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04.09.2019 05:48
Utah Football Opponent Breakdown: TEAM DOWN SOUTH Antworten

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Salt Lake valley. The temperature falls from the high 90s to the more comfortable 70s. The leaves change color from green to vibrant red, orange, and yellow. And fans of the team in Provo begin to crawl out of their holes with dreams of tradition, honor, and beating Utah in football. Unfortunately, for those fans, their dreams have been shattered since 2010 as the Utes have won five straight over the Team Down South . <insert Cougar tears>This week marks the return of the Holy War, arguably the most contentious college football rivalry in America. The series comes back after taking a two year break while Utah played a home-and-home series with Michigan. Most recently Jordon Scott Jersey, Utah drew out the Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl, which the Utah defense dominated the 1st quarter and propelled the Utes to victory. Since that game, the TDS has undergone some major changes in personnel, schemes, and culture. These changes have brought a different vibe to the Holy War for the players and coaches. Let take a look at some of the major changes that have taken place.CoachingThe biggest change for the TDS, from a non-player standpoint, was head coach Kalani Sitake. Kalani, who played fullback in Provo, got his coaching career started at Southern Utah, and then was hired by Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in 2005 to coach the defensive line. Sitake was promoted to defensive coordinator at Utah in 2009 when Gary Andersen took the head coaching position at Utah State. Kalani left Utah in 2015 in a lateral move to be the defensive coordinator at Oregon State And, lastly, it was announced that Kalani Sitake would be the Cougars next head coach the night of the loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl last year.The culture of the Holy War, from a coaching perspective, is dramatically different. Kalani Sitake approach to the rivalry is much softer than his predecessor. He and Kyle Whittingham, having coached together for ten years, are close friends and rely on each others advice. It should be interesting to see how that relationship unfolds on the field. I would imagine it would be like LaVell Edwards and Ron McBride in the 90s.

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