Okay, so we're now closing in on the 2010 season. This time next week, we'll only be a mere day from the Pitt game.
Hard to imagine.
I'm still waiting for that moment where I get butterflies in my stomach. It probably won't happen until I'm walking to the stadium. I love that feeling, even though I shouldn't. No one likes to be nervous and I'm sure I'll be extremely nervous for this game. Which wasn't the case last year, when Utah opened the season on Sept. 3rd against Utah State.
That was a Thursday game too and the question really wasn't whether Utah would win - rather what they would win by. I wasn't nervous for that game. I was excited, to be sure, but not nervous.
In fact, I think this will be the first home game I've attended since the Holy War in 2008 where I won't feel completely confident in a Ute victory. That's not to say every home game last year was a gimmie, but they were about as close to a gimmie as you could get (the toughest game was against AFA and I wasn't really worried about that one...until it actually started and I realized it would be a dogfight).
But like I said, I enjoy that feeling. It means it's a big game. Utah State last year was not a big game. Yes, we weren't sure how the Utes would look - but did anyone ever really think the game would be a loss?
So a week and a day from now, we'll all be walking to the stadium with a tinge - if not more - of doubt.
And I can't wait.