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    Colorado Daily – Utah




    November 23rd

    CU in a few minutes …

    Utah must reset goals after losing three of its last five games

    From the Salt Lake City Tribune … A short list of things we’ve learned about Utah in the last month:

    1. Utah will not play in the College Football Playoffs.

    2. Utah will not play in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

    3. Utah is not the same team without the likes of Devontae Booker, Hunter Dimick, Tevin Carter, Filipo Mokofisi, Reginald Porter, Chase Hansen, Siale Fakailoatonga and Britain Covey. And

    4. Utah looks much more beatable while losing the turnover battle (averaging one more per game than opponents in closing 2-3) than it did while winning it (averaging two fewer than opponents in starting 6-0).

    The 2015 Utes came “close, but no cigar,” Kyle Whittingham said after Saturday’s 17-9 loss. And that’s the naked truth.

    After losses in consecutive weeks to Arizona and UCLA, Utah is 8-3, playing Colorado for a shot at Whittingham’s fourth 10-win season and to bid its seniors a fond farewell.

    Many fans, given the power, might’ve “taken that” before the season started.

    But considering Utah was the AP’s No. 3 this time last month and is now unranked, it’s a less savory prospect.

    What remains in play for the Utes depends on a few factors.

    No. 1, obviously, a win over last-place Colorado. That’d make Utah 6-3 in conference, available for selection over any team, per conference rules, except an 8-1 Stanford that lost in the Pac-12 Championship Game to USC or UCLA.

    … Should Utah lose to Colorado, the Vegas and Cactus bowls could also opt for 4-5 Cal, ASU or Washington. That may be unlikely, but it’s remarkable that two weeks ago Utah was playing for a spot in the playoffs, but it needs to beat Colorado to guarantee itself a spot in a Pac-12-affiliated bowl.

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    Colorado a 16.5-point underdog to Utah

    The line for Colorado at Utah (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks) at Vegasinsider.com opened at 15.5-points, but quickly moved to 16.5-points.

    That’s not much love for a Buff team which will be facing a Utah team which managed only nine points of offense last weekend against UCLA.

    Other Pac-12 lines:

    – Cal is a 4.0-point favorite at home against Arizona State;

    – Stanford is a 3.5-point favorite at home against Notre Dame (the line opened with the Irish a 2.0-point favorite);

    – USC is a 3.0-point favorite at home against UCLA, in a game which will decide the Pac-12 South champion;

    – Oregon is a 33.5-point favorite at home against Oregon State;

    – Washington State at Washington … no line set (probably waiting for word on the status of Cougar quarterback Luke Falk).





    CU will face an unranked Utah team

    Five weeks ago, Utah was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the nation. The Utes were just behind Ohio State and Baylor, and, for the first time in school history, receiving votes (16 in fact) as the No. 1 team in the nation.

    Since then, Utah has lost three of five games, the latest being a 17-9 home loss to UCLA. The loss to the Bruins prompted a trading of places between the two teams, with UCLA rejoining the Associated Press poll, in at No. 22, while Utah has dropped to No. 26 in the latest poll. (If you had been willing to bet a month ago that the Buffs would face a ranked Washington State team and an unranked Utah team, you would have had plenty of takers).

    Only three other teams from the Pac-12 are in the latest poll – Stanford, up two spots to No. 13; Oregon, up five spots to No. 18; and Washington State, up four spots to No. 20. Joining Utah on the outside looking in this week is USC, dropped down to No. 32 after being blown out by Oregon over the weekend.

    This week’s Associated Press poll:

    1. Clemson (55) 11-0 1518 1
    2. Alabama (6) 10-1 1469 3
    3. Iowa 11-0 1325 6
    4. Notre Dame 10-1 1317 5
    5. Oklahoma 10-1 1295 7
    6. Michigan St. 10-1 1286 9
    7. Baylor 9-1 1161 10
    8. Ohio St. 10-1 1051 2
    9. Oklahoma St. 10-1 995 4
    10. Florida 10-1 926 8
    11. N. Carolina 10-1 900 12
    12. Michigan 9-2 855 14
    13. Stanford 9-2 816 15
    14. Florida St. 9-2 680 16
    15. TCU 9-2 652 11
    16. Navy 9-1 647 19
    17. Northwestern 9-2 593 20
    18. Oregon 8-3 470 23
    19. Mississippi 8-3 358 25
    20. Washington St. 8-3 354 24
    21. Houston 10-1 275 13
    22. UCLA 8-3 230 NR
    23. Mississippi St. 8-3 132 NR
    24. Toledo 9-1 123 NR
    25. Temple 9-2 107 NR

    Utah 100, Pittsburgh 60, LSU 33, Texas A&M 27, Wisconsin 21, Air Force 15, USC 8, Arkansas 7, W. Kentucky 6, Georgia 5, BYU 3, Tennessee 2, South Florida 1, Arkansas St. 1, West Virginia 1





    ESPN Pac-12 Power Rankings

    From ESPN … Stanford, Oregon and Washington State from the Pac-12 North are 1-3 on the latest list.

    The Bottom Three:

    [​IMG]10. Arizona Wildcats: Offensively, Arizona is just a different team without Anu Solomon at quarterback, and that was evident in the loss to ASU. The Wildcats’ regular season ends with a 6-6 mark and a lot of lingering “what-ifs” after they were gutted by injuries.

    [​IMG]11. Colorado Buffaloes: All that’s left is a “rivalry” game with Utah. The good news for the Buffs is that this has been a drama-filled contest since both teams joined the league in 2011, with all four games being decided by one possession.

    [​IMG]12. Oregon State Beavers: For the second time this season, the Beavers gave up 45 points in the first half. That pretty much sums up how things are going in Corvallis.

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