BYU football: Cougars sign S.F. bowl deal for 2013

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  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Dec. 17, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    To: Duckhunter | 4:55 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010 American Fork, UT: First, the BYU name does not play well in San Francisco, so coming to a Bowl in California is not such a great thing. In addition, this is not a top ranked bowl.
    poyman | 5:53 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010 Lincoln City, OR - has the right idea. This program is not going in to right direction for the majority of the Cougar fans. While it is true that the Cougars can go out and schedule whoever, they have yet to prove anything on the field and the prospects don't look promising. In addition, BYU does not play well in every location. Don't look for stadiums to be filled until they start to win consistently.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    re: TrollPolice | 4:42 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010

    "Whether it's hatred, obsession, dislike, or simply curiousity, Utah fans can pretend all they want to, but the reality for the vast majority of Utah fans is, besides Utah, there isn't now, and never will be, a more relevant team on the planet than BYU!"

    What about indifference towards BYU?

    After processing spin like that, I need to know where the dramamine is?

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Wouldn't be ideal/ironic if the Fight Hunger Bowl were on the 1st Sunday of the month?

  • Resident Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Nice. More Ute fans with nothing better to do than comment on BYU stories. Ute news just isn't cutting it for you? Makes sense, there's nothing reported about the Utes that anybody really cares about.

    I'm sure BYU will continue to try and find better bowl situations. Until then, I'm excited to go visit family in the Bay Area and see some football!

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    All this nonsense about bowl games being important other than for a reward to the team for a nice season and good trip for fans is ridiculous. Bowl games are bowl games only want to be programs place any significance in winning them. Look at Alabama in 2008. They could have cared less if they won the Sugar Bowl. It meant nothing because it wasn't even for an imaginary national TV title. Nice job Mr. Holmoe, nice location for the fans for the program to celebrate even if the team goes 6 and 6, avoiding another opportunity to visit and tour wonderful downtown Albuquerque in December.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    UU702: You are correct. BYU has been there, done that, several times, in regards to the Las Vegas Bowl. So what is your point?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    To Utah'95

    BYU will make any bowl they play in better, just as they did the Holiday Bowl, because they fill the stands. If someone is interested in BYU helping their cause, then BYU will try to do so. BYU is interested in helping make the world a better place, not to see how much money and prestige they can have. Yooters will say that we are prideful. We expect you to say that, because you are fulfilling the scriptures that indicate that in the last days, those who do not follow the Lord will profess good to be bad and bad to be good. There aresome Ute fans are making those prophesys come true.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 15, 2010 12:08 a.m.


    Thanks for your comment... it forced me to go and do a little research... There are about 40 Bowls in total.... The non-BCS bowls pay anywhere from about $4.25M (the Capital One Citrus) to as low as $350K... With most hovering between $1M and $2M.

    The SF Kraft Fight Hungar Bowl pays $850K while the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl pays $1M... The Poinsettia and NM Bowls both pay $750K each...

    There have been basically three Independent Teams (Notre Dame, Navy and Army).... all have contracts with about 4 different bowls with revenue of about $750K to $2M...

    We (BYU) have agreements with the Poinsettia in 2012 and the SF Fight Hungar Bowl in 2013....

    Some BCS Conferences have Bowl arrangements clear down to their 7th and 8th place team, if Bowl Eligible... When those conferences cannot fill thei commitment because they don't have enough Bowl Eligible teams... Or because they have a couple of teams in the BCS Bowls, then openings occur.... If we are commited we may not be available to take those more lucrative offerings against better competition (usually)...

    I suppose it's not as big of deal as I suggested, but still concerned.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    RE: BigUteFan

    You refer to BYU fans as Yners, but your blog is one complete whine job. Methinks you are the Yner.

    To Ute Fan:

    What is your point. I thought Utah was going to the Las Vegas Bowl, the bowl that was so terrible for Byu to play in last year, not the Humanitarian Bowl.

