Utah Football can’t feel sorry for itself

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Utah Utes players acknowledge Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl Game at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 01, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY Utah suffered a brutal, narrow loss to Oregon last week. Neither team played particularly well, but the game was open and would have allowed the Utes to sit back and take charge of their destiny in the race for the Pac-12 championship. Now Utah is at the mercy of others while still having to keep its head above a Colorado team that inspires very little motivation. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham spoke several times this week about how Utah football can’t sit around and feel sorry for itself.

“We’ve got Colorado on the road this week,” Whittingham said during his Monday news conference. “Obviously our last game of the regular season. You know the old adage – we can’t let Oregon beat us twice. We can’t have a hangover; we cannot feel sorry for ourselves. We need to pick ourselves back up and prepare for the next one. Mathematically we still have a way to the championship but all we have to worry about is our part of the equation.”

Getting Utah back on track is easier said than done

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Utes are feeling down. They know they missed a prime opportunity to stamp their ticket to their second straight Pac-12 championship. The Utes are also aware of the fact that it’s over – nothing they can really do but move forward and deal with what they can control.

Saying these things and acknowledging them, however, is very different from actually doing it. Whittingham hinted during his availability on Tuesday that the task was difficult to complete, but he’s confident his boys are doing everything right and will be ready for the Buffs on Saturday.

“We’re very disappointed,” Whittingham said. “[Monday]- a bit of a lasting effect [Tuesday], but we are removing it from our system. We need to remove it completely from our system [Wednesday] because we can’t do anything about it. It’s disappointing but we have to accept it and move on.”

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE TO) and The Saturday Show (Saturday 10am-12pm) on the KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports


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