As time ticked down and it became apparent the Utah Utes were going to lose their regular-season finale against Colorado on Saturday, the Twitterverse certainly had strong reactions about how the campaign ended.
From the Utes’ overall collapse during the last month to thoughts about a potential date in the Las Vegas Bowl, here are some of the reactions from Utah fans:
From 7-1 to 8-4. Quite the collapse.— Andrew (@andrew_g_utes) November 27, 2016
A number of fans noted that the Buffaloes, which had been a cellar dweller since they and the Utes joined the Pac-12 together in 2011, won a South division title before Utah.
Utah the only south team to not win the south. pic.twitter.com/d6c2GIDLt3— Dahlelama (@dahlelama) November 27, 2016
Make it five different Pac-12 South champs in five years. The bright side for Utah fans is that if the trend holds, 2017 is your year.— Kevin Gemmell (@Kevin_Gemmell) November 27, 2016
Nevertheless, folks couldn’t help but congratulate Colorado on its remarkable turnaround this season.
Colorado headed to the Pac-12 championship game.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) November 27, 2016
What a delightful story this team has been this season.
Congrats to Colorado and Mike McIntyre though. Zero question that he's the national coach of the year. Incredible job this year.— Andrew (@andrew_g_utes) November 27, 2016
A year ago, many Ute fans felt cheated when the Utes ended up playing in the Las Vegas Bowl for a second consecutive year after a late-season collapse. With the way the Pac-12 is lining up this season, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that Utah will end up back there this year, an idea that brought mixed reactions on Twitter.
Went from PAC 12 Championship to Vegas Bowl in 2 weeks.— Tanner T (@tthomps11) November 27, 2016
Unpopular opinion here, I love the Vegas bowl. If you're not in rose bowl or playoff does it really matter where you go?— Jake Murphy (@Jake_Murphy82) November 27, 2016
While there’s still a bowl game left to be played, some are already looking forward to the stretch run of the recruiting process (National Signing Day is Feb. 1) and next season.
Utah has had three straight decent seasons. I'm ready for more as most fans are. Time to take the next step. Starts with recruiting.— UteDaddy (@utedaddy) November 27, 2016
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.