Best Case/Worst Case

It's new territory for the Utes as they join the Pac 12. Inside The Utes gives out their best and worst case scenarios.

Best Case Scenario:

Utah (0-0, 0-0) vs Montana State (0-0)
The Utes open up at home and Larry Scott threatens to pull the plug on the new Pac 12/ESPN deal unless they put the opener against Montana State on ABC. ESPN agrees and the whole country gets to see what Utah football is all about as Reggie Dunn opens the game by taking the opening kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown and the route is on. Jordan Wynn throws for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half before handing things off to Jon Hays for much of the second. The defense is stout in holding Montana State to under 150 yards of total offense and forcing 4 turnovers, while Norm Chow apeers to have gotten his groove back in calling a flawless game in the shutout romp.
Utah 52 Montana State 0

Utah 1-0, 0-0) at USC 1-0, 0-0)
The Utes head into their first ever Pac 12 game, on the road, against one of the premier college football programs of all time in USC. Trevor Reilly comes up the middle on a blitz early in the first quarter and hits SC quarterback Matt Barkley as he releases, popping the ball into the air and into the hands of Matt Martinez who takes it 22 yards for six. Barkley spends limps off of the field with a separated shoulder and doesn't return. With no experience behind Barkley, the Utes stack the box with 8 and 9 men consistently, forcing Trojan backup QB Jesse Scroggins to beat them. Scroggins ducks his head and runs whenever a Ute defender gets within 5 yards of him and USC goes three on out on their first 6 possessions with Scroggins at the helm before he's relieved by true freshman Max Wittek. Wittek gets the Trojans on the board late, but the Utes have already put up 21 points behind a balanced attack with Jordan Wynn throwing for 210 yards and the running game putting up 160 of their own. The Utes tack on another field goal towards the end of the game to ice it and enjoy their first Pac 12 win.
Utah 24 USC 7

#19 Utah (2-0), 1-0) at BYU (0-2)
The Utes roll into Lavell Edwards Stadium ranked number 19 against a BYU squad that appears to have overscheduled in the early going with embarrassing defeats on the road to Mississippi by 3 touchdowns and a complete annihilation at the hands of Texas 59-17. To try to build unity and fire his team up, Bronco Mendenhall invites every single former BYU player he can find to attend the game. He also orders a bunch of 'Band of Brothers' t-shirts, but HBO has a mixup and sends him 'The Pacific' t-shirts instead. He elects to wear them anyways. Fans are as confused as Jake Heaps looks on the field after Kalani Sitake draws up a masterful gameplan. The Utes sack Heaps 8 times, while he does his best Max Hall impression with 5 interceptions on the day, including two returned for touchdowns by Matt Martinez and Conroy Black. The offense really looks like they're gelling as the running backs combine for over 200 yards, and Tauni Vakapuna has his breakout game with over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Max Hall pours beer all over himself and his family after the game. Brandon Fanaika, Polo Manukainiu, and Jared Afalava all commit to Utah that evening with each saying that Utah and the Pac 12 was where they wanted to be all along. Tanner Mangum decommits from BYU, saying he wants to go to a program headed in the right direction, and narrows his choices to Utah and Boise State.
Utah 44 BYU 16

#16 Utah (3-0, 1-0) vs Washington (2-1, 0-0)
At 3-0 and ranked number 16 in the country, Utah comes back home off of a bye week for a date with Washington. Kyle Whittingham doesn't lose when he has time to prepare (the Boise State bowl game never happened) and puts a hurting on Steve Sarkisian. John White burst up the middle on the opening drive and takes it to the house from 40 yards out giving the Utes a lead they would never relinquish. The Utes rack of 450 yards of offense and the defense stymies the Washington offense for much of the day. Former Ute commit and current Huskie QB Derrick Brown watches the game from his dorm room in Seattle, as he's not part of the traveling squad, while Jon Haya, who Brown would have been competing with for the backup job, plays the entire 4th quarter and throws his first career touchdown. The Utes take their first ever Pac 12 home game and crack the top fifteen in the polls.
Utah 38 Washington 13

