The Utes have been on the threshold for a while now, playing in two BCS bowls (beating Pitt and Alabama). They would very much like to be considered for the top prize, thank you.
To that end, they have put together a schedule that will certainly merit them consideration if they can win out.
They start with home game against a Pitt team that Dave Wannstedt has led back into prominence and should start in the top twenty. Pitt features sensational running back Dion Lewis, who had the best freshman year of any Pitt back since this guy by the name of Tony Dorsett played there back in the 70’s.
The Utes get a break when they play a crappy WAC San Jose State team. Then they get Big 12 Iowa State. The Cyclones should be a middle of the pack team this year, coming off of a bowl eligible season last year. Finally, the Utes travel to South Bend, Indiana to play in front of a packed house and Touchdown Jesus when they take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame late in the season.
The Utes win these, and get by TCU and BYU and run the rest of the table in the Mountain West, and we’re talking BCS championship.
Well, we can keep our fingers crossed. Utah returns seven offensive starters, but only four on defense. They have reached the status, however, of a premium program, one that re-loads rather than re-builds. They have had excellent recruiting classes for seven years running now, and are as such very well stocked with talent.
I think they’ll stumble against the Irish, and also against the Frogs, ending up 10-2, (7-1 in league play) and getting to a very good bowl, perhaps the Cotton.
But then, they could run it…that is why they play the games.