BYU football: Cougars will play UTEP in New Mexico Bowl

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  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Be careful what you wish for cougars. You are now going to be ESPN patsies, you will be "told" who to play and where to go bowling (you will bowl every year because of your super hard independent schedule - like the MWC schedule only easier).

    Yes, your game will be on one of the ESPN networks but it does not mean it will matter to anyone other than all of you. Kinda like this year.

    What bowls are in your future????

    Honestly, I hope you are not independent for long.

    -to all those who are trashing Utah's bowl opponents - what was Michigan's record in 84? Yeah, they were 6-5. Great Win!

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 6, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    BYU fans are being really supportive of Utah on their bowl. I guess Utah fans are only designed to bash. We all get it's not the greatest bowl, but degrading it just reemphasized how classes Utes are, even after just beating BYU. This is why I never cheer for utah. So few act like men.

  • 3genUTE Chicago, IL
    Dec. 6, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    Congratulations to the cats- a bowl game! Hopefully you can win and get your bowl record a little closer to .500 (it's 10-17-1, what with those losses to powerhouses Tulane and Marshall).

    And you guys already got some press from yahoo sports just today, you are at the top of the list:

    "Here is our annual rundown of the "attractiveness" of the 35 bowls, listed in reverse order, to help you fine-tune your calendar around the holidays.

    35. New Mexico Bowl, BYU (6-6) vs. UTEP (6-6), Dec. 18: Not even being the first bowl of the season saves this one."

    Don't let those guys get you down! They are probably rotton old liberals or sumpthin'

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Dec. 6, 2010 6:55 a.m.

    A complete waste of time and "church" money.
    And yes, the Church does put millions into the BYU and it's athletic department.
    This is also a giant slap in the face to the entire bowl selection system.

    Dec. 4, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    BYU is going to crush a very poor utep team. I served most of my mission in the El Paso area, so I am actually excited to see the game. By the way Arizona St. is 6-6, but two of those wins came against divison I-AA teams, so they can only count one of those wins, so they aren't bowl eligible.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 4, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    Go Cougs!

    1-it is a bowl. Not a good one, but post season play none the less. Yes there are too many bowls, but does that mean we should say No to playing?
    2-It is 15 extra practices for next year.
    3-It continues a streak of bowl games.
    4-There are many bowls where BYU does not make money. BYU making money is not the point of bowl games. It is to play football and win.

    I am going to ABQ for the game. I am not thrilled with a 6-6 season, but after a 1-4 start, they have done well. I love the heart and grit of this team to claw their way back from a bad start.

    U fans, are you really trashing on our bowl and team? Why not enjoy your 10-2 record and the LV bowl and not worry about ours? Seems there still might be some unhealthy fixation on the Cougs and their fortunes.

    I am also a huge Sun Devil fan, but I could care less about U of AZ except when they play ASU.


  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    Thought ESPN was in byu's back pocket as their new "power broker" And this is the best espn could do? Enjoy.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    For you over the top diehard Ute crazies who like to post on BYU stories; get a life. Your entry into the now PAC 12 will be an eyopener for you. I see utter failure for you guys in football. And you have an inferior stadium to boot. BYU will be in a much better situation, playing the field across the country. The Utes will continue to schedule patsies, attempting to become bowl eligible, with six wins, which I think is a horrendous rule of thum. If you have to have more than 50 bowls to satisfy the greediness of the AD's then that is just sick. BYU will also add a couple of patsies every year to their schedule to get their 6 wins as well. If BYU can maintain their football program at a its current level or elevate it, they will be a more or just as attractive bowl participant as Utah, and not get killed in a superior conference as the Utes me.

    I root for the Cougars first, and the Utes second, but stay with my Cougars when it comes to head to head play.

    Good luck to both schools.

  • Bo Jangles Meridian, ID
    Dec. 4, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    Yep, you're right coug fans, UTEP is the type of bowl opponent Utah usually gets. Of course Utah has never played teams like Alabama, USC, Wisconsin, Pitt, GA Tech, Arizona, West Virginia, and Cal in bowl games.

    Are you people serious, before you post, stop yourself and ask, "do I really want to post the garbage coming out of my head?"

    For the Y fans who have trouble understanding how the PAC 10 is a better situation than the MWC, I'll let you in on a little secret... the PAC 10 in an AQ conference. I know this concept might be difficult understand, but if you concentrate really hard you too will understand someday.

    You guys kill me.

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    Hooray, that is just craptacular! Why did Fresno State not work out like they had talked about?

