Published: Wednesday, April 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Of all the pros and cons for BYU to leave the Mountain West (WAC) teams behind,
by far the best and most important change was, finally, the very real
possibility that UTAH and BYU would end their competition. Why? Go and read.
Now a continuation in baseball or softball or gymnastics or other minor sports
certainly would be good. The sad part about these changes is the
loss of Wyoming and CSU and Air Force. Those were great and long-time opponents
minus a couple of years. Well AF wasn't so long still great. I have a very
good friend who was the noise-guard at Wyoming during those tense 60's.
His stories are more than interesting, they are critical to our
understanding.Hopefully, the competition will end. It will be GOOD
The reality of being in a BCS league is that playing "non-AQ"
competition is less than desirable. Sure, we need a gimme game to start every
season, and perhaps byu can fill that void.But this game is now only
the #8th or 9th most exciting game on our schedule.Colorado is our
rival. And we're in a BCS league.Sorry, we're moving
on.Good luck in your WAC pursuit again this year, I think you have a
Please, let it die. The ridiculous behavior exhibited by BOTH University's
fans is embarrassing.
@Chris B."But this game is now only the #8th or 9th most
exciting game on our schedule."As a Ute student, that idea is
absolutely absurd. There might be a year where USC (or insert some strong PAC-12
south team) is higher, an Oregon or Stanford type undefeated team from the north
is higher, a PAC-12 championship game would be higher, and a strong bowl game
would be higher. So if we have an extremely good season the BYU game might be
5th most exciting. However, most years it'll be one of the three most
exciting games.The notion that BYU is a gimme is absurd, recent
history will show that BYU has consistently been among the top 60 or so schools.
Why does 60 matter? Because there are approximately 60 BCS schools, the thing
you care about so much and as such you concede the idea that roughly 60 out of
the 110 D1 schools are legitimate football programs. Therefore, since they are
top 60, BYU would be one of them.
@ Chris B. You do realize don’t you that in every sport where BYU played
Utah, BYU has won every contest for two years except in football? So much for
Pac 12 superiority! It doesn’t exist!
I think it makes sense for Utah to play an instate rival each year, but why not
play BYU every third year (with Utah Sate and Weber State added to the mix)?
I'd rather The U keep the rivalry w/ Utah St.
Wishful non-thinking about the Conference of Championes from Chris the denier.
@Mountanman"You do realize don’t you that in every sport where
BYU played Utah, BYU has won every contest for two years except in
football?"False. Utah won gymnastics both years. Utah
women's basketball last year beat BYU en route to winning the mountain
west tournament. There's probably other things you got wrong too, I just
listed the ones I know from memory.
I would not miss the game either. The bad behavior by fans has killed my
interest in the game.
I think Utah should approach BYU with the same attitude BYU used on USU.The Y fans were always saying - "it's a no-win to play USU, if
we win we were supposed to and if we lose, it's a reputational
nightmare"the U can rightfully say the same about BYU.Y fans said of USU, "we hold a 10 game lead in the series, it's not
even close, we outclass them"Utah has a 20+ game lead in the
series with BYU.isn't the Y demanding a 2 for 1 with USU? the
U should do the same with the Y.I'm with 1aggie, the U can
rotate between USU and BYU
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