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Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 11:51 p.m. MDT

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I-Bleed-Blue
Charlottesville, VA

A great way to share the LDS beliefs isn't just to play in different parts of the country, but to WIN in different parts of the country...a lot!

Just Wondering...
Gilbert, AZ

Just Wondering...why the Utes wouldn't consider more 2 for 1's with good teams out of conference? They haven't had much luck getting marque teams to come to RES? Looking at the home scheudles since 2000, there have only been three"big time" programs that have visited the hill: Oregon (2003), Texas A&M (2004) and Pittsburgh (2010). That's three...in 14 seasons? In the same time frame, they had two "one and done's" with Michgan (2002 and 2008).

I know, I know..."but USC has to come every other year and Oregon and Stanford every four years for a home and home." Yes, they "have" to come. Do you really think that any of those programs would be knocking on your door if they could choose? They would not.

Yes, the Utes have Michigan in 2015 and it was a home and home. That's great. But who else wants to come and play u in SLC? Here are the other OOC home games on Utah's schedule: Idaho State, Fresno State, Utah State, Southern Utah, North Dakotah and BYU. Once again, maybe the Utes should explore some more 2 for 1 opportunities to get some non pac10 teams into RES?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@2fer

You missed the point, purposely. Fail.

Trouble
Vancouver, WA

The benefit of the 2 for 1 deals that fans have been discussing is this: 2 of the three games are home and home; that's an equal exchange. The third game is an away game that, in the series with USC, for example, benefits BYU in that it strengthens their November schedule AND provides a high profile opponent. USC benefits, of course, from the extra home game and the extra ticket sales to BYU fans in SoCal. USC is using its program strength to get a 2 for 1, but BYU is trading the extra away game for the opportunity to schedule two games in November.

Given BYU's unique mission and challenges for the football program, this is a good arrangement.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Hadley's stache in that picture is sweet.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter

You asked for an explanation for why there are no power teams trying to schedule a series with Utah. I gave it to you. Were you looking for something different?

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Steven Jarvis

Virginia was 4-8 last season, Houston was 5-7, UNLV is always terrible, and So. Miss went 0-12 last season. Also I wouldn't really call UCONN a bowl eligible program since they have missed a bowl in each of the past two seasons.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

ducky/stoofoo

Just answer this: Why is it that Utah can schedule a 1 for 1 series with a storied program like Michigan, but BYU has to schedule a 2 for 1 with teams like USC and 1 for none with Michigan, with BYU being on the short end of the stick?

This totally undermines your claim that BYU is some kind of national, prestigious program.

ekute
Layton, UT

On one hand they're a national power with a national brand, On the other hand they have to settle for 2 for 1's for exposure. When was the last time ND or any member of a major conference agreed to a 2 for 1 with anybody. lol.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@ekute

You see Mr. ekute... Cougar Nation understands that they are just like ND...

Well... except that ND could join any conference in the nation with a phone call... and no relevant conference in the country really wants BYU...

Well... and that ND could schedule a 1and 1 with any team in the country... and BYU has to settle for 2 for 1s.

Well... and also that ND has a scheduling agreement (and could have a scheduling agreement) with any power conference in the country... and BYU doesn't.

Well... and I guess ND has access to the highest tier bowls in the country... and BYU doesn't.

Well... And ND doesn't need ESPN to help them schedule games... but BYU does.

So you see... BYU is just like ND... well... almost.

Bluto
Sandy, UT

@Howie

No BYU fan equates BYU to Notre Dame.
So you can put that "Strawman" to bed.

However, BYU is much closer to Notre Dame than Utah will ever be to BYU.

Things BYU has in common with Notre Dame, which don't existent at Utah.

-Unanimous National Championship
-Heisman Trophy
-Outland Trophies
-Maxwell Trophy
-Sammy Baugh Trophies
-Super Bowl & NFL MVP's
-College Hall of Famers
-An Exclusive television contract with a "Major Network"

Get it?
Got it?
Good!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Bluto

ND = bcs
Utah = bcs
BYU = mid-major

Got it?

Bluto
Sandy, UT

Memo to Howie...

The BCS is "Obsolete".
However, the aforementioned hardware is forever, it's what defines every Legacy Program with a National Brand..
BYU's Football program has achieved College Football's highest honors.
Utah has not.

ekute
Layton, UT

Bluto is sitting there polishing his 30 year old trophies and thinking...

Utah is in a Major Conference...

And byu is not...

Utah's Seniors have never lost to byu...

And byu's seniors have never beaten Utah...

Utah could have a good season and go to a Major Bowl...

And byu could have a good season but will never go to a Major Bowl..

Utah could have a losing season but they will still be in the Pac12...

byu could have a losing season and the wheels wheel start to wobble on the program...

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Bluto

BYUs legacy is about the past...

The BCS is about the is the present... and the college football championship (controlled by the five power conferences) is about the future...

And BYU has no place in either the present or the future of college football.

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