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.