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Bowl eligibility, is it for the Utes?

So how optimistic are you that the Utah Utes are going to go to a bowl game this year?

Utah's seniors say they are determined to not be the team that misses out on bowl eligibility, but they also acknowledge their backs are to the wall.

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The Utes have to win four of their last five. I believe they can do that since they play Arizona and Cal at home, two of the better teams remaining. I pegged them with a loss at Washington, but since its offense is struggling as much as the Utes' that looks like a game they certainly could win.

The Huskies are averaging just 20.7 points a game to the Utes' 20.1.

The difference in the game could be a turnover, which Utah coach Kyle Whittingham continues to point out as a deficiency.

The Utes have just two interceptions this year. They had 19 in 2011.

"It's a mystery why we aren't intercepting the football more," he said. "We are teaching and coaching and practicing the same way and it's essentially the same secondary so it's a mystery."

Even if the Utes can't improve in that area, I still believe its possible for them to make a run similar to last year. What do you think, are the Utes going to be bowl eligible?

- Lya Wodraska

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