It is true that two of Utah's losses in the 2016 football season, in highly competitive games, were to teams led by Washington's Chris Petersen and Colorado's Mike MacIntyre, who were judged to have done some of the best coaching work in the country.
But there's also a weird element of the Utes' 9-4 season, involving losses to Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and California's Sonny Dykes, who have been fired. Cal made a surprising announcement about Dykes on Sunday, six weeks after the Bears' 5-7 season ended.
What do these moves say about Utah's season? Probably the biggest significance is the losses to those teams serve as evidence of why co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick was fired and replaced by Troy Taylor. The Utes produced three offensive touchdowns in each game, against two of the Pac-12's worst defenses.<