PROVO — It may not quite make up for losing the football game to the University of Utah by the razor-thin margin of 17-16, but BYU fans can perhaps find solace in knowing the Cougars are clobbering the Utes in the race for a shout-out on a popular cable television show.
"Psych," currently in its fifth season on the USA Network, is holding an online Campus Wars competition where the school with the most points wins "a mention on a future episode of 'Psych.'" BYU is blowing away the competition with 1.48 million points — nearly triple the score of second-place Long Beach State — while the University of Utah lags behind in 30th place with 67,000 points. Through Dec. 22, participants can continue earning points for their favorite college or university by completing challenges on the show's website.
Equal parts crime-drama and comedy, "Psych" episodes center on two younger men who work for a Southern California police department. They advertise themselves as psychic, but in actuality the crime-solving duo helps police catch criminals with their acute observational skills and the occasional stroke of good luck.
While BYU looks like a lock to win, the contest rules stipulate that the winning school will be mentioned on-air only with the university's approval. For what it's worth, USA Network is not among the 32 channels included in the Cougar Cable service that's viewable across the BYU campus and in on-campus housing units.
In addition to the Cougars and Utes, other schools currently ranked in the contest's Top 100 include BYU-Idaho (No. 60), Utah Valley University (No. 62) and Utah State (No. 78).