#14 Utah (4-0 vs Arizona State (2-3, 1-1)
The Utes next get a home matchup with pre-season Pac 12 south favorite Arizona State in the Michael Eubank Bowl. Sun Devil fans are still steaming from what they believe were dirty tactics by the Utah coaches to try to reel in Eubank, while Utah fans are still upset with Eubank's grabbing of the Ute hat and toss before proclaiming he'd be headed to Tempe. On a picture perfect day in at Rice-Eccles, the Utes get all they can handle in a slugfest from the outset. Neither team is able to do much offensively as the defenses force three and out after three and out. A 7-7 halftime score is 10-7 ASU heading into the fourth before Brian Blechen picks off Brock Osweiler in Sun Devil territory and returns it inside of the 20. 3 plays later John White takes a pitch and beats Vontaze Burfict to the corner for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead that the Utes hold on to for the win and a 5-0 record. Four top 15 teams fall helping the Utes make a big jump in the polls.
Utah 14 Arizona State 10

#9 Utah (5-0, 3-0) at Pitt (3-3)
Utah heads cross-country against a Pitt team with a new head coach, but still looking to avenge their overtime loss in the 2010 season opener. The Utes come in ranked in the top 10 at number 9, for the first time since the debacle against TCU. Quarterback Tino Sunseri has looked much more effective on the season than he did the last time these two hooked up and comes out smoking going 6 for 6 on the opening drive before Ray Graham plunges in from a yard out. A back and forth game, with the Utes running the ball effectively has the teams knotted at 17 at the half. Late in the third quarter, with the score the same, Tauni Vakapuna takes a Jordan Wynn pitch and follows the blocking of Tony Bergstrom and Dexter Ransom down the sidelines for a 38 yard touchdown and the lead. After trading field goals, Pitt marches into Utah territory late in the fourth, but Sunseri is stopped on a fourth on inches QB keeper and the Utes take over on down to seal the victory.
Utah 27 Pitt 20

#8 Utah (6-0) (3-0) at #6 Cal (6-0, 3-0)
Now it's really on. Surprising Cal, at 6-0 and coming off of back to back wins at number 2 ranked Oregon, and a Thursday nighter at home against USC where they put up 42 points, host the Utes in a primetime game that ABC bumped Stanford and Washington for, and put up for a national audience. With 4th ranked LSU taking on 5th ranked Auburn, the ratings are slow to start, but the Utes aren't as they jump out to a 14-0 lead behind a pair of Jordan Wynn touchdown passes to Anthony Denhman and Devonte Christopher, while the defense forces two early turnovers. Cal storms back with 10 points in the second, including a last second field goal after Jordan Wynn and Tevita Stevens fumble the exchange trying to run out the first half clock. With LSU cruising over Auburn, their audience swtiches over for the 2nd half and witnesses the Utes come out in the second half and put on a display with 17 second half points, while the defense holds the Bears to 48 yards of second half offense and less than 200 for the game. Cal suffers their first loss of the season 31-10 and the Utes jump up to number 4 in the polls, including picking up 2 first place votes in the coaches poll.

Oregon State (3-4, 1-3) at #6 Utah (7-0, 4-0)
Off of the high of the Cal win and the new lofty ranking, the Utes get Oregon State at home in a game that closely resembles the 2008 matchup where Utah came back from an 11 point defeficit in the final minutes and won it on a field goal as time expired. The Beavers jump out to an early 7 nothing lead on a Ryan Katz 80 yard touchdown pass to Kevan Walker on the first play from scrimmage. Stunned, the Utes try a reverse on the ensuing kickoff with Reggie Dunn flipping the ball to Dres Anderson, who fumbles on their own 15, recovered by Oregon State. The defense holds for a field goal, but the crowd is quiet and Utah looks ruffled. Not a lot of offense as Oregon State takes a 13-3 lead into the break. Kyle Whittingham lays into his team at the half. The second half starts out with a bang as Dunn takes the opening kickoff into Beaver territory, before the drive ends with a Harvey Langi plunge from a yard out getting the Utes to within a field goal. The Utah defense forces a Ryan McCants fumble on the next drive at midfield and Jordan Wynn finds John White out of the backfield for an 11 yard score and the lead. Ryan Katz leads the Beavers down the field for a touchdown to Marcus Wheaton on the last play of the third quarter and another three point OSU lead. Neither team does much to start the fourth before Dres Anderson beats a double team on third on long and reels in a 68 yarder for a touchdown with 3 minutes to go. The Utah defense holds OSU to a four and out and Utah takes over. Tauni Vakapuna takes the handoff on the next play 31 yards up the middle for the game clinching touchdown. Utah jumps two spots in the poll when Wisconsin knocks off #3 Ohio State and #5 Oklahoma State struggles at home against Baylor. TCU beats BYU by 40.
Utah 31 Oregon State 20

