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Published: Saturday, Dec. 10 2011 11:23 p.m. MST

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Jake2010
bountiful, ut

4 games were against the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC..... The record was 2-2 in those games...... 61-42 later and 54-10 was still a going away present from Jake Heaps. Riley Nelson would not have seen a 54-10 beat down..... Riley Nelson would not have seen 17-16 against Texas..... Bottom line I'm in fantasy land but truth is BYU still didn't lose one game all year against a team with a losing record.... Enough said!

BT4UT
Pleasant Grove, Ut

An article giving us the schedule for the bowl games and the trolls come out to argue about which team is best. Face it trolls, Utah,BYU nor USU had banner years. Yes there was some drama on the field for USU and the U, and off the field for BYU, but the seasons were less than outstanding.

To the folks who feel there are too many bowl games and a 6 and 6 team shouldn't play in one, remember last year when a team from Utah went 6-6 and was invited to a bowl in New Mexico. My neighbors in Utah County were thrilled they were going bowling.

Until there is a play off system (not going to happen soon) sit back and enjoy the games. The bowls give 64 teams a chance to practice more, get better recruits, and maybe even make some money. If you don't like the game, don't watch them. Chill out, listen to Christmas music, enjoy the end of the College football season. And most of all try to stay on the topic of the article.

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

54-10 and the team in blue quit.

LOL

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Duckhunter, we also won at Pitt, who is playing in a bowl. Our record against bowl-eligible opponents is 3-3. Not saying we're hot stuff on the national market, but are you guys really anything worth bragging about? It's so silly to me when I see people bragging about being listed in the "also received votes" section of the Top 25 polls, yet I've seen it extensively this year.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Riddles in the Dark | 4:45 p.m. Dec. 11, 2011

If BYU had played Utah's schedule, the Cougars might very well have been 10-2.

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How so?

BYU with a #96 SOS is 9-3, how to they go 10-2 with a #37 SOS?

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

Riddles in the Dark | 4:45 p.m. Dec. 11, 2011

"If BYU had played Utah's schedule, the Cougars might very well have been 10-2."

Thump! that was me picking myself up off the ground from laughter!

You need to change your user name from The "Riddler" to the "Joker!" that was hilarious.

Hang in there Band of Lil Batman Characters.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

A national college football playoff would never be accepted in Utah county. Fans there don't accept on-the-field results. They've spun the season-crippling loss to their arch-rival as if it never happened. The same would happen in a playoff. "Here is an obscure statistic which proves our team is better. Toss out the score at the end of the game, and obviously our team should advance to the next round."

If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.

Last Stand
Farmington, UT

Am I missing something? I thought the Las Vegas Bowl took the MWC champ unless that team was going to a BCS bowl? How, then, is TCU relegated to the Poinsettia Bowl?

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Last Stand

"Am I missing something? I thought the Las Vegas Bowl took the MWC champ unless that team was going to a BCS bowl? How, then, is TCU relegated to the Poinsettia Bowl?"

That's what I thought too! Boise State is having a temper tantrum because they were't selected to go to a BCS bowl game with one loss and a second place conference finish. Boise State has been spoiled brats the past several years by ESPN and other media sources. TCU is more deserving of a Vegas Bowl berth than Boise State since they did beat them head to head in Boise.

TCU fans should be ecstatic they're leaving the Mountain West for the Big-12 next year. You will be treated better by the Big-12 than the Mountain West.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Last Stand:

The MWC champion was never contractually tied to the Las Vegas Bowl like the Pac-12 champion is automatically awarded the Rose Bowl [short of an NC appearance]. The agreement between the MWC and the LVB was that the LVB gets 1st choice of bowl participants. First choice TYPICALLY suggests the conference champion, but it is not automatic. In this case, the Las Vegas Bowl selection committee preferred the higher ranked team...which in this case was Boise State. However, that has not always been the case. The LVB has in the past demonstrated a lack of objectivity in their bowl selections. Think back to 2008 for example. When the MWC champion [Utah] went to the Sugar Bowl, the LVB committee passed over the MWC runner up [TCU] for the conference's #3 team, and DESPITE the fact that the Frogs blew out that team head-to-head earlier in the season.

So no, the LVB is not obligated to take the conference champion. Never was.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

SoonerUte

"They've spun the season-crippling loss to their arch-rival as if it never happened."

