Dec 7, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw celebrates with roses after the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Stanford defeated Arizona State 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Athletics: Weekend Wrap Up

Jun 12, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley (10) celebrates with forward Devon Sandoval (49) after Sandoval

I had planned to do a preview of the Fresno game but life ended up getting in the way.  And then I had tickets to watch Arizona-UNLV in person, not to mention running home to watch DVR of the MLS Cup and then it was the Broncos on Sunday plus talking to my family and well, the weekend got away from me.

So let’s start by giving a shout out to the Utah Women’s Volleyball Team.  They fell in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament to Penn St. but had a very nice season.  Both Women’s Soccer and Volleyball advanced to the NCAA’s this year and Basketball would have but for the injuries, so it’s nice to see some of the Ute teams start to figure this Pac-12 thing out.  Great job by our female athletes.

I’ll talk about the Fresno men’s hoops game more in detail tomorrow for the Idaho St. preview.  But the Bulldogs gave us a game for a half and it seems like they didn’t want to be put away.  Jeremy Olsen showed up and that was nice to see.

I don’t do a ton of recruiting talk because the Rivals and Scout people are all over it so hard, but Utah signed a wide receiver with World Class speed, like 10.18 hundred meter speed.  If he can catch well that would be really cool.

Stanford dominates Arizona St. in the Pac-12 title game.  Stanford is uniquely built to beat teams like Oregon and Arizona St.  But we create a huge matchup problem for Stanford.  Our defensive line is big and physical enough to stop the Stanford running game which disrupts their entire offense, which also can’t just out athlete us.  On offense we’re athletic enough to cause them problems but our O-line, while given fits by the quicker defenses like Oregon and ASU, don’t get blown up by physical Stanford.  If we’re healthy I’ll like our shot at them again next year.

That looks like it puts the weekend together in a nice little bow.  Big Basketball week as Utah faces the Team Down South.  TDS is 7-3 but to their credit, they play teams who could actually beat them. We will talk about this more later in the week but I really think Utah needs to win this game to show some progress.

Until Next Time

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