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 4, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    I think all the people who have posted are missing the key point. BYU does not have ANY bowl affliations after this exciting game of 6-6 squads. What bowl game will the Yners be playing in next year? NONE, unless conferences can't fill their slots with not enough bowl eligible teams, the Yners will be out of luck. Sure hope the three televised games on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. on Monday nights are going to be lucrative for ya, huge mistake going independent......enjoy your last bowl game, hope it is all that and more!

  • BYU 99 Garland, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    I was expecting Fresno State or another WAC team and am excited about the Cougars playing UTEP. After losing to Nevada earlier this year I want to see BYU dominate a WAC team. We are very fortunate to be playing in a bowl game this year.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 3, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    I wanted UTEP to join the MWC to replace Utah, back before BYU went independent, or at least trade places with Louisiana Tech in the WAC, and send La Tech to C-USA where they belong.

    I like the old rivalry. This should be a great match-up of long-time WAC foes.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    A matchup from the the old WAC days against UTEP. I am fine with it, I am just looking forward to seeing more BYU football. Its certainly a winnable game, hopefully BYU will take care of business and finish the season with a winning record.

    Go Cougars!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    bought my fifty yd line tickets today.....can't wait!

    Go Cougs!

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Dec. 3, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Three cheers for Veritas Aequitas.

    Go Cougars, I will watch the game, I am a cougar fan. What fan would not watch their team. Of course I will be watching and cheering for whoever play the Utes in their bowl game also. I am also a college football fan.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Dec. 3, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    "So this is the type of Opp. utah usually gets, nice change."

    Sorry to burst your bubble but the last time we Utah had 6 wins in the regular season we didn't play a cupcake:

    #24 7-4 Georgia Tech 10
    6-5 Utah 38

    Huge difference than playings CUSA 6-6 team.

    Good luck scoring more than 16 points for the first time ALL season on the road against a 4+ win team.

  • rickski13 salt lake city, utah
    Dec. 3, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    if i remember correctly byu fans were making fun of utah's 9-3 10-3 after beating cal in the bowl game
    rebuilding year with a true freshman qb. how does 6 and 6 and playing utep in a bowl game feel? pretty good by all the comments i have been reading

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Dec. 3, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Congratulations, BYU, on making it to a bowl. Let's both of us leave the MWC with a bowl victory and a good send off into the unknown--both taking risks with the goal of taking our programs to the next level. Different paths and challenges and now that we won't be competing in the same conference, maybe it will be easier to show each other the respect both teams have earned.

    I will say that 44-20 over #18 is very close to 35-7 over #16. Yes, both quality wins. One came with a payout of $1M and the other with $14M and the associated difference in visibility. The one helped BYU finish 11-2 and 14th and the other helped Utah finish 13-0 and 4th. And as a Utah fan I can hope to see the Utes do as well this year in Vegas as BYU did last year.

    As much as Boise State and Nevada would be as a challenge, I am hearing that the University of Ohio is the most likely to go to Vegas. So, my fellow Ute fans lets hold off disparaging BYU's opponent.

  • manutd Milford, CT
    Dec. 3, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    i guess we deserve each other.

  • johnyutah St. George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    Hey BYU fans you better watch what you say about UTEP. I'm sure they're awful, but I would bet they are better than Utah State, and we all know how well your cougars played USU this year right?

  • Andermart Orem, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    Don't be a baby. This will be a great game for both the Cougars and the Miners. I am excited to get to play the Miners. Both teams are going to prepare hard and have a real fight out there on the field. It will be a blast for fans to watch. The Byu team has been getting better with each game. This is one more opportunity to get out guys ready for next year. Go Cougars.

  • Bigdude Twin Falls, ID
    Dec. 3, 2010 6:07 p.m.


    Last year BYU destroyed Oregon State when Oregon State was ranked 18th. OSU was also one win away from going to the Rose Bowl. I believe Pitt was ranked in the high teens when Utah beat them in the 2004 Fiesta bowl. Both could be (and are by most accounts) considered standout wins.

  • ChrisNSuz Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Hahahaha! What a score for the Cougs! Nothing says awesome year like beating up on UTEP. Hey while you're at it, I think we can find some grasshoppers that you could pull the legs off of. The only thing that would top that is if they play like they did against Utah State and lose. Epic. Best statement year ever for the Y. Going independent like a leper colony.