#4 Utah (8-0, 5-0) at Arizona (5-3, 4-2)
Starter Nick Foles comes in hobbled after taking a beating the previous week against Washington, but he still suits up. Utah refuses to take the Wildcats lightly knowing they can play with anyone having fallen short to Oklahoma State on a last minute touchdown and knocking off Stanford in Palo Alto. The Utes open with a quick touchdown from Wynn to Jake Murphy and put another one on the board when Wynn finds Devonte Christopher down the middle from 44 yards out. Foles leaves the game after Arizona falls behind 24-3 at the half, not wanting to risk further injury. The Utes really lay it on with 3 more touchdowns and Jordan Wynn ends the day with 5 touchdown passes. Utah jumps to third in the polls when #3 LSU takes down #1 Alabama on the road.
Utah 45 Arizona 17

#15 UCLA (7-2, 6-1) at #3 Utah (9-0 6-0)
The matchup with UCLA turns out to be the de-facto Pac 12 South title game with the winner controlling their own destiny for the title. The surprising Bruins come into the game ranked #16 with losses only at home to Texas in a nail-biter, and at Stanford leaving them 7-2 and 6-1 in the conference. Visions of 2007 are dancing in Ute fans' heads while Bruin fans are hoping for a repeat of their 2006 victory. The defensive line of the Utes controls the game, getting consistence pressure on UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince with 6 sacks and forcing three interceptions. The Utah offense isn't much better as the Bruins hold the running game to less than 50 yards, but a late third quarter Jordan Wynn 12 yard touchdown pass to a leaping Anthony Denham puts the Utes up by a 7, and the last of Prince's three interceptions leading to a Coleman Peterson field goal giving the Utes a bit of breathing room with two minutes to go and a 20-10 win, but more importantly their first Pac 12 South Division title and a spot in the conference championship game. The Utes move up to #2 after Nebraska falls on the road to Penn State moving the Utes into the second spot in the BCS standings.
Utah 20 UCLA 10

#2 Utah (10-0 7-0) at Washington State (3-7, 1-6)
Utah doesn't suffer any kind of a letdown after th etough UCLA game and heads to the Palooz to battle Washington State. The Cougs come in at only 3-8, likely needing to a big win to save Paul Wullf's job. They don't get it. Utah outclasses Wazzu after slow start behding Jordan Wynn's 4 touchdon passes, 2 to Anthony Denham, and over 500 yards of total offense in the 48 to 24 victory.
Utah 48 Washington State 24

Colorado (3-9, 2-6) at #2 Utah (11-0, 8-0)
The following week the Utes close out their season at home against new 'rival' Colorado. Lee Corso pulls a Lee Corso and picks the Buffs to end the Utes magical run. Kyle Whittingham laughs as the Utes go up 21-0 early and never let off the gas, torching the overmatched Buffaloes in a 52-13 stomping, leaving them one Pac 12 Championship Game victory short of a spot in the BCS Title Game.
Utah 52-13

