Utah Utes football: What the sports world is saying about Utah-TCU

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 3 2010 7:25 p.m. MDT

Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, wearing the head of the TCU mascot "SuperFrog" (cq-this is one word) to show his pick of TCU over Utah and Kirk Herbstreit do their broadcast on ESPN's Game Day from the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

August Miller, Deseret News archives

The TCU-Utah matchup this week is big news locally, but is the rest of the nation interested in the clash between two undefeated Mountain West Conference schools?

Yes. Emphatically yes.

CBS college sports has a roundtable discussion, where despite trying to promote the Boise State game, most of the panel feels the schools do not belong.

The game has big and obvious implications for the conference and national rankings but the BCS poll that currently puts each team in the top five has both in the discussion, along with the BCS No. 4 team Boise State, about who could and should be in the national championship game.

Not everybody thinks the non-automatically qualifying schools deserve a shot but everybody seems to be talking about it.

CBS college sports has a roundtable discussion, where despite trying to promote the Boise State game, most of the panel feels the schools do not belong.

Not only are the media outlets talking about it, sports fans are joining in the discussion with over 1,000 comments, largely about the way college sports should decide its champion.

The Dallas Morning News emphasizes the prize really at stake in the game is staying in contention to play for a national championship.

Pat Forde has an okay video but a great story that asks "What if NCAA basketball were NCAA football?"

Remember current Jazzman Gordon Heyward's Butler Bull(under)dogs carving up favored teams in Salt Lake City last March? So does Forde and so does Butler coach Brad Stevens who told Forde, "There's certainly all kinds of ways to argue it, but if you don't have a playoff, you'll never know, You've got 12 weeks of talking and never get to see what would happen. The best thing about the NCAA tournament is that the talking doesn't matter."

Forde then lists the TCU vs. Utah game at the top of his ten best of the month.

Blocku.com, dedicated to Ute sports, says it is more than the biggest of November but rather the biggest in the universe. That claim is fan-centric but the stats comparison chart in the story is definitely worth a look.

The Washington Post has a unique look at the contest, calling it a finale not for the teams, but the MWC, and that doesn't even take into account the rumors that TCU is a target of Big East expansion.

Not everybody in the power conferences wants to see the non-AQ schools fail however. Madison.com reports that Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema has a lot of respect for the schools and votes accordingly in the coach's poll.

ESPN's Andrea Adelson and Mark Schlabach debate the merits of the schools in question while Jose Bosch writes in his column that everybody should let go of BCS arguments and enjoy the ride.

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