The Morning Blitz: Daily Utah links

Today marks three weeks until the Utes open their season against Pittsburgh! It's like counting down Christmas. Oh the excitement of it all. The second can't get here soon enough. 

I'm sure you noticed the unusual results of a poll I put up yesterday about projecting Utah's records 6 games into the season. It seems a BYU fan decided to post it over on Cougarboard in hopes of hijacking the results. Why I do not know - but I'm not complainin'. It just drove up my traffic further (Block U averages about 1,000 hits a day and yesterday we were at about 500 more than average) and hopefully they'll continue to peek in on us over the season. 

But that's not important. No one really cares about BYU trolls. We're focused on the season and as it's almost here, every aspect of training camp will now play an even larger role than what we saw during the first few days earlier this week.

The Utes had their first two-a-day yesterday and it went well. The offense continued to impress after their dismal showing back on Monday and I hope this continues into today's scrimmage. In fact, the scrimmage will prove to be important because it's the real first test to see how both the offense and defense stack up against one another. That scrimmage is closed to the public, but I suspect there will be a ton of information on it during the day.

So now we begin the final weeks of preseason. It's going to be brutal getting through the next half-month because frankly, I always find the last part of August drags when you're anticipating the football season. But it'll give us time to examine the schedule, and most importantly, Pittsburgh. 

Also, I haven't mentioned the fact that Fan Fest is back after a one-year absence. If you're unfamiliar with fan fest, it was held annually until last year at Rice-Eccles Stadium generally the weekend before the season starts. The entire athletic department comes together and signs autographs, takes photos and it's pretty much just a great time to hang with fellow Utes and talk with coaches and players about the upcoming season.

This year's fan fest will be held at the stadium on Saturday the 28th and will go from 10 a.m. to roughly noon or one.

Now what you all came for (assuming it wasn't hardcore nudity - don't worry, it's SFW), the links!

Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes join the PAC-10, create the Buffalute. - In Progress At Press Time 

Utah's offensive line looks set | U of U Sports | The Salt Lake Tribune

GoErie.com: Sports Column: Duane Rankin - Duane Rankin: Check out these early college football matchups

ksl.com - O-Line packs quite a punch

Brooks happy to be Utah's go-to receiver - ABC 4.com - Salt Lake City, Utah News

Utah receivers inexperienced but talented | The Salt Lake Tribune

Offense continues to be strong | U of U Sports | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utes head into first scrimmage | The Salt Lake Tribune

Football Camp: Day 6 | Deseret News | Utah Utes

Utes aim for BCS bowl in last season as non-BCS team - By Steve Carp, Sporting News Yearbooks - College Football - Sporting News

Utah Utes football: Team grinds through Day 1 of two-a-day sessions | Deseret News

Utah Utes football: Team playing first fall camp scrimmage today | Deseret News

Utah Utes football: Freshman safety looks ready for prime time | Deseret News

Editorial on preseason college football polls and rankings

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