#14 Cal (9-3, 7-2) at #2 Utah (12-0, 9-0)
Cal upsets Stanford in their regular season finale forcing a three-way tie for first in the North between the Golden Bears, Cardinal, and the Ducks of Oregon, all at 7-2 in the conference. Cal beat both Oregon and Stanford so they own the tiebreaker and travel to Rice Eccles Stadium for a rematch in the inagural title game. The 14th ranked Bears jump out early to a 7-0 lead over the #2 Utes behind a four yard keeper from quarterback Zach Maynard. A Jordan Wynn interception gives the Bears a short field, but the defense holds on to a three out, forcing a long field goal that barely splits the uprights. The ensuing kickoff goes out of bounce giving the Utes the ball and the running game gets to work with 9 straight carries between Langi, Palamo, and White, before Langi eventually bulls into the end zone from a yard out to bring the Utes to within 3. Kyle Whittingham calls for some trickeration on the kickoff with an on-side kick that Brian Blechen jumps on to give the Utes possession. Expecting the Utes to go back to the run, Cal stacks the box and Jordan Wynn sells a beautiful play action and finds Luke Matthews wide open in the middle of the field for a 58 yard touchdown and their first lead that they take into the locker room. Cal battles back with a field goal on their opening possession of the second half, but Utah responds with an 11 play drive, capped by a Jordan Wynn touchdown to Kendrick Moeia from 8 yards out, but the extra point is blocked, keeping the score at 20-13. Both teams trade three and outs until Cal turns in a 13 play drive that gets them inside the Ute 20 with under 4 minutes to go. On 3rd and 8, Joe Kruger comes off of the edge and sacks Maynard forcing a 4th and 14 from 21 yard line. Cal Coach Jeff Tedford elects to kick the field goal, pulling the Bears to within 4 points with 3:21 remaining. Cal kicks away and Utah takes it at the 20 hoping to run out the clock. After a first down, the Utes face a 3rd and 4 from their own 37 and 1:28 to go, and Cal without a timeout. In the I formation, Wynn reaches out to hand off to Langi, before pulling it back in and turning the corner looking for the first down marker himself. Jordan easily beats the Cal defenders to the mark, sliding just across the first down marker, giving the Utes the first down, the ball game, the conference championship, and a spot in the BCS Championship Game opposite number 1 LSU in New Orlean's Superdome, the site of each team's biggest win over the last five years. Utah 20 Cal 16

Jordan Wynn is named as a Heisman finalist and eventually finishes runner up to Russell Wilson of Wisconsin. LSU quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, who was also in New York as a finalist, finishes fourth and ends his evening behind bars after a getting into a bar fight. He's promptly suspended for the BCS Title Game in the second straight Pac 10/12 vs SEC title matchup.

#2 Utah (13-0 10-0) vs/at #1 LSU (13-0, 10-0)
Kyle Whittingham shuts down all access to his team two weeks before the game, not wanting anyone to get a peak at what they have in store. Barry Switzer makes a more modest prediction, but still has the Tigers out of the SEC taking down what he calls and inferior Utah team. Les Miles pulls a Les Miles and decides to go for an on-side kick to open the game. Brian Blechen picks up the ball on one bounce and races right down the sideline for an easy opening touchdown. A Tiger fans starts a Fire Miles website and has it up and running with over 100,000 hits by the end of the first quarter. A low scoring game is knotted at 10 at the half with neither team able to break the 150 yards of total offense mark. LSU breaks out early in the second with a quick score on a long pass from Jerret Lee to Reuben Randle over the top of the Utah defense for the first Tiger lead of the game. A Jordan Wynn interception leads to another touchdown and a 24-10 lead with under 3 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Fire Miles website is taken down and thousands of letters to the LSU AD are drafted asking that Miles be given a lifetime contract. The Utes respond quickly with a Wynn bomb to Dres Anderson, bringing them back to within a touchdown. A three and out to start the fourth quarter gives the ball back to the Utes. They march down the field behind the strength of the run game and two key thrid down throws to DeVonte Christopher before Harvey Langi plunges in from 1 yard out to tie it up with 4 minutes remaining. LSU takes the ball back and moves to mid-field quickly with three 12 yard outs in succession to three different receivers. 2 running plays force a 3rd and 6 after Star Lotulelei breaks into the backfield for 1 yard loss by Tiger running back Spencer Ware. Lee's third down throw towards the sidelines is right into the hands of a waiting Brian Blechen who returns it inside of the LSU 10 before being knocked out of bounce with12:20 to go. Wanting to run as much time off the clock as he can, Kyle Whittingham gets conservative and gives it to Harvey Langi up the middle three times, with the ball stopping on the 2 yard line and the clock ticking down before a timeout is called with 4 seconds remaining. Bring on Coleman Peterson, who calmly knocks the ball through the uprights giving the Utes their first ever BCS National Championship. Utah 27 LSU 24 pickups a million hits in hour after the game's conclusion. The Big 12 disbands after The Pac 12 becomes the Pac 16 with the addition of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. The SEC takes Texas A&M and Baylor. The Big 10 takes Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State. BYU struggles to a 5 and 7 record, missing out on a bowl. The Cougars inquire about joining the Big East, but are turned down. Bronco Mendenhall takes the new opening at his alma mater of Oregon State saying his heart has always been in Corvalis after Mike Riley retires. Jake Heaps transfers to Washington saying that he wants to play against a higher level of competition. Utah signs the 13th rated recruiting class in the country with Mangum picking the Utes on signing day. Tony Bergstrom is the fifth tackle taken in the NFL draft while John Cullen is a third rounder. Kyle Whittingham signs a lifetime contract. Urban Meyer feels the need to coach again and agrees to join the staff in 'whatever capacity Kyle wants.'

