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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

September 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Utes strike a blow for the Pac-12 (and against Brady Hoke)

Big, big win for Utah today at Michigan, 26-10, in a game in which the punchless Wolverines didn’t score an offensive touchdown. Nationally, the story line will be more about Michigan’s continuing problems than Utah, but it’s unmistakably a nice win not only for the Utes but for the Pac-12.

Utah, after all, was picked No. 5 in the Pac-12 South. And while Brady Hoke is groping for a lifeline that seems out of reach in Ann Arbor, this one will solidify the tenuous status of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, whose Utes have missed the post-season two years in a row and struggled since they entered the Pac-12.

If you believe in omens, and Whittingham would like to, Utah nipped Michigan 25-23 back in early 2008 in its previous trip to the Big House, which sent his program off to an undefeated season and No. 2 national ranking.

Next up for Utah, undefeated at 3-0, is Washington State next Saturday evening in Salt Lake City.

 

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