Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

College bowl: Just like the Pro Bowl, we pick the state's two best football teams

By Carter Williams and Trent Christiansen and Lafe Peavler and Brandon Judd, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Jan. 23 6:30 p.m. MST

(Deseret News Archives)

The NFL ditched its traditional NFC-vs.-AFC format for this year's Pro Bowl, going instead with two team captains picking the sides just like the pickup games of your youth. We here at the Deseret News were inspired to try something similar with Utah's college teams.

Our player pool was any Utah college football player who participated in the 2013 season. Teams were selected by DeseretNews.com staff writers. Brandon Judd and Lafe Peavler selected for Team Deseret while Trent Christiansen and Carter Williams picked for Team News. Each team was asked to submit a list of its top two players for each position (11 on offense, 11 on defense, three specialists and one head coach). The teams were giving their No. 1 choices. Any identical No. 1 selection alternatively was given to the other team.

The results were interesting. We wish we could actually play this game somewhere warm and smog-free. Tell us which team would have won this fictional game. We'll announce the results after Sunday's Pro Bowl.

Who made Team Deseret and Team News? Read our explanations for the picks.

1. utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT,
Jan. 22, 2014

I didn't realize that SUU was the powerhouse that the Desnews staff makes them out to be. The fact that they would take any player from SUU over players from Utah or even byU at any position, is suspect.

Let's dig this list up in a couple years and see who is playing in the league. Keith McGill, Jake Murphy, Poutasi and Trevor Reilly will all be

2. BoSox4
St. George, UT,
Jan. 22, 2014

@utahcountyute I completely agree except for Gavin Farr from SUU that dude is a beast he will be playing on sundays

3. Uncle Rico
Provo, UT,
Jan. 22, 2014

Wilson beat both of the other QBs and also beat a team that finished ranked in the top 10. When was the last time a QB from this state beat a team that FINISHED in the top 10?

4. Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Jan. 22, 2014

It is interesting to note that BYU, in 9 of the last 12 games, became a much better team after playing the U. It's just that BYU caught the U at the wrong time, right?

5. Uncle Rico
Provo, UT,
Jan. 22, 2014

I prefer to look up head-to-head winners, games against good competition, players drafted in NFL, and pro-bowlers. Lately Utah has dominated all of these.

Utah was 3-0 vs in State in 2013
Utah currently has more NFL players than the rest of the state combined.
Utah beat a team that finished #10 in the country (Stanford). No other in state team beat a team that finished ranked.
Utah has 3 NFL pro-bowlers that will be playing this Sunday (Eric Weddle, Jordan Gross, and Alex Smith)

The players on the Utes now will make more noise in the NFL and proved to be better on the field (head to head). They would have put up bigger numbers and more wins if they too would have played cream puffs every week.