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Published: Monday, March 4 2013 2:30 p.m. MST

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Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Only in the delusional bubble of the Cougar Nation is a h/h with the Sagarin equivalent of Eastern Washington a cause for celebration.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

@Howard
You made a simple error. Oversight I'm sure. You meant Washington not Eastern Washington. You remember Washington...Beat Utah 34-15, ugly game. Check the average Sagerin ratings in the previous post. UConn has been better than Washington (Not Eastern Washington). Like I said simple error I am sure.
Besides traveling to Hartford Conn. is better than Cheney Washington (or Pullman Washington) for that matter.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ CougFaninTX

Why? Fresno is a better team and is a far better travel destination. On top of that the San Joaquin Valley is much better than Storrs, CT from a recruiting perspective.

@ Y's little brother

Getting to a BCS bowl and then getting blown out is not impressive. When you get to the big stage you have to win for people to notice you.

@ SLCWatch

This year's final rankings: Eastern Washington 88, UCONN 89, Montana St. 90.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Poor Howie... busted. LOL

I'm sure the Cougar fans in New England are very happy about seeing BYU come to town. I sure would be if I lived out there.

Great scheduling Tom!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

@Twofor
As I noted, it's an average (five year). And now you too are wrong, I've been to Fresno...It's not a destination at all. I'd rather watch a game in Provo but we know some teams won't because they think Fresno is a rival. I will look forward to going to Conn. thank you very much. Have fun in the Raisin capitol. By the way, are they now "The" Rival?

Y's little brother
Sandy, UT

2fer and other BYU-obsessed Utah trolls

Who could have predicted last August that pre-season #1 national championship contender USC would finish unranked with a blowout bowl loss to a team BYU easily handled on the road, while Utah State and San Jose State would both finish the season ranked in the Top 25.

Bottom line, NOBODY knows for sure which teams will be very good and which teams will be very mediocre in any given year.

One thing is a given, however, the BYU at UConn game in 2014 will attract far more media attention in the media heavy northeast, than the Fresno State at Utah game, which will barely be noticed.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ SLCWatch

I don't care at all about the five-year average of UCONN. What happened last year is the best barometer of where their football program currently is. Last year, UCONN was not a good team. I also don't care if you like Fresno or not. The fact remains that it is a better climate, and is much better for recruiting. It's also easier to get to from SLC. As for Fresno being a rival, I don't know why they would be. I don't know a single Ute fan who would consider Fresno a rival either...

@ Y's little brother

Just because I cheer for a different team than you doesn't make me a troll. The points I made were not mean in spirit and were on topic. I agree with you that we don't know how good or bad UCONN will be in 2014. Likewise you don't know which game will be more attractive to the media.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

Okay, I understand your position "two for".
Recent rating=
UConn went from 76 in 2011 to 89 in 2012 Yes, I see they are getting worse.
BYU went from 34 in 2011 to 26 in 2012 I see they are getting better.
Utah went from 39 to 61 in 2012
Yes, I see how it shows the current state of teams. You are correct. I stand corrected.

Oh, by the way Chris Hill, the Athletic director gave up their only rivalry game for...Fresno?
I guess he for one is trying to make Fresno the new rival. Or he must not be a single Ute fan. He's married. I get it. Silly me.

Recruiting California is a given. Maybe they want to recruit the East too. More media and all that maybe. Could be they want to recruit nationally.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Looks like a pretty mid-majorey schedule to me. I see 9 mid-major opponents out of the 11 (or 81.8%) scheduled for 2014. Even if the Y can get one more elite school to round out their season, only 3 out of 12 would still be so very mid-majorey.

So let's look ahead to 2015.

Whoops! Only 2 schools from elite conferences scheduled there too. Out of the 8 games scheduled, the cougars are still struggling to put together a competitive schedule.

Now on the ONE hand, playing a very mid-majorey schedule has been part of that oft cited "brand" for our little brothers, but on the OTHER hand, the cougars had really been "brand"-ed playing a very "WAC-ish" and mid-majorey schedule. And there IS no more WAC. Looks like little brother is going to have to tweak their legacy a bit.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

2fer

"I don't care at all about the five-year average of UCONN. What happened last year is the best barometer of where their football program currently is."

So, obviously, last year is the best barometer of where Utah's football program currently is:

Unranked, 5-7, conference bottom dwelling losing team with no bowl - just like UConn.

Thanks for clarifying Utah's current status.

Final Sagarin Ratings for 2012

#26 BYU(8-5) bowl winner
#61 Utah(5-7) no bowl

DeepBlue
Anaheim, CA

twofer

"...you don't know which game will be more attractive to the media."

Actually, it's a given that BYU at UConn will draw far more media attention in the media heavy northeast, than Fresno State at Utah.

WON84
PLANO, TX

Naval Vet - Thanks for your assessment of the schedule and undying support and attention to all things BYU. It really is appreciated. Given you spend this much time on comment boards to articles about BYU, one can rest assured you turn on the TV each Saturday to watch them play. Thanks again for your help in making independence a success.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

When I lived in Connecticut the only way to see BYU play was to stay up late at night, and go over to the local church with satellite hook-up. Occasionally ESPN would broadcast a game and many of the church members would go over to Bristol to watch it in ESPN's auditorium... there are several members who work for the world's broadcasting leader. I'm happy for my friends in New England that they'll be able to finally see the Cougars live, and watch the away game on ESPN. Life has definitely improved for the cougar faithful.

Jazzsmack
Holladay, UT

I do not understand the Utah fans constant criticism of BYU and their schedule.

Schedules are made years in advanced.

Exactly what did you expect to happen when BYU went independent?

It was always going to take years to to get a consistantly good schedule.

And probably longer with all the shake up that has been going on in division 1 football lately.

Why not just enjoy your team, BYU will not even be on your schedule for a couple of years.

And when they do again, would you not rather want to have a good team to play? What pride is there in beating northern colorado?

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Jazzsmack

"I do not understand the Utah fans constant criticism of BYU and their schedule."

I do.

Utah fans are green with jealousy that despite Utah's "better" schedules, the Utes still lag behind BYU in overall accomplishments the last two years.

Our little friends on the hill talk schedule smack, because they can't talk rankings smack when the Utes constantly finish behind the Cougars in the rankings.

2BCSWINS
West of I15, UT

@mixed up the facts "and the Huskies have been to a BCS bowl more recently than the Utes."

True statement and both the utes and huskies have been to a BCS bowl more recently than the Y who has never been.

ekute
Layton, UT

I can't resist. lol.

@Snack PAC

How about head to head smack?

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

2b

"both the utes and huskies have been to a BCS bowl more recently than the Y who has never been."

Which proves what?

That previous BCS bowl participation doesn't mean anything when evaluating future opponents.

#26 BYU(8-5) bowl winner > #61 Utah(5-7) couch potato bowl

btw,

BYU has won a National Championship more recently than U, who has never even come close.

If you're going to make comparisons, you should do so with superlatives, not with also-rans.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

ekute

overall success for entire season > one game success

overall success over more seasons > overall success over fewer seasons

FIVE Top 25 finishes (63%) > three (38%)

THREE Top 15 finishes (38%) > one (13%)

TWO conference championships > one

Higher rankings in FIVE seasons during the Bronco/Kyle era > three

uteBusters
Park City, UT

It's laughable that Utah fans spend so much effort trying to minimize the only decent team they've beaten the last two seasons.

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