Q Cole from Bountiful asks, "What will happen to Utah if Alex Smith goes down?"
A I could explain what would happen here in this column, but a visual illustration probably works better in this case.
Head to your local video store, and rent the movie Titanic. Fast-forward to the end, you know, where the ship sinks into the icy depths of the ocean.
That's pretty much a good demonstration of what would happen to the Utes should Alex Smith go down.
However, word from camp is that Brian Johnson has separated himself from the rest of the back-up quarterbacks, and that he might do an adequate job if forced into action.
But starting QBs with no experience aren't a good thing in college football. Just ask BYU.
Q Seth from Woods Cross asks, "Do the Utes even have a prayer of beating Texas A&M?"
A Wow. Two Utah questions in one week. The natives must be restless here in Davis County as the Utes open up their 2004 season on Thursday.
Yes, the Utes do have a chance of beating A&M, and according to Vegas they're the favorites.
The Aggies went 4-8 last year, one of those coming against Utah. They were pathetic defensively, giving up 59 points to Texas Tech, 48 to Nebraska, 46 to Texas, 45 to Missouri and 77 to Oklahoma. All were losses.
Most pre-season prognostications have them much improved, however, as they have 16 returning starters on both sides of the football.
The Aggies will be the most talented team Utah faces this year, and are easily capable of knocking them off, especially in the opener for both teams.
But look for Utah to defeat A&M playing at home, though the game should be very close.
Q Allen from Kaysville says, "I miss Hardee's. What happened to my beloved Hardee's?"
A You know, sometimes I miss them too. They had great burgers, and even went so far as inventing the "burger bar," where you could help yourselves to toppings. Back in high school that meant a burger AND a salad for me and my buddies.
But probably the thing I miss most about that wonderful burger chain is the connection they had with the Jazz.
Back in the old days, if the Jazz held their opponent to under 100 points and won, Hardee's would provide free fries with a game stub.
I remember Dan Roberts, the Jazz announcer, screaming at the top of his lungs, "YOUGOTFREEEEFRIESATHARDEE'S!"
And free fries are never a bad thing. Hardee's. RIP.