Since that "season-crippling" loss:

BYU 8-1, ranked just outside the Top 25, only losss to 16th ranked TCU on the road

Utah 5-4, nowhere near the Top 25, with a home loss to one of the worst teams in the country

Now tell me, which team pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and went on to have a very good season, and which team imploded time after time after time?

Who's really spinning here?

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

Uteology

It's amazing how someone who spends so much time studying numbers could constantly ignore the most glaring blemish on Utah's schedule:

Utah's home LOSS to 96th-ranked Colorado.

How does BYU playing Utah's schedule go from 9-3 to 10-2?

Even you should be able to figure that one out.

Because Texas and TCU, two of the three teams BYU lost to, on the road, are both ranked higher than any team on Utah's schedule except USC.

Trade road games at #16 Texas and #18 TCU for road games against #11 USC and #30 California and you can easily see how BYU could have traded an 0-2 record for a 1-1 record against their two highest-ranked opponents.

SUPERTONGANMAN
SANDY, UT

Already circled the Bowl games that I want to see, came up to 19. As Bart Scott said, "Can't WAIT!"

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Truth Machine spins into overdrive:
"Since that "season-crippling" loss: BYU 8-1"
Not mentioned (but everybody knows) is how weak those opponents were in those wins.

Before the season, The Utes were predicted to finish in the middle of the Pac 12, and might even have a shot at getting into the conference championship game. Despite losing their quarterback, Utah adjusted and accomplished what was predicted.

Before the season, The Cougars were going to bust the BCS, and Jake Heaps was going to win the Heisman. After the Utah game, the Cougars were in a tailspin with demands that Doman get in the booth, their post-season goals crippled to the Armed Forces Bowl, and Heaps no longer called the Jimmer of Football.

The loss to TCU is most telling. Against a quality opponent, all the Cougar magic pieces were in place... Doman in the booth, Heaps holding a clipboard... and a quality win eluded them.

The TCU loss makes it easy to predict a fantasy rematch. The score would be closer, but the Utes Defense would still dominate. The Cougars might not quit until the 4th quarter, but the Utes would still win.

News For U
Sandy, Utah

@ Truth Machine

"BYU 8-1, ranked just outside the Top 25, only losss to 16th ranked TCU on the road".

You do realize that rankings have no bearing on your football program as an Independent unless your in the top 2 for a guarantee berth in the BCS. If your not in the top 2 your playing for the same bowl game byu has contracts with (Helicopter and Macaroni and Cheese Bowls).

"Utah 5-4, nowhere near the Top 25, with a home loss to one of the worst teams in the country".

I find it pathetic that Y trolls parade behind other schools that have success in beating the Utes, when BYU has failed to get the job done against them.

News For U
Sandy, Utah

@ Truth Machine

"BYU 8-1, ranked just outside the Top 25, only losss to 16th ranked TCU on the road".

You do realize that rankings have no bearing on your football program as an Independent unless your in the top 2 for a guarantee berth in the BCS. If your not in the top 2 your playing for the same bowl game byu has contracts with (Helicopter and Macaroni and Cheese Bowls).

"Utah 5-4, nowhere near the Top 25, with a home loss to one of the worst teams in the country".

I find it pathetic that Y trolls parade behind other schools that have success in beating the Utes, when BYU has failed to get the job done against them.

Igualmente
Mesa, AZ

Meaningless bowls, except it gives teams more practice time for their underclassmen to prepare for the following season.

The BCS only gives us a 1-game 2-team playoff from the minds of poll voters.

The FBS needs to take a lesson from the FCS on how its done, but how do you tell the bowls to take their millions and go home...

SportsFan
Orem, UT

News For U

Top 25 rankings are always relevant, except to Utah fans, who are used to the Utes almost never finishing in the Top 25.

What I find pathetic is a fanbase beating their chests about smelling Roses this year, and then making excuses for not even being able to win the pathetically weak PAC 12 South.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

SoonerUte

"Not mentioned (but everybody knows) is how weak those opponents were in those wins."

For wins against weak opponents, see mirror. Unfortunately for U, you weren't even capable of beating all of your weak opponents.

Pitt (6-6)
OSU (3-9)
Ariz (4-8)
UCLA (6-7)
WSU (4-8)
Col (3-10) OOPS! you lost that one
Total (26-48)

At least BYU was dominated at home by a 10-loss team for the entire first half.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

* "wasn't" dominated at home by a 10-loss team

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