#28 Utah Utes: College Football 77 in 77

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In their first year in the Pac-12, the Utah Utes came within a field goal of forcing overtime with the league championship game on the line. Of course, it also says something about the weird circumstances surrounding the game that a .500 team, UCLA ended up getting a berth in the Pac-12 championship.

Alas, the Utes benefited from USC being ineligible in the South Division, and finished with just a 4-5 conference record. Prospects look a little higher in 2012

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#110 Utah Utes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Utah Utes came in dead last in our rankings a year ago but move up one whole spot this time around.  In their inaugural season in the Pac-12, the Utes won just six total games and the outlook is not any better heading into this season.  Second year head coach Larry Krystowiak lost six players to transfer and has 11 players who didn’t see a single minute in a Utah uniform last year.

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Pac-12 Basketball Preview and Predictions

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It’s still weird to write “Pac-12” but in the ever changing college sports landscape, the conference expanded with the additions of Colorado and Utah.  Those two schools won’t help the Pac-12 become a stronger conference during the 2011-2012 season, but the league should be slightly more competitive as a whole.

Here are my Pac-12 predictions for the 2011-2012 season.  Click on the school”s name for an in-depth breakdown of each team.

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#37 Utah Utes: College Football 77 in 77


Welcome to the Pac-12, Utah Utes. The first BcS buster in history now has a seat at one of the big boy tables. Hopefully, this trend continues and we get some super-conferences going. Then, an actual legitimate post season, with playoffs will be the next logical progression. So thank you Utah!

But enough f the macro, and back to the micro. The Utes should fit in quite well in the Pac-12, with their high octane passing attack. Offensive Coordinator supreme Norm Chow converts the O from the spread-option to a “multiple formation” West Coast system.

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College Basketball 111 in 111: #111 Utah Utes

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Utah Utes makes the jump from the Mountain West Conference to the new Pac-12, but faces a long road before they are ready to compete with the best of the west.  They come in dead last in our “111 in 111”

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Maaco Las Vegas Bowl is Actually Worthwhile


Traditionally, college football bowls that take place before the new calendar year are frowned upon.

In fact, recently even those that occur on the holiday for those nursing hangovers are seen as second rate-besides the Rose Bowl.

Well, it’s time to further delve into the match-ups instead of just drinking the kool-aid that the establishment would like to serve us. Yahoo Sports blogger Dan Wetzel has the definitive account on the topic in all its glory in his Death to the BCS.

By Patrick Herbert

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Notre Dame should return its focus to the Football Field


In times of tragedy, the simplest things can offer the most help. In order to find this support, Notre Dame football and its fans should shift their attention from tragedy to tradition.

“Football-Saturday” tradition to be exact.

Notre Dame welcomes the 14th-ranked Utah Utes to South Bend this weekend.

One week ago, the Utes had National Title aspirations. Today, the team is looking to rebound after getting utterly embarrassed by Texas Christian at home 47-7.

In other words, Notre Dame might be the beneficiary of a despondent and emotionally decimated team. However, and unfortunately for Notre Dame, emotional decimation is a feeling with which the team is all too familiar.

By: Brian McCabe

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Small schools must retain soul when joining BCS Conferences


It’s easy to understand why the small schools are in favor of a college football playoff system; the BCS prohibits them from EVER playing in the championship. The big schools in the BCS conferences? (Big 12, SEC, ACC, Pac 10, Big East and Big Ten) Well, they get shafted by the computers too, but they’re still much more likely to be BCS proponent than the mid majors.  Which incites the question at hand-

If you’re a smaller school now going power conference, do you stay true to your roots? Or do you “sell out” like Metallica in the mid-90s?

Saying that I’m “sympathetic to the cause” of getting a college football playoff system going is like commenting that Lindsey Lohan might have “had a drink or two,” or maybe even “experimented with drugs a little bit.”  Therefore, this gentleman with a playoff plan was correct in including me on his email list; one targeted towards the University of Utah as they join the Pac Ten.

By Paul M. Banks

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Utah going to the Pac 10

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College football expansion suffered a big blow yesterday, with Texas staying put in the Big 12, but that doesn’t mean expansion will stop. The Pac 10 still needs a 12th, so that they can have a championship game, and don’t think that the Big Ten is done yet.

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