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Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane! 75% of the players listed were drafted in the 20 year reign from '71 to '90. Only 6 players listed in the 23 years since that time... And only two listed in the past 11 years. How times have changed.

killarney
Lincoln Park, IL

whoami

Times have changed, but after a brief loll, BYU is once again sending more and more players to the NFL including the #5 pick overall just a year ago.

Taysom Hill is already being touted as one of the Top 15 players (not just quarterbacks) in the country and might just prove to be the next great quarterback from the BYU Quarterback Factory.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@killarney

"Taysom Hill is already being touted as one of the Top 15 players (not just quarterbacks) in the country and might just prove to be the next great quarterback from the BYU Quarterback Factory"

WOW! I had no idea. Now that Utah is a member of the PAC-12 I have not kept up-to-date on BYU. If you can refer me to the site on Cougar board where I can get informed as to who the other 14 players could possibly be and also how heavily favored BYU is for the 2014 national championship.

I have heard that BYU is loaded next year. In fact, a BYU player is favored to be first, second, or honorable mention "All-Independent" at every position!

I will try to follow Mr. Hill's progress this year. With Bronco's proven ability to develop players and with the "BYU Quarterback Factory" now in full operation (after having "outsourced" production the past couple of decades) another Heisman is almost assured.

What a season BYU fans can look forward to at LES this year.

BlackDiamond
Provo, UT

Who Am I
You are right, and that's why BYU is huge coz our history defines who we are. It is also our history that most Utes hate about us. We are BYU. National Champs, MVP in the NFL, Heisman. What history does Utah have? Oh wait....there isn't one.

talkinsports
Gilbert, AZ

whoami

"What a season BYU fans can look forward to at LES this year."

BYU plays three of these teams in 2014, two of them in LES.

CBS Sports Post-spring Top 25

1. Alabama
4. Oregon
10. Stanford
12. UCLA
16. USC
17. Arizona State
19. Texas
25. BYU

Just outside the velvet rope: UCF, Florida, Houston, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Penn State, Washington

On the outside looking in: Utah

It must be so exciting being a Utah fan and being able to plan your bowl week parties without the distraction of actually having to attend a bowl game.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

Who am U

"Now that Utah is a member of the PAC-12 I have not kept up-to-date on BYU."

In the immortal words of Westley: "We are men of action, lies do not become us."

I know it's tough playing second fiddle when U think you're top brass, but here's how things stack up in the real world:

Athlon handicaps the 2014 Heisman Trophy race with an early Top 25

The Finalists (in order):
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Next Tier:
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
Taysom Hill, QB, BYU

A little quick math shows that Taysom Hill is indeed listed in the Top 15 Heisman candidates.

Mind you, CBS Sports and Athlon aren't BYU homers, they're simply objective observers.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

It's nice to see BYU getting a little pre-season love from the national media. It would be even nicer to see BYU live up to some of that pre-season hype in the coming season.

Even with an undefeated season, it's unlikely that BYU could crack the first major college football playoff, but a great season in 2014 could be the springboard to an even greater season next year.

It was Steve Young's 1983 one-loss, #7-ranked team that set the stage for Robbie Bosco's 1984 undefeated National Championship team.

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

Steve Young would have been a certain 1st-round draft pick, probably #1 overall, if he hadn't opted to sign one of the biggest contracts in football history (up to that time) with the upstart USFL. If I'm not mistaken, the contract was about $100 million. He just started receiving $1 million-plus payments on a deferred annuity from that contract.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

Who am I sir?

Your jealousy is showing.

Remind us the last time a Utah player received a national individual award - Heisman, Doak Walker, Outland, Sammy Baugh, Davey O'Brien.

Hint: A Utah played has never received such an award.

You see, National Championship and Heisman Trophies are something that BYU has "been there, done that".

It's laughable that a fanbase whose team has never received any such post-season accolades would be mocking a fanbase whose team and players have been recipients of numerous such awards.

scott
Alpine, UT

@ Who am I

Unless you consider Athlon Sports a "Cougar board", you owe killarny an apology, or at least an acknowledgement that you were just spouting off your own personal biases.

My personal opinion is Taysom Hill is going to have a break-out season that will shock alot of people.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@talkinsports

I appreciate your response.

