Schnilk Chuggenberger's Utah links

It's the greatest photoshop of all-time, really.

--Spread check: Utah by 14.

--SBN's fine Utah blog, Block U, previews Saturday's matchup and ultimately picks the Utes to win, 42-28.

Utah wins if...The offense doesn't struggle nearly as much as they did Saturday against Oregon. Cain looked mortal, Matt Asiata looked injured and the receivers lost. I think this offense has far better potential than what we saw over the weekend and expect to see it on full display this weekend.

Louisville wins if...They stop Utah's offense, create a few turnovers and pick apart what has turned out to be a very questionable defense from the Utes. This is not a lost cause like many Cardinal fans expected before the season and a good effort just might be enough to upset the Utes at home. Especially if they play as poorly as they did in Eugene. 

What will happen...Terrance Cain bounces back, Asiata looks far better running the ball and the Utes' offense moves it down field rather impressively. I don't expect near the same high-scoring contest we got two years ago, but I do think Utah's offense finally puts up a good amount of points on the board. Utes win 42-28.

--Utah put up 44 points and beat Louisville two years ago without the services of injured tailback Matt Asiata. Not great news since he's pretty good and will apparently be utilized more on Saturday.

--Experienced seniors Richard Raglin and Daniel Covington will fill in for the injured Terence Simien at safety.

--Steve Kragthorpe responds to questions about altitude as only Steve Kragthorpe can: with almost cuss words.

"We're not freaking going to play on Mount Everest here," he said. "We're going to 4,200 feet. It's not that big of a deal."

That he knows the elevation of Salt Lake City speaks to a familiarity level with the opponents and area that few of his coaching peers possess.

Then again, playing at Utah isn't just another nonconference game for the Cardinals' coach. It's a homecoming.

--Block U sees the Louisville game as a potential fork-in-the-road for Utah's 2009 season.

--Brett McMurphy was the lone media personality outside of Louisville to pick the Cards last week, so naturally he's taking Utah to win and cover the spread tomorrow night.

--U of L defensive cooridnator Brent Guy is making his first return to the state where he was a head coach for the past four years.

--KSL Sports in Utah serves up a pretty detailed breakdown of the game.

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