First off, I don't go to other boards to talk smack. So I'm not here for any of that BS. I'm just a Regular Joe Ute Fan who loves the school and my Utes. I grew up in a suburb of SLC and am a Ute alum from the late '90s. I've spent time living in California and Arizona, so I have an appreciation for the PAC and collegiate sports in the west. So, I'll answer whatever questions I can about the Utes, SLC, Utah (state of). I'm not some wealth of info, but I can at least give you my opinion from a pretty average Ute fan. Here are a few ice breakers: 1) What should Ute fans know about CU (nuances, traditions, etc.)? 2) What is CU's greatest sporting achievement aside from the '90 NC? 3) Who do you consider your rival? Where will Utah be in that pecking order? 4) Besides USC, who are you most excited about playing in the PAC on a regular basis? 5) How do you perceive UU sports (I'm just talking football and mens hoops) in relation to you guys based on where both programs are TODAY? Even? Just ahead? Just behind? Other? Feel free to address each sport separately. Here the Ute versions of my own questions: 1) Until the last ten years, I think we considered ourselves a basketball school. Our football has been great since Urban Meyer came here in '03 and has continued with Kyle Whittingham (KW). KW was actually a linebacker on BYU's '84 championship team. His family is from Utah, and he loves the state and the school. While I'll "never say never," I think it's unlikely he ever leaves the UU if we end up in the PAC. If anything, he might try his hand in the NFL in some capacity (his dad was an assistant in the NFL back in the day). 2) Our greatest achievement was beating down 'Bama in the Sugar. So I'll throw that out. Our next best it tough. It is a choice between: Being the first non-AQ to bust into (and win) a BCS game (Pitt, '04 season). Or it's our current bowl winning streak of 9 games (including 2 BCS bowl wins). We have two basketball championships, and our (not so) recent 2nd place finish to Kentucky in '98. I wasn't alive for the basketball championships, so I'd pick our hoops run in '98. 3) BYU is our rival today. That said, if we end up in the PAC, I see CU potentially (if not, likely) bumping BYU out of that spot. We've changed main rivals before. For much of Utah's history, Utah State was our biggest rival, and those who've done the research tell me that CU was actually a pretty heated and regular rivalry back in the '60s and prior. I don't know what will happen to the BYU rivalry. I assume we'll still play annually in football, albeit in September rather than late November. We hate them and always will. I'm just not sure how much ambivalence will creep in now that we'll be in different conferences. 4) For me, I'd say Oregon. There's just something hate-able about them, yet they are a worthy opponent. I know I'm in the minority among Ute fans on this one, but I'm excited to see ASU regularly. I lived in PHX for several years, and my wife's family is still in that area. I'd love to drive down to Tempe for some late fall fb and winter hoops. 5) I'll start this by saying that I'm not flaming. This is an honest opinion. That said, I see Utah football being much healthier than CU. You could definitely beat us (especially in Boulder) but I just see Utah as a step above. Our program is healthy. Our coaches get along and work their butts off, and have hit a real sense of stasis and momentum. As long as KW stays at the helm, Utah FB ain't going anywhere. For the shorter term, we have QB (Wynn) who started mid-season last year in his true Frosh year. He's a special player and, like Moore at BSU, I think Utah will have a heck of a run as long as Wynn is under center. Our hoops are currently in some dark days. We have not struggled like we have the last 4-5 years in any other time in my life. Still, I cannot remember any stretch of CU basketball worth noting in my lifetime. I think our hoops will get good (or 'bounce back') before CU's does. But please enlighten me on that. I'm not really familiar with CU hoops, so I'm largely talking out my arse. Fire some questions or thoughts my way. I'll try to come back and address them. I'm interested in your thoughts on CU. Otherwise, I offer my peace pipe. Even if we end up at each others' throats, I'm not going to come here to be one of those pricks. I hope to be a respectful rival poster that you don't want to run off on a rail.