Yay, it's game day! But before we get to that thread, we've got some stuff to finish first.
A three game winning streak and a chance to make that four tonight against TCU. That was the topic, along with Utah's victory over San Diego State, during Whitt's weekly press conference.
It wasn't a bad game from Brian Johnson, but obviously the coaches were content with sticking to the ground game. I don't expect the Frogs' defensive line to rollover like San Diego State's did.
We had a lot of offensive production.
Mack has been one of the biggest keys on offense. Utah is now 4-0 when he goes for 100 or more and 0-3 when he does not. If Mack has success on the ground like he has the past three weeks, Utah should be in good position to win.
Utah's defense has played far above what anyone expected heading into this season. I can't say enough about how they've come together. Hopefully it continues and the offense keeps improving.
TCU is going to be a tough team that's difficult to peg, just like Utah. They're coming off a good win against Stanford, but have struggled recently. I expect a rejuvenated Frogs team that isn't going to just wilt at any sign of adversity.
On the defensive play over the last two weeks
That could have something to do with the fact Kevin O'Connell is not a very good passer. But what do I know?
Tackling is important. I still have nightmares about the missed tackles in that UNLV game.
Oh the horror!
Kyle likes BJ
I expect to see him the rest of the way. There's no guarantee that we'll see Corbin every week because the situation dictates his play. But, I like the package we bring to the game with him.
As for Brian, his health will dictate when he's ready to run more.
Johnson is still playing hurt, which is why Louks has played so much. But even injured, BJ is still the best quarterback in the Mountain West (and yes I actually do believe this).
The pains and gains of Thursday games
So, from an academic standpoint, I'd like to see less Thursday games. From an exposure and recruiting point of view, it's a positive.
But hey, it's still better than Sunday games, right? I'm sure you all watched the Nevada, Boise State game Sunday night. Oh wait, you didn't? Well don't worry, 98% of the country didn't, either.
Thursday games are ok, just as long as they don't fill the entire schedule.
But, every week's a big game for us. All of our games are conference games from here on out. I know it's an old coach's cliché, but it's applicable to us and this team: We have to take it one game at a time and then we'll go from there.
History tells me no team is going to win the Mountain West with 3-losses. So it's more than tough, you probably stand a better chance of deciphering a Bush rant than you do of seeing a 3-loss MWC team win the Mountain West. Yes, this game against TCU is big. Not just because it means a chance at the MWC crown (winning out would give Utah a tie), but it also can save the season, since there isn't really a tough game on the schedule until BYU.
Texas players = quick, strong athletes. Utah's defense is faster and that is a direct result of the new recruiting methods being used by this coaching staff. Hopefully they can coach these kids, as well!
Whittingham said see ya' sucker, took off for Fort Worth and hopefully has his team ready to kick some Horned Frog ass. Fry it up on the grill and have ourselves a good ol' fashion southern trailer trash barbeque! I'z bring da possum!