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Longtime Deseret News Ute beat writer Dirk Facer leads a weekly discussion into the world of University of Utah athletics.
||CleanCan Utes take care of business against the Buffs?||Fresh off its dramatic victory over Oregon, the Utah football team turns its attention to Saturday’s tilt against the Buffaloes in Colorado. Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood break down this week’s game and its Pac-12 South ramifications. They also discuss Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion and hear from Utah athletic director Mark Harlan, who shares his thoughts on how the new-and-improved stadium will be a boon for the program and the fans.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill quarterback Jason Shelley rise to the occasion?||Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood look back on the Utes’ loss to Arizona State and ahead to Saturday's critical game against the Oregon Ducks. They also discuss freshman quarterback Jason Shelley, who will start in place of the injured Tyler Huntley. Can he lead the Utes to a pair of conference victories down the stretch? They size up the Pac-12 South race (it’s still wide open), talk about a first-year player who is making an impact (hint: he once played for the team “down south”), and predict the winners and losers of Saturday’s Pac-12 South contests.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow does this Ute team measure up to 2009 Sugar Bowl team?||With three conference games remaining, the Utes are the darlings of the Pac-12 South. Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood discuss where this year’s team ranks among others during the Kyle Whittingham era. They also look ahead to this week’s tough game against Arizona State in the desert, examine some of the players’ unique pregame rituals, and visit with former Ute great Stevenson Sylvester, a member of the undefeated 2009 Sugar Bowl team.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking down the Utes' impressive three-game run||Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Mike Sorensen and Trent Wood look back at the Utes' impressive victory over Pac-12 South foe USC. They also break down the Utes' impressive three-game run and look ahead to Utah's Friday Night Lights tilt at UCLA. Is there any cause for concern against the underperforming Bruins? Facer catches up with longtime University of Utah public address announcer Mike Runge, and Amy Donaldson offers her thoughts on the tragic death of Utah track athlete Lauren McCluskey.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPac-12 South ramifications aplenty when Utes, Trojans collide Saturday||With the Utes’ offense rolling and the always-athletic USC Trojans coming to town, all eyes will be on Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday. Can the Utes maintain their momentum after big wins over Stanford and Arizona? Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Mike Sorensen and Trent Wood debate the importance of Saturday’s contest, while Amy Donaldson catches up with former Ute QB Frank Dolce. The Insiders also weigh in on who will prevail in this week's Pac-12 South contests. Find and subscribe to this and other podcasts from the Deseret News at DeseretNews.com/Podcasts. Or find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you listen to podcasts.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUtah heading into the midway mark with optimism||On this episode of the Ute Insiders podcast, Deseret News sports writers Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood break down the Utes as they approach their sixth game of the 2018 season. Utah hosts Arizona Friday with a 1-2 record in Pac-12 play. A win could put them back in the Pac-12 South race. Former Ute coach Ron McBride is our guest on this week's Utah by 5 segment. This and more on the Deseret News Ute Insiders podcast.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Utah in a must-win situation Saturday at Stanford?||After losses to Washington and Washington State, the Utes head to No. 14 Stanford Saturday as Pac-12 play continues. Another setback could wipe out any hope Utah has of winning the South Division. Deseret News Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood tackle the issues facing the team. This week's podcast also includes a segment with columnist Brad Rock on Kyle Whittingham's future and a "Utah by 5" visit with play-by-play broadcaster Bill Riley.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy game at Wazzu is oh-so-important||The Utah football team, still hoping to find its offensive rhythm, takes to the road this week for a matchup with the always-dangerous Washington State Cougars. Having dropped its Pac-12 opener to Washington, and with No. 7-ranked Stanford looming next on the schedule, the time is now for the Utes to get things in gear. Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Mike Sorensen and Trent Wood discuss this week’s important contest, exploring the challenges that Washington State — and head coach Mike Leach — present. Also on this week's edition, Utah men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak talks about his special bond with the late Jon Huntsman, and Deseret News columnist Doug Robinson shares his thoughts on former Ute and current Baltimore Ravens standout Eric Weddle.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoss to Huskies no (great) cause for alarm||Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Mike Sorensen and Trent Wood examine the Utes’ Pac-12-opening loss to the Washington Huskies, and tell why, despite the setback, Utah is still in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 South. The trio does agree, however, there are things to clean up — fewer drops and an improved running game among them. They’ll also discuss the defense’s stellar play through the first three games, and Amy Donaldson catches up with former Ute safety Steve Tate.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith No. 10 Washington next on tap, can Ute offense find its groove?||With the Utes opening Pac-12 play Saturday against the visiting Washington Huskies, the Deseret News’ Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood explore what is ailing the Utah offense. A week after giving up seven sacks to Group of 5 foe Northern Illinois, things won’t get easier against the 10th-ranked Huskies. The Insiders also discuss how the Pac-12 South is there for the taking, why the Utes’ ground game needs to get in gear, and what problems last week’s victory may have masked.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre the Utes walking into a trap at Northern Illinois?||Deseret News writers Dirk Facer, Mike Sorensen and Trent Wood discuss all things Ute football in the debut episode of the Ute Insiders podcast. Together, they break down the Utes’ season-opening win over in-state foe Weber State and look ahead to this week’s opponent, Northern Illinois. In between, you’ll hear from Ute broadcasting legend Tom Barberi (did you know he started the tailgating tradition at Utah football games?) and catch up with Utah receiver Siaosi Mariner. Former Ute great Scott Mitchell also joins the crew to weigh in on this week's Pac-12 matchups.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|