Friday Night Football Open Thread

Submitted by turtleboy on September 7th, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Utah Utes visit the Utah State Aggies at 8:00 on ESPN 2

We play Utah in a home and home series in 2014 and 2015 and we've competed with them for a few of their prospects the last 2 seasons so they're definitely worth a look.

A few notes on the Utes:

 In 2010 (their last season in the MWC) they went 10-3, spent most of the season ranked in the top 10, only losing to #4 TCU, at Notre Dame, and to #10 Boise State. They had a little bit of rough sledding their first season in the Pac12 in 2011, but didn't play either Stanford or Oregon, and finished with an 8-5 record with notable wins against Todd Grahams Pitt Panthers, dominated BYU, UCLA, and Oregon State, won at Arizona and at Washington State, lost a close 14-23 matchup at USC, and won the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech in overtime.

2012 is the 8th year of the program under Kyle Whittingham, who replaced Urban Meyer in 2004 as Head Coach, and has been with the program since 1994(!) where he's coached the defensive line, and served as the defensive coordinator. Likely to see a lot of the same players in 2 years, and likely the same scheme since they managed a 4th place finish in the Pac-12 in their inaugural season. Definitely an up and coming program worth looking at.

 

Comments

LSAClassOf2000

September 7th, 2012 at 9:40 PM ^

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. 

Hurricane

September 7th, 2012 at 11:17 PM ^

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.

Lionsfan

September 7th, 2012 at 11:51 PM ^

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

bo_lives

September 7th, 2012 at 11:55 PM ^

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.