Thursday, August 4. 2011
Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin
Do you feel it? The excitement that's been bubbling just under the surface for the last six months? The anticipation that has only been enhanced by the most momentous off season in this state's history? The tingling feeling that can mean only one thing, Football Is Back! With the Utes reporting to camp on Thursday, and the Cougars beginning work this weekend on Saturday, the long national crisis comes to an end. No matter how momentous an off season is, it's still just an off season, and nothing beats the actual cracking of helmets and pads. Camps don't just bring the return of football up on the hill, or down south. It also brings about the return of Red, Blue and Pigskin. As camps heat up will preview both seasons, and make some predictions for the upcoming football season in general. This week however we will recap the off season that saw the Utes officially join
Where To Begin A lot happened during the previous off season. Some of it was just making official what we knew last year. Some of it was a surprise. Some of it won't really have an effect until down the road. A lot of it proved how inept Craig Thompson was as a conference commissioner, and just how lucky both Utah and BYU are to be rid of him, while proving just how unfortunate Boise State is to now have to deal with him. Either way rarely is an offseason as full of information, and at times excitement as this past one was. Usually when there is this much excitement going into the season, it's usually because great things are expected for a team. In 2004, there was some national talk that Utah could go undefeated and break into the previously unbreakable barrier of the BCS. In 2008, BYU fans had a level of excitement as they were preparing to go on their "Quest". This year though, there is a high level of excitement for both teams, and yet no one is sure what to expect for either team. 6-6 is a possibility for both teams, 10-2 is a possibility for both teams. Predictions are all over the board for both teams. No one knows what to expect. That hasn't stopped preseason excitement from going through the roof. Not Just For Holidays Anymore On July 1st, BYU officially left the Mountain West Conference to
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Sigh. Where do I begin? The minute the U left the MWC to go to the PAC-12 they ceased being any sort of flag bearer for non-AQ teams. The BCS is actually HAPPY now that the U is in the pac-12. Now they don't have to worry about them going undefeated and spoiling the party. They can also point to the fact that the U "earned" its way into the BCS by showing years of consistent winning (man it pains me to write that). They can shout "see! the system works!" when in fact it doesn't. Accepting entrance to the PAC-12 was hush money. Don't get me wrong, they should have taken it and I would have been excited if the Y had been invited as well. But it is what it is: bribe money to go away. The Y on the other hand, is now the ultimate flag bearer for non-AQ teams, with Boise State coming in second. The Y does not have a guaranteed BCS game if they finish in the top 5. The true injustice comes if BYU finishes undefeated, but doesn't get a BCS game. So what about the argument that the Y has a weak schedule? It is not any weaker than the schedules Boise St has had over the last few years. And why not? What is the incentive? Without a playoff system, the goal is to win every game to make the big payday of the flawed BCS. Look what happened to Boise St last year, they lost one game on a very cold night in OT because their kicker missed 2 go-ahead FGs. They had 2 wins over top 25 teams. And yet the loss to a ranked team cost them a BCS birth and matched them up with a highly overrated Utah team (cheap shot I know... but I had to make it So the financial incentive is to win all of your games. No matter who it's against. It's not BYU's fault that their are 119 teams in college football and only a handful are willing to schedule them. Not to mention that BYU will probably have a harder schedule than the Big "we are a joke of a conference" East. UCONN had 4 losses last year, FOUR!, and zero victories over ranked teams. And they get a BCS pay day??? Really?? I'm sorry my friend, but while I don't fault the U for taking the blood money (as I would have too), there is no way I can hope for their success. Here's to the U going 6-6 this year! Go Cougs!
If you honestly believe that the BCS wouldn't use Utah falling flat on their face in the Pac 12 against BUY and all the top Non AQ's, then you haven't been paying attention the last 20 years. Yes even before the BCS was created they were looking for any way to keep the haves and have nots separated. You right part of the reason the Utes got the invite when Texas turned them down was fear of the upcoming MWC. As for the schedule Boise State had something that BUY doesn't have. An automatic in. For BYU simply being undefeated isn't enough. They have to be undefeated with a schedule that isn't an absolute joke. Also BYU's own coach has stated on multiple occasions that a national championship is the goal (second to winning the state). That will never happen unless the cheerful improves to at least the level of Mountain West schedule. Truth is, despite what everyone at the school says, BYU doesn't want to be independent when the ESPN contact is finished. This is a something Bronco actually all but said at Media day when he said that if they win they will achieve "inclusion" into the BCS. This may be the only easy a schedule like they have is acceptable since they should be able to win with it. However it its for this last reason that Utah not falling flat on their face, and being competitive is in BYU's best interest.
Here don't just take my word for it. http://tucsoncitizen.com/uasportsnet/2011/08/08/the-utah-utes-are-the-most-important-team-in-college-football/
Just in case the Tucson Citizen isn't enough of a respectable publication for you: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/george_schroeder/08/09/utah-joins-big-boys/index.html
You're right. Neither one of those publications (or writers) are respectable enough for me
Yea but that's only because they disagree with you, and even moreso agree with me.
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