So, it appears that the Oregon “O”, was surprisingly “forked” by ASU. Didn’t see the game, but if Daniels played, we might have a few stiff challenges from ASU in the coming years…
In the interim, in Tucson…
I’m stunned! I have not seen any video yet, but my impression from watching the game live was that we should have scored 21 more points, and allowed 7 fewer. A 35-7 score is a BIG win; but given the level of “Style Points” expected by the “committee”, we lost this game, both because of point differential and fouls/turnovers/lack of discipline.
Frankly, the end of the first half clock and strategy management, let in a view of a coach, who stepped out of his normal, statistical, sensible game management, and stepped into the weirdo “according to our needs for style points”, mode and made all of the wrong choices.
We needed Oregon to win! We also needed to win at Arizona significantly. Oregon lost, and while our own 35-7 win is more than respectable, if anyone was actually watching at that hour, they were less than WOWWWed , due to the penalties, turnovers, and mistakes.
The real loss tonight is the idea that Oregon AND Utah were top 6/7 teams, and that the winner of their inevitable showdown, was a playoff team. Now, it seams that only Utah is a playoff worthy team, and the foe that we needed to defeat, to push us over the top, just lost and dropped well down in the standings.
We need to win out! We need to beat Oregon in the CC game, and do so significantly.
Tonight’s game was a nice win for the Utes. But the night in the overall standings, leaves a lot to be desired.
I fear, now, that a perfect season from here on out, by the Utes, results in MAX, the Rose Bowl.
As a UTE fan since the 60s, in which a Rose Bowl was a real DREAM, I’ll take it. But we may have just lost a chance at something much bigger.