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Published: Monday, June 30 2014 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"I’m just going to have blind faith that whatever happens we’re going to be considered in that conversation. Whichever path we’re going on right now will be the right path."

That's a nice security blanket to feel that way. Doesn't matter if its reality or not, if it makes you feel better, keep telling yourselves that!

Ann Arbor, MI

"BYU has been one of the most consistent winning programs over the past 40 years. It is tied for fourth nationally in wins with 353 during that time span"

I'd be interested to know the SOS of the top 10 winning programs over the past 40 years. My guess is if it was favorable bYu would have already added it to thier propoganda.

Mcallen, TX

Oh, how the 2014 Cougar envy is unfolding.

Wah!! the schedule was so easy. That's why they're a winning program.

salt lake city, UT

The biggest reasons for BYU's success over the years are the money they have invested in the program and playing softer opponents. In any case, they've won and Cougar nation feels grrrrreat.


Love how BYU is still front and center for Ute fans!

I would guess that these few Ute fans post more on BYU articles than they do on Ute articles.

As a Utah Alumnus, I don't consider being a BYU hater as a valid reason for claiming to be a Ute fan! Go Utes and Go Cougars!


We need to discuss the word "faith" which means to believe in something without complete knowledge.

People have "faith" that the sun will rise every day, even though it is possible it will not. You don't have a perfect knowledge of the sun rising, until you see it rise (and, then, there is that pesky 8 minute time lag).

Those that are directing the BYU football program have more knowledge than those of us on the outside. Therefore, we have faith they are making the right choices. But, it is not blind faith as we have some evidence/knowledge. I am very confident that being independent is better than being in the MWC from financial, exposure, SOS and recruiting viewpoints.

Just as a Utah fan might have faith that those in charge of the football program are making the best decisions for the Utes, but never are privy to all the facts.

Or, a fan might just rail against those making decisions, so no faith and little knowledge. A name(s) for that type of fan is obvious.

Layton, UT

Does anyone else find it funny that Chris B and hedgehog are always the first ones to comment on articles about BYU? I love knowing that proclaimed Ute fans are such diehard followers of BYU. That alone shows how relevant BYU really is. Thanks for the support guys!

Salt Lake City, UT

Funny how the strength of BYU's schedule over the last 40 years is laughable to ute fans. BYU and utah were in the same conference! So what does that say about utah? Ouch! Such a strong, long time tradition you have. And since joining the PAC, that tradition is s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g. I guess it makes sense most of you don't know the history, since you have only been fans for the past ten years.

Security blanket? Yeah, that's it. It makes so much more sense to down play, have despair, and desparage their own path? The hate turns some of your ability to reason into a dumpster fire.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

We play tons of top teams this year for sure. Win them and we could win national titles.

Sugar City, ID

Just beat the heck out of every body you play and things will work out.

SEC Rules
Seminole, FL

Let's see...

Ute fans can stand the fact that won a national championship, because they don;t think we deserve it.

BYU fans can't stand the fact that the Utes are in the PAC12, because we don't think they deserve it.

Hey...I think I just found some common ground between us. Alas, they won't ever win a championship, and we won't ever be in a P5 conference. Let's shake hands and promise to never to troll again on each others DN articles. OK?

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Hey Cougar Fans, are you guys making comments on Utah side. I'm not doing it. What is wrong with them above and especially those two guys first in line. Have Faith U above for this Utah football season.

Go Cougars!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"I’m just going to have blind faith that whatever happens we’re going to be considered in that conversation. Whichever path we’re going on right now will be the right path."

Wyoming and Utah state tell themselves the same thing.


Well lets see - Utah played roughly the same schedule as BYU over the past forty years - do they have the fourth best winning record?


West Jordan, Utah

Sorry but 10 wins this year would not be impressive at all. Beat Texas again and go 12-0 and then maybe there is an argument for BYU in a big game.

Apex, NC

It's ironic that the author starts with "faith is anything but a foreign concept at BYU" and then uses the word "faith" in its non spiritual definition, which is "complete trust or confidence in someone or something." The word faith in the scriptures means that as well as something much more. The spiritual faith as used in the scriptures fits that definition, plus:
1) It is a gift from God. It is not just derived from one's own self.
2) It is based in truth. As Alma described, " if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." (Alma 32:21) (See also Mormon 3:12)

You can have complete confidence and trust in something that is NOT true or will NOT happen. That belief or confidence is NOT spiritual "faith". I believe the "core principle" at BYU is spiritual faith, not the faith used in this article.

Yes, I'm aware that the cougar fight song uses "faith" in its non-spiritual definition.
Also, as a side note, another definition of "faith" which is also found in the scriptures is one's belief system or religion. (e.g. Alma 14:16, Hel. 9:16)

Idaho Falls, ID

Utah played "roughly" the same schedule as BYU during those 40 years....except for: Did the utes play Miami, Michigan, Pitt, UCLA, Washington, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and others during that span of years? No! BYU always tried to upgrade their schedule the best they could since being in the WAC and Mtn. West. U played lower tier teams just hoping to get a winning record. We all know whey U are in the Pac Conference. It's all about the money. It certainly isn't about winning, until that is, you actually do it.

Madison, SD

I for one am extremely disappointed with the direction of BYU Athletics. Cecil Samuelson and Tom Holmoe have lacked vision and energy to help BYU remain competitive! Besides being owned by our rival to the north in just about everything last year, few athletic teams over the last few years have distinguished themselves nationally. A high place finish in men’s XC and women’s soccer appearance does not make up for demise of once proud programs (in men’s and women’s track, women’s XC, men’s v-ball, baseball, etc.). And being in an irrelevant conference with recent snubs by major conferences for even scheduling a game—let alone conference inclusion are insults of national proportion. I do have hope that President Worthen will have the conviction to make the changes needed in athletics to fill the leadership void.

Houston, TX

As an independent, BYU has an easier path to a national championship than the bottom feeders in the PAC 12.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

"That's a nice security blanket to feel that way. Doesn't matter if its reality or not, if it makes you feel better, keep telling yourselves that!"

Of course--

We have a nice security blanket to feel good because we are in the PAC. Doesn't matter if its reality that we win or not, but if it makes us feel better, we keep telling ourselves that!

Go Utes!

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