The State of the Ute-ion Address

Posted: October 5, 2010 by Dan Condie in NCAA Football, Utah
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Catchy title right? Pretty self-explanatory, I will be giving an overview of the Utes thus far in the 2010 season.

The Utes have now played 4 games and had their bye week. They will head to Ames, IA to play the Iowa State Cyclones on the 9th of October.

Utah is currently ranked 10th in both the AP poll and the coaches poll, which is the quickest ascent to the top 10 ever for the Utes.

Stat leaders for Utah are as follows;
Passing – Terrance Cain  (486 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT) Jordan Wynn (407 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT)

Rushing – Eddie Wide (210 yards, 3 TD) Matt Asiata (187 yards, 2 TD)

Receiving –  Jereme Brooks (307 yards, 4 TD) Devonte Christopher (224 yards, 2 TD) Shaky Smithson (67 yards, 1 TD)

Special Teams – Joe Phillips (24/24 PA att/made, 3/3 FG att/made)

Rankings – Utah’s passing game is ranked 61st and its rushing game is ranked 45th overall. Utah is ranked 6th in the nation in points for, averaging 44.3 points per game. They are ranked #7 in the nation in points allowed per game allowing an average of just 12.8 points per game. They are tied as the #1 defense in the country in total TDs allowed this season with Arizona and Alabama giving up just 3 total (1 rushing and 2 passing).

The middle third portion of the season will feature the following games; @Iowa State Oct. 9 / 7pm EST, @Wyoming Oct. 16 / 6pm EST, vs CSU Oct. 23 / 6pm EST, @Air Force Oct. 30 / 7:30pm EST

The Utes O-line is solid, not having given up a sack yet this season.

The defensive line is talented and deep. Currently, about 10-11 players are getting good playing time.

The TE position is deep as well. 3 players are getting snaps and receptions there.

The linebacking has been superior for the Utes this season. Chaz Walker, Matt Martinez, and Chad Manis are team leaders in tackles so far this season.

Conference Outlook – Utah is playing in the Mountain West Conference for the last season before joining the PAC-10 in 2011.

The state of the Ute-ion is good as ever as the Utes head into the second third of their season. As they improve each week, they look more and more like a combination of both previous undefeated Utah teams (the offense from ’04 and the defense from ’08).

If the Utes can remain unbeaten through the second third of their season, they are likely to be ranked somewhere around 7 or 8 in the nation.

Until then, we’ll fight for dear old crimson for…

  1. Ben Criddle says:

    Love you condie…

  2. Dan says:

    Ben, youre a gentleman and a scholar

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