  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    Wow, the jealousy of Ute fans are out in full force tonight! Yeah, these to bowl tie-in are not the greatest, and yeah some of BYU's scheduled games over the next 2 years are not that great. But the one thing that you just must be green with envy (which I presume that so many of you little boys are on here talking about how lucky your Uties are, about being in the PAC12...Yes, your are correct; "LUCKY" is the correct term here. Lucky has been your mantra in your 6 short years of notoriety. 2004 and to a lesser extent 2008, was really the only 2 teams Utah has fielded, that are really anything to be excited about, both BCS victories, yes. Remember these 2 years well, because this will officially end on 12/22 when the Bronco's of BSU stomp the stuffins out of your overrated Utes.

    Next year with a green offensive backfield, w/ a underclassmen OL is going to disappoint your fanbase terribly, much like the latter half of this year. Sorry boys, Ute football will fall back to its' normal mediocrity, that you all enjoyed prior to 2004!

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    Of the 30 non-BCS bowls, about 20 have contractual obligations to conferences. For BYU, this was likely as good as it gets for 2013, because there are still 9 bowls with lesser payouts than the Fight Hunger. It'll probably be a little more than $1,000,000, which is not great, but also not bad. And not one penny will be shared with another team. Just toss that in the till with the $5-8 million from ESPN.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Dec. 14, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    "Actually this is simply more evidence of BYU's clout and desirability."

    Yes, and here's another example...

    "Officials from the Bowl Championship Series didn't even wait long enough to see if BYU could finish the regular-season with an undefeated record to decide the Cougars' BCS fate.

    Access denied.

    A 12-0 record, a conference championship, and the nation's highest-scoring offense were not enough for BYU, which was officially eliminated from BCS consideration on Monday." -- Jeff Call

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Dec. 14, 2010 7:04 p.m.


    Yes, Army and Navy also have signed a contract with the same bowl.

    The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has a contract to host the Pac-10's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons.

    In 2011, the Pac-10 team's opponent will be Army; in 2012, it will be Navy; and in 2013 it will be BYU unless they are in the National Championship.

    Sorry to burst your bubble but the bowl is tied to the PAC-12, for its mid-level team.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 14, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Duckhunter your delusion cup runnith over with such comments as "actually this is simply more evidence of BYU's clout and desirability." Really? Since the WAC for all intents and purposes fell apart this bowl was desperate for a tie to someone. All the conference (in which pretty much every Div I desires to be) already have tie ins with other bowls. BTW Navy and Army have tie ins with other bowls with the Poinsettia Bowl among other taking Navy if the opportunity arises. Notre Dame could do it as well but they wouldn't settle for such a bowl as the one in SF. Keep telling yourself it is all because your team is the "bestest ever and nobody else could do what they can; this along with that college football didnt exist before 1970 and other BYU sports myths.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 6:26 p.m.


    Instead of whining, why don't you give us a reasonable bowl alternative to a BCS bowl?

    Were you expecting Tom to muscle the Big Ten or PAC 12 out of the Rose Bowl?

    The goal for BYU hasn't change at all. A BCS bowl or playoff spot are still the ultimate goals.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 14, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Is anyone paying attention to what Holmoe is doing to our football program...

    The San Francisco Bowl in 2013??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!

    This guy is killing us... I was looking at the computer rankings for Division I Recruiting and we don't even crack the top 50... Who's going to pick BYU over another major College with the scheduling deals that Holmoe is doing??? Idaho? Idaho State? New Mexico State? S. F. Bowl???.... We are even going to start losing some of our LDS recruits at this rate if Holmoe continues to be incharge of scheduling.... Kids with talent want to play where they can get some top tier competition and top tier exposure... S.F. BOWL??? Good luck with all that... If I were King Holmoe would have been gone about 6 months ago.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Actually this is simply more evidence of BYU's clout and desirability. Are there any other single schools that have their own bowl tie in? Is there another school in the entire nation that has a bowl guaranteed to them so long as they are eligible?


