Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
U of U Sports
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon cover University of Utah sports teams for The Salt Lake Tribune. Matt Piper is on twitter at @matthew_piper, Kyle Goon is on twitter at @kylegoon

» E-mail Matt Piper

» E-mail Kyle Goon

» Subscribe (RSS)




Utes continue to make the right moves, analysts say

Signing a home-and-home series with Michigan is just the kind of thing the Utah Utes need to do to continue their evolution as a major player in the world of college football according to several analysts.

Tony Barnhart, a college football analyst for CBS Sports, said the Utes need to have games against major non-conference teams in their schedules.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"Where it helps isn't if a team goes undefeated, but if it is in the mix with a bunch of one-loss teams, then that game could become the tie-breaker," he said. "You have to have at least one good inter-sectional game. Essentially, deciding those spots (in the playoff format) is going to be like the basketball committee and you can't play three nobodies. People are going to be looking at the non-conference schedule, seeing who you played on the road and how you did."

Even though the Utes don't have much experience as a member of a major conference, they do have a brand thanks to their undefeated seasons in 2004 and 2008, Barnhart said.

"They've established themselves, but what they have to do now is keep re-emphasizing that brand and doing things like this, upgrading the schedule, is a major move."

Mitch Light, an editor with Athlon Sports, continues to be impressed with the way the Utes have handled their transition to the Pac-12.

"Utah has accomplished something that is difficult to do in the world of collegiate sports - make a significant climb up the food chain," he said. "The Utes have made the move from a solid program in a strong mid-major league to a solid program in one of the elite - and most lucrative - conferences in the nation. There isn't a huge sample size yet, but Utah proved last season that it can be relevant in the Pac-12, even in a season in which it suffered significant injuries. The program has a highly respected coach in Kyle Whittingham who has proven that he has a program that can compete on a national level."

- Lya Wodraska



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
 
Twitter
Football
Basketball
Utah Football Schedule
Utah Basketball Schedule
Jobs
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.