. 8-4!!!! At the beginning of the season I remember feeling like I was being overly optimistic hoping for 6-6 and a bowl game.

Whatever happens I'm happy with this season. I look forward to hitting the road and cheering on the UTES at whatever bowl we end up playing. And I look forward to next season's home schedule, which is going to be AWESOME!!!!!

Cheer up, everybody!! Go UTES!!!!!!!!!

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RE: Attendance

by crazyforu
2014-11-23 19:20:49

Amen.

I was listening to OC after the game, dude was talking about attendance as well. The weather sucked, you can't be upset about folks not wanting to sit through it. It was still 80% full, as you stated, most stayed until well into the 4th quarter.

If folks want to base attendance off that one game they are dumb. The 2 previous games to that were beyond capacity, as has been the case the last 4+ years. Anyone out there that isn't buying season tickets planning on buying them next year? Good luck with that......

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I think 6 wins and a Bowl invite may have been enough to save his job but it would have made the seat so hot next year that there could have been a coaching change mid season.

by BadBadUte
2014-11-23 13:35:13

I think 8-4 at the end of the regular season is MORE than ample improvement, And 7-5 is a cautiously optimistic improvement.

Comparing this year to our first year in the PAC-12 is a little misleading, the Pac as a whole was down that year and the South was by far the worse of the 2 divisions.

I think that KW now has a chance to implement improvements without AS much pressure.

Now that being said there are a few things that do have to happen, Remember that this season has gotten him off of the Hot Seat for this off season. It did not lower the bar for future expectations.

IF the offense does not improve, if the record goes down, if the quality of recruits does not continue to improve You will see Kyle back on the Hot seat and 8-4 or 7-5 may very well be what get's him fired.

As for right now?
Kind of hard to fire a coach that has shown this much improvement, in this conference especially this year.

Even if the PAC-12 South is not the best division in Football there is absolutely zero argument that it is the 2nd best.

So is Kyle out of the Woods?
The Answer is no, Nor will he ever be.

Did Kyle save his job this year and get a new year to prove more?
Yea.. he did.

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I think it was 80% coaching and 20% talent...

by SeaTacUte
2014-11-23 12:59:52

I know Rich Rod isn't everyone's favorite coach, but he's a helluva coach and it showed yesterday.

Until the last quarter when AZ was just trying to run the clock out, it was nearly a perfectly balanced rushing/passing attack. Utah defense had no clue what was coming and almost completely neutralized any QB rushing.

Their defense is an average one - ranked 8th in conference play - yet made Utah's already inept offense look like amateur hour.

They started a back-up QB who had only taken two snaps all season and he played like he's been starting all year.

All week long I've been hearing about how AZ wouldn't be able to handle Utah weather. So what did Rich Rod do to prepare his team? Had them practice all week at 3:30am in the Arizona cold with the sprinklers turned on. They were way more prepared for the weather than Utah was.

It was a superior Arizona coaching plan from start to finish.

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Yeah; putting this one behind me. Nothing to do but hope that we beat the Buffs and that the O gets sorted out next season.

by Homer_Crimson
2014-11-23 12:30:47

I suspect this will blow over fast, but if we lose to Colorad9, this place will be in full CB mode. Not having a winning conference record would be tough after coming so close a couple of games.

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RE: Hard to wrap my head around these results.

by Homer_Crimson
2014-11-23 17:58:13

Michigan is bad this year. AZ out-coached/played us (and because injuries).

We matched up well vs. Stanford and outcoached them and we barely won.

We matched up poorly against WSU and possibly overlooked them? First conference game and over-confident after Michigan plus TW hurt/rattled. And we barely lost.

UCLA and USC- California is our bitch?

ASU and AZ- We are Arizona's bitch?

Broken record- our D and ST were great but could only take us so far. A lot of our wins were nearly losses and vice versa. With a halfway decent O-line, QB and an actual O system, we look much better and are probably at 9 or 10 wins.

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