MWC bowls over the competition

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  • BCS Conference
    Jan. 8, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    Look at Sagarin's conference rankings on usatoday.com. The Mountain West is nipping at the heels of the Big 10 (Big 3?), closer than some of the BCS conferences are to each other. The MWC could easily make a case to be a 7th BCS. They were actually ahead of the "Big Least" after Va Tech and Miami left, but the intrinsic recruiting boost of a vacuum and automatic big time bowl money propped up the likes of Rutgers, Louisville, So Florida...you know what I mean.

  • WAC /Boise St
    Jan. 8, 2008 10:41 a.m.

    The WAC is extremely overrated going 1-3 in their bowl games VS 4 and 1 for the MWC. Nevada got spanked by New Mexico! Boise State is 1 and 3 in their last 4 bowl games. Despite their last second win vs. Oklahoma they have lost to Louisville, BC and ECU not very impressive considering, BSU played BC in their home bowl game three years ago!

  • Utes Fanatic
    Jan. 7, 2008 6:14 p.m.

    The Broncos team that beat the Sooners last year in the Fiesta Bowl was so much fun to watch with some of their exciting games and their undefeated season. I enjoyed it so much that I still have that game recorded and will keep it in my collection for a long time. Nobody will ever know who would have won between the '06 Broncos and the 04' Utes. However, the Utes were the first non-BCS team to break into the BCS, the Utes guaranteed themselves a spot under tougher BCS qualification rules that Boise State would not have earned a guaranteed qualification under (certainly would have still have been there though) and they were only the second team in division one college football history to win every game by at least 14 points. Boise States season was a sweet and enjoyable football season but the Utes achievements were greater.

  • MWC or WAC
    Jan. 7, 2008 5:34 p.m.

    That okay about getting the two mixed up several weeks ago one of the Deseret News Sportswriters made the same mistake and used the term WAC when he really meant MWC, can't remember which, one but I think it was this writer.

  • re:spud buster
    Jan. 7, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    well put, that utah team was untouched all year and there was no extra bcs game like there is now, it would have been nice to see them play a better opponent in the fiesta bowl, unfortunately they were denied that

  • Spud Buster
    Jan. 7, 2008 2:01 p.m.

    RE: coot20
    I'm not a Utah fan, but I think it's very unfair to say BSU's season last year was better than the Utes in 2004. Fortunately, Boise got a worthy opponent in its bowl game. Credit the Broncos for an extremely exciting game and win. There may never be more exciting win than that one. (unlike this years team) Utah had an outstanding team in 2004. Boise and others were lucky not to have had to face that team. Pittsburgh was not much of a bowl opponent, but the Utes had no choice on who they played. I'm sure their players and fans would rather have seen a higher profile team in the Fiesta Bowl. Apples-oranges. We'll never know which team was better, but don't just assume it was Boise. Credit the Broncos for beating up most Mtn. West teams in recent years when they've played. (Utan-BYU)

  • Re: coot20
    Jan. 7, 2008 11:00 a.m.

    What does BSU's victory over Utah last year prove exactly? Nobody is disputing that BSU had the better team last year.

    Whether that 2006 BSU team could have beaten the 2004 Utes is the real question here. Everyone's going to have a different opinion on this one, but these are the facts:

    2004 Utah completely dominated every team on it's schedule. 2006 BSU went undefeated, but only after a couple VERY close calls, including a last-second FG just to beat lowly San Jose St.

    Utah finished #5 in the final regular season rankings in 2004. BSU finished #8. Had the 2004 rules for BCS eligibility been in place a year ago, BSU doesn't even go the Fiesta Bowl.

    Utah's SOS in 2004 was ranked 67th out of 117 teams (according to Sagarin). BSU's SOS in 2006 was only 85th.

    Put those two teams in a game and Utah wins, 41-28.

  • coot20
    Jan. 7, 2008 10:06 a.m.

    BSU's undefeated season and win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl is way more impressive than utahs undefeated season. Especially since they blew utah out on their own field.

  • Jazz Fan
    Jan. 7, 2008 9:59 a.m.

    Jazz Fan = Ute Fan = Poor behavior. They are one and the same. Another reason I like to see both teams go down.

    Who is surprised by that at all?

  • Get over it
    Jan. 7, 2008 9:22 a.m.

    The MWC is not meaningless. Honestly. Boise State gets a lot of credit for its BCU busting win, and rightfully so. But you have to admit that Utah's unbeaten season was more impressive. Hawaii was way overmatched and would likely have lost at least to BYU and Utah had they played. The WAC as presetnly constituted is way below the MWC.

    BYU's bowl win over UCLA is still a win, like the score or not.

    I have to agree that the TV thing is a mess.

  • meaningless
    Jan. 7, 2008 8:25 a.m.

    the meaningless conference wins a majority of thier meaningless bowl games.

    WOW!

    to bad it doesn't matter much. BYU and Utah deserve better than king of the meaningless

  • UTE Fan
    Jan. 7, 2008 7:54 a.m.

    I agree that the MTN has proved that they can't get the job done in either securing the Satelite company's and quality of broadcasting. The MTN is a Molehill. Please consiter what you have done and what you are doing to the conference. Enough is Enough!!

  • MADRYBEG
    Jan. 7, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    In regards to the last comment...The MWC needs to break its contract with the Mtn. Even if I could get the Mtn on my satelite the quality of what I am watching is terrible. Time to move on!!