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Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 10:35 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

The power 5 already have their own litmus tests for whether byu is worthy of being in a power 5 conference.

All 5 agree.

Royal ACP
Logan, UT

Hey Chris BYU Expert,

how did Steele rate the U? Didn't check? Yeah, I would try to avoid that depressing news as well if I were U...

Layton, UT

Chris B,


Little Pete
South Jordan, UT

Those cougars will never play with the big boys! The Utes will always be ranked ahead of them. Utah is gonna win the rose bowl this year!

Brighton, CO

And the first person to comment on a BYU football article is...

Chris B.

No way. What are the odds?

I am just glad that someone who is doing some serious research is neutral and sees BYU for what it is.

I do believe BYU would get a few higher caliber players if they were in a power 5 conference, but as they are, they have done more without a conference than many do with a power 5 conference.

Elko, NV

It appears the experts who rank college football teams also have their litmus test and YES, once again the Utes are left wanting...

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

"The only downside of the Steele analysis is that BYU would be in the middle of the pack in nearly all of the power 5 conferences."

Y fans are not gonna like this. They all claim that BYU would tear up the Big 12 if they got invited.

In other words, they haven't learned a thing from Utah and TCU.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

The power 5 conferences have one criteria: Money.
With that conflict of interest it is doubtful that they would have an impartial objective opinion. They simply do not want to add anyone to their private little club.

You have to remember that the BCS was created as a reaction to BYU winning the national championship. They wanted to insure that no "upstart" ever did that again.

Funny how all the Utes protested when the U did not get the national championship when they were arguably the best team in the country. Now they crow when the same "impartial" voices dis on BYU.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

How can this can't be? Because byu isn't prestegous like we are and shouldn't be recognized better than us. This isn't right. Doesn't steele no better?

Go Utes!

Houston, TX

I guess the PAC 10 litmus test wasn't working when they decided to add Utah and Colorado to the league. I laugh every time I think about how the original PAC members must be kicking themselves for being strapped with two programs that bring nothing to the table.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

the rock

"They simply do not want to add anyone to their private little club."

Except for Utah and TCU, which they did want to add. They just don't want to add byU

Elko, NV

It is so fantastic. Almost everyday BYU is in the talking points of the whole national media. Good time to be a Cougar Fan! Can't wait for the season to begin.....

IRS Agent

@Chris B

Remember this classic quote from a Ute article last week? Oh the irony.

Chris B

Salt Lake City, UT

Why are WCC fans even on this article?
9:14 a.m. June 25, 2014

Rose Bowl call yet?
Salt Lake City, UT

"If the Power 5 conferences were to use Phil Steele's ratings as a litmus test to determine if BYU would qualify as a competitive team in their sphere, the answer would be a resounding yes."

As usual, are friends from the hill are more concerned about where Phil ranks BYU in P5 competitiveness, than they are with where he ranks the Utes in PAC 12 competitiveness.

Provo, UT

@Tomahawk Red

Who ever said BYU would "tear up" the B12? sources?

There're many people who believe BYU would be competative (ask OU or UT), but "tear up"? I don't think that was ever said.

God bless Tomahawk Red.

Highland, UT


I promise tomahawk red cannot produce one single verifiable quote from a single BYU fan making that claim.

I on the otherhand can, and have, provided numerous quotes from utah "fans" claiming utah was going to win their division, win the league championship, play in the rose bowl, win the rose bowl, and even go undefeated, before their first two season in the pac12.


Salt Lake City, UT

"Phil Steele's ratings as a litmus test to determine if BYU would qualify as a competitive team"
Reminds me of the (formerly) annual predictions of how BYU would do against Utah -- "On paper", we should beat them this year!

On field results paint a different picture. On field, BYU would finish behind Utah in the PAC12 and behind TCU in the Big12.

Mesa, AZ

"In other words, they haven't learned a thing from Utah and TCU."

Two schools byu can never beat.

Gilmer, TX

I hate to say this, but as an avid BYU football fan, I disagree that 9-3 or even 10-2 will be a good season for BYU. For the last few years the Cougars have been terrible against Power 5 teams. Only at 11-1 can BYU claim a good year, in my opinion, and it really needs to be 13-0 (yes, they must win their bowl game). Last year's performance in the bowl game against Washington stunk. Bronco only used half the days to prepare and the team absolutely looked like it. The game was an embarrassment. This team has the talent to go 13-0. I hope they get the necessary coaching.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Bigtimecoug

Utah and CU bring the ability to have a CCG. I doubt anybody is kicking themselves with the 20+ million dollars the conf. generates for it's own members. Also, FWIW since Utah joined the PAC-12 it has gone 9-1 (including a bowl win) against non-conference foes. That makes the conference look stronger, not weaker.

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