I was nervous going into the game last night. Got stuck at work on call and missed the game. Frantically checked my phone once I could and wasn’t too surprised to see the score.
Tough loss and from what I have read here and other places the better team won.
It has been a great season overall. Most seasons each game is a heart attack inducing gut clenching finish. It was really nice this year to blow most teams - USC excluding - out and be coasting to the end.
This season did a lot for Utah football. Nice to be included in the playoff conversation. The loss last night will probably negate some of the good will but hopefully enough will remain to help the team going forward.
A few thoughts about the team going forward:
Recruiting: Something has to change. Utah does more with less valued recruits than just about anyone. We need either a new recruiting coordinator/marketing team or something to improve recruiting. O-Line is in a HUGE NEED. Ohio state, Oregon have huge powerful O-lines. You see what they can do. D-Line has been pretty strong each year but needs to continuously improve. Skill positions: WR/QB/RB/DBs hard to replace some of these guys, QB will be the biggest question mark. We need to be better at recruiting top talent. Sorry, the small market excuse doesn’t work. I think it is more about brand, expectation and how they are recruited. Tuscaloosa is a small market yet Alabama somehow recruits everyone. Obviously market size has less to do with it than the brand. Alabama is a huge brand with a legacy, we don’t have that and something needs to change.
Coaching: Whitt is a solid, respected, winning coach. Hard to argue against that. If our expectation is to challenge for PAC12 south every few years, win the PAC12 every decade or two then he is probably our guy. He is resistant to change and wants to play his brand of football regardless of what the other team does. If you have the players to maul the other team that can work. If they game plan against it and you don’t, you lose. Ludwig has been stellar this year, not sure what happened last night, maybe it was just the truth. Our offense works when Huntley has time and they can run effectively. Stop the run and rush the passer and our skill guys aren’t up to a level to make a play. Scalley outside of the USC game and perhaps last night has been excellent as well. Maybe these guys are the best we can hope for. We had a great season. It just seems that the elite coaches are willing to make adjustments. Maybe they do and we don’t see it. On the bright side, all of the discussions about Scalley and Ludwig looking at HC jobs may be premature after a loss on national TV.
Great season overall, I know there is a bowl game to come but right now I have a sour taste in my mouth. A win last night would have done huge things for the program. Hopefully the loss didn’t take too much positivity away.