Utah Utes Football: Should We Go From Here?

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The strip is over.

The Utes’ 26-17 defeat at BYU ended their nine-game winning streak in the rivalry and threw them off the national rankings.

But one thing has been made clear by coach Kyle Whittingham: The loss doesn’t take away from the ultimate goal of winning a Pac-12 championship.

This week, Utah has another non-conference game in San Diego state, and it’s a chance to straighten the ship before opening the home Pac-12 game against Washington state next week.

Surely the Utes have a lot to do this week.

One of the bright spots for Utah was the performance of Micah Bernard’s running back. But in the future, the Utes will have to get better quickly.

Numbers game

0: Number of turnovers and sacks caused by Utah’s defense against BYU.

146: Running back Micah Bernard made a career-high running meters.

27-2: Utah’s record against non-conference regular season opponents since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

From the archives

Extra points

  • Find Out About Utah’s 2022 Recruiting Course (Deseret News)
  • USC Fires Soccer Coach Clay Helton (Deseret News)
  • One thing Kyle Whittingham found “very disappointing” during the BYU loss (Deseret News)
  • Utah Utes Football Report: Utes fails rivalry test in loss to BYU (Deseret News)


Comments from readers of Desertet News

“Joe, I agree with your assessment. However, I think your grades are far too charitable. A game doesn’t make a season. Brewer and Thomas, however, will long be remembered for their generosity to BYU Football, as well as for their overall inept performances on Saturday night. In order not to outperform, the entire Utah football program seems overrated. However, the Utah Football program has 10 more chances to prove otherwise. Hopefully they will change the overrated perception … but you never know. “

– And now you’re starting again

“Tons of silver lining under these storm clouds, my friend. I hear you in both games, so much talent has been shown, it’s up to the coaching staff to bring that talent together. This could still be a great year for the Utes. I could imagine Utah still going 10-2 or 9-3 if they iron the wrinkles over the next 3 weeks. ”

– Josh from London


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