Monday, November 03, 2008

Utah 13, New Mexico 10

This was an ugly game. Once again, Utah's defense kept Utah in the game and the special teams play of Louie Sakoda and others was the difference in the ball game. I was pretty nervous of this game, simply because Utah has always struggled in Albuquerque, but more so when they are highly ranked.

Brian Johnson struggled once again. He's not a very good 'long-ball' thrower. I think they tried going over the top 6 or 7 times on Saturday and Johnson failed to connect on any of them. He did a pretty good job of getting rid of the ball quickly against New Mexico's potent pass-rush though. That gave the Utes some good practice for their next game against TCU.

While Utah was narrowly jumped by Boise State in the AP poll, the Utes increased their lead in the BCS standings. They now sit at #8. I believe that the winner of the Utah-TCU game will have the inside track to a BCS bowl this year. If TCU wins, I predict they jump the Broncos for the top ranking of non-BCS teams. This would be some consolation for Utah's impending loss. I'm just hoping the Utes have some surprises up their sleeves.

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