    And this is just one more thing BYU is capable of doing that utah is not capable of. Like going independent. utah could never do it. They don't have a good enough name. They don't have a long enough history of success and they do not have a fan base that can sell a game out in almost any place in the country.

    utah could never have their own personal bowl guaranty with any bowl. They have to have a conference tie in to get one. No bowl would tie themselves to a new kid on the block with a dubious "fan" base.

    Now is this the ultimate destination? No. Of course all Cougar fans would prefer to play in a bigger bowl. But short of being undefeated it probably won't happen and going to a bowl in a great location like SF is a good thing.

    Sounds like fun.

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 4:42 p.m.


    The BYU paradox for Utah fans.

    Prove how relevant BYU is by how much U talk about BYU.


    Prove that BYU is completely irrelevant by completely ignoring the Cougars.

    Whether it's hatred, obsession, dislike, or simply curiousity, Utah fans can pretend all they want to, but the reality for the vast majority of Utah fans is,

    besides Utah,

    there isn't now, and never will be, a more relevant team on the planet

    than BYU!

    I'll bet you couldn't find one Utah fan in a thousand who has been to a Colorado blog this year to talk smack with Utah's new "rival".

    Actions speak louder than words.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 14, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    The comments here make no sense what so ever. BYU fans like to poke at U fans saying that if the U were to be only 6 - 6 (imagine the horror of your team only being 6 -6, oh wait, Y fans can ) that the U would go to a who-cares-bowl. Last I checked the Y was average at best this year, and is going to the who-cares-bowl this year. So what are all the Y fans bragging about. You got a contract to play on ESPN3... Duke plays on ESPN3 and was on regular ESPN 4 times this year... big deal. And Duke is terrible.

    U fans.... this is actually a decent deal for the Y. It is in an area with tons of members to draw from, will give them a national game not competing against any other games, and will be able to tell their recruits they will be able to play in a bowl game in 2013. The chance that the Y will be playing in a game in 2013 is a lot higher right now than the U will... as of right now.

    Get over it, both of you.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 3:23 p.m.


    There goes that hate word again. I don't hate byu, I just dislike many of their fans.

    Right back at you though Anti. How come there were atleast 60% U "haters" on the U article announcing they were going to play Boise St in Las Vegas? Why do they care????

    It's a two way street.

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Dec. 14, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    anti BCS:

    You wrote, "...a one-game bowl tie-in two years from now that BYU may never play in."

    Wow, this Ute fan is far more optimistic than you that BYU will be good enough by 2013 to qualify for this Bowl. I'd bet money on it, given that so many of the Y's games will be at LES against what's left of the WAC.

    So relax... go ahead and book your motel right now. BYU is a lock for this bowl!

    (Wait... you weren't thinking... no, of course not, that would be silly!)

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    Dec. 14, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    Anyone remember when we got invited to play Cal in Vegas weeks before Cal did? The only way Cal fans could get tickets was double price on Ebay from a Y fan.
    Now we'll sell the place out in October! Every bowl a home game!

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    Dec. 14, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    "even if we are average get to go to a decent bowl"

    Ha! An average Utah team in the Pac12 lands them in the Backyard SadSack Bowl with Washington State!

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    The Kraft Bowl of Mac & Cheese is BYU's goal? This is horrible. And hillarious.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    Gotta agree with Independence... If you're not in a BCS bowl, then the rest are all about the same. Obviously some pay a little more, but this is a very good start for BYU.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 14, 2010 2:47 p.m.


    words of wisdom from the poster child for obsessed BYU hating

    Didn't we hear waaaaaay back in June, as soon as it was announced that Utah was joining the PAC 12, that Utah was leaving BYU in the dust and the Cougars were no longer relevant?

    Teams that are irrelevant are teams like New Mexico that you NEVER talk about until the week you play them and couldn't care less which bowl, if any, they are playing in -- last year, this year, or any time in the future.

