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Published: Wednesday, March 28 2012 8:49 p.m. MDT

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Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Uh, this should send Wayne over the edge...

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

Great article. I'm glad that Coach Brocno realized that naming a captain too early can have dire consequences on team leadership.

I like the direction byu football is heading right now. It won't be easy, but if byu continues to improve, it's possible that they could make it to a BCS Bowl in the next 7-10 years. It's also entirely possible that byu could be invited to join a BCS Conference in the next 15-20 years, if they continue to improve.

I think byu is probably where Utah was in 1999. Back in 1999 there was a cultural shift for excellence at Utah and they continued to build on that attitude of excellence for the next ten years. Utah's attitude of excellence took them to 2 BCS Bowl victories and the much coveted invitation to join the elite BCS Conference of Champions.

Who is to say that in 10 years from now, byu couldn't be invited to a BCS Bowl. Utah did it with lots of hard work and I really think byu can do it too.

BoiseSuperBlue
Mars University, Mars

Otis,

I think you under-estimate how difficult it will be for BYU to ever make it to a BCS bowl. Boise and TCU were able to break in to the BCS because of superior recruiting and coaching at all levels. I just don't think BYU or Coach Mendenhall have the same commitment required to take the team to BCS levels of greatness. Only a few elite teams in the nation will ever be good enough to make it to a BCS game. Just because a team doesn't make it to the BCS doesn't mean the team isn't good. Not every team in football can be excellent.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

@boise super blue:

In the not too distant past, boise state was nothing but an after thought. Things can change fast. Don't gloat too much, my friend. Same goes to you, Otis. As for the utes - in the mighty conference of champions, they will be in the middle to bottom most of the time.

Pugman
TREMONTON, UT

In other news Boise State still continues to look for a kicker!!!!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

As the first two posters pointed out, uTah and BSU both made it to BCS games. They found the easy path. Play a couple of good teams, a couple of average teams and several not so good teams and go undefeated. They were good teams that were able to do that . Any of those teams, with the exception of BSU on their best year would have been an average team in any of the top 4 BCS conferences and wouuld never hav sniffed a BCS game. The window for that to happen again is closing fast with conference re-alignment but it is not closed all the way. Could happen again.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ TJ

"As the first two posters pointed out, uTah and BSU both made it to BCS games. They found the easy path. Play a couple of good teams, a couple of average teams and several not so good teams and go undefeated".

Sooo........BYU was on that same easy path as Utah, Boise State, and TCU to busting into the BCS. BYU has played a couple of good teams, a couple of average teams, and several not so good teams. Why haven't the Cougies gone undefeated and bust into the BCS yet and joined the elite club?

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

An article on BYU and all the comments are from Utah "fans". My, how they love to hate. True, Utah and BSU went to a couple of BCS games. Good for you. BYU won a National Championship. Good for them.

Predictions:
BYU will be in a BCS game before Utah or Boise do it again.

Have fun getting smacked around by your new conference buddies.

WON84
PLANO, TX

BlueHusky, let's be fair, there are some objective Ute fans too. That said, there also seem to be quite many who cannot let go of BYU even though their rival is actually in Boulder. I'm even more surprised by this given they lost to their ten loss rival and after this season, they may not face BYU again.

Regarding a BCS game, I think there is a pretty good chance Boise will do it again before BYU does. Simply winning the Big East next season (which is no more difficult than winning the MWC) will do it. I'm also not convinced that the BCS is going to survive so perhaps the better question is which of the three enters a four team playoff first?

Anyways, Utah has a bit of a tougher road. It is very unlikely that they'll come out on top of USC, Oregon, and Stanford in the same season. So, they should be glad about the increased funding from the conference's TV contract but, also realize they are more like Oregon St. (good program but, rarely a BCS Bowl contender) and adjust expectations accordingly.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

TJ:

"Any of those teams, with the exception of BSU on their best year would have been an average team in any of the top 4 BCS conferences and wouuld [sic] never hav sniffed a BCS game."

Not so TJ. First of all, you're forgetting that many people believe that the 2004 Utes were a better team than the 2008 edition, and the 2008 edition beat 4 ranked teams -- 2 of whom were in the Top-10. And secondly, in 2008, the MWC was actually ranked the 4th best league in college football behind the (1)SEC, (2)Big 12, and (3)Pac-10, and ahead of the (5)ACC, (6)BigTen, and (7)Big East. Epic fail on your part.

By the way -- the WAC, where YOU played YOUR last season, finished DEAD LAST in conference SOS. And you STILL didn't go undefeated. No BCS for you. Again! Haha!

Mid-majors forever.

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