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Published: Wednesday, June 8 2011 2:18 p.m. MDT

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lordandrew1
Provo, UT

Pretty sure that a coach doesn't set the team's goal to be "BCS"...every team's goal is "National Championship".

When Utah gets one, you can talk.

L.O.L.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Chris

What channel will ANY Utaah game be on?

Doctor J
Manti, UT

@ Chris B...

It will most likely be on ESPN...and it may be sooner than you think!

If not...BYU will be in the top 20 maybe top 12 in the next 3 years...I can live with that...and who knows after that?

utesovertide
Salt Lake City, UT

Lol, I love seeing how much misinformed banter goes on here. Utah is playing this year on game to game contracts because the Pac 12 deal doesn't start until 2012. So, yeah, we have games on Versus. But when that new deal starts, we'll be on national TV, either on FOX, ABC, or ESPN, the Pac-12 network (whenever they start that), or possibly YouTube (rumor that Google is working a deal for content).

But, whatever makes you guys happy. I'd rather play UCLA, USC, Washington, and Arizona in b-ball every year than Gonzaga, St. Mary's, Pepperdine and Portland. It comes down to a matter of preference.

MESOUTE
Karchaj, A.V.

Hey, you gotta hand it to the Cougars when they are doing well. Remember, being on TV is not enough in and of itself. You need to win those games to make it count. Hopefully the year after this will give Utah fans a better TV schedule.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

@ Doctor J

Please list all projected top 15 teams that play, at least 4 bona fide cupcakes, at home.

Voters are looking for a way to punnish BYU, just as they looked for a way to punnish Boise State, for playing teams like San Jose State, Idaho, Idaho State and New Mexico State.

You brought up UTAH.

One reason UTAH was kept out of the National Championship picture was their strength of schedule.

As long as BYU continues to schedule at least "...a couple of games..." (4 is a couple?) against the "dregs" of college football, they will be subject to the "Boise State" rule.

Boise State, a team with one loss, in overtime, was exiled to the Las Vegas Bowl.

It's not fair, but whoever said life was fair?

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

I just dont get the Cougar Collectives hyper-ventilating excitement over their new-found exposure.

Bronco and Heaps say their goal is get to a BCS game and win a national championship.

Does exposure get you closer to a BCS game? No, you have to win your way to a BCS game.

Does exposure get you a national championship? Not until the NC is determined by number to ESPN appearances.

Will exposure give BYU a competitive on- field advantage? No, BYUtv wont help you beat Texas, Oregon State, TCU, Ole Miss, or Utah for that matter.

The only possibly advantage of exposure is in recruiting, but given BYUs honor code limited recruiting base I really cant see exposure providing much of a boost for BYU.

Will the BYUs teeming world-wide fan base be able to see more Cougar games? Sure, but that still doesnt help Bronco accomplish his goals.

So whats the big deal?

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

"Does exposure get you closer to a BCS game? No, you have to win your way to a BCS game.

Does exposure get you a national championship? Not until the NC is determined by number to ESPN appearances."

Howard S., I read back in 2008 when Utah played Alabama in the Rose Bowl that almost every single AP voter admitted to have never seen Utah play any football before that game.

It is likely that if Utah had been playing every single game on ESPN, they might have attracted more attention and maybe had a chance to play in a better bowl, same goes for TCU (of course, this is all speculation at this point, and will never know what would have happened-- a bunch of what-ifs).

However, I think exposure would help, even if only a little. ESPN helped make BYU nationally relevant. Don't underestimate what exposure could bring. It helps with recruiting; players aren't likely to be enticed by a school they have never heard of or have never seen play before.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Riverton Cougar

"Don't underestimate what exposure could bring."
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In 2008 Utah was undefeated. An undefeated season combined with exposure may have helped Utah that year.

BYU has had only one undefeated year in their history.

Unless BYU can deliver an undefeated season, all the exposure in the world will mean nothing for the Bronco/Heaps quest for the BCS and a national championship.

As for recruiting, their is a limited number of honor code potential athletes in this country. BYU is a secret to none of them.

Exposure may land BYU a couple of honor code players that they would not have landed otherwise, but certainly not in sufficient numbers to make a competitive difference.

Exposure may satisfy the craving of the Collective for affirmation and attention, but until BYU can deliver on the field Bronco's goals will go unfulfilled.

Cougar_Independence
OMAHA, NE

@ what now

BYU has 5 really strong games this year: Ole Miss, Texas, Utah, TCU, and Oregon State. Those 5 games stand out for BYU, especially because they are all on national TV.

If BYU wins all their games this year, there is no doubt they will be ranked at least #4, possibly in the top 2, and qualify for a national championship.

