Trying really hard to care about Utah. Nope, it's not working.
Friday Night Football Open Thread
It's also, I believe, the only football game on tonight.
OK, I'm down. But I still wish we could have scheduled USC, Oregon, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Washington or Colorado instead.
UCLA would have been perfect for me.
Hey, I've got an idea: Let's schedule USC as our first game of the year. Let's do it in a year where we have a lot of young/new players in key positions, especially on defense. Maybe we could even suspend a player or two for the game. We could even play it in a NFL stadium 2000 miles away, at night.
What could possibly go wrong?
Since it is the only game I'm going to enjoy it (beer might supplement my enjoyment further)
Nice write-up, few notes in there I was unaware of. I remember Utah State being a seemingly decent team last year, almost knocking off Auburn in the opener(?). Gooo...Aggies!?
If only Utah's Star Lotulelei were on our team.
Yeah - outside of that crazy USC game, Utah looked like garbage in the Pac-12 last year, which says a lot. I don't expect them to do much of anything in the conference, but luckily for them they're in the really shitty division.
That is why I don't have a lot of respect for Boise State: they are beating the same teams Utah used to beat. Utah's performance last year was a wake-up call for those who really think the "BCS-busters" can perform as well over an entire season of good competition as they can when they only have to "get up" for one or two big games.
Utah State has a surprisingly nice stadium...
Is the head referee the son of Ed Hochuli? Same last name but this ref doesn't have Ed's guns.
Hochuli resides in the Phoenix metropolitan area with his wife Cathie. They have six children and ten grandchildren. Of the six, Shawn Hochuli played college football at Pomona College and is following his father's profession as an official, currently working college football, Arena Football League, and arenafootball2 games.
Looks like you can add FBS to his resume as well.
After the intentional grounding call, he is clearly his father's son.
That's funny stuff. I'm not watching the game, but I can definitely see one being able to diagnose a ref as a Hochuli via Intentional Grounding as being an absolute give-a-way attribute!
That was quite a block by Utah State, but to be fair, it was a near-perfect arc in the wrong direction on the kick. It was almost as if the Utah kicker stood there for a second - "Now, where the hell did it go?"
Im trying really hard to get into this game....
Samantha Steele, those dimples...
she fine doe
Samantha Steele is flawless and about a 1,000,000% upgrade over Erin Andrews. She's better looking and doesn't seem to have the snotty attitude EA had.
Does anyone else think "Chuckie Keeton" should win some sort of an award for Best Old School QB Name?
That being said, it's not every day you see the punter get called for intentional grounding.
It's a name straight out of an 80's movie which = AWESOME
The ref sounds like a total tool
The ref is awesome! He sounds just like his dad who is the coolest ref in the history of refs!
Suddenly I'm feeling pretty good about Michigans execution and technique...
Utah State's uniforms, especially their helmets, are pretty damn cool looking. And in games I don't care about I always root for the team with cooler uniforms to win, so go Aggies I guess.
Utah doesn't exactly have the best athletes, but their talent level is a lot higher than that of Utah State. Nevertheless, USU's option game has been very effective so far.
I trust Michigan's coaches to avoid a similar fate tomorrow.
remember USU is playing at home and it is a rivalry game
This is the Utah defense that will face USC in October in Salt Lake City. I sense a fair number of "sad puppy" moments for Utes fans during that game if this is the team that comes to that game, up to and including the inability to actually execute a kick as they just displayed.
I'll take USC and the spread (surely 21.5 on the road)
Not to jack the read but since usc was brought up, did you all see USC had a pep rally in times square today?
That got me thinking about how bad our pep rallies are. Does anyone else agree/disagree? I was at the ND game last year and the pep rally attendance was pretty poor.
They are a decent team, i wouldnt say up and coming because as everybody knows they had some good years with brian johnson at QB, and a few talented receivers. I have a good friend who played rugby for Utah (Michigan connection, he was team mates with Houma's brother on the rugby team there) and they usually play pretty good defense, it will be interesting to see how the transition to the Pac12
shut up jemele
Not even watching right now but still support this sentiment.
After a holding penalty and a sack and a fumble recovered by the Aggies, the Utes are apparently in some sort of death struggle to maintain positive offensive yards.
HOLD ONTO THE DAMN BALL!!!!
Passing on downs other than 3rd = a good idea
Also: Jemele Hill talking = a bad idea
Joining the huddle then leaving==illegal substitution!
OT but anyone have the links for coverage map of tomorrows game. It says ESPN2 or ABC I live in Nashville,TN.
Would appreciate anyone's help
LACES OUT DAN!!!
Maybe it is supposed to be Christopher Devonte'?
Can anyone give us the details of the stupid Sparty tweeting that tonight's announcers were talking about a few minutes ago?
Talking trash about Mich-Bama. Mork told them to shut their mouths.
Utes backup QB looking better and more mobile than the starter
The Utes actually won the time of possession battle in the 1st half an have somewhat comparable passing stats to the Aggies, but they haven't been able to covert on 3rd (2-9) or run the ball (20 attempts for 17 yards total). I suppose one of the sidebars in the locker room is not handing the ball off to a guy who is in the process of being tackled.
Utes score a TD on a flea flicker into double coverage. Sick play!
Terrible decision if that gets intercepted
I felt the same way about Denard to Hemingway in the Sugar Bowl last January.
Utah has a passing game going. 13-10
For an Under Armour school I have to say that Utah's uniforms are dog ugly. Maybe Under Armour set all of their designers on Northwestern's new unis
Marijuana use in COLLEGE FOOTBALL!? THAT'S NOT THE AMERICA I REMEMBER!
13-13 4:22 3Q
The Aggies are making the betting community sweat the 7 points they were given especially after being up "20" points earlier.
Really? A "tripping" penalty?
You feel shame, then you go free.
The special teams experience continues.
Did Rich Rod host a special teams coaching clinic in Utah on his year off?
A Ute got ejected for punching!
Wait, punches are an automatic disqualification? I thought the player was allowed to keep playing, even after other personal foul penalties?
Only if your name is Tom Gholston...
Looks like Utah is going to be in real rough shape in the Pac12 this year. Utah St isn't a pushover but they aren't exactly good either. Might be a long year for the Utes.
Somebody better tell Tom about this ejection business...
I hate red speedos so much! [punch]
Looks like UGA had more players suspended for the game at Mizzou tomorrow. They are down 4 defensive starters. Might be worth hammering Mizzou -2 for my fellow degenerates.
Touchdown Utah! Waiting for another special teams gaff here.
20-20 3:19 Q4
we are headed to overtime
I was at Buffalo Wild Wings...
The Utah receiver, Scotts, is just like Hemingway. High point, just out jumps everyone
Is just abusing 5'9 corners...
I understand your motivations Greg Mattison.
They ice the kicker and give him another shot to win. Smdh
Why did the Utah State guy try to ice him? He missed a 27 yarder, a PAT, and has a career long of 48. I doubt he's hitting a 52 yarder
Official review equals nice rest for Utah defensive line
WWhat a game this turned out to be!
That PI was actually a good call.
FWIW Michigan rolls either of these teams.
27-20 OT final. Go Aggies!
Even the Utah State coach referred to his team as "little brother".
I'l never understand refs. On the first Utah TD they didn't "let them play", but now they let contact go? Whatever I guess, surprised Utah didn't go to the Scott kid
That did not look like it was within 5 yards. Why was it pass interference, and then why was the last play of the game NOT pass interference?
I wanted Utah to lose but they got robbed.
I bet there are a few Utah fans asking that same question.