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Published: Tuesday, May 28 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

@ GO_COUGARS!

Most good teams will struggle with bad teams. In 2008, the same Utah team that ended up beating Alabama in the BCS bowl barely squeaked by lowly New Mexico 13-10. Using your logic that BYU was only 5 points ahead of the 24th best team in 1984, that means that in 2008 the Utes were only 3 points above one of the worst teams in college football.

The fact remains that BYU wasn't challenged because neither Washington nor Nebraska wanted to play BYU for the national championship game (however, there is evidence to suggest BYU would have beaten either team anyway).

You can't say a team is not good because of SOS; does the weak SOS mean Boise State is not a good football team? A good team is a good team because they are a good team, not because of who they play.

GO_COUGARS!
Provo, UT

@ Riverton

"Using your logic that BYU was only 5 points ahead of the 24th best team in 1984, that means that in 2008 the Utes were only 3 points above one of the worst teams in college football."

No, because that same Utah team proved they were better by beating one of the very best teams in college football, Alabama, in their back yard in the Sugar Bowl. HUGE difference.

"BYU wasn't challenged because neither Wash nor Nebraska wanted to play them."

Agreed. Not BYU's fault, but the system's fault. Everyone realized how ridiculous this was, and it changed forever.

"You can't say a team is not good because of SOS, does weak SOS mean Boise isn't a good team?"

No. Perfect example. Boise didn't get it's recognition by barely beating it's weak SOS. It beat up that schedule and then went on to BEAT GOOD TEAMS IN MAJOR BOWLS. The 84 Cougars never beat any ranked teams, or played in any major bowls. Their accomplishment was consistently beating the worst teams college football had to offer. See the difference?

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

If one of the teams really believed they were better than BYU, wouldn't they have played them? Would you turn down an offer to play for the national championship game, especially if you thought that it would be an easy win because it seemed the other team was untested?

The main thing is that same polls that crowned BYU the national champions still exist today, and they still consider strength of schedule. So, BYU was the 1984 national champions despite their schedule, not because of their schedule.

Besides, consistency really pays off.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"If one of the teams really believed they were better than BYU, wouldn't they have played them?"

I'm betting it had more to do with which bowl had the bigger pay-out.

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