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Utah Utes football: The 'team that won't die'

Utah Utes football: The 'team that won't die'

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An energetic, breakout victory over Cal may be just what the Utes needed to turn their season around in hopes of qualifying for a ninth-straight bowl game. Head coach Kyle Whittingham said his team is taking it one game at a time, and the next team up is Washington State.

The Cougars will be making their second trip to the state of Utah this season, having lost their opener to Brigham Young in a 30-6 contest at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Much like Utah, Washington State has had issues with the quarterback position, shuffling back and forth between senior Jeff Tuel and sophomore Connor Halliday.

Utah needs a win over WSU, in addition to victories in two of its final three games for any hopes of keeping that bowl streak alive. Those three match-ups include at Washington, at home against Arizona, and at Colorado.

If Utah manages to complete its 180 and arrive in a bowl game this holiday season, it would be the second-straight year that the Utes made an improbable comeback after starting 0-4 in conference play.

So it's little wonder why ESPN's Ted Miller called Utah the "Jason Voorhees team that won't die" in his Pac-12 Halloween blog, suggesting that the Utes' 49-27 win over Cal shows they are still very much alive in their postseason hunt.

And that's a cue to take a look around the Internet to see what else the national media has to say about the Utes:

Kevin Gemmell rewinds week 9 in the Pac-12, acknowledging Reggie Dunn's two kickoff return touchdowns: "Tough to do once, really hard to do more than once in a season and practically unheard of to do it twice in the same game."

— Dunn's record-setting performance earned him Pac-12 special teams player of the week honors, edging out Oregon star De’Anthony Thomas.

— With their victory over Cal, the Utes jumped up one spot in both CBS's and ESPN's Pac-12 power rankings.

— Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has decided to forego his intention to take legal action against the BCS, according to Yahoo Sports.

Matt Hinton of CBS Sports also addresses this topic, calling Shurtleff's fight a "long-running legal crusade."

— A quick look at this week in Pac-12 football:

— Gemmell sees two maturing quarterbacks set to square off in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon, in Travis Wilson and Washington State's Jeff Tuel.

— Miller and Gemmell both choose the Utes over the Cougars in their Pac-12 predictions for week 10.

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