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Last Updated Dec 17, 2014 08:39PM

Utah’s most successful football season in the school’s Pac-12 era will end Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. Colorado State, with one more chance for the Utes to make a favorable impression and secure a Top 25 ranking in …

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BYU def. backs coach Nick Howell. Kragthorpe: BYU’s bowl game big in judging Nick Howell
    Provo Nothing that happens in next Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl vs. Memphis will affect BYU defensive coordinator Nick Howell’s employment status. His...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, Ohio State's quarterback Cardale Jones leaps over Maryland's safety Anthony Nixon during the second half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md. After Ohio State lost quarterback Braxton Miller in the preseason to a shoulder injury, J.T. Barrett had a big year before breaking his ankle against Michigan. Now the Buckeyes turn to Cardale Jones in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File) Kragthorpe: Utah-based reasons to watch all 38 bowl games
    Some would say the College Football Playoff makes only two traditional bowl games worth watching, but New Year's Day in a long way away. Until then — ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3), Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) after the loss. Utah Jazz fall to the Miami Heat 95-100 at Energy Solutions Arena, Friday, December 12, 2014. Kragthorpe: Reality of Jazz’s slow growth hitting home
    During the fourth quarter Friday night as the Jazz threatened to overtake Miami, the Bear mascot raised a sign that asked the EnergySolutions Arena cr...
    Updated Dec 13 2014 11:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Madison, Wis. Andersen leaving Wisconsin to take head coaching job at Oregon State. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) Kragthorpe: Gary Andersen’s move to Oregon State will affect Utah
    When the news broke of Gary Andersen’s move from Wisconsin to Oregon State as football coach, my mind immediately went to Oct. 31, 2015, when the Beav...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 09:22 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes guard Kenneth Ogbe (25) drives to the basket as BYU hosts Utah, college basketball at the Marriott Center in Provo, Wednesday December 10, 2014. Kragthorpe: Utes have toughness to go with style in win over BYU (with video)
    Provo • Just prior to tipoff, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak emerged through the tunnel and stood along the sideline, resplendent in his red jacket. The...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 08:29 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah running back Devontae Booker, center, bursts through the line for a short gain against Colorado in the third quarter of Utah's 38-34 victory in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah, BYU, USU bowls will be worth watching
    Here’s the disclaimer, right from the start: I’m the only person who could find compelling reasons to watch all 38 college football bowl games, and I’...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 08:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from the sidelines during the second half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Kragthorpe: Old rival Urban Meyer inadvertently helps BYU
    Someday, BYU administrators may thank Urban Meyer for all of this. Meyer’s Ohio State team provided at least some degree of hope for BYU regarding Big...
    Updated Dec 07 2014 02:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is lifted by Matt Pierson (62) after Mariota scored a touchdown against Arizona in the second half of a Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. Oregon won the game, 51-13. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Kragthorpe: Oregon rout extends Pac-12’s craziness
    This is how the Pac-12 football season played out, from start to finish: Whenever anything seemed perfectly clear, it changed. The two most shocking d...
    Updated Dec 07 2014 05:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - At left, in a Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen looks on during an NCAA college football game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. At right, in an Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walks on the field in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore. Coaches and players say walk-ons like Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge _ who was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, are treated just as well as their highly recruited teammates. Meyer and Andersen, the opposing coaches in Saturday's Big Ten championship game, believe things have gotten better since their own walk-on experiences. Meyer walked on at Cincinnati in the 1980s at the same time that Anderson was walking on at Ricks College. Andersen said he tries to make sure walk-ons are treated the same as his scholarship players. (AP Photo/File) Kragthorpe: Who will become next Urban Meyer or Gary Andersen?
    Urban Meyer is the most successful college football coach ever to have worked at a Utah school. Gary Andersen could become the first Utah high school ...
    Updated Dec 05 2014 08:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah players celebrate after defeating the Wichita State Shockers in overtime, 69-68, college basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 3, 2014. At center is Utah Utes guard Kenneth Ogbe (25). Kragthorpe: Utes’ upset of Wichita State will help them in March
    It may be early December, but this game will be remembered in March. That's when Utah is sure to receive the school's first NCAA Tournament bid in six...
    Updated Dec 04 2014 09:14 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Cougar fans were bundled up as they watch their team during first half action in the BYU versus UNLV football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Saturday, November 15, 2014. Kragthorpe: Mormon fans can make own choices about cheering for BYU
    Through all these years of covering games and reviewing heavy metal concerts, I’ve made a critical discovery: Never try to tell devoted fans whom they...