Yes, BYU plays some crappy teams in 2011, but the other 5 games easily prove enough for BYU.

As of now, Utah is only playing one ranked team in 2011: USC. BYU's schedule, overall, looks stronger than Utah's week Pac12 south schedule.

Go Cougars!

Y4LYFE
Lubbock, TX

BYU and ESPN are quite a combo. Can't wait to win big games, and hear reports from ESPN that the biggest viewerships have involved BYU games.

Also, kudos for KJZZ for landing a BcS team.

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@ Howard S and WHAT NOW

I would, of course, humbly disagree. BSU's SoS last year was horrible (worse than Utah's in '08), and yet even with how bad it was, there was a ton of talk about them playing in the NC if they went undefeated. Why the difference between '10 BSU and '08 Utah? I would venture to guess it was due to the exposure BSU had garnered from being on ESPN last year and for several years beforehand. So as much as you may like to downplay it, exposure counts for a lot.

As for scheduling, BYU had to win all of their games beforehand in the MWC to be considered for a BCS bowl or National Championship. So as for that, nothing has changed, since we sill need to go undefeated to achieve those goals. However, now most of the country can be exposed to BYU and the unique university that it is. And as a bonus, we get around 10 million dollars a year. So I'd say it's a pretty big deal :) Go Cougars!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Cougar_Independence

"If BYU wins all their games this year, there is no doubt they will be ranked at least #4, possibly in the top 2, and qualify for a national championship."
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The same thing can be said for Utah.

So where is the advantage of 7 or 8 ESPN games?

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

Nothing funnier than the spin that Utah could be on more ESPN games this year if it weren't the first year in the PAC 10.2 agreement. LOL

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Howard S. "As for recruiting, their is a limited number of honor code potential athletes in this country. BYU is a secret to none of them."

False statement. Read up on Bobby Wolford and Josh Quezada. They'd heard of BYU, but not about the honor code and the kind of university it was.

Increased exposure will help to answer questions for athletes who don't really know anything about BYU.

"So where is the advantage of 7 or 8 ESPN games?"

We'll actually be able to watch the Cougs play football this year, and in HD no less. But that's ok, Bill Reilly(sp?)'s a good radio broadcaster for the U, as I'm sure you'll come to find out very well this year :) Go Cougars!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@truecoug1

"...exposure counts for a lot."
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Exposure or not, winning gets you to the NC game.

2010 BSU didn't deliver. Nothing else matters.

The last time BYU delivered an undefeated season without the advantage of 7 ESPN games they were awarded the NC.

Unless BYU can deliver an undefeated season, 7 ESPN games will mean nothing for Bronco's and Heaps' stated goals.

$10 million is peanuts in today's finances of college football... If more people see BYU play, so be it... but none of that gets you a BCS game or the NC.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

truecoug1

Quezada is a decent, not dominating, player. And he was signed before independence and ESPN games.

So, what did ESPN do to help BYU land him?

Wolford's best other offer is from Navy. If that's is the kind of player that exposure helps you get, then you should expect no meaningful competitive recruiting advantage from ESPN games.

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Howard S. "Exposure or not, winning gets you to the NC game."

If that were true, why didn't Utah play in the NC in '04 or '08? As I mentioned before, I would venture to guess it was because of exposure, or lack thereof.

The big name schools get into the NC because they win, and because people know who they are. They're a brand name and why? Because of exposure.

So obviously BYU needs to go undefeated to get into the National Championship. Almost every team that has played in the NC since the inception of the BCS has had to go undefeated. Fortunately for the Cougs, we now have the exposure side of things down :)

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

truecoug1

"Fortunately for the Cougs, we now have the exposure side of things down :)"
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Now you just have to get that undefeated thing down, which of course you haven't done in 26 years.

Oh and just for reference, Utah twice as many undefeated seasons in the last decade as BYU has in its history.

Not that anyone's counting... ;)

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@Howard S. "Oh and just for reference, Utah twice as many undefeated seasons in the last decade as BYU has in its history."

Haha, true...and yet, Utah still has yet to win a National Championship...kind of ironic, isn't it? But hey, you've got those 2 BCS wins, right? That's something :)

"Quezada is a decent, not dominating, player. And he was signed before independence and ESPN games.

So, what did ESPN do to help BYU land him?"

The point wasn't about type of recruits. To quote you again "As for recruiting, their is a limited number of honor code potential athletes in this country. BYU is a secret to none of them."

The point was that there are plenty of athletes who would abide by the Honor Code and go to BYU if they knew more about it. Juice and Wolford both had their eyes opened when they came and visited campus at BYU, but they hardly knew anything about the school before. That's why increased exposure will help BYU in that it will help to answer questions athletes may have about the school before they even come to campus. Go Cougs!

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