@etranger, I would suppose that the correlation between college football fandom
and conservatism is simply a consequence of well-documented rural-urban
differences in politics.
@utahbroncoboise st has no shot at a bcs bowl.LOL!
CougFaninTX - Mediocre Boise State has since progressed to a 6-1
record, #21 in current BCS rankings and a reasonable shot at another BCS bowl.
I'll take that in a rebuilding year.
@Who am I sir? - In short, BYU was expected to lose to any good team on their
schedule and expected to defeat all the others.You are inferring
that Utah and Boise State are good teams this year, and that is not correct.
BYU, using a QB with a broken back, lost to a bad Utah team. And BYU, using the
same QB, lost to a mediocre Boise State team. BYU lost to two teams who cannot
be classified as good.This article is spot on - neither BYU nor Utah
are very good this year. But in basketball, BYU will be very good.
As for Utah . . . I think we all know the answer to that question.
I agree that the fans on these boards vastly over-rated their teams. Since the
only Utah gave I've seen was the BYU game, I have no opinion on their team.
It is a fact that that they have lost every game since the BYU game, so I guess
they're pretty bad. It appears that their offense may be an issue.BYU on the other hand, has been in every game with opportunities to win. Their
defense is top tier. The offensive scheme is an issue, possibly hampered by the
lack of a strong-armed QB. Absent the touchdowns after turnovers, BYU would have
two losses. Because of the QB play, Doman's offense looks terrible, with
little ability to score quickly and sadly, an inability to score from inside the
blue zone.For BYU, these problems might go away next year with the
graduation of Nelson and Lark. But, of course, whomever plays QB next year will
have little or no experience.
Two coaches who are arrogant and unapproachable, two offensive coordinators who
were good qbs when told what to do but can't tell others what to do to
succeed, and big misses by both schools at quarterback. You could see this
coming, especially the quarterback fiasco. At least Utah State is bowl
BYU is not a disappointment this year. Last spring both Utah and BYU were
predicted to have a 8-4 season this year. BYU's four losses were
predictably Utah, Boise, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech. No one expeceted Oregon
State to be undefeated at this point in the season. So if BYU defeates Georgia
Tech their record will be 8-4 (could San Jose give them a game? Certainly, New
Mexico State and Idaho won't.) If BYU loses to Georgia Tech, their record
would be one less win than was predicted last spring. In short, BYU was
expected to lose to any good team on their schedule and expected to defeat all
the others. Utah, on the other hand, probably will not be bowl eligible. Their
play has been a disappointment and the level of their competition is such that
they cannot win games and play as they have this year.
Not so Rock monster...BYU will be WAC Champs by the end of November.
It has been revealed in surveys that college football supporters tend to be
social conservatives who vote republican.I myself do not associate
the excellence (or perhaps lack thereof) of University of Utah, where I am a
full professor, with the success or lack thereof of one sport program that my
students pay on average 7 cents for every tuition dollar to support.I am proud that our new president started at the U. as an assistant professor.
He will have the right priorities for a true academic institution.
I would say both teams just happened to hit some down years at a bad time.
There is no question in my mind that the Utah and BYU teams of 2-3 years ago
would have much better records playing this season's schedules. Those
teams didn't have the inconsistencies and questions that both teams have
had at the QB position. And, hey, QB is a very important position on the
field.Both teams will be fine. They may not challenge for
undefeated seasons every year, but what team does? There isn't a team out
there that doesn't go through some tough years.
Wow! Nothing like kicking them when they are down. I would have to agree that
this year is disappointing, but I'm certainly not ready to see BYU and Utah
give up the climb. I always respect people who have the guts to set lofty goals.
I guess Rock doesn't get that. It's so easy to sit back and throw the
darts from your chair and computer. Keep going Cougars and Utes...ignore the
little man who is afraid of dreams.