Whats the good news?
Well...The Utes aren't dead just yet. If (huge if) the Utes with Jon Hays as the new starter at quarterback can somehow pull off a win this Saturday against Arizona State, they're right back in this thing. Arizona State plays Oregon the following week and Utah would gain the tiebreaker with a win on Saturday. Theres plenty yet to play for. The Utes need to regroup this week and address a great deal of issues. Here are some of my keys to winning this game--
- The Utes must win the turnover battle. This is an ASU team with a clear NFL caliber quarterback in Brock Orsweiller and plenty of weapons offensively. They cant give up anything cheap as they did only 8 seconds into the ballgame on Saturday against Washington.
- The Utes must find a way to possess the ball. They ran a total of 6 plays in the 3rd quarter against Washington and the defense wore down as the game went on. They must ways to run the ball and with a healthy body at quarterback the Utes might open up the playbook a little more....They have no choice.
- Special teams must make some plays in this game. With the second string quarterback running the offense, the defense challenged by all the fire power the Sun Devils possess, the Special Teams must win this matchup. Wether its a blocked punt, a fake field goal or a kick return, the Utes need a boost from these guys.