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Published: Saturday, July 26 2014 6:55 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT


"Actually, 21 of the 47 rating entities, more than any other college, and one more thane BYU, ranked Florida #1."

Most of those other "rating entities" were single entities or computers that are incapable of seeing the big picture.

There's a reason computers will never be used as the sole determinant in choosing teams for the NCAA tournament or the major college football playoffs.

All you have to do is review what happened in 2003 to understand why.

Florida was on probation and didn't even play in a bowl.

Not only that, Florida lost to Miami 20-32, the same Miami team that was beaten by Michigan 14-22, the same Michigan team that BYU beat 24-17 in the National Championship game.

West Jordan, UT

I don't have a dog in the fight as I didn't attend either school but here are some facts:

Fact: The Cougars finished the season undefeated and were the consensus national champions, but their strength of schedule was weak and many feel that Washington was the real champion that year.

BYU played only one opponent that appeared in a bowl game that season, and none of their opponents finished in the top 20 of the postseason rankings. Washington, on the other hand, went 11-1 and defeated No. 2 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

West Jordan, UT

Another Fact:

Fact: BYU has not done well against Big 5 competition (including Notre Dame) over the past 30 years including the 1984 season:

Winning percentage against 13 win teams = 0%.
Winning percentage against 12 win teams = 0%.
Winning percentage against 11 win teams = 0%.
Winning percentage against 10 win teams = 25%.
Winning percentage against 9 win teams = 15%.
Winning percentage against 8 win teams = 26%.
Winning percentage against 7 win teams = 64%.
Winning percentage against 6 win teams = 50%.
Winning percentage against 5 win teams = 50%.

So BYU is getting most of their wins- against average to poor competition. Reality is BYU is a better than good football team but far from great or elite. The soft schedule leads to glossy win/loss records, stats and National Rankings but the truth is far from that.

The 1984 team deserved the National Championship based on the rules in place but that doesn't mean they were even close to being one of the best teams that year based on SOS etc.

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