    Updated Dec 03 2014 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder motions to the bench in the first half as the Jazz faced the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Kragthorpe: Snyder's message will reach the Jazz, eventually (with video)
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder’s huge hands covered his face as he tried to scrub away the image of another mistake in the first quarter Monday night. The re...
    Updated Dec 06 2014 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah tight end Westlee Tonga, right, celebrates his touchdown catch with wide receiver Delshawn McClellon during the third quarter of Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: State of Utah owns California in football
    They may not want to think of it as a team effort, but the state's three Football Bowl Subdivision schools gave Utah a sweep of California in 2014. Th...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, left, joins kicker Andy Phillips in singing the school song to fans after Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Utes’ win over Colorado adds more drama to budding rivalry
    Boulder, Colo. Utah’s perfect weekend came too late for coach Kyle Whittingham to fully enjoy it. Nothing that unfolded elsewhere during one last ro...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 09:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Cougar fans were bundled up as they watch their team during first half action in the BYU versus UNLV football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Saturday, November 15, 2014. Kragthorpe: Mormon fans can make own choices about cheering for BYU
    Through all these years of covering games and reviewing heavy metal concerts, I’ve made a critical discovery: Never try to tell devoted fans whom they...
    Updated Dec 03 2014 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder motions to the bench in the first half as the Jazz faced the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Kragthorpe: Snyder's message will reach the Jazz, eventually (with video)
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder’s huge hands covered his face as he tried to scrub away the image of another mistake in the first quarter Monday night. The re...
    Updated Dec 06 2014 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah tight end Westlee Tonga, right, celebrates his touchdown catch with wide receiver Delshawn McClellon during the third quarter of Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: State of Utah owns California in football
    They may not want to think of it as a team effort, but the state's three Football Bowl Subdivision schools gave Utah a sweep of California in 2014. Th...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, left, joins kicker Andy Phillips in singing the school song to fans after Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Utes’ win over Colorado adds more drama to budding rivalry
    Boulder, Colo. Utah’s perfect weekend came too late for coach Kyle Whittingham to fully enjoy it. Nothing that unfolded elsewhere during one last ro...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 09:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah State quarterback Kent Myers (2) throws the ball as New Mexico linebacker Kimmie Carson (2) defends during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Logan, Utah. (AP Photo/The Herald Journal, Eli Lucero) Kragthorpe: Utah will win; BYU, USU will lose
    For the Utah State Aggies, Saturday’s game will lose some value if they don’t get some help Friday. As for Utah and BYU, the stakes — such as they are...
    Updated Nov 28 2014 09:56 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah State's Nick and Zach Vigil pose for a portrait during media day press availability at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah, Aug. 4, 2014. Kragthorpe: USU’s Vigil brothers treasure time together
    Logan The Vigil brothers are pictured together, as always, but only one of them is smiling. Zach Vigil was thrilled about shooting a deer as a teen...
    Updated Dec 02 2014 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Loss is hard, but Jazz keep showing promise
    Last season, the Jazz beat Chicago in overtime after former Bulls forward Carlos Boozer missed a last-second shot in regulation on the final Monday of...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 08:55 am   |     |   Share
  • Brigham Young's Shawn Bradley shakes hands with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the second pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, June 30, 1993 at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon) Kragthorpe: Shawn Bradley honored by naming of basketball court
    Having a Class 1A school in West Jordan name its basketball court in honor of Shawn Bradley says more about him than if the recognition had come at hi...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 10:32 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) walks off of the field after the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 22, 2014. Arizona Wildcats defeated Utah Utes 42-10. Kragthorpe: Utes regress badly in home finale vs. Arizona (with video)
    The home schedule of Utah’s greatest season in Pac-12 history ended in the cold, dark and rain of a November afternoon, with Rice-Eccles Stadium pract...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bingham's Kade Cloward (2) runs the ball during the 5A state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday November 21, 2014. Kragthorpe: Bingham has all the answers in 5A title game
    All afternoon, American Fork kept showing signs of life, and then Bingham would respond forcefully. That’s what the Miners do. The Class 5A state cha...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 11:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham argues a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Utah won 20-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: Big weekend for Whittingham family
    Friday is Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham's 55th birthday, but that's not the family's biggest event of the day. Cary Whittingham, Kyle's younger...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 01:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Lopini (Zach) Katoa (3) of American Fork nears the goal line against Brighton in Class 5A state football semifinal at Rice Eccles Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Kragthorpe: American Fork evoking history in 5A football
    American Fork The trophy case is brand new, standing outside the sparkling gym in a far wing of American Fork High School. It houses a gold trophy ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 05:14 pm   |     |   Share