Tony Jones made an excellent point on Friday, calling Wazzu a “gateway game”. It’s a game that ultimately can lead to success or failure on a season, especially when taken in the context of the games that follow.
We now have a bye and Oregon St before facing off against ASU and Cal at home. A win yesterday moves things in a positive direction, allows players to get healthy, and sets an upward trajectory for the team. A loss yesterday would have had the exact opposite effect, and could have basically doomed the whole season.
It’s the same thing as “must win”, I suppose, but I really liked that idea of games that create a fork in the road for the team’s ultimate success. Glad the team stepped up and dominated when they needed to.
Side note: Utah is now 2-0 - with dominating wins - when I miss the game for a concert. You’re welcome. So if there are any metal shows that someone wants to buy me a ticket for in a few weeks…let’s talk. (totally kidding, btw).