1. BYU Cougars: The Five Most Critical "Other" Games This Week

    The BCS is a crazy animal. It has completely convoluted fan, media and coaching behavior with its intricate web of relationships, perceptions and dependencies. Coaches run up scores to impress pollsters...

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  2. Utah Utes: Five Essentials For San Jose State

    Utah got the job done on all five essentials in last week's opener against the Aggies. Terrance Cain got plenty of reps. And played very well. The Utes didn't overlook Utah State, they got ahead early, stayed healthy and broke in both coordinators well.

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 497 reads 2 comments

  3. Week Two: Top Five Games Impacting the Utes

    Last week's top five turned out well for the Utes. Despite a 2-3 record. BYU's highly visible win over OU was epic for the conference. The third straight victory for the MWC over a top ten, non-conference foe...

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  4. Conference Rankings: Who's Number Two?

    With five ranked teams and three consecutive national championships, it's easy to say the SEC is a clear cut number one...

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  5. BYU Upsets Oklahoma! Quick Takes and Afterthoughts

    The Mountain West just made a huge statement. Again. So did BYU. Who now gets Florida State, Utah and TCU all at home.The MWC has now won three straight games against non-conference top ten opponents...

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  6. Today's Top Five Games Impacting the Utah Utes

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  7. Only in the BCS: How Boise State Hurt Itself

    LeGarrette Blount was out of line last night. Not surprisingly, he was suspended for the rest of the year. All that talent, all that offseason work, years of stellar production and NFL dreams thrown away...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 745 reads 55 comments

  8. Utah Utes: Quick Takes And Afterthoughts

    Some quick takes and afterthoughts: Utah extended their winning streak to fifteen: The longest in the country. Utah State played well. Didn't seem to make too many mistakes and look very much improved from last year...

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  9. Quick Takes and Afterthoughts on Boise State/Oregon

    Hard to tell whether the Broncos were that good or if the Ducks were really that bad. I could tell Chip Kelly has never been a head coach before. Poor play-calling. Bad decisions. No adjustments...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 534 reads 25 comments

  10. Week One: Big Game Predictions

    Following months of desperation and long-suffering, the much anticipated 2009 College Football season is finally upon us...

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  11. Utah vs. Utah State: Five Essentials for the Utes Opener

    1. Don't Overlook the Opponent. Part of what made the 2004 and 2008 Utah teams so special was their ability to take care of business week after week. Rarely overlooking opponents. Customizing game plans to exploit each opponent's weaknesses...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 414 reads 3 comments

  12. Utah Utes: Five Bold Predictions You Can Bank On

    1024x768 1. Junior QB Terrance Cain will be named the starter come Sept. 3. With a crippling defense and a stable of talent at the other skilled positions, Utah will look for a competent game manager at QB who won't lose games...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 1,205 reads 13 comments

  13. BCS: How One Weak Link Hurts all Big Six

    The Big East... you are "the weakest link." If being excluded from the USA Today/Coaches Poll Top 25 wasn't embarrassing enough for the beleaguered Big East conference, it got even worse on Saturday...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 818 reads 33 comments

  14. Fox Sports / CFN Power Rankings: No Non BCS?

    Fox Sports and College Football News have posted their preseason "CFB Power Rankings" for 2009 with one curious omission; no non-BCS...

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  15. Utah QB Battle: Why Jordan Wynn

    Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham has made it clear all week that he would trim the three-man quarterback competition down to two by Friday. He didn't disappoint, but he did surprise, opting to name true freshman Jordan Wynn the current No...

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  16. 2009 Utah Utes Preview: Does the Slipper Fit?

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  17. Pre-Season Coaches Poll is Out: One Glaring Omission

    Whether it serves any functional purpose or not, the 2009 pre-season Coaches Poll has arrived. While wrapped up in the excitement that college football season is almost upon us, I couldn’t help but notice one glaring omission...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 1,022 reads 30 comments

  18. Urban Fallacy: Utah Ain't Buying What Meyer Is Selling About the SEC Grind

    Last month, Florida Coach Urban Meyer was asked his thoughts regarding the MWC's pursuit to BCS inclusion, he told a small group of reporters, "That Utah team this year and the Utah team we had in '04 -- I don't think they can survive the grind of the SEC

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  19. Rejected Again! Time for the MWC to Make the Case on the Field

    After the BCS served the MWC yet another rejection last week, it is now time for the MWC to move on. Forget Orrin Hatch, slick attorneys, long-winded PowerPoints and frequent flyer's miles to Washington, and get your helmets back on...

    Brian  Nelson Written by Brian Nelson about 5 years ago 399 reads 31 comments

  20. The 12 Most Telling and Compelling Non-Conference Matchups of 2009

    Out-of-conference games offer some of the most intriguing match-ups of the year. They provide leading indicators for who will contend, telling exposure of those who may falter and a healthy barometer of overall conference strength...

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  21. Pac 10 Expansion: Now or Never

    In the largest revenue producing and highest profile college sport the Pac-10’s current model has consistently set itself up for failure and underacheivement. Limiting progress, failing to adapt and leaving large sums of money on the table...

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  22. How Utah Exposed the Vaunted SEC

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  23. The Case for the Mountain West Conference

    While many BCS fans have been quick to criticize the Mountain West Conference and its push for BCS admittance, it's also important to look at in context. The MWC is not expecting to gain acceptance right away...

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