Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Week 10 Opponent Hate: The Utah Utes


Sandstorm, Anyone???

To be honest, Utah is my third favorite team in the MWC behind us and Air Force. Some of you may think I’m crazy for feeling that way, but if you think about it, they have been the best thing going for the MWC since we joined, outside of the greatness that is the TCU Horned Frogs of course. They’ve won 2 BCS bowls (although one was before our time), they are always our biggest conference game (because you suck, BYU), and they remind me so much of TCU in so many ways. Let’s be honest, this is the only team over the past 5 years or so in our conference that can match us athletically or at least come close. They sure looked out-matched last season, and let’s hope that continues Saturday. I mean, can I really hate them for Ross Evans’ inability to kick field goals that Lieutenant Dan could have made? No. Can I hate them for going on to the much bigger, much more lucrative, much more exposed and BCS affiliated PAC-10 (12)? No. Can I hate them for their hideous camo-blackout uni combo? Well, yes, but aren’t we also guilty of committed uniform overkill as well?

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The Utes are going to "service" the Frogs.

The true reason to hate Utah, especially this season, is that they are our main obstacle in a season where the goal is a national championship, and they are no slouch either. Watching them run through opponents over the past few weeks (with the exception of Air Force) has made my stomach churn. Yeah, I wanted them to be undefeated, but seeing them obliterating opponents 59-6, or Iowa State on the road 68-27 has makes me queasy. But let’s look deeper. Who have they really beaten? Yes, drubbing Iowa State while only being a 6 point favorite on the road was impressive, but is Iowa State any good? Yes, Iowa State beat Texas, but who hasn’t (Nebraska)? OU beat them 52-0. They beat Pittsburgh 27-24 in SLC in overtime to start the season. Pittsburgh does sit atop the Big East (a place we will hopefully be on top of for years to come), but being the best team in the Big East is like being the tallest midget or the prettiest leper. Now I’m not going to sit here and say we’ve beat powerhouses, because we haven’t (sorry Baylor but you still suck), but I still say we look better than them, and we don’t have to hang 50 on every opponent to do so. Oh, and they have played the 113th toughest schedule in the country. They make it look like Boise runs an SEC gauntlet.

Another reason to hate Utah is how cocky and full of themselves they are, but in reality, so are we. But really, Greg Bird? Really??? “We’re going to take it to them.” Be careful what you wish for, white safety. You were on the team last year. Was getting 55 hung on you taking it to us? Hey, Greg, you have 14 tackles this year! That’s like, um, less than 2 a game, right Rotten Arsenal? Before this year you only had 3 tackles in your career! To steal a line from the great Pedro Martinez- Who is Greg Bird? I have no respect for that guy. Seriously though, do you think before Saturday we are going to hear some shit talking sound bite from like, Johnny Fobbs? The answer is no, because we know better, especially those who don’t make an impact. Leave the shit talking to someone who can impact the game, Greg Bird. Thanks for the bulletin board material though. Like Gary Patterson really needed any help motivating the team even further to beat your lousy asses again.

So now I can’t wait for Saturday afternoon so we can beat your asses again and send you off into obscurity BYU style. Yeah, Utah fans LOVE to talk about how they’ve won 3 of the last 4, but I’m pretty sure we took it last year in more than convincing fashion and both teams seem to be pretty similar, except more experienced. Yes, Dalton has had road jitters, but he’s been in enough spotlight games at this point in his career to fight through them and endure it and lead us to another HUGE victory. Jordan Wynn- not so much unless you consider squeaking by Pitt at home a big win. I’ll pull for you every game for the rest of the year, Utah, because I have to. I pulled for you every game where you weren’t playing TCU in years past because I have to. But now that you’re gone, I want to kick you in the ass really hard on your way out as you become the college football’s new Arizona, Washington, or Cal. Enjoy being middle of the road Utes, at least you’re not BYU. Oh, and how could you not hate a school that produced THIS GUY…

Yup, that's Keith Van Horn.

9 comments:

Brandon said...

Who is Greg Bird? Here is a little video to introduce him. Let's just say your boys better have their heads on a swivel!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OxLrhHvV14

shortnkerley's said...

Yeah, something tells me our team isn't going to be sweating some scrub with 14 tackles who connected on 1 big hit in his career and now thinks he's the center of media attention.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

One of the dump articles referred to him as "reserve safety greg bird"... so he's got that going for him.

Brandon said...

Here's another hit from the "scrub." I would hate for a "scrub" to light up one of your boys and cause a fumble that costs you the game. Just sayin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdYkzHdzaUQ

We'll see how your fat boys up front fair in the third quarter at high altitude against our 12 deep d-line.

shortnkerley's said...

Once again, 14 tackles. Nobody outside of you and this guy's parents give a shit about him. Also, I think he'd have to be on the field when it mattered to cause a fumble to cost of the game. This guy is a RESERVE SAFETY. And by "fat boys up front", do you mean our Offensive Line anchored by 2 All Americans that has been running circles against everyone we've played? For the record, we're kind deep in that position too.

Rotten Arsenal said...

I love the fact that so many people seem to think that Utah will pull this out because of the altitude... that is basically telling everybody that "we really aren't THAT good, but thanks to lack of oxygen, we manage to beat teams that aren't used to playing football with decreased brain function."

shortnkerley's said...

Seriously, we play like every other game up there, so I'm pretty sure we can get past it. Didn't really phase us against BYU last year, and they were a much different team than today.

Rotten Arsenal said...

Besides, Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State, and even New Mexico have greater elevation than Utah... hey... maybe that's why Utah didn't look so good against Air Force... the "higher altitude"

THEFINCH said...

Brandon, what does Bird taste like?