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So Utah Football... What's Going to Happen There?

Through Utah Football’s spring practice and during my time away, I kept hearing a familiar refrain, that there isn’t a whole lotta belief in Utah Football right now.  And frankly I don’t get it.

Of course I’m rarely swimming the same direction as many of our and I don’t think it’s a bad thing.  People benefit from hearing different viewpoints.

When I look at Utah Football, I see a team with true potential to do something.

Now I know you’re calling me stupid as you often do at this point, but hear me out and at least tell me if you aren’t going to think about some things.

1. Last year everything went wrong.  Here is an important lesson, you can prepare and practice and all kinds of stuff, but sometimes things just happen.  It started with some JC linemen we were counting on being hurt.  Then Brian Blechen draws his suspension.  John White tweaks and ankle and finally Jordan Wynn’s shoulder explodes for the last time.  And that’s just the low lights.  My point here is, we took far more than an average amount of crap falling on us.

2. We worked on the things we could control.  O-line a horrible weakness, is now an area of strength.  We have capable QB’s and more than one of them.  And the defense is getting more athletic.  And the biggest move was Dennis Erickson.  Now I’ll argue all day and night that Brian Johnson did alright under the situation.  I know a whole lot of guys who play a lot of X-Box and once coached little league disagree.  But I’ll still ask, when you don’t have a QB you can count on, your O-line is bad and your RB is hurt, what play do you call. But we found a way to get better, brought in Dennis Erickson and moved forward.

3. Things just weren’t that far away.  Yeah I know we didn’t close the deal.  But we had a team that couldn’t gain yards, struggled to stop people and didn’t really get turnovers.  Yet our only real blow out was at Arizona St.  We struggled at Washington but also played solid games against USC, UCLA, Oregon St. and Arizona, flip any one of them and we go bowling.

I simply think when you add that all up and believe that more is going to swing our way this year than last, it adds up to a being much more than a 4-5 win team.

In fact I’ll do two things right now.

1. We’ll win at least 7 games, likely 8 and if a lot goes our way 9 or 10.

2. If you want an upset special right now, Utah over Stanford.  Stanford is a team we’re going to have good match-ups with, they haven’t seen us and they won’t think much of us.

Write it down people, I’m BULLISH on Utah Football.

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  • UofUman

    Love it. This is why I check your blog everyday.

    I agree with the BJ synopsis. Nick Saban couldn’t have pulled out our season with the bad breaks, injuries, and just uncontrolled fubar. Well, maybe would have gotten to a bowl game, but not much better.

    This will be a better year that last for all the reasons you mention plus coach Whit is not one to be satisfied, he will put a lot of pressure on everyone for improvement and it will show. 9 wins show? That’s a little optimistic for me, but definitely bowl game eligible and at least 7 wins.

    Good to have you back and 1 thing you could do to improve the blog. MORE CHEERLEADER PICTURES!!!! Especially in the body of the articles.

  • THEeyepatch

    I have to agree, and I’ve seen a lot of “Ute” fans being really pessimistic even as to go as far as saying, “Utah will probably lose to BYU” or “it’s looking like another 5-7 or 4-8 team.” Sheesh!

    Utah had a “Perfect Storm” of everything that could go wrong last season and were only one game from going to a bowl.

    The schedule is going to be very tough but I’m thinking 7-5 is a legitimate prediction and I’ve been saying for awhile now is that the Stanford game could be a ‘trap-game’ for them.

    Anything better than 7-5 is just icing. Lets have a little faith people!

  • Ethan T. Cates

    I Love the Optimism. After last season, even with all the Shit that went wrong for us. I was calling for 10-3 or 11-2 Last season (which is laughable looking back now)
    For the first time since 2004, i am more excited about our Offense than i am the defense. I actually cant remember the last time i was actually nervous about our D. Kyle and Kalani will show what they’re made of this summer and fall.
    If they Utes go 7-5+ next season i’d be thrilled. Just tell me where to sign.

    Go UTES !