Historically, I’m never comfortable about any Ute football game. To many surprise endings in the 50 or so years I’ve been watching them.
However, I’m feeling strangely confident in this one.
In fact, I’ve felt strangely confident beginning with the Washington game, and every game since.
It is the fact that there are so many difference makers in this group, who gave up so much to come back and “finish” this business, that I just cannot see them somehow letting Oregon get in their way.
Oregon is a very good team, and this game will not likely be easy, and probably not be as one-sided as many of our recent games have been. But even if we are down early, or Oregon stays close late into the contest, just like the Washington game, I believe those players and leaders who returned to change the outcome of THIS GAME, will find a way to win no matter what.
The weather may or may not favor Utah, but again, if they struggle due to weather, they will preserver.
Remember, they have won every game since the surprise defeat to USC. We are all feeling like this is a huge game, but to them, every game since USC was just as huge - had they failed in any of them, USC would be playing today, and they knew it.
I have no idea what will happen after this game, but I just don’t feel like there is any way that the Ute players who returned this year, foregoing fabulous opportunities to get back to and win this game, and the teammates who all know they returned to do so, will let this somehow slip away now.