Like most here, I believe that the trajectory of the football program has been steadily rising since back-to-back 5-7 marks in 2011 and 2012. Yes, there was a dip in 2017, when the Utes finished 7-6, and not much can be taken from the 3-2 finish in 2019. Over that same time, the Utah coaches appeared to have increased the talent level coming into the program. However, the early returns in 2021 remind me that it takes significantly more time and energy to build a building than it does to demolish it.
Despite the obvious problems with the offense, I believe the problem the Utes are now facing is one of their own making. All of us, fans, players and maybe even the coaches believed that they had arrived. However, it appears that some took that to mean that they could just show up and beat opponents they perceived to be inferior. They forgot to bring the chip on the shoulder that propelled Ute teams forward in the past. They failed to match the physicality and aggressiveness play that has been their calling card. They did not play with the same heart and emotion as the opposition.
The Utes have been exposed and it has undoubtedly shaken their confidence. The question is how they will respond. I don’t believe the Utes will respond down the road if they do not get a win this Saturday. Win this week and they have a chance to have a successful season.