Utes, Aggies Renew Instate Rivalry

By SBRForum.com

The Utah Utes were tossed a softball in their regular season opener when Northern Colorado visited but they’ll get a much stiffer challenge when they visit Logan on Friday to face their in-state rivals, Utah State.

The Utes downed Northern Colorado 41-0 but believe it or not, they didn’t look that great in doing so. The Utes are a 7.5-point favorite on the college football odds for Friday’s contest but they’ll have to put together a better effort to win.

They’ve beaten Utah State every year since 1997 but the Utes looked fairly vanilla in their opener. We’re still not sure whether or not Jordan Wynn can be the prolific passer many once expected him to be. He went 19-of-27 for 200 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception in his first start since the fourth contest last year. It wasn’t a bad outing but more was expected given the caliber of opponent. Head coach Kyle Whittingham said he wanted to see more from his quarterback and how his downfield throws would look after shoulder surgery last season. Unfortunately, his first downfield pass was picked off.

The good news is the Utes defense was air tight. They pitched their first shutout since 2007 and didn’t even allow their opponent to cross the 50-yard line.

Meanwhile, Utah State crushed Southern Utah 34-3 in their warm-up and they’ll be ready to go at home for a nationally televised game.

It’s actually going to be the last matchup between these teams for a while and Aggies head coach Gary Andersen will be eyeing a big win. He was a former assistant with the Utes so he’s very familiar with what they do.

All the pressure is on Utah for this contest but they are clearly the better team. Even if Wynn didn’t look great in the opener and doesn’t look great on Friday night, the running game and defense should carry the Utes to a convincing win.

6 thoughts on “Utes, Aggies Renew Instate Rivalry

  1. In state rivalries can produce some very competitive games. That’s why I watch them when I get a chance. Besides it’s a good excuse to drink beer and loaf.
    Cheers!

  2. There’s a rivalry to be had ? Say it ain’t so .

    How’s this for a tv deal in college sports .


    Bowlsby: Big 12 TV contracts signed soon, Champions Bowl bids received

    WACO, Texas — On Baylor’s campus for the first time since dancing was permitted at the small private school (1996), Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told CBSSports.com that the conference’s new television agreements with ESPN and Fox were likely to be signed this week.

    “I feel good about where we are right now,” Bowlsby said. “We released the first three weeks of the schedule so we’re sort of operating as if the contract is signed. There are no major pitfalls, we just have some things we need to put together — dotted I’s and crossed T’s. I’m hopeful we’ll get it done in the next few days.”

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports the deal will be announced Friday.

    The deal was verbally agreed to in early May and is worth a combined $2.6 billion over 13-years . Projected to be worth $200 million annually to the league , it will run through 2025.

    Also on deck for Bowlsby is sorting through various proposals to host the much anticipated Champions Bowl with the SEC. The two conferences sent out 11 request for proposals to various cities and received five back last week. Though he declined to confirm which cities submitted a bid, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta and New Orleans are believed to be the five based on public comments and various reports.

    “I haven’t spent a lot of time on that this week. I had three campus visits this week so that kept me busy,” said Bowlsby. “Mike Slive has been on vacation so he and I haven’t talked. We will do that this week. Our staffs have been working on it. I would guess that within a couple of weeks we’ll have a plan put together in terms of where we’re going with the sites.

    “The TV is moving along well, we’re making progress with that. I have every reason to think that will fall together in good shape. I’m guessing that before we get halfway done with the football season we’ll have a good idea of how it’s all going to fit together.”

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    Government “cheese ” (handouts) and entitlements pale by comparison when measured to the ##it that’s going on in College Football and with the BCS !

    Tophatal ……….

  3. Although Utah’s Wynn did get knocked out in the second quarter, the Utes were never going anywhere with him at quarterback. Having lived in Utah the past two year’s it’s mindblogging how that coaching staff keeping betting on a losing horse.

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