  • cvguy Lehi, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Riverton Cougar:

    Who has BYU played in bowl games that was any good? They play the 3-4-5 teams from some conference, they have 0 standout bowl wins in the last 10 years.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Dixie Dan

    No church money supports BYU football, but my taxdollar supports Utah athletics, and Utah brought home ONE MWC title last year in women's tennis...

    Whoop, whoop!!!
    Riverton Cougar | 2:48 p.m.
    Riverton, Utah
    "'So this is the type of Opp. utah usually gets, nice change.'


    "What is it with BYU fans and their Utah obsession?"
    And Alabama was pulled from the NC game to play "Utah". If you are from Alabama, how pumped would you be?
    Kids, it is what it is...

    Who is obsessed? Read the comments!

    Utep, with Mike Price. The guy is a heck of a motivator, and his team will be ready. If BYU pulls an Alabama, look for BYU to be rolled hard.

    A Bowl is just an extension of the regular season, just like in basketball, the opportunity to keep playing... the NCAA tourney, the NIT, or the CBI (none of which Utah was invited to last year... surprise!)

    So stop the Ute whining... 9 victories in a row, yet, only TWO significant wins?

    I am proud of my Utes, but so disillusioned with Utah fans... Grow up, and all of you stop trying to top Chris B...

  • kat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    And Utah barely beat BYU at home. What's your point???

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    @utahcountyute, and your comment comes on the heels of "barely" beating an inferior opponent yourself on saturday. The difference is that you were scoreless for 3 quarters, just like last year. You also had help from the replay booth. I think you should forfeit the game if you had any integrity.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    You're right...too many bowls...but at least BYU has a chance for a winning season. Came so close at Ugh-ta this year (that fumble call was highly questionable). Cougars are gonna be much improved next year--the rebuilding is almost complete.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:25 p.m.


    "I don't think UTEP is significantly better than Wyoming or CSU. "

    You better hope not because byu barely beat that lowly Wyoming HOME!

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Glad you're so excited coach. You do know BYU is going to slaughter your team, right?

  • RR Omaha, NE
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    utefan56, oh please. How is this any different than when utah played Tulsa a few years back in the Bell Helicopter Bowl? That bowl game was just as ridiculous.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    Re: tron527 | 3:05 p.m. Dec. 3, 2010

    This will be a cake walk for BYU. They will let Heaps throw the ball and fun all over the Miners. I don't think UTEP is significantly better than Wyoming or CSU.

    Vittatoe (UTEPs QB) is a poor mans Kaepernick. You remember him? He ran all over tds & Boise

    Re: Yo | 3:16 p.m. Dec. 3, 2010

    The PAC-10 only has 3 bowl eligible teams? And how exactly is Utah stepping "up" to a better football conference next year?

    Things are cyclical. But, 2 of those are in the top 4 of the current BCS rankings!

    Next year, while the Utes will be in one of the top 3 conferences in the nation, BYU will **finally** get a chance to capitalize on their avarice.

  • utefan56 st george, utah
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    Are you UTEP? i notice all the usual ute haters sammyg aren't saying a word....I don't think this bowl game would be worth the drive...and I probably will even skip it on tv...

  • ahmyers San Leandro, CA
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    There are too many bowl games.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    Fun in the sun in New Mexico. Already planning a bowl party at my house for about 18 people. Merry Christmas everyone.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    I look forward to going to New Mex to celebrate a soon to be winning season.
    The PAC 10 hasn't finished it's season. They will have more bowl eligible teams but might not get invited.

  • dartstock1 Dayton, NV
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    Other than the national championship game, a bowl is a bowl with the footnote that some bring in more money. Good luck the BYU in the New Mexico Bowl.

  • redfeather Palo Alto, CA
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:39 p.m.


    A meaningless statistical analysis from a BYU obsessed Ute who is still trying to get over the shock of being outplayed by such a pathetic team at home.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:34 p.m.


    "Relevance is a wonderful thing."

    We'll see how "relevant" U are after BSU crushes U just like TCU did.

    Say goodbye to your bowl winning streak if ESPN is able to pull enough strings to get Boise State into the LV bowl.

