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Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 11:30 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 8:08 a.m. MDT

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Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Without the Utes to worry about, this could be a great season for the Cougars. They have some tough road games to deal with, but a few lucky breaks on the road could translate into 11 wins or even undefeated. I agree with Coach Mendenhall that 10 wins are more is what is expected.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Argosy,

I think u need to look at the names of the bows again and pick the right one. Also while u are looking at the list, u may want to try to find the bowl that u will be playing in again. In case u need help, let me help u. There is none listed, because u do not qualify! U have to win a minimum amount of games and the u has not even come close, in fact they have been going down hill (pun intended) every year for the past three years.

Also I noticed that u just picked what u wanted from my comments. U didn't even address the number of BYU players on watch lists vs the number from the u. .......Jealous much?

LOL

ekute
Layton, UT

Christine B. Hedgefog,

3 losses by byu will be embarrassing.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Comments from Ute fans: 9
Comments from BYU fans: 3

I never really understood this inferiority complex.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Uteology

"FACT: BYU has not beat a ranked P5 team in 18 years."

But, BYU did beat #16/#17 ranked Utah State in 2012 and #18/#18 ranked Utah in 2009.

It's hilarious how you have to slice and dice statistics in order to feel good about yourself.

Try this "fact" on for size:

FACT: Utah has not won a road game against a PAC team with a winning record since Utah was a member of the WAC.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

SoonerUte

All speculation.

You couldn't possibly know the exact criteria that the selection committee will use, if fact, the members probably won't even know until they sit down behind closed doors and start evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each legitimate contender.

Would an undefeated BYU be selected?

Probably not.

But, at the very least, an undefeated BYU would be in the discussion this season, which could pave the way for serious consideration in 2015, just as BYU's 7th ranked 1983 season paved the way for BYU's 1984 national championship season.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

For BYU, it is just win Baby. Just win.

As for our Utah brothers who dominate this board, just win applies to U, too. U gets no respect for being a member of the PAC-12. Seriously, does WSU get more respect than BYU?

Answer: no. LA Times recently mentioned that UCLA has upgraded their schedule by adding BYU. They used the word upgraded. Sounds like respect to me. 25% of the PAC12 coaches graduated from BYU, including UU.

Utah will get respect only if they win. They don't have it now.

borox23
Payson, UT

Utah may be part of the "P5" however I wonder how many of the fellow P5s take Utah as seriously as they take themselves. BYU alum, but I'm from Seattle, a Washington fan, and I never once saw any stickers, flags, or any fans bragging about being a part of the old Pac-10...being UW was enough. Husky Fever, not Pac-10 fever. Utah may be a part of the "P5" but rest assured they are part of the P5 that include caliber of teams like Cal, WSU, Colorado, Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Indiana... you guys are a real powerhouse, all puffed up about your conference and your P5 status, not much going on otherwise. That being said BYU would trade spots with Utah in a heartbeat. For now enjoy being the doormats while BYU will have a mildly successful season against mediocre teams like they usually do, never satisfying but not nearly as painful in my opinion. Never once when Washington has sucked have I said, "Well, at least we're in this great conference and a P5 school." Lame. College football around this state, Utah included, has a long way to go.

Utefan4Lyf
West Jordan, UT

PAC Man:
Actually, Utah has won two national championships. And they are both as relevant now as BYU's National Championship from 1984. I would probably not start bragging about 10 win seasons this year. If you do not have a ten win season I think BYU would need to begin thinking about a move down to D2 football.

taylormade1
Springville, UT

non of the Pac 12 schools really take the U seriously. case in point at the PAC 12 media days recently. a Stanford player was asked what in the world happened at the U game ? He simply stated " we took the day off ! " Now thats what i call respect .

ArgoFY
Salt Lake City, Utah

PAC man:

And remind me the last time BYU did anything of substance in the BCS era?

BCS bowls: Utah: 2
byu: 0

Win over rival in last 4 years: Utah: 4
byu: 0

P5 Conference invite: Utah: 1
byu: 0

Enjoy those memories of past glory, because that's all byu fans will have going forward.

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

Utefan4Lyf

"Utah has won two national championships."

Only in your crimson-colored dreams.

If you want to count some minor "poll" of a single individual as a "national championship", knock yourself out, but there's not a single major poll or major national organization that's ever recognized Utah as a major college football NC.

btw, remind us how many 11+ win seasons the Utes have had, ever?

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Uteanymous "an undefeated BYU would be in the discussion this season, which could pave the way for serious consideration in 2015, just as BYU's 7th ranked 1983 season paved the way for BYU's 1984 national championship season."
This article was about the chance for a special season this year because the schedule is weak. If 2014 gets BYU in the discussion, they could quickly fall out with a tougher 2015 schedule.

We agree that a mid-major will have to make noise to break the P5 playoff club. Boise State might be a good candidate with a special season AND a conference championship game win. If you think not having a CCG hurts the Big 12, it most certainly hurts BYU too.

phantomblade
Salt Lake City, Utah

ArgoFY

"And remind me the last time BYU did anything of substance in the BCS era?"

BYU has three 11+ win, Top 15 finishes since 2006, which is more 11+ win, Top 15 finishes in the last 8 seasons, than Utah has in its entire history.

Jared from CT
SOUTHBURY, CT

Until there is a REAL college football playoff, the ENTIRE FBS season and so-called post-season is MEANINGLESS.

16 teams: The conference winner from each of the 13 (I believe) FBS conferences, and 3 at-large teams (which could possibly include an undefeated BYU team). 4 weeks of games for the winner. VERY, VERY doable, and the ONLY way to crown a true champion.

utesgoingdownthehill
Salt Lake City , UT

It's great to see that Utah fans have disassociated themselves from BYU. Oh the irony. I am going to gloat about my conference's foes ranking and tough schedule that was handed to me by virtue of being part of the conference. I don't have single positive thing to say about my team but I am going to bash every single mid majors. Go potato chips bowl!

ArgoFY
Salt Lake City, Utah

phantomblade:

All of those 'accomplishments' and no BCS games. Cool.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Uteology

"FACT: BYU has not beat a ranked P5 team in 18 years."

But, BYU did beat #16/#17 ranked Utah State in 2012 and #18/#18 ranked Utah in 2009.

It's hilarious how you have to slice and dice statistics in order to feel good about yourself.

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Excuse me? Was I the one that said Utah will be "embarrassed" by "ranked PAC-12 teams" this year? If you don't like the response turned back on you then you might not want to make the statement in the first place.

I could have said when was the last time BYU beat a ranked PAC-12 team, which would have been more valid. Instead I asked the question about P5 teams. We know BYU has beaten 3 ranked teams in 18 years, all three were MWC teams.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

RE: the world

Utes, whenever you make a comment about BYU's 2014 schedule, remember that your team refused to be part of it.

Why would Utah play BYU? Utah doen't need BYU. ESPN rated Utah as having the toughest schedule of 2014.

Why would Utah play BYU? Even when Utah wins, BYU still claims to be better.

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

In the late 70's when I was attending BYU, Utah was horrible. They bragged about playing Nebraska and similar teams while BYU was playing Weber State and some other weak teams for their non conference schedule. Our response was great for you Utah, you play Nebraska and get beat by 50 points.

Eventually Utah started winning those games and started beating BYU. It will be interesting to see if they can rise to a higher level again. Right now, BYU can't beat Utah and it seems that Bronco has only a mild concern about this.

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