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Colorado Daily – Utah

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    [h=3]Colorado Daily – Utah[/h] November 25th
    Buffs open as 16.5-point underdog to Utes
    Utah and Colorado have identical records. The Utes and Buffs are both 4-7 overall, both 1-7 in Pac-12 play.
    That’s where the similarities end, however.
    Both teams beat a Bay area team for their only Pac-12 win. The only difference is that Utah beat Pac-12 North champions Stanford, while the Buffs took out Pac-12 North bottom feeder Cal. Utah has been in almost every game it has played, while Colorado has yet to get closer than 18 points in any of its conference losses.
    Which is probably why …
    From vegasinsider.com … Colorado opened as a 14-point underdog, but that line has moved to 16.5 points.
    Other lines of note:
    - Washington is a 14.5-point favorite at home over Washington State
    - Oregon at home against Oregon State – no line – waiting to hear about Mariotta’s availability
    - USC is a 3.5-point favorite at home against UCLA
    - Arizona State is an 11.5-point favorite at home against Arizona (down from 14 points at the opening)
    - Stanford is a 14-point favorite at home against Notre Dame
    - Colorado State, which needs a victory to become bowl eligible, is a 14.5-point favorite at home against Air Force.

    Utah disappointed in second straight losing season
    From the Salt Lake City Tribune … Yeah, the Utah Utes can say they made some people very happy this year. Not the folks who care about them, however.
    As the darkness of late November fell over Martin Stadium, the Washington State Cougars celebrated a 49-37 victory and the Utes were left to wonder what went wrong in a season that crumbled on them.
    “Not much of a worse feeling than disappointing everybody,” said Utah quarterback Adam Schulz.
    Take your pick of the best measurement of the Utes’ fall: They’ve dropped all five games since somehow beating Stanford in October, and they gave up 49 points – with contributions from their offense and defense – to a team they beat 49-6 last November.
    Utah (4-7) will endure consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1989 and ‘90, during the transition from Jim Fassel to Ron McBride. That’s where the comparison to that embarrassing period should end. Yet even with the disclaimer of Utah’s being consistently competitive in the Pac-12, there’s no hiding from a 1-7 conference record.
    “I don’t rationalize it,” said coach Kyle Whittingham.
    Whittingham’s job is not an issue, but the program faces another long winter with the potential for more staff changes, the need for recruiting upgrades in the secondary and the dilemma of a quarterbacking situation that won’t be solved by Schulz’s fill-in performance. Whatever the Utes achieved by beating Stanford was undone by their inability to follow through, as they’ve fallen to 8-18 in three seasons of Pac-12 competition.
    The Utes may not be that far away in this league, but their progress is not exactly quantifiable. Knowing his career will end next weekend, Ute defensive star Trevor Reilly rested his head in a towel as he awaited his turn in postgame interviews. “I feel sorry for the fans and the alumni more than anything, that we let them down,” he said.
    It’s unfair to him, to feel that way, but that’s Utah’s reality. There’s always enough blame to spread around for the Utes’ collapse, as illustrated again by what unfolded Saturday. On consecutive possessions in the first quarter, Schulz threw two interceptions – one was not necessarily his fault – and both were returned for touchdowns. Just like that, it was 21-0. WSU’s Connor Holliday, meanwhile, attempted 62 passes and was never intercepted or even sacked. Utah should have many more than two interceptions this season, just by accident.
    And regardless of how much credit the Utes deserve for cutting the lead to 43-37 early in the fourth quarter, the truth is they could not capitalize on chances to complete the comeback.
    “I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to win the game,” Schulz said.
    But after Utah got the ball back, Kelvin York was stuffed on a third-and-2 run, forcing a punt. Halliday responded with a 71-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Williams and the Cougars (6-5) became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2013.
    “We’ve been through the ringer – been through a coaching change, been through a two-win season, and been through everything,” Halliday said.
    The Utes have not reached those depths, certainly, but they have to work to do in hopes of even getting to a bowl game next season. Not even the most reasonable forecasts for Utah’s transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 would have projected this team’s winning only one-third of its conference games over three seasons – and that’s assuming a victory next weekend.

    Fairy Tales can come true, they can happen to you … Iowa State gets a $25 million gift
    Thanks to CU at the Gamer Rick G. for finding this article …
    Did you ever think that you would be jealous of Iowa State? Well, read on.
    From Cyclones.com … A lead gift of $25 million from the founders of Reiman Publications has jumpstarted plans to create an inspiring campus entrance to Iowa State University and enclose the south end zone of Jack Trice Stadium.
    Roy (’57 agricultural journalism) and Bobbi (’06 honorary alumna) Reiman pledged the transformational gift to the university that will be used to develop a grand entrance to Reiman Gardens and also enclose the south end of Jack Trice Stadium.
    The Reimans, whose generosity to Iowa State University has spanned many years and projects, previously supported the creation of a 17-acre botanical garden (dedicated in 1995), which bears their family name. That facility, which was named 2008 “Attraction of the Year” by the Iowa Tourism Office, sits adjacent to the stadium on the south end of campus.
    “I’m simply proud to be a Cyclone, and to have the opportunity to make a difference at the university that made so much of a difference for me,” Roy Reiman said.
    This lead gift from the Reiman Foundation allows the university to request permission from the Board of Regents to begin the planning process for a project that promises to create a stunning entrance to campus and a dramatic game-day football environment.
    “The impact that Roy and Bobbi Reiman have made on this campus is extraordinary,” ISU President Steven Leath said. “Their generosity through their family foundation has been felt by many units and facilities throughout campus. We are delighted to receive this pledge to the university, and we are committed to beautifying the entrance to Iowa State University and enhancing Jack Trice Stadium.”
    Roy Reiman’s love of the Cyclones dates back to his college days when he served as spotter at football games for Dale Williams, the school’s radio play-by-play man. His support of ISU has been a fixture in his life since graduation.
    “We are humbled by the generosity of the Reimans and so thankful for their support of Iowa State University,” Pollard said. “Bobbi and Roy’s love of Iowa State is genuine and their connection with Cyclone Athletics is truly special.”
    The gift, Pollard said, gives the university an opportunity to beautify the grounds at the campus’ southwest entrance and strengthen an exciting future for the Iowa State athletics program.
    “We must maintain the terrific game-day atmosphere that has developed at Jack Trice Stadium in recent years and closing in the south end zone will have a dramatic impact,” Pollard said. “It will add to our home field advantage, give the stadium a big-time feel and improve the game-day experience for thousands of fans.
    “Although we still need to seek approval from the Board of Regents and develop the final plans for the project, we do have an aggressive timeline in our minds to complete the project as soon as possible,” Pollard said. “We would like the project to be completed by the start of the 2015 football season, if possible.
    “We can’t thank Roy and Bobbi enough for giving our institution the necessary resources to begin this transformational project that will positively impact so many people. It’s truly a great day to be a Cyclone!”

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