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Published: Monday, April 15 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

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bribri86
Phoenix, AZ

I'm going to beat the Utah Trolls to the punch...It's a better bowl than Utah played in last year.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

We thoroughly enjoyed our bowl trip to San Diego last season, and, barring a BCS bowl berth, looking forward to tripping to San Francisco this coming season.

Hondo
Scottsdale, AZ

I'd much rather go to this bowl than the Sun Bowl. And, who knows, maybe this year we'll go to one of the big bowls.....

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

What are the chances that Utah will be the PAC-12 team going to this bowl?

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

I like the idea of playing your season in hopes of getting a bowl (or not) based on your performance. I'm not sure why BYU accepts bowl bids before the season starts?

I don't find the low level bowls so exciting but those who posted before me seem to...sounds like it works for us all..

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

You contractually lock in a bowl or you may find that your bowl hopes are all or nothing. As an independent, you aren't going to have an "XYZ Conference 2nd place" slot to go to if you don't make a big boy bowl.

And since, as the billy goats on the hill like to remind us, we aren't likely to go to an elite bowl game unless we go undefeated, can you imagine the angst of an 11-1 BYU team locked out of bowl consideration?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

That's a perfect date. If that is the bowl they end up playing in then I will be there. I always enjoy going to the bay area and the weekend after Christmas is a really great date.

agarrett
PROVO, UT

I'm a diehard BYU fan, but let's face it Cougar fans...this isn't the year we will be going to the BCS. So enough with the "barring a BCS invite" talk. Just book your flights to San Francisco and be content with it. Hey, there's a new direct flight from Provo to San Fran! Even better.
Here's to hoping for a Holy War rematch in this one!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

utah can only hope they will play in this bowl. I predict no bowling for little brother in 2013.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

Remember Cougie fans one loss and your Kraft Mac n' Cheese Bowl bound. Gotta love Independence!

2BCSWINS
West of I15, UT

@bluecougie..."barring a BCS bowl berth, looking forward to tripping to San Francisco this coming season."

LOL...You're safe now to plan trip to San Fran or no bowl thats the only options for the cougies next season. Only one team in Utah has experienced a BCS bowl game and won BCS game that team has done it twice so far.

agarrett
PROVO, UT

@elmer fudd

Again, I'm not saying BYU will go to the BcS this year, but nowhere is it written that a team has to go undefeated to go to the BcS (see NIU). You just have to be ranked higher than the highest ranked team of a BCS conference.

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

Ironic, and comical that if somehow the Utes manage to eek out 6 wins this year they might qualify for the bowl they've bad mouthed for years now. Even more ironic, and more comical is that the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl would be a giant step up from the couch potato bowl the Utes played in last year (not counting their September bowl, which is really the game the Utes care about the most).

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ agarrett

"Again, I'm not saying BYU will go to the BcS this year, but nowhere is it written that a team has to go undefeated to go to the BcS (see NIU). You just have to be ranked higher than the highest ranked team of a BCS conference"

Obviously you don't know the rules! The rule is a team from a non-aq "conference" must be ranked in the top 12 to get an automatic berth into the BCS (see Utah 2004 & 2008, BSU 2006, Hawaii 2007, TCU 2009 & 2010; or a team from a non-aq "conference" can rank in the top 16 if they're ranked higher than a BCS conference champion (see BSU 2009 and NIU 2012). The point I'm making is that the rules apply for non-aq teams in "conference". BYU isn't in a conference and therefore the non-aq rule doesn't apply to them. If BYU wants to go to the BCS, they have to rank in the top 2 to get an automatic bid or rejoin the MWC.

Gotta love Independence! It gives a team nothing to play for unless your Notre Dame!

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Independence is bliss! Knowing which bowl game you might go to (or not this year) is so comforting.

Ducky can purchase is airline tickets at a discount and make sure he packs his Y sweat shirt in advance. That way when he goes to Bubba Gumps and it's a bit chilly, he doesn't have to go buy a byU sweat shirt on Peir 39 that he says are a dime a dozen.

lol

Cougars1
Bluffdale, UT

Elmer Fudd,

Sorry, but you are wrong. Teams in no aq conferences get an automatic berth to a BCS game if they are ranked in the top 6. For Army, Navy and BYU it is the top 2. Non aq conference teams qualify for at large berths if they finish top 14. For Army, Navy and BYU it is top 12. The rule for an at large berth if you finish top 16 and are ranked higher than a BCS conference champion is the same for all teams not in a BCS conference.

In 2014 the rules change all together and no one is sure how at this point.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

It's surely an exciting reward to look forward to after next season, provided you are bowl-eligible.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Cougars1:

"Teams in no aq conferences get an automatic berth to a BCS game if they are ranked in the top 6."

That was only the case for Utah back in 2004. In 2006, that ranking was lowered to Top-12.

"Non aq conference teams qualify for at large berths if they finish top 14. For Army, Navy and BYU it is top 12."

That's not correct either. The "qualifying" rank is Top-16. The "guaranteed" rank is Top-12 if you're in a non-AQ conference, or Top-8 if you're Notre Dame. Army, Navy, and the Y can "qualify" with a Top-16, but they won't get it. There's too many "qualified" other candidates. If the either of those 3 teams finished #5 in the Final BCS standings (laughable, I know, but just for the sake of argument that is), and UTEP finishes #12, UTEP gets in, and those aforementioned 3 can - and will - be left out.

Cougars1
Bluffdale, UT

Naval,

Yes. My mistake. Top 12 instead of top 6. But I still maintain that BYU qualifies for at large with a top 12 ranking. The problem there for BYU is if a team from a nonBCS conference finishes in the top 12 along with BYU, they would get in ahead of BYU because of the "gaurantee" because they are in the top 12.

One more year and it all changes anyway. Hopefully next spring they will announce them along with whether the Cotton Bowl and Citrus Bowl will be added to the group of bowls we now call the BCS.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

The bowl system is not kind to BYU. Whether they win 6 games; or 10/11 they probably end up in the same bowl. That's a major down side of being an independent.

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