Utah Utes Football Season Preview History
2011 Utah Football Preview:
Even though the Utah Utes are starting their first season in the Pac-12, they have been collectively more successful than any conference team other than USC for the past eight years. They’ve reeled off five straight bowl victories, including beating ‘Bama in the Sugar Bowl in 2008. They’re hoping to take this success to the Pac-12 South, where they will face such legendary programs as USC and UCLA.
Conferences aren’t all they’re changing however. Offensively, the team is going from a spread formation to a west coast format to suit, well, the premier west coast league. Coach Kyle Whittingham brought in someone well versed in the formerly Pac-10, Norm Chow, to install the system and make sure junior quarterback Jordan Wynn is on board. Wynn has success, going 11-4 overall as starter and throwing for 2,334 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2010. This will be the key to the future fortunes of Utah in the Pac-12.
Defensively, the Utes are strongest where they have usually been – up front. Utah has always been able to tap into a steady stream of NFL-sized Polynesian big men, and this year is no different. Nose tackle Star Lotulelei looks to anchor the D-line, while the linebacking corps returns their three top tacklers from last season. Since Whittingham has been coach, nine of his defensive backs have been drafted by an NFL team, so there will always be depth there. Utah has all the pieces to make a big splash in its first Pac-12 season. The question is, how quickly those pieces click together.
2010 Utah Football Preview:
The Utah Utes' third place finish in the Mountain West last season, despite a 10-3 overall record, is a testament to just how competitive the conference has become. In what looks to be the team's last year in the Mountain West, they'll settle for nothing less than a top finish, just one year removed from an undefeated championship season.
Utah enters the 2010 season with depth at several key offensive positions. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Wynn is expected to begin the season taking snaps, but last year's starter, senior Terrance Cain, will be waiting to carry the load should Wynn struggle.
The same goes at running back - Eddie Wide took most of the team's carries and ran for 1,069 yards and 12 touchdowns after starter Matt Asiata tore his ACL in late September. With Asiata healthy again, a potent two-headed attack will get the Utes in position to make the postseason and compete for a tenth consecutive bowl game victory.
Two unsung heroes, guard Caleb Schlauderaff and center Zane Taylor, will reinforce the offensive line and allow the team's playmakers to produce.
To get back on top of the Mountain West, Utah will need to beat defending champion TCU on November 11, and take down their Holy War arch rival BYU on November 27.
2009 Utah Football Preview:
Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham
Utah is one of the top college football teams in America today. The Utes finished the 2008 season in dramatic fashion by knocking of SEC power, Alabama, in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes enter 2009 with a chip on their shoulder after finishing #2 in the Coaches Poll. So expect Head Coach Kyle Whittingham to lead his Utes to even higher goals in 2009, which include a spot in the BCS Championship Game.
2008 Utah Football Preview:
Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham
The Utah Utes football program has proven itself to be one of the most successful mid-major college football programs in the nation. They've always been a dominant team in the conferences in which they’ve played. Head coach Kyle Whittingham looks to continue the success of Urban Meyer and Utah legend Ron McBride. Rice-Eccles Stadium will be teeming with Utah fans this year as the Utes vie for another conference title and maybe a BCS Bowl bid.