SALT LAKE CITY - As the Utah football train keeps rolling, the question remains, when or can it be stopped?
The Utes climbed once again in the Associated Press Poll to number 4, and have placed themselves into the College Football Playoff picture if the season ended today. However, there is still over half a season to go, and their toughest challenge, arguably, remains in front of them.
“Now Utah is the hunted not the hunter," said former Utah Football Coach Ron McBride. "Now that everybody is looking at them, they’re going to get everyone’s 'A' game.”
McBride coached the Utes from 1990-2002, and helped turn around a program that's last bowl appearance came in 1964.
“Yea we did our part," McBride acknowledges. "We did the tough part. We took something that’s not good and rebuilt it and changed the way it’s done.”
Over the past decade, Utah has moved on to great successes, twice going undefeated (once under Urban Meyer, and once under current coach Kyle Whittingham).
The program is doing so well, that McBride wouldn't be surprised if Whittingham gets calls about coaching vacancies elsewhere.
"I got a few when I was coach at Utah," McBride said. "Sometimes you get approached in the middle of a season. But you have to know how to handle it, and Kyle does. He's a Utah guy."
The Utah fan base certainly hopes he sticks around too. Utah's Box Office phone has been ringing continuously the past two weeks, as the wait list for season ticket holders is now more than 1,000.