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Published: Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 4:20 p.m. MST

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TFUDD
SLC, UT

"Eight wins are hard to get,” Mendenhall said. “I don’t care who you are playing or what situation.”

Really Bronco? No matter who you play?...Tennessee state, Houston, Idaho state, Nevada, Boise State(without their starting QB) Texas was a sweet win but other than that there are no other signature wins. This should've been a minimum of a 9 win season.

8 wins is not hard no matter who you play. There are way to many "gimme" wins on this schedule. Props on a pretty good season thought.

No playoff for U
Salt Lake City, UT

TFUDD

BYU beat SIX bowl teams that won at least 7 regular season games each.

#32 Texas(8-3)
#92 Mid Tenn St(8-4)
#42 Utah St(8-4)
#30 Georgia Tech(7-5)
#47 Houston(8-4)
#46 Boise St(8-4)

Don't blame BYU because the mighty weak Utes weren't good enough to beat #34 Washington St(6-6) or #36 Oregon St(6-6) to secure a winning record.

TFUDD
SLC, UT

*though

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

BYU really struggles getting up for most big games (they usually do well for bowl games) and road games. I think this can be solved if they hold plenty of open practices next fall at Rice Eccles Stadium.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Byu's bowl opponent is likely Washington. Watching Washington I am amazed at their athleticism and SPEED.

And if anyone thinks by beating Texas you have somehow proven that superior athleticism doesn't matter, I am happy to offer plenty of evidence it does. Does it guarantee wins? No, and I never said it does. I just said it matters.

Rest up indeed. Byu couldn't beat the number 10 PAC 12 team. Can they beat the number 6 team? Even a very average PAC 12 team is incredibly good.

We will see who Vegas favors once the matchup is announced, but I have a feeling the experts will favor an average PAC 12 team over byu. Perhaps I am wrong, we will see.

Any guesses from others on who The Vegas experts will think is better?

TFUDD
SLC, UT

@No playoff for U

So are you saying that if a team wins 7 games in a terrible conference. Most of those teams win's(except for Texas and Georgia Tech) were against terrible teams.

UNLV won 7 games this year...does that mean they are good? No they are terrible. Personally I think BYU is better. As a Utah fan I expected BYU to win 8 games this year. I thought that the Virginia game would've been a win and the Texas game a loss but it's sports....anything can happen

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

BYU's problems seem to be that they buy into the local sportscasters and talk radio jock opinions about how they will beat Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Utah and destroy Nevada. They seem to think that they just need to show up to win.

Washington should mop them up pretty easily in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

worf
Mcallen, TX

BYU, and Utah could help each other with a short fall scrimmage to prepare for the new season

@TFUDD--Boise State, Utah State, etc were good wins.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Here we go again. My team celebrated their bowl victory in September over the rival who must not be named, and finished with a resounding thud. Again. I know! I'll make myself feel better by reminding my past rival rival how nothing they did good was all that good.

Your no good, you're no good, you're no good, baby you're no good.

I feel better now! So, how about some basketball?

Rose Bowl call yet?
Salt Lake City, UT

christy

"BYU couldn't beat the number 10 PAC 12 team. Can they beat the number 6 team?"

Neither could Stanford, yet the Cardinal somehow managed to beat Washington.

After playing Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame, BYU is not going to be awed by Washington; respectful, yes; awed, hardly.

Let's not forget, BYU has already beaten PAC 12 teams like Oregon 38-8 and Oregon St 44-20 in previous bowls.

Rose Bowl call yet?
Salt Lake City, UT

Alpiner

Utah's problems seem to be that they buy into the local sportscasters and talk radio jock opinions about how the Utes will be competitive in the PAC 12, instead of facing reality that the Utes are simply in over their heads.

4-5
3-6
2-7

9-18(33%) in your first three seasons, and not looking any better for next season.

btw, it's laughable that Utah fans are now waving the flag for a Washington program that the Utes have NEVER beaten 0-8; meanwhile, BYU is 4-4 versus the Huskies, including wins in 2008 and 2010 during the Bronco era.

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

Since we're already on the outside looking in at the bowls, the only thing my little sister and I have left to talk about is BYU and their soon to be announced bowl opponent.

Even though Bronco is 2-0 versus Washington, while Kyle has been absolutely man-handled by the Huskies 14-31 and 15-34, we still have the audacity to pretend that we're the equal of Washington and therefore entitled to talk smack in behalf of a program that has owned us.

worf
Mcallen, TX

BYU has become a doctor:

Our follow utes fans are trying to heal their pain by saying, "if we can't beat PAC 12 teams, neither can you".

Amazing how BYU is the focal point of ute success.

Frozen Chosen
Savage, MN

I hope BYU's bowl opponent is Washington - it will be a good test for the Cougs as the Huskies are a good squad and will give them one more chance to redeem their mediocre season.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Y Dad/Y Grad

Going 8-4 and to a bowl game is good for BYU. Beating BYU was good for Utah. Unfortunately losing to ASU, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State in oh so close games was bad. That's the way it goes. Good luck vs U W; that is one tough team. Bishop Sankey is the real deal. I hope all is well in the tri-cities Guy!

worf
Mcallen, TX

@TFUDD--than BYU loses to 2 teams not going to a bowl, and for two years, can't win half their games.

Go figure!

JMT
Springville, UT

BYU was oh so close to going 11 and 1, with Wisonsin not being so close. A few 'ifs and buts' and it would be a different season. The same can be said of Utah, with a few plays in each of several games would be going bowling with a 9-3 or 10-2 record.

...but here we are. Both teams are pretty good. Both teams made a few critical errors that cost them. And both teams have a solid core to build on for next year. I only root against Utah one game a year and I've come out on the thin end of that stick five years running! Crud!!

Anyway, best of luck to BYU in the bowl game. Hoping Utah get's those few plays a game next year.

PS Best game would be Washington, with Steve Sarkesian, former BYU signal caller now on the sidelines. Would be fun, again.

iluvnz
Vernal, UT

Well said JMT. My sentiments exactly!!

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

TFUDD

"So are you saying that if a team wins 7 games in a terrible conference."

See every Utah bowl team from 1964 through 2010, including:

2004 - 67th SOS, only 3 regular season opponents with winning records, none better than 7-5, and only 1 opponent from a decent conference with a winning record

2008 - 56th SOS, only 1 regular season win versus an opponent from a decent conference with a winning record

According to the new Utah fan narrative, Utah's entire football history is built on a slate of mediocrity in a terrible conference.

Take of those crimson-colored, BYU-hating goggles already. BYU played the 32nd toughest schedule in 2013, tougher by almost 10 places than Utah's toughest schedule EVER, 41st, prior to 2013.

Daved6
Sandy, UT

BYU has played their worst games after rests. I'm not feeling confident here. Washington, though has been very inconsistent and has some holes (sounds like BYU to me), is going to be tough.

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