Worst Case Scenario

Montana State (0-0) at Utah (0-0)
Utah and the Pac 12 open their season off on a sour note as no one steps up to air opener against Montana State. The offense struggles at the outset as the Utes fall behind 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, but bounce back to take a 10-3 halftime lead. In a game that is neither exciting nor entertaining, Utah has too much size and speed and eventually wears down the in a lackluster win.
Utah 24 Montana State 10

Utah (1-0, 0-0) at USC (1-0, 0-0)
Utah comes into the Coliseum in their first ever Pac 12 conference game and look scared. They see the Heisman Trophy jerseys in the end zone and freeze up. Jordan Wynn throws a quick pick and the Trojans turn it into a touchdown from Matt Barkley to Robert Woods. The Trojan defense suffocates the Utah offense and holds them to a field goal in the first half while Barkley and company race out to a 24-3 lead. The second half isn't any better as USC puts its foot down and adds another quick touchdown. On the ensuing drive, Jordan Wynn gets hit from the blindside by a blitzing Devonn Kennard and lands on his previously injured shoulder tearing ligaments. USC goes on to win easily after Jon Hays relieves Wynn. After the game, Kyle Whittingham announces that Wynn's season is over.
USC 41 Utah 13

Utah (1-1, 0-1) at #16 BYU (2-0)
A week long QB battle between Hays and Tyler Shreve keeps Hays as the starter heading down south to face undefeated BYU, who knocked off Mississippi and a down Texas team on the road. The Utes come out quickly getting a long run from John White to start things off, but stall in the red-zone and settle for a Coleman Peterson field goal. BYU responds with Jake Heaps connecting on his first 8 passes before hitting Cody Hoffman in the end zone for a BYU 7-3 lead. Utah struggles to find it's rhythm, moving the ball well at times, but unable to break a big play and ultimately stalling and punting again and again. BYU isn't having much more success, forced to start consistently inside their own 20 yard line, but break through before the half after a Jon Hays interception gives them a short field and JJ Diluigi takes a screen pass 25 yards for a score. The second half is rather lackluster with neither team doing much before the Cougars put two late touchdowns on the board following a long drive and then a John White fumble for a comfortable, yet uninspiring win.
BYU 31 Utah 10

Washington (2-1, 0-0) at Utah (1-2, 0-1)
The Utes limp into Rice-Eccles Stadium for their Pac 12 home opener against the Huskies. Utah jumps out to a quick 7-0 lead on a Hays touchdown to Dres Anderson, but doesn't score again until the fourth quarter, falling behind 24-7. A John White touchdown run cuts the gap to 10, but Washington pounds the ball on the ground with Chris Polk, running out the clock with a drive over the final 6 minutes, dropping the Utes to 1-3 and keeping them winless in the conference.
Washington 24 Utah 14

Arizona State (2-3, at Utah (1-3, 0-2)
The battle that was supposed to decide the Pac 12 South crown turns out to be a matchup of two teams sitting under .500 and desperately needing a win to get back into the division race. A fight ensues pre-game when Vontaze Burfict comes out to midfield and stomps on the Utah logo. The Utes respond and rush out to meet him and the rest of the Sun Devils team. That's the best fight they put up all day as Brock Osweiler comes out firing and throws for 300 yards in an Arizona State romp.
Arizona State 38 Utah 17

Utah (1-4, 0-2) at Pitt (3-3)
The Panthers are seeking revenge after last season's overtime loss in Salt Lake City to open the season. The Utes come out looking good and pound the ball right at the Panthers with 22 straight carries to open the game resulting in 2 touchdowns and a 14-0 lead. Pitt responds with a Tino Sunseri rushing touchdown and a field goal before Nick Marsh knocks in a 52 yarder as time expires at the half for a 17-10 lead. The second half is scoreless until Pitt gets a Ray Graham touchdown to open the fourth quarter. Utah responds with a 76 yard drive capped by a Jon Hays keeper to retake the lead. Overtime. Ray Graham takes the opening hand off of the extra period and runs right over Brian Blechen on his way to a 25 yard TD. The Utes get down to the Pitt 12, but on a 4th and 6, a Jon Hays jump ball to Anthony Denham in the end zone falls incomplete and Pitt escapes with a victory. Utah linebacker Chaz Walker calls a players only meeting after the game.
Pitt 31 Utah 24

