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Thread: The Trojans, the Ducks, the Bruins, and all those guys: The PAC-12 rivals thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by concerned View Post
    it always seems to me that when we have hype, and I expect us to do well, we fall flat. When I have no expectations, we exceed them, sometimes dramatically. Now we have hype. This has me concerned, of course.
    There have been a couple of years previously that we were expected to do well and we ended up finishing with 3-6 conference records. Your fear is certainly warranted. The pressure that comes with expectations isn't something we handle very well. I do think if we can have some luck with avoiding injuries we will have a good year. Also, if we can avoid day games at home that would be nice. Aside from a couple of unimpressive wins against lowly CU, we are 0-7 in day games at home over the last 5 seasons. Many of these games were horrible blowouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concerned View Post
    it always seems to me that when we have hype, and I expect us to do well, we fall flat. When I have no expectations, we exceed them, sometimes dramatically. Now we have hype. This has me concerned, of course.
    Spot on. I will have Utes Fan PTSD for the rest of my days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu View Post
    There have been a couple of years previously that we were expected to do well and we ended up finishing with 3-6 conference records. Your fear is certainly warranted. The pressure that comes with expectations isn't something we handle very well. I do think if we can have some luck with avoiding injuries we will have a good year. Also, if we can avoid day games at home that would be nice. Aside from a couple of unimpressive wins against lowly CU, we are 0-7 in day games at home over the last 5 seasons. Many of these games were horrible blowouts.
    I think part of the deal is that blowouts have been rare. Most of our conference games are close. There is a tightrope walking act that can leave us anywhere from 3-6 to 7-2. We can have teams of comparable quality finish in vastly different places in the conference.

    I think we have a good team this season - a team that could win the south. A handful of little things goes wrong, though, and we aren't even bowl eligible. One key thing for a successful season is that we get good at burying inferior opponents. Leave nothing to chance in those games that we really should win. That's kind of counter to our style, but it has to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sullyute View Post
    I am glad to see a little respect coming to Utah. I hope we live up to the hype and then some.

    PS- who is the UCLA/Chip Kelly homer that gave them the one PAC12 conference champion vote?
    Even more questionable: who gave CU one?


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    I wonder what Jack Sears is thinking now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by U-Ute View Post
    I wonder what Jack Sears is thinking now.
    "Where can i transfer to, and when do I have to leave by to keep my eligibility"

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    UW shoots themselves in the feet one too many times, and a crucial missed targeting call in the 4th quarter seals the deal. Would have been nice to have a 2-0 UW in SLC in two weeks.

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    I wish the Huskies won but I'm glad that pick play got called as an offensive PI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestUteFan View Post
    I wish the Huskies won but I'm glad that pick play got called as an offensive PI.
    Yeah, that one was clear. I still think it's worth running that play; it gets called so infrequently.

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    UCLA struggling with Cincinnati. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Applejack View Post
    UCLA struggling with Cincinnati. I love it!
    Gutsy 'cats. Up 2 with 2 minutes to go, they go for it on 4th and goal. Fortune favors the bold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    Gutsy 'cats. Up 2 with 2 minutes to go, they go for it on 4th and goal. Fortune favors the bold!
    And UCLA helped out with a stupid substitution penalty when Cincy was lined up for a fg. Sometimes, fortune favors the team that's not stupid.

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    USC gives up 308 rushing yards to the REEEEE-BELS!





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    Wilner's power rankings:

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/...cc-and-big-12/

    5. Utah (1-0)
    Result: Beat Weber State 41-10
    Next up: at Northern Illinois
    Comment: Dangerous game this week with Washington around the corner, but this is not the Northern Illinois team of a few years ago. The Huskies were thumped by Iowa in Week One.

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    Arizona offensive line has some "unique" blocking techniques.


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    Oregon State will no longer be scheduling good teams.

    https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsport...le-good-teams/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    Oregon State will no longer be scheduling good teams.

    https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsport...le-good-teams/
    They're moving to FCS?

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    Oregon State has H-H games with both Oklahoma State and Purdue coming in the next few years. Utah's future OOC schedule is embarrassingly bad, if not laughable, by comparison.

    We do appear to have schedule openings at the same time as Iowa about 4 years out, so hopefully we can do something there.

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    Justin Herbert, 11-12 in the first half. Just carving up Stanford.

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    USC beats wazzu; Arizona beats the beabers; and uw is struggling with asu?

    What an awful bye week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Applejack View Post
    USC beats wazzu; Arizona beats the beabers; and uw is struggling with asu?

    What an awful bye week.
    And Oregon gives away an insurmountable lead. Stinks to see Stanford win, but it is comforting in a weird way to see someone else with a massive choke job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    And Oregon gives away an insurmountable lead. Stinks to see Stanford win, but it is comforting in a weird way to see someone else with a massive choke job.
    Game of the Year in college football so far. Stanford had no business winning that game, but some really horrific decision making at key points in that game gave them life. I never feel bad when Oregon loses. That they lost in such idiotic, moronic fashion to the smart kids was even more glorious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalPat View Post
    to the smart kids was even more glorious.
    Did you hear Chris Fowler say that teams "wear down against Stanford's intellectual brutality"? I almost spit out my Coke.

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    I'm sure we all saw replays of the blatant, obvious targeting by Porter Gustin of USC that went uncalled.

    This rule is a complete joke and an insult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    I'm sure we all saw replays of the blatant, obvious targeting by Porter Gustin of USC that went uncalled.

    This rule is a complete joke and an insult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    Welcome to Trump’s America.

    I don’t know. I think George W. Bush shares a lot of the blame for this.

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    I’m in a hotel, because I need to work out of town Saturday morning, and I am watching the Colorado-UCLA game. Colorado is looking pretty good. That might be deceptive, because UCLA seems to be pretty bad, but I think Colorado might give us all we can handle this year.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    Did you hear Chris Fowler say that teams "wear down against Stanford's intellectual brutality"? I almost spit out my Coke.
    Well, that’s a little over the top. Surprised Fowler was the author of that line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalPat View Post
    Well, that’s a little over the top. Surprised Fowler was the author of that line.
    He may have been joking. If so, it is kind of funny.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    Since we are now in the Pac-12 South hunt, let's track who we want to win this week:

    Utah over UofA. Duh.
    Washington vs. Oregon. Who cares? This is a pac-12 North battle.
    Cal over UCLA. I know, UCLA is out of the picture (well, not yet) and you don't want them to be winless before Utah comes to the Rose bowl. But, we ALWAYS want South-North battles to go to the north when we are not playing and we ALWAYS like to see UCLA suffer.
    Colorado over USC. Surprised? Don't be. We need USC to lose any game possible. Have you seen their schedule? They avoid Washington AND Oregon?!?!?!!? They already got blown out be Stanford so realistically this is one of the most likely losses for them left on their schedule.

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