  • CRB Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    Awesome: Its #56(sagarin) BYU vs #113(Sagarin) UTEP (the 8th ranked team in C-USA)for the 6-6 championship. Now that's going into independant status with a roar isn't it. Lets not forget that from a strength of schedule standpoint that BYU had a mighty 52 rank in schedule strength as compared with UTEP at 127 in schedule ranking. Oh and to add more intrigue to the game its the nations #102 rated QB-Heaps, (lowest ranked freshman in the country and last ranked QB in the MWC) vs UTEP's Vittatoe ranked a whopping 85th. Something's gotta give there, eh? All the Cougars have had left this year is to argue that they have a bigger stadum and better fan support. We shall see won't we how well they travel outside Utah when it isn't Arizona, California and Nevada. Here's to next year with a one loss team that's best bowl opportunity is the Pointsettia, Emerald, or heaven forbid the Las Vegas Bowl. Well Bronco got his wish. He doesn't have to go back to the LV Bowl. Careful what you wish for boys.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    ASU has 6 wins, but only 4 against Div 1 teams. I live in El Paso. I am looking forward to BYU running up the score, assuming the Cougar offensive coordinator takes the day off. By the forth quarter, UTEP will catch on to the fact that every I formation is a run straight into the line. Even they will be able to stop it. UTEP may be 6 and 6, but I believe they have lost 5 of their last 6 games.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    The bowl benefit is weeks of extra practice time for the team. Regardless the bowl or the opponent it's a huge Win for BYU to have gotten any bowl invite, purely to get Heaps and the other underclassmen more reps.

  • Boom Irving, TX
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Both teams are fortunate to even be playing in a bowl. Hopefully the Y steam rolls UTEP.

    Go Cougs!

  • Yo Kearns, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    The PAC-10 only has 3 bowl eligible teams? And how exactly is Utah stepping "up" to a better football conference next year? Even if USC could go to a bowl game, the MWC conference still beats the PAC-10 in bowl eligible teams by 1.

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    The Spiker nailed it. This is about two extra weeks of practice and a game for a very young team. This is just an early start to the offseason for what will be a very good 2011 team.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    Win or lose - Anae needs to turn Heaps loose. Give him some rein. See what he can do.

    Please no more "up the gut" plays for the running backs. Coach Anae - how many times does it take to learn it does not work??

    @utahcountyute; ChrisB; etal:

    Your next 6-6 season is next year - if you get lucky.

    As for your upcoming Bowl game - well, let's hear your score prediction so we can all "write it down".

  • tron527 Provo, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    This will be a cake walk for BYU. They will let Heaps throw the ball and fun all over the Miners. I don't think UTEP is significantly better than Wyoming or CSU.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    Well just another game for all those freshmen to gain experience. The bowl game means nothing.

  • OnlyU Draper, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    No PAC 1o school to Vegas. ASU is asking for a petiton that will get turned down...two of their wins are against D1-AA teams and do not count. CBS sportsline reporting that Utah and Boise St in the Vegas Bowl. Relevance is a wonderful thing.

  • Timpman Heber City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    At this point, BYU is just happy to be going to a bowl game, send the seniors out with a winning record and get some extra practices in for next year. It's like a jump start on Spring Ball which will pay dividends for next Fall.

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    Arizona State, despite being 6-6, is not bowl eligible. I believe that they were appealing that ruling, but everything that I have heard stated that they will lose the appeal. Maybe you should check your facts before you post something.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    "'So this is the type of Opp. utah usually gets, nice change.'

    What is it with BYU fans and their Utah obsession? Yeah, UTEP and Alabama are so alike, I can see how a Cougar fan would make that mistake."


    Y4LYFE has a point. Sure, the Utes played Alabama in the Sugar bowl, but that was definately an outlier from the teams they have played in bowl games this past decade. The second best team Utah has played in recent bowl games was Pittsburg, but even then they weren't that good. BYU has generally played tougher opponents. Beating Alabama was awesome, but besides that, almost anyone in the country could have faced the same post-season schedule the Utes have played and gone undefeated.

    To all others wondering who is going to watch this game, I think the answer is obvious-- BYU fans are going to watch it. There are PLENTY of people who, after dealing with the hardship of a 1-4 start are happy to see them in a bowl game. Besides the BYU fans, I bet many BYU haters will watch the game to cheer for UTEP. Can't deny that.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    To the person who said is the type of opponent Utah usually right on.

    To the people who say there are too many bowls, bowls are part of the culture of college football. It's one more chance to watch your team play. If you don't like all the bowls, you're not a true college football fan. I guarantee just as many BYU fans will watch the game as those lame people who will cheer them to lose. If not, why so many negative remarks?

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    Dixie Dan

    Grow up!

    You already know that no church funds are used to support BYU athletics.


    December 29, 2005

    Utah(7-5) defeats Ga Tech(7-5) in the 2nd annual Emerald Bowl*.