Utah (1-5, 0-3) at #24 Cal (4-2, 1-2)
Utah has its best practice week of the season before heading to Cal to take on the Golden Bears who are coming off of a tough Thursday night home loss to USC. Things don't go well as the Cal defensive line dominates, forcing three Utah turnovers and holding the Utes under 250 yards of total offense. Cal isn't much better offensively, but with the three turnovers, get short fields and capitalize behind quarterback Zach Maynard for a 13 point cushion.
Cal 20 Utah 7

Oregon State at Utah (1-6, 0-4)
The Utes and Beavers match up in their first meeting since the Utes knocked off OSU in 2008 on Louie Sakoda's field goal at the horn in route to their undefeated season. Oregon State comes in without star wide receiver James Rodgers, who suffered another injury in the previous game, and will miss the remainder of the season. A slow start by both teams leads to a scoreless tie at the end of 1, but a blocked punt by Utah gives Hays and company a short field that leads to a Kendrick Moeia touchdown. A John White touchdown run before the half gives the Utes a 2 touchdown lead that they never relinquish on their way to a convincing win.
Utah 30 Oregon State 6

Utah (2-6, 1-4) at Arizona (5-3, 4-2)
The Utes are feeling good again after picking up their first Pac 12 win, but head south to take on the top passing attack in the conference in the Wildcats. Nick Foles comes out smoking and throws for over 400 yards with Juron Criner grabbing 150 of those on the way to a 3 TD day. The Utes move the ball well and score some points, but not enough to hang with Mike Stoops' squad.
Arizona 42 Utah 31

#15 UCLA (7-2, 6-1) at Utah (2-7, 1-5)
UCLA comes into Rice Eccles Stadium looking to break their state of Utah curse following combined to losses to the Utes and BYU in 2007 and 2008 by a score of 103-6. Utah is down and hurting with 5 defensive starters missing the game due to injury. The Utes get the first score of the game on a Hays touchdown to DeVonte Christopher after being setup by a long Reggie Dunn kick return. Nick Marsh misses the extra point and it's all downhill from the there. The Bruins force 5 turnovers and hold the Utes to under 250 yards of offensive while Kevin Prince throws for 260 himself and the Bruins put up a reversal of their 2007 debacle.
UCLA 44 Utah 6

Utah (2-8, 1-6) at Washington State (4-6, 2-5)
The Utes limp in Pullman against a Washington State squad needing to win their final 2 games to become bowl eligible. The weather conditions are nasty with heavy fog, with mixtures or rain, snow, and ice. The Cougars are used to these conditions and turn a 10-10 halftime tie into an 11 point Utah loss in which 6 Utah players are injured and forced to miss the remainder of the game.
Washington State 31 Utah 20

Colorado (3-9, 2-6) at Utah (2-9, 1-7)
The first matchup with their new rivals is a battle to stay out of the Pac 12 South basement. Both teams come in with identical records, but the Utes have the home field advantage. A sloppy game produces a narrow win by Utah with John White rushing for over 100 yards, giving them some hope heading into the off-season.
Utah 20 Colorado 17

A 3-9 finish with 2-7 in Pac 12 play for fifth place in the Pac 12 South. Norm Chow decides that he's ready to call it a day and announces his retirement. BYU drops only 1 game, on the road against TCU in a nail-biter, but leads the country in scoring offense at over 45 points per game and finishes ranked 6th in the country. Jake Heaps is a Heisman finalist, finishing second to Andrew Luck. The Utes finish slowly in recruiting landing the 65th rated class in the country. BYU finishes 18th. Bronco Mendenhall takes the head coaching job of the NY Giants after they fire Tom Coughlin and the Cougars decide to pony up big money and throw $5 million per year at Kyle Whittingham, who can't turn down the offer. Urban Meyer decides to come out of retirement and join the team down south's staff in 'whatever capacity Kyle wants.'

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