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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 10:15 p.m. MST

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Richmond, VA

“I do think Washington is our best bowl opponent,” Mendenhall said. “I think they’re probably the second-best team we will have played this year, after Wisconsin.”

So if Washington is second-best to Wisconsin, and we lost to Notre Dame and Utah, then I'm afraid our chances of winning are not good at all! I hope I'm wrong! I'm just tired of constantly being disappointed. Last weekend's defeat of both the men and women's b/b teams by the Utes is still hurting bad. It will be nice to get a measure of redemption and respect with a win over Oregon in b/b and Washington in f/b but that would be a tall order and I'm not holding my breath. Just hoping that somehow they would pull an upset. That would be awesome!

Go Cougars!

Riverton, UT

BYU will be ready for the steep challenge of squaring off against the Huskies on the big stage and I know this because they have the right players and coaches to perform above expectations. This will be the Seniors' final game and each one of them will be giving it their all whether they have the fortune of playing at the next level or not. It's hard as a fan to see players like KVN and Hoffman move on, but I'm sure that bigger and better things are around the corner. Rise and shout!

Danny T
Minneapolis, MN

I'm excited to see the cougars play in my favorite baseball stadium. Wish I could go watch, or float around in McCovey Cove!

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

I hope this bowl strategy works for a team like Washington.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

I'm inviting my Ute friend to watch the game with me. He remarked the other day that he was really jealous that his beloved Utes no longer play in December.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Chris B will be watching... he need something to post about.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"When Falslev found out he would be facing Washington, “I was very, very excited. They’re a great team," he said. "They play one of the toughest schedules in the country because they’re in the Pac-12. Every opponent they lost to is a very good opponent. So their 8-4 record I don’t think does them justice in proving who they are." What? Is Falsley in disagreement with all the cougar fan postings dismissing the strength of schedule logic?

“I do think Washington is our best bowl opponent,” Mendenhall said. “I think they’re probably the second-best team we will have played this year, after Wisconsin.” And to think Utah played five teams ranked higher than Washington during the season and defeated the top ranked PAC-12 team, Stanford. However, coach's comments help explain their 6-2 bowl record.

Mcallen, TX

Bowl games are harder to predict.

Teams have time to heal, and a longer time to prepare, and know there opponent.

Orem, UT

Sorry, why didn't we have a preparation model for Wisconsin? Notre Dame? Utah? I love the hype words and coach speak. My love for BYU Football has been hit hard in the gut over the past few years. I'd go back to LaVell...win or lose...any day any time.

Can't. I understand. But we have no offensive coach. We have no leader or anyone who has insight into a great offense. That is why these guys play poorly. We have a Defense minded coach, who has no input or creativity in the offense...

Can't even pick the correct QB. I love how, as Taysom starts to play okay, Doman, on all his radio shows showers praise on Taysom's abilities...yet, he sat on the bench under Doman...while the team, school, and fans suffered watching Nelson...uugh.

I see no light in our dark tunnel.

Fred Vader
Oklahoma City, OK

As a Cougar fan, I am under no illusion that BYU is going to win this bowl game. Similar to many years past, the Cougars simply have not been prepared for the "big" games this year. There is no reason to think that this has suddenly changed. They have the talent to win, but just aren't going to pull it off.

They would have to play out of their minds to win this game, and I only saw them do that against Texas this year. I will be watching, and will be happy to "eat crow" if I am wrong, but realize I will probably still be hungry on the 27th.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


I'll be cheering my Pac 12 brothers onto victory that's for sure!

byu already had a chance to beat the #10 Pac 12 team.

If you need a reminder of who won, just let me know.

Chances against the #6 Pac 12 team?

Well, in the words of Lloyd Christmas, there's a chance

Layton, Utah

LOL Chris B is just like an SEC fan now, "I'll be cheering my Pac 12 brothers onto victory that's for sure!" Glad you can find comfort in rooting for other teams since your mighty Utes have no bags to Pac for any significant game whatever. LOL Better Mark it down as well.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Re: Who am I sir?

We get it - the Pa-12 is a very tough conference. We also get that Utah can't compete in that conference. That's the part you don't get.

Provo, UT

Well good luck to the cougars in their bowl game!

Anaheim, CA

Chris B

The #10 PAC 12 team beat Stanford, but that didn't prevent Stanford from winning the PAC 12 championship.

Since U weren't good enough to qualify for a bowl, here's a little reminder of how BYU and Utah have done versus Washington:

BYU 4-4 versus Washington, Bronco 2-0
Utah 0-8 versus Washington, Kyle 0-2

Bottom line - BYU has a chance versus Washington; Utah would have NO chance.

BYU fan of the North
usa, UT

Your brothers in the Pac 12? lol haha You have got to be kidding me, right? For how long did I read your comments that Utah did not need to be in a major conference to be considered nationally recognized? Were they your brothers when the senators and Attorney general from Utah were filing a non fair business practice lawsuit at the request of Dr. Chris Hill? Were they your brothers when you guys went to the Fiesta and Sugar Bowls and got screwed in your national ranking? Well hey, if you can't beat'em, join'em!

Alpine, UT

EVERYONE says that a bowl game is a great opportunity to get in something similar to spring practice to bring along the players that will be more involved next year. Yet Bronco and his team choose not to do so, allowing themselves 6 practices instead of the allotted 15.

I'm a huge BYU fan but have to side with the naysayers here about the chances of BYU winning. At least there aren't the crazy predictions about BYU blowing out Washington and winning easily like we saw before the UTE, Notre Dame and Wisconsin games.

The best hope we have in this bowl game is a disorganized and disheartened Washington team. If they bring their A game BYU will lose.

Would be nice to hear about Van Noy's health. The worst kept secret around is that he was injured for the last few games and they are keeping it quiet for draft purposes.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


"If you can't beat'em, join'em"


And based on byu's recent BCS success(or lack thereof), the question remains, why hasn't byu joined?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Chris you are too kind. Referring to the other PAC schools as your brothers when they constantly treat your beloved team as the red-headed step-child they really are.

Palo Alto, CA

Chris B

Remind us which bowl opponent Utah is practicing for.


The truth is, every time you whine about how tough Utah's schedule has been since joining the PAC, you further invalidate Utah's BCS bowl appearances.

If the Utes had been in the PAC 12 in 2004 and 2008:

2004 - the Utes would have been destroyed by USC(13-0), California(10-2), and Arizona State(9-3) to finish no better than 4th in the PAC.

2008 - the Utes would have been destroyed by USC(12-1) and Oregon(10-3) to finish no better than 3rd in the PAC.

Sorry to burst your crimson bubble, but the Utes never would have busted the bcs if they'd had to go through a PAC schedule to get there.

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