BYU won a football national championship in 1984. Utah went undefeated and won the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and the 2009 Sugar Bowl, which meant they were arguably the best teams in America those years. Making it to the CONCACAF finals is a remarkable accomplishment for RSL. But since this isn’t finished, I’ll just rank Utah’s top team sports accomplishments to date:
Not a ton of teams competing, not much global appeal, but you can’t win 10 titles and not get some credit. Leading the country in attendance is an accomplishment in itself.
Nice, in a small soccer league sort of way.
That year’s team actually played in the NIT and lost, then moved on to the NCAA tourney. However, Utah had to win just three games to claim the title.
First place counts a lot, but having two tournaments (NCAA and NIT) clouds the picture.
They were the No. 1 team in the No. 2 league, but looking back, the ABA was even better than we thought.
By the ’90s there was no question which was the best college tourney. Only Kentucky — and poor shooting — kept the Utes from history.
Big exposure, big event. The only problem was they didn’t win. Close, but no trip to the White House.
Utes beat everybody. Too bad Pittsburgh was the best they could find in the post-season.
The Utes should have been in the national championship game, but weren’t. Still, they crushed Alabama — a former No. 1 team — in the bowl game. The rest was in someone else’s hands.
Utah State’s 1961 Gotham Bowl appearance. Just kidding. But you have to like the name way better than the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Actually, I’m picking BYU’s 1984 national title in football as the state’s No. 1 sports accomplishment. True, it was by vote, and BYU didn’t play much of a schedule. But the Cougars did everything they needed to shock the country.
Shock the world? That’s RSL’s job. Win Wednesday and it’s on my top-10 list. Win it all and I’ll rank it No. 1.
Gotham Bowl notwithstanding.