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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

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#1 SLC Sports Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU might be getting the exposure they desire and might have been able to get the 10 wins, BUT they were against a bunch of WAC cupcakes, and until better opposition is on the schedule, this is a program that will tread in relevance rather than gain the further recognition it wants. Until BYU joins a "real" conference (the Big 12 still could offer them a slot even without any Sunday play since tehy will be going back to 12 sooner than later), they will NEVER advance and only stagnate. By late in the decade they'll only be as relevant as Utah State.

I would not like to be a BYU fan by say 2018 when ESPN chooses not to renew the contract and attendance is below 30,000 per game in a 60,000+ seat stadium, and the senior brethren on the LDS Church take the painful step to drop the football program at BYU. That will happen...mark my words.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

BYU celebrates a weak ranking in one poll only because USC wasn't eligible?

Btw, wasn't the only championship the Cougars were playing for was the national championship?

Fell a bit short I guess...

But hey, they did go undefeated in the WAC.

And they have another WAC heavy schedule to look forward to next year... so they have that going for them... which is nice...

Frisco, TX

Not even two weeks since the bowl game, and I'm already counting down the days to Spring ball and opening kick off.

Here's my questions for 2012.

QB - Will Nelson stay injury free? Is Lark capable of stepping in if need? How much playing time will Munns, Olsen and Hill get and which one will prove themself in 2012 to take over the reigns in 2013? I'm betting on Munns in 2013 and Hill in 2014.

LB - Why is there no mention of Zac Stout? Fua looks talented, but also looks like he needs to put some "meat on his bones". He's built like a basketball player.

WR - Will we see more production from Apo? Would love to see Apo and Hoffman both over 1,000 yards receiving.

This schedule is a step up from 2011. There are some great October games on tap. News flash for fair weather fans and U trolls - November schedule is going to be weak again. Get over it. 2013 should be a better November schedule. If U think November has too many cupcakes, just remember Utah plays Colorado in November also.

Mcallen, TX

Many top teams play some cupcake teams. #1 SLC Sports Fan--live with it and quit the ute whining.

Salt Lake City, UT

Not a bad finish to the season.

The pre-season hype was a bit much:
"BYU will go undefeated and contend for the NC game."
"BYU will be the first one-loss AQ to earn a BCS bid."
"Jake Heaps will be a finalist in the Heisman race."
Not close to a BCS bid, and who'd have guessed Jake would be gone?

Next year is tougher for the Cougars. 5 BCS opponents instead of 4.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the Cougars should they ever schedule 9 BCS opponents like the AQ conferences.

Good luck.

Frisco, TX

OK 1slcsportsfan, I marked your words. Right next to where I mark Chris B's "mark my words". Chris B is wrong more often than right, and your prophesy that BYU will be out of football by 2018 will be wrong also.

I also hope that BYU is invited to fill one of the two remaining spots in the BIG12, but if they aren't they have proven they can make Indepence work. Absolutely, I would choose the Big12 over Indy, but I'll take Indy over MWC any day.

For those who mocked the four or five cupcake games, I ask you to tell me how they are any different than playing New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming or Colorado State in the MWC most years.

Salt Lake City, UT

Correction "first one-loss NON-AQ team". BYU doesn't have the Notre Dame deal.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

If we could get the G-Tech game in November that would help the sched a lot.

For real though, next season will be a success depending on how the big games go. PERIOD. I'll admit I'm still not sold on Riley Nelson as a QB.


Oh Great - It looks like Idaho is becoming our rivalry game....

Syracuse, UT

Watch out....hear come the u trolls on a positive BYU article saying it isn't so. "Mark it down", "Write it down", whatever! If they were so right why are they sitting in their Mother's basement trolling on BYU articles and scratching to buy another bag of cheetos.

Cupcake teams? how soon they forget Montana State and CU. Ooop's CU is their new rival and after all they are in the Conference of Champions even though they are one of the worst teams in the NCAA.

Yes, we don't have the Notre Dame deal, but we can go further than u because you will never make it past USC. I would much rather be a Cougar fan than a fan of One Sport U. Have a nice hibernation u fans.

South Jordan, UT

Nothing says survival like an extremely weak schedule.

Farmington, UT

"The Cougars are one of only 11 programs to be nationally ranked in at least one of the two major polls in five of the last six years." Congratulations!!!

@ Soonerute
That must really take a great spin job to be so hyped about playing BCS teams where the Conference of Champions went 2 - 5 in their bowl games. Did you notice that Notre Dame lost their bowl game, too?

Here's a few other facts you missed:

1- Your beloved Utah Utes lost to lowly Colorado, which hadn't won a game on the road in FOUR years, but managed to hold Utah to 39 yards in the first half.

2- "Utah will play in the Rose Bowl." That's laughable.

In your own words "Not even close but who'd have guessed that they did have a shot at it and couldn't beat Colorado at home and that Norm Chow would be gone?"

A look in the mirror by Ute fans disparaging the Cougars is suggested. And remember, you guys would rather go 8 - 5 and be unranked than play on independent schedule and get ranked...wish granted. Good luck with the BCS in the future and being bottom feeders.

Frisco, TX

re: soonerute
"It will be interesting to see what happens to the Cougars should they ever schedule 9 BCS opponents like the AQ conferences."

Assuming we can schedule teams like U do against Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State I don't see the addition of 3 or 4 BCS teams presenting a problem. By the way, BYU has 7 BCS teams scheduled in 2013; including Texas, Boise State and Notre Dame. I'm pretty sure our 2013 SOS will rival the U's.

Also, can you list your references? You put some statements in quotations. You should then list who made those quotations. For all I know they are your quotes. They are certainly not mine.

re: BYU Joe
"Oh Great - It looks like Idaho is becoming our rivalry game...."

How many games are we committed to play Idaho? Versus, how many games are we committed to play Boise State? Hint: one of these teams has a 12 year deal with BYU. Hopefully, Utah won't chicken out and will continue to schedule us, but if they don't Boise State will become the new rival.

Farmington, UT


If last year taught us anything, it's that CU is no cupcake for Utah.

Salem, Ut

I was surprised the Utes were not ranked. I think they should have been. The top-25 ranking given to the Cougars was more than generous.

By the way - - - I'm a cougar fan, and I'm glad the season is over.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Go ahead ask Chris Hill to go with Big10 contract and overkill your schedule. Have fun with this storied program of yours and take a lot of pain medications.

Yes, Novermeber schedule on BYU wlll end up like it did last year. So what, we save those cupcakes at the end. 2018 is a long way to go and who knows what landscape going to be like in college football.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Cheer up PAC12fan. Some of those weak PAC sisters from your schedule this year are bound to improve. Of course, that means some of them will likely beat U, but your conference, currently rated the #4 football conference and the #9 basketball conference is bound to improve. Can't get much worse...especially the southern division.

bountiful, ut

Pac-12 Fan you described Utah's schedule to a tee. There is nothing to gloat about having a Whacky-12 South division heavy schedule..... Especially when the bottom of the barrel was able to beat you. So, make sure that when you rise up to shoot down the Cougars you aren't shooting into a rock in turn shooting your own eye out.


As a life long Ute fan, I have to acknowledge the returning talent for BYU looks impressive. I think your wide receivers have big time talent and Van Noy brings amazing atheleticism to the defense. Should make for a great game next year.

Go Utes.

Salem, UT

I know the polls do not mean anything but CNN just released its early look at next year and BYU is #27- Utes sorry to say were not on the list

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