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Published: Sunday, Jan. 13 2013 5:30 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I love being in a BCS conference! Home and homes with top teams in the nation, year after year, after year.

Unlike the 2 for 1's other schools have to schedule. Such is the life of "AQ's" and "non-AQ's"

And p.s. No the BCS is essentially not goign anywhere. The significant(aka BCS) bowls will always schedule agreements with significant conferences. WAC teams such as Utah state and BYU need not apply.

Think the Rose Bowl will be reaching out to the WAC teams soon hoping the WAC champion will play in Pasadena?


Long live the BCS!

Adin, CA

BYU's would be tougher, but Utah's 61 ranking drags BYU down. Whereas, when they play BYU, it helps Utah's SOS.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm glad Mike Sorenson was the one to say it since coug fans have argued differently for months now. It's pretty obvious that the U has the tougher schedule of the two and I think we all know what the last game or two on BYU's schedule will look like.
That said, props to the cougs for stepping it up, there are some good games to be played in both Provo and SLC this year (and on the road of course). This is how it should be.

Sandy, UT

re: chrissyb

All a tougher schedule will do for the utes is keep you out of a bowl for the second consecutive year and hasten kyle's departure.

Highland, UT

Ya Chris B, don't you just love it? Now Utah can lose at home AND on the road to the same team each year in most sports and alternate years in football. How much will the basketball team lose by when they play @ USC (the 141st ranked team in the country according to Sagarin, who just beat them on their home floor by 17)? Moral victories are great!

Provo, UT

Bottom line, I wouldn't care if the numbers are even comparable. Having a conference makes your schedule tougher. In a conference anyone can be a threat.

Pacific Grove, CA

@Chris B your precious BCS will be gone in 2014 so the " significant" bowls will be gone

Cottonwood Heights, UT


"BYU's would be tougher, but Utah's 61 ranking drags BYU down. Whereas, when they play BYU, it helps Utah's SOS."

First of all that alone would still not make BYU's schedule tougher. But secondly, we all know BYU will just lose to Utah again anyway. So in the end it just won't matter much for you guys.

Adin, CA

All conjecture at this point. BYU schedule included teams that finished 4, 16, 18, 20, and 21 in the final AP poll. Utah's schedule finished playing teams that finished 16, and 20 in the polls. BYU had a tougher schedule this year with 5 ranked teams to Utah's 2. At the start of the season I would have bet the farm Utah had a tougher schedule. Turned out to be false.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

The fact that a U sports beat writer makes the comparison... I mean, U all EXPECT BYU fans and sports writers to compare us to U, yet here U are, the team that left us in the dust, and you just can't quit comparing, can U?

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Spokaloo

BYU also played 5 teams ranked right around 200. Sagarin, and his unbiased computers have Utah's SOS ranked 20 spots higher than BYU. Overall, Utah played higher quality opponents.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Who cares if you play good teams if you never beat any of them. U were brought in to be the conference doormat an it's working. Both teams should shut up and just win!

Gilbert, AZ

SOS is a measuring stick.

Ranking is a measurement of accomplishment.

Sagarin ranked Utah's SOS about 20 places higher than BYU's SOS, but

Sagarin ranked BYU about 40 places higher than Utah.

Someday our little friends on the hill will finally figure out which of the two is more important.

The rest of the country already understands that very simple concept.

Here's a clue:

Championship Trophies are awarded for finishing #1 in the rankings, NOT for having the #1 SOS.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

2013 - I'm anxious to see how both teams play. The Y's schedule is comparable to the U's. Now lets see how both teams fare. The major difference is that beyond 2013 the U's season are compareable to next years... actually probably significantly more difficult with the addition of Michigan for 2014 and 2015; whereas, the Y's schedule is far from complete so there is no knowing what the future holds for them.

Good luck to both schools next year.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Phoenix

We all understand that. What you don't seem to understand is that nobody was talking about achievement. We were talking about who played a tougher schedule (Utah). Try to keep up.

Gilbert, AZ

two fer

Utah fans continue to beat their chests about SOS, even when Utah finishes lower in the final rankings, so, quite obviously, understanding is lacking.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ phoenix

This is an article about SOS. Last years SOS came up, so it was discussed. You brought up where each team finished. In this context, your post is a completely irrelevant tangent.

Down under
Pullman, WA

What good does it do to play a tough schedule when you cant't a team on the field to compete? Now let's look at the Ute Ball schedule. They scheduled patsies and can't get past .500. I see a downward spiral in both major sports. I think I will stay with the winning big brothers down south.

Frisco, TX

When looking at next year's schedule, looking at the rankings and SOS of the opponents from last year is a starting place, but not the ending place. There are so many unknowns.

Reasonableness could put Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Texas as Top 10 teams. Will Utah State and Wisconsin be better or worse with new coaches? Nobody knows. Let's resume this argument in October when we know more about all the teams.

For once can we just agree that both teams have the most difficult schedules they've had in the modern era, and they are fairly comparable.

Can we also agree that being in a conference that is an AQ for the Rose Bowl is meaningless unless you're the #1 team in the conference, and for the next four years the liklihood of the Utes being #1 is about the same as the liklihood I'll win the lottery. Maybe the first poster on this thread should focus more attention on getting her team eligible for the New Mexico bowl instead of the Rose Bowl?

Sounds right..
Cedar City, UT

Chris B... Who cares if you are in a BCS conf if you never win anything in it. Utah pretty much never won conference championships in anything while in the MTN west. Everybody knows BYU should have got into the PAC if it was not for religion issues and they would bring in twice the amount of money as Utah and a much better overall sports program. You guys are like the iowa st of the big 12 after your first 2 years or the wyoming and new mexico(football) of the mtn west, good job riding the coat tails of much better schools though.

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