It’s that time of the year again. Football season is in the air, and I can’t wait for this Saturday. Summer is fun and all, but let’s be honest, fall is the best season of the year – and it’s not because of the weather.
A lot has changed since last season where the Utes won 9 games. Former starting RB Joe Williams is now with the San Francisco 49ers, fighting for the backup job. The entire O-line is gone, with four of them in the NFL. Along with most of the D-line and linebackers.
So, what can this years team bring to the table? Some fans are taking the glass is half empty approach. As for me, I like to think positively and hope for the best. But you can’t deny the difficulty of the Utes’ schedule this year.
The Utes have a very tough schedule as they play UW, USC, and Oregon all on the road, along with Stanford and WSU at home.
But let’s get down to brass tacks.
vs. North Dakota – W (35-10)
at BYU – W (17-13)
vs. San Jose St. – W (30-14)
at Arizona – W (21-17)
vs. #14 Stanford – L (14-28)
at #4 USC – L (20-31)
vs. Arizona St. – W (24-14)
at Oregon – W (35-21)
vs. UCLA – W (21-14)
vs. #24 Washington St. – L (24-35)
at #8 Washington – L (17-31)
vs. Colorado – W (24-10)
Regular Season Record: 8-4
Starting off the season 4-0 looks nice. But having to play Stanford and USC back to back is brutal.
FB Schedules has the Utes listed as the 12th toughest schedule in the nation. With all of the roster changes, can the Utes pull out 8 wins with the 12th toughest schedule? Yes. I think its possible. Utah’s defense always seems to bounce back, even with guys leaving for the NFL each year.
The offense is my biggest question mark. The O-line is completely different from last year and QB Tyler Huntley will be a first year starter, along with RB Zack Moss.
Most fans will be looking to see how first year OC Troy Taylor will do with the offense, and see if he can improve the teams horrible red-zone offense. The Utes finished 51st in the nation in total offense last season.
– Jesse Thayne