So, I'm one of the people who has been saying "this isn't a rivalry and won't be for a long time...", but I've got to tell you... I think it might not take all that long. I've been monitoring Block U since yesterday's win and I have rapidly come to hate the whiners that make up their fan base. It isn't shocking, considering they shared a conference, but Utah's fans remind me of CSU's fans. They have an inferiority complex, whine when they get beat and, frankly, have a WAY over-sized sense of self worth.
It makes me happy to read how terrible our team is, how we are bottom feeders, the worst team in the PAC and at least 5-years behind Utah's program. I hope everyone in the conference continues to underestimate us going in to next year. It usually takes 3 years to turn a program around because you have to cycle out the old coach's players before the new coach's system can fully be implemented. Well, we should be able to shorten that time frame because of how Senior heavy our team was. Embree's recruits will hold a very large number of the starting spots next year and, while we will still be young, I expect we will build off the momentum we developed toward the end of the season. Further Bienemy now has a full season of play calling under his belt and we've now had a chance to study all of the PAC teams in detail. Frankly, my biggest concern heading into next year is QB and we have potential for a ton of upside there.
Here's to beating Utah again in 2012 ahd proving that, like CSU, they truly are our little brother. Hopefully a rivalry is born!
P.S. I love that USC is smoking UCLA right now. I can't wait for Oregon to blow out UCLA as well and then for Neuheisel to get fired thereafter.