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CFN projects Utah to the Sugar Bowl

This is the first bowl projections I've seen from a well known site that puts Utah into the BCS. Good news.

Ode to Utah, the original BCS buster

Pretty good article about Utah and Pitt's lone meeting.

How the Mountain West Can Become an Automatic BCS Qualifier

The answer is simple: make Boise State-Utah a conference game.

Utes drop to 16th in BCS

Kinda saw this coming. Oregon lost and then we had to absorb a win over a team who's currently 0-9 this season.

ESPN GameDay coming to Fort Worth for Utah-TCU game

I like this. We thrive when the stakes are high. All attention is going to be on Saturday's game. I smell an upset brewing!

John McKay Conference

ESPN drafted 40 teams and now they're putting them in conference named after legendary coaches. The western conference is named after John McKay, former coach of the Trojans from 1960 to 1975. This is what the conference would look like: JOHN MCKAY CONFERENCE Arizona State Boise State Brigham Young California Oregon Oregon State Texas Tech UCLA USC Utah Actually, that's a damn good conference. Beyond that, this was what Ivan Maisel said about the Utes: That leaves Boise State a half-game behind Utah, which is 2-0 in the BCS. Under longtime coach Ron McBride, the Utes moved from good to mediocre and back. In the past six seasons under coaches Urban Meyer (2003-04) and Kyle Whittingham (2005-present), Utah has gone 60-16. Since joining the Mountain West a decade ago, the Utes are 8-0 in bowl games. Among their victims are Alabama, Pittsburgh and Carroll's Trojans (10-6 in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl).

Utes ranked 21st by Athlon

You may think the bright afterglow of the Utes’ spanking of Alabama in last year’s Sugar Bowl was a precursor to a dimming of the program’s fortunes, but you would be dead wrong. The Utes have a whole lot of talent returning, and if either Corbin Louks or junior college import Terrance Cain can grab the starting quarterback job, there’s no reason Utah can’t roll through the Mountain West once again. It may be asking too much for another BCS bid and a burst of legislative anger over the inequities of the bowl system, especially with a game at Oregon, but the Utes will be good. Their defense returns a ton of talent, especially along the front seven. Running back Matt Asiata has the burst and power to gain 1,000 yards, if he can keep a pack of worthy competitors off the field. Utah lost a bunch of receivers, but the newcomers may be even better.

Mountain West Conference takes a radical track (LA Times)

The BCS recently agreed to a four-year, $500-million contract with ESPN to televise BCS bowl games starting in January 2011. ESPN negotiated with the understanding the present format would not change, and officials have said publicly they would not try to force a playoff. The Mountain West is seeking change in part because one of its member schools, Utah, finished 13-0 last season but did not qualify for the BCS title game. Utah finished No. 6 in the final BCS standings and watched No. 2 Florida defeat No. 1 Oklahoma to win the BCS championship at Dolphin Stadium. The Utes defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and ended up No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll. The BCS is composed of 11 conferences and independent Notre Dame. The six conferences with automatic qualifier status are the Pacific 10, Southeastern, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East.

Urban Meyer talks BCS, politics and Utes

I discussed this yesterday and thought I would provide the link. Meyer also states he has Utah real high in his poll and that they are 'a hell of a team'. Though it seems the reasoning from the Orlando paper for the comment is that Meyer doesn't want to fan any flames if there is a chance the two meet (say in the Sugar Bowl). Sounds reasonable enough for me.

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