Well BYU, you might not have a scheduling buddy in the future.Notre Dame
is moving all sports but football to the ACC. However they are required to play
five ACC football games a year. Sorry but I doubt they will cast aside Michigan,
Michigan St or USC and keep playing BYU.Oh yeah, wait for the NBC
contract to run its course. Notre Dame will join a conference.
The tale of the Red-Tailed Chicken Hawks... a Utah Utes story.SoonerUte, you and your team have lost all credibility in this argument."It's about national attention." What a joke. Please tell
me how playing Northern Colorado factors in. No, please don't, it will be a
total waste of my time and others.Utes have no honor or respect for
traditions. Plain and simple as that.
SoonerUteLOL at you naivety.Utah isn't even a blip
on the radar as far as making the playoffs. Even in their heyday, the Utes never
finished higher than 6th in the bcs standings.No, the real reason
Utah wants to drop BYU and Utah State from their schedule is not to replace them
with the likes of Michigan, but to replace them with the likes of Northern
Colorado.Hill and Whit can see the writing on the wall, and that
writing clearly shows that if the Utes don't schedule three near automatic
OOC wins each year, the Utes face the very real possibility of not even
qualifying for a bowl game.Running away from their rivals will
simply doom the Utes to mediocrity with not even an occasional win over an
instate rival to beat their chests about.-------As far
as BYU using up their "September spotlight" for Utah, you obviously
haven't been paying any attention to BYU's scheduling lately. BYU
already has several "national attention" games scheduled for October and
November, with many more to come. You're only fooling yourself if you think
that BYU "needs" U on its schedule.
Solomon Levi's punchline is "The runnin' Utes are runnin'
scared of their instate rivals."Now that is just good comedy.Its about national attention. There was a time when all 3 schools
couldn't get national attention, so the in-state rivalry was all-important.
Times have changed.USU has gotten some great national attention
with strong games against Auburn and Oklahoma and their move to the MWC. If the
Aggies beat Wisconsin next week in Madison, they're going to get far more
national attention than the win over Utah.As an independent, BYU
needs national attention early. Do they really want to use up their
"September Spotlight" on a couple of in-state rivals? This year's
September is boring! Weber, Utah, Boise, Hawaii? Even if the games are good,
they have a feel of "been there, seen that". They need more "out of
area" teams.You're right, when the BCS morphs into a
playoff, teams will pass over "money games" in favor of "national
attention" games. That further dooms the in-state rivalries. They are
locally interesting, but no more than a blip on the national scene.
More whiny excuses from Mr. Sorensen and SoonerUte?The ONLY reason
why playing BYU and Utah State OOC is more "difficult" for the PAC
bottom-dwelling Utes is because the Cougars and Aggies are MORE DIFFICULT to
beat than Northern Colorado. There's absolutely NO REASON why the Utes need
to schedule a money game except for NEEDING an automatic win to soften their
schedule. Northern Colorado does absolutely NOTHING for Utah's playoff
chances.Bottom-line:The runnin' Utes are
runnin' scared of their instate rivals.
Pac-12's 9-game conference schedule makes it tough for Utes to play
in-state rivals.Looks like the in-state rivals are making it pretty tough
also. The truth is that Utah has 3 non-conference games each year. They can play
both BYU and USU every year and still schedule a D-2 team to beat up on. The headline should read. 'In state rivals too good for Utes to schedule
annually'. Or, 'Utes want weaker teams for non-conference schedule,
won't schedule in state rivals annually' or 'Utes want guaranteed
wins in non-conference games, BYU, USU too much of a challenge'.
@sooneruteYou're going to get the "money game" no
matter what. If utah proved anything in the 1st 2 weeks it is that they HAVE to
play one of those games just to have any hope at bowl eligibility.I
actally don't have a problem with utah not playing BYU, I really don't
have any opinion on whether or not utah plays usu, if utah wants to play some
other teams then go and do it. I even understand wanting to play michigan but is
playing Tulsa really more interesting and fun for utah and its "fans"
than playing BYU or USU? But of course BYU fans are going to be able
to enjoy a wide variety of opponents every year. As an independent that is just
how the schedule will be. I've been saying for a long time, and utah
"fans" have been criticizing it, how much I am looking forward to the
variety that indepedence is bringing to BYU's schedule. There are a lot of
very interesting games already scheduled with more to come, some are bcs teams
and some are good non bcs teams. Plenty of schools to play without utah.
SoonerUte, I'm not sure there is anyone playing street ball in Akron, Ohio
that could handle Lebron James like Utah State did to the Utes. The Utes might
have grown up and they're playing a good conference, but they're
riding the bench right now, and a lot of their teammates are seriously
questioning why you're taking up bench space.
I'm sure Lebron James would love to play street ball in Akron, Ohio, but
he's in the NBA now. We all have to grow up, and leave the childhood games
behind.I loved watching the mix the PAC-12 had this week -
Wisconsin, LSU, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Syracuse. I want to see the Utes in
that mix. Keeping both those old rivalries would mean there is only ONE unknown
game each year. "Who will be the money-game team be this year?"
Montana State, South Dakota State? Florida A&M? Ooooh! Such drama!
What....wait, how can this be??? This is the conference of champions and they
can't schedule anyone but themselves to play? What an excuse! That's
laughable, just like some of the intersectional games they've already lost
as a conference this year, with more to come.They're afraid of
losing again, plain and simple.If the Utes lose they'd rather
lose to Michigan than lose to Utah State. Why don't they just admit it?
Tough PAC schedule?Colorado 28 Sacramento State 30.Can't wait for the "Rumble in the Rockies".....Not