    *One of Utah's incredible wins in that amazing bowl winning streak we're constantly hearing about.

    If the Utes hadn't pulled out that overtime win in Provo in 2005, the Utes wouldn't have even qualified for a bowl.

    Coincidentally, New Mexico lost to Navy in the inaugural Emerald Bowl.

    I do find it interesting how obsessed Utah fans are with trying to tear down the New Mexico Bowl when everyone already knows it's on the low end of the bowl spectrum.

    What's really happening this year is Utah fans are still totally embarrassed about being outplayed at home by a 6-6 team lead by a true freshman QB. Ironically, the more they try to tear down BYU, the weaker the Utes look themselves.

    This will be a good game for Heaps and company to gain valuable bowl game experience.

    Go Cougs!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    The excitement about this bowl is that it is the first bowl game of the season. Yes, there are too many bowls. Only TCU should be going to a bowl from the MWC because they are the confernece champions. Utah and BYU have been major disappointments.

    Its going to be interesting to hear who the Utes get. The best case scenario has Boise State or Nevada. The worse case scenarios are all just as exciting as Utep is.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Given that ASU won last night to put them to 6-6, and if UW wins tomorrow, they also will be 6-6. The Pac10 ties for the vegas bowl may pit Utah against ASU, or UW.

    Little bit different than having Nevada or BSU as an opponent. We're sure that U fan will spin it as a positive to play against future members of their conference.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    The church doesn't pay, the football program is pretty self sufficient and the payout is around 700K so I think everything will be alright.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    I remember when UTEP beat BYU in 85 in El Paso which became known as "wire-tap gate". I think they had the coaches box wire-tapped and knew the plays they were going to run.

    Or Bosco just played like or the other.

  • jedro Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    RE: Dixie Dan
    BYU will do just fine and the expense is offset by the value of qualifying for a bowl game in a rebuilding year. I think it will be a money maker in the long run.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    Oh yeah, and hopefully Utah actually gets a Pac-10 opponent in the Las Vegas Bowl. There are only 3 bowl eligible Pac-10 teams this year. They could end up playing some random Non-AQ team themselves.

  • cvguy Lehi, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    "So this is the type of Opp. utah usually gets, nice change."

    What is it with BYU fans and their Utah obsession? Yeah, UTEP and Alabama are so alike, I can see how a Cougar fan would make that mistake.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    The money doesn't matter. BYU's football revenue is going to quadruple next year anyway. This is about having another chance for BYU to play and chalking up another win on the scoreboard.

    UTEP has enough ability to pull an upset over the Cougars. Even with the same records, though, BYU is easily a favorite in this game. This game is more mental for BYU. If they go in ready to play and play tough, then BYU takes care of business easily.

  • ST Layton, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    as a Ute fan I'll I can say is - good luck to the Cougars.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    Red Red Ute

    I could only dream of Heaps throwing 60+. Anai will have him throw 20 4 yard passes, will run the ball up the middle 3 out of 4 plays and will basically bore the heck out of us.

    And before all of the brilliant Ute fans get on talking about how "excited" we are about this game, get a life. You know that we have simply accepted this as an opportunity to continue practicing and getting more experiance for a very young team.

    No one is interested in this match-up (except for the so called "Ute Fans" that spend their time hating the Y and booing their own quarterback).

    It's a now win situation for us, but we'll make the best of it.

  • BobbyW South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    Seriously? I guess thats what happends when you go 6-6 for the year. My only hope is UofU plays bo diddley tech

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    It's official. There are too many bowl games.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    How can BYU justify the expense of this frivilous bowl game? This will be a money loser for the school and the LDS Church. Who is watching the cost for this game in church headquarters?

  • Red Red Ute Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    Wow, couldn't they find a better match-up? BYU should roll in this game. Have fun watching Heaps throw up 60+.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    So this is the type of Opp. utah usually gets, nice change.

    Can't wait for BYUs next home game though, Cougars are going to kill whoever it is.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    It will be fun to watch Heaps and company play...


    Well, let's get it over with so we can focus on basketball, and look forward to next football season.

  • crazedc Farmington, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    Easy win for the Cougars.

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    Price has done some great things in El Paso, but I like BYUs chances against UTEP. This game will bring back memories (I grew up in El Paso...and miss the old WAC games).

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    WOW! I'm sure every sports lover just can't wait to watch to 6 & 6 teams play.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    This is like a home game for UTEP.

    Look for the Miners to play a gutsy game and beat the cougs to give them a losing record :)