Brave Sir Robin, not to mention 2004 changed the landscape for mid-majors in
college football. Boise State's 2006 ranking at the end of the regular
season would not have qualified them in or prior to 2004. Neither would the next
team to get in, 2007 Hawai'i (good thing this happened after Boise
State's season, or they may have changed it back after that dud of a Sugar
Those clips were great to watch. Yes you can can quible with the rankings but
have solice in the fact the U has had multiple, meaningful and impactful games
this century unlike others and know the U's best days lay ahead.
What about 1978 (obviously the author wasn't alive)?1941 (last year
in a 19 year run without a loss to byu)?1946 (Utah lost in 1942 and they
didn't play again until 1946)? That win began another long string (12
straight) without a loss to the cougs.
Any list that has this past weekend's beating of Stanford over the 2004
Fiesta Bowl beating of Pitt lacks credibility. The Stanford win was big, yes,
but it wasn't historic. Unranked teams have beaten top-5 teams before.
But Utah beating Pitt WAS historic...it was the first ever non-BCS win over a
BCS team, in the first ever appearance in a BCS bowl by a non-BCS team. The
Stanford win grabbed headlines for a few days...the Pitt win charted new
territory. It can't even be debated which one was bigger.I
know the Stanford game is fresh in our minds, and yes, Pitt was overrated and
didn't deserve to be in the Fiesta Bowl. But to say the Stanford win was
bigger than the Pitt win shows a serious lack of understand of college football
history and Utah's role in writing that history.
What?? No mention of Utah's upset victory over unbeaten and No. 8 ranked
Arizona State in 1973? I was there in the old Ute Stadium for that historic
win. It was the only loss for ASU that season. The legendary Frank Kush was
ASU's coach. This victory really should be on the list.
One of my favorite things about this list is how many of these victories,
including all of the most impressive, have come very recently.As a
lifelong Utah fan it has been incredibly fun to watch the growth of the program,
the increase in national respect, the strides in recruiting and overall depth in
talent, and the excitement of every conference game that has come from our much
coveted invite to the Pac 12.It's a great time to be a Ute!!