As a Utah fan "on the outside looking in" here is what I saw. Two of the teams you identified will in fact be playing in a stadium in Utah. Yes, number 4 Oregon and number 16 USC will be at RES. (Try as I did I could not identify two playing at LES.) In addition, a Utah team will be playing 7 games against the listed teams this year. (Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Michigan, and Oregon State) But wait.... there's more. In 2015, Michigan, UCLA, Arizona State will be playing games in Utah - at the same time many others will be away games for a team from Utah. But wait.... there's more. In 2016....
As Hot Rod said, 'Ya gotta love it, baby"!!

skywalker
Palo Alto, CA

whoiam

Enjoy your SOS trophy.

It'a interesting that Utah fans beat their chests about their success on the field in 2003 and 2004, while completely ignoring the fact that BYU played MUCH, MUCH tougher 2003 and 2004 schedules.

Now that the tables are reversed, Utah fans have switched modes, from beating their chests about success on the field, to beating their chests about playing tough opponents.

The inconsistency is laughable.

Do a little research and you'll see that's not just hyperbole.

royalblue
Alpine, UT

Given the choice, I'd much rather have a Top 10 team and Bottom 10 schedule, than a Top 10 schedule and Bottom 10 Team.

Just sayin'

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@ royalblue

why both Utah and BYU fan bases should be happy. We have been "given the choice"! On November the 8th Utah fans can see #4 Oregon at RES and on November 22nd BYU fans can see Savannah State.

UtesBy5
Syracuse, UT

@Rockwell:

"Steve Young would have been a certain 1st-round draft pick, probably #1 overall, if he hadn't opted to sign one of the biggest contracts in football history (up to that time) with the upstart USFL. If I'm not mistaken, the contract was about $100 million. He just started receiving $1 million-plus payments on a deferred annuity from that contract."

FYI, Steve Young was the #11 pick in the first round of the USFL draft. He also settled with the USFL for a $1.4MM buyout on his deferred annuity. Mike Rosier, the #1 USFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner, would probably been the #1 NFL draft pick as well.

I agree that Young would have been a first rounder if he had played in the NFL.

UtesBy5
Syracuse, UT

@skywalker

"It'a interesting that Utah fans beat their chests about their success on the field in 2003 and 2004, while completely ignoring the fact that BYU played MUCH, MUCH tougher 2003 and 2004 schedules."
It's also interesting that over 50% of BYU's 2003 and 2004 schedules was EXACTLY the same as Utah's. Utah finished 13-1 in conference play while BYU finished 7-7 during the two seasons. Against common opponents, Utah was 11-1 while BYU was 7-5. Head to head Utah was 2-0.

I will agree that BYU's out of conference schedule was tougher but not "MUCH, MUCH tougher". While BYU played Notre Dame, Stanford, USC, Boise State and Georgia Tech, Utah played Texas A&M, North Carolina, California, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Southern Miss. BYU's non-conference record was 2-7 while Utah finished 9-1.

Utah was 22-2 during Urban Meyer's two years. BYU was 9-14 during the same period of time. Yes, BYU played a slightly harder schedule but Utah was a MUCH better team.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

UtesBy5

You obviously don't understand the argument - it isn't about comparing BYU and Utah in 2003 and 2004, but about comparing how BYU did in 2003 and 2004 against tough schedules verses how Utah did with similarly tough schedules in 2012 and 2013.

Utah's SOSs in 2003 and 2004 were over 60, while BYU's were 11th and 15th - BIG Difference, regardless of the names. In 2004, Utah didn't play a single ranked, regular season opponent and only three finished with winning records, none with better than a 7-5 record.

Playing Top 15 schedules, BYU finished 2003 and 2004 with nearly as good or better records than Utah did in 2012 and 2013 playing a Top 40 and a Top 5 schedule.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@killarney

Scott (alpine) believes I owe you an apology. Both he and Marked it down provided the source for you comment that Mr. Hill was identified as one of 15 to watch for the Heisman this year. So it seems those on cougar board are not alone.

In my defense - as a pre NFL draft activity I watched the -13 BYU vs Utah football game again. Mr. Hill's stats: 18 of 48 passing with one interception and no touchdowns. Hardly the stats of someone who would be considered a Heisman candidate the next year. And as I said, after our game I really didn't follow BYU that closely.

Here's hoping both fan bases enjoy the 2014 season!

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