It's that time of year when the three major sports meld together with the start of NBA training camps, the middle of the football season and the baseball playoffs. College football is still No. 1 on our list, however . . .
Wow, what a weekend for the Utah football team. Could it have gone much better for the Utes? Let's see, a decisive win over their supposed top conference rival, losses by four teams ranked ahead of them — West Virginia, Ohio State, Tennessee and LSU and a leap to No. 11 in the polls . . .
The only thing that would have made it better would have been a Notre Dame victory over Purdue. Not only did the Boilermakers' win vault them ahead of the Utes in the rankings, it gave Ty Willingham another loss. Ute fans want Willingham to win every game he can for the Irish to keep him employed for a while . . .
Now the Utes get a week off to catch their collective breath before their final six games, beginning with North Carolina on Oct. 16. The 2-3 Tar Heels may not be very good, but I did think their visiting uniforms looked pretty cool on TV Saturday . . .
Even the most cynical sports fan had to be happy for BYU coach Gary Crowton Saturday night after losing the heartbreaker the week before in Boise and being under fire all year . . .
Maybe BYU will turn out to be Utah's biggest challenger for the Mountain West Conference this year. Colorado State is as down as it's been since the early '90s, UNLV is lousy despite its win over Nevada, New Mexico needs a quarterback, Air Force is flying lower than usual, San Diego State is inconsistent and Wyoming is Wyoming . . .
Wouldn't that be something if on Nov. 20, Utah was still undefeated and both the Utes and Cougars were 6-0 in the MWC? . . .
Looking ahead to this weekend's games, the Utes could easily crack the Top Ten without even playing. With No. 2 Oklahoma playing No. 5 Texas and No. 1 USC playing No. 7 California, Utah could pass up the lower-ranked teams if they lose . . .
Even before his negative comments about Utah during halftime of Friday night's ESPN2 telecast, I thought Trev Alberts was pompous, arrogant, egotistical and condescending. For those who might have missed it, Alberts said Utah wasn't a BCS buster but rather a BCS wannabe and that Louisville was most likely to bust the BCS . . .
Of course Alberts is a Nebraska grad. Hmm, could it be that he hasn't gotten over the fact that Urban Meyer wouldn't give his alma mater the time of day last year when it was looking for a new coach? . . .
Then there was ESPN announcer Mark May, who argued with Alberts about Utah but then said Fresno State was the best of the non-BCS teams. I guess now he thinks Louisiana Tech is the best non-BCS school . . .
The game announcers for Utah-New Mexico were pretty weak, but the one guy who kept giving the Utes props was Trevor Matich, the uh, former BYU lineman . . .
And now some baseball. Those of us who remember the 1969 collapse to the Mets and the 1984 playoff loss to the Padres shouldn't be too surprised by the Cubs' el foldo act last week. Of course there was also last year's failure of dropping two straight at home to the Marlins in the playoffs. Still, five straight home losses after having control of the wild card — are you kidding me? . . .
How about the Angels and Dodgers clinching division titles in dramatic fashion on the same day over Bay area teams? Wouldn't Angels-Dodgers be a cool World Series? Let's just hope we don't end up with the Yankees and the Braves.