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Pac-12 steppin' up its game - now Utah has to too

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Washington State has reportedly just hired former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.

Last week, Arizona hired offensive guru Rich Rodriguez, while UCLA and Arizona State will surely equal such great hires in the coming weeks.

The Pac-12 has improved greatly over the last few days and now the Utes have to counter.

That's not to say they aren't prepared or close - but with it likely the competition will rise over the next couple years, Utah can't afford to lay eggs at home like they did this season. Utah can't afford losing, at home, to ten-loss teams. As we found out this season, that loss to Colorado was the difference between a losing conference record and playing for the Pac-12 title.

Next year or the year after that, such a loss could cost Utah a decent bowl berth or worse, a winning season.

Fortunately, I think we've got the coaches who adapt well and I have all the faith in the world Kyle Whittingham is already combing over all the mistakes made this season and in the finale.

Hopefully next year's team is better disciplined and more focused on the end-game, because the path to glory just got a bit harder.