The offense so far has been fairly consistent, scoring well enough to win.
The defense has been pretty good, but until the Washington State game, was not consistently shutting down opposing passing games, and was allowing some chunk run plays that were out of character. Yes, they kept the scoring in check, except for the USC game, but that exception is what scares me.
I believe the Utes have a fragile confidence. All the preseason build up, and some success against lesser competition, set them up for drinking the koolaid and thinking they could just show up for the USC game. They got hit in the mouth early, and the fragile confidence in their defense was shattered.
Kyle and company did a good job of getting them ready mentally to play Wazzu. Their confidence was bolstered by the great game played by the defense.
Now, they have a pretty good national ranking again, some pats on the back for the Wazzu game, and probably are feeling pretty good about themselves.
Now comes the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavs can score points, but their defense isn’t that great. Looks the formula for an easy win by our Utes. But…
Not so fast. I believe the Utes have to forget about any national ranking and feeling good about any past performance. How they approach this game is going to say a lot about their confidence, preparation, and how hard they play the rest of the season.
They have to come out and take it to the Beavers! No hanging back, no staying in the game until the 4th quarter, dying a slow death for the team and us fans. No slow start with “what the S$$$t happened on that play?” scores by Beavers.
Go Utes! Pound, no, Beat, Whack, no, Defeat?, Yes! Defeat the Beavers!