I hate bye weeks. They're not fun. Sure, I'll enjoy relaxing all day Saturday watching football without worrying about my Utes, but what the hell do I talk and think about over the next few days?
It's a drag. Especially with it being so early in the season. I like for them to fall toward the middle of the schedule, not four games in (two or three weeks from now would have been perfect). But I can't deny this bye week fell at the best time for the Utes - who are a bit banged up and in need of getting healthy.
It also provides the coaching staff a chance to really game plan against Colorado State. I'm not as worried about the Rams as I was a couple weeks ago prior to Oregon, but they can beat the Utes. They have a solid offense and I expect them to test the Utes' corners. So I guess in that regard, this bye week does work well. Especially since Utah has two consecutive road games before a nice home stand to finish out October.
The problem with a bye is that I don't want to spend the entire time talking about the Rams. We'll do that next week. And you can only talk too much about the Cardinals and injuries before you tire of it. So it really is slim pickings right now, especially since the Utes aren't really on the national stage at the moment. During last year's break, Kyle Whittingham did the rounds at ESPN and pumped up Utah's BCS chances. Which provided a ton of discussion. This certainly isn't happening right now, if at all this season.
But then I realize it's Thursday, which means in two days we'll be on to week six. Good enough for me, I guess.