    And yet here we are barely a week before Utah's bowl game, and Utah fans are obsessed with a one-game bowl tie-in two years from now that BYU may never play in, than they are with the bowl game the Utes will play in next Saturday.

    Why do U ever care?

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 14, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    It's a 1yr deal folks. Relax. Maybe Holmoe knows what he's doing.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    "obsessed jealousy fueled posts haters"

    Don't really know what this means but it is funny how the hate word gets thrown around so much from down south.

    I'm pretty sure every byu fan that had an internet connection was on the first article about the Utah vs Boise st matchup saying they were going to get killed and such. Don't really have problem with it really but if you can't take it, maybe you should get out of the game.

    Good luck in NM

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Dec. 14, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    There's a lof of BYU hating going on right now. You guys really need to get a life (or at least get some class).

    Many are laughing at the idea of BYU going to a BCS bowl game. Why do you laugh? I bet most people in 2002 would have laughed if you told them the U of U would go to a BCS bowl game in 2004. It can be done, and Mendenhall is just as good of a coach as Whittingham, so it's possible. In fact, BYU has been on the BCS doorstep before, only to have the BCS slam it in their face. In 2006, BYU was two field goals away from a BCS game.

    If you want to claim that BYU isn't as good as Utah because BYU has only gotten "close" to a BCS bowl game, then BYU fans can likewise claim that BYU is better than Utah because Utah has only gotten "close" to a national championship. You can't pick and choose. Otherwise, I'll make this statement: BYU did their best in 1984, won the national championship. Utah has done thier best twice, but neither time was good enough.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    Let the trolls have their fun. The tide will be turned in the not too distant future. A 1 year deal in this bowl makes sense and they have the out if they earn a BCS bid. The chances of that in 2012 and 2013 are much better for BYU than any other team in the state.
    Thank you for your obsessed jealousy fueled posts haters. Now go roll in the mud some more.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 1:33 p.m.


    "Ya, next year is going to be awesome"

    That would be great on a t-shirt! I suspect it will be a common theme with byu losing their first game and then having to play in the Fight Hunger Bowl every year. lol

    oh yeah....2 out of 3 and scoreboard!

  • UU702 Layton, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    @ Cougars-wise older brothers

    Highly recommend the San Farncisco...err, Diamond Walnut...err, Emerald...err, Kraft fight Hunger Bowl...err, whatever it is called two years from now Bowl.

    Been there,won that two name changes ago.

    Regards...Lil Bro

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 14, 2010 1:06 p.m.


    Feel free to fool yourself into believing that Washington(6-6) in the Holiday Bowl is something that will occur more than once a decade.

    In most years, the Holiday Bowl will be the bowl destination of the loser of the PAC 12 championship game, with the winner going to the Rose Bowl.

  • Juggernaut Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    Washington is 6 and 6 this year and they are going to the holiday bowl, the holiday bowl for crying out loud, you tell me going to the pac 12 doesn't have its' benefits.

  • UU702 Layton, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    @ Cougars-wise older brothers

    Highly recommend the San Farncisco...err, Diamond Walnut...err, Emerald...err, Kraft fight Hunger Bowl...err, whatever it is called two years from now Bowl.

    Been there,won that two name changes ago.

    Regards...Lil Bro

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Dec. 14, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    Nothing wrong with this at all. Does it really make a difference which bowl your team goes to if it's not a BCS bowl? It's either a BCS bowl or any of the rest, and this agreement provides for that. The only trouble now is that BYU needs to solidify some way of making it into a BCS bowl. It would be hard to keep them out if they go undefeated, which is pretty much the deal they had in the MWC, so certainly nothing is lost here. Another thing to consider, is that if an 11-1 BYU is tied into a bowl, that bowl's prestige has just increased a bit, and can gradually start offering bigger pay outs. Look at the Las Vegas Bowl this year. It's one of the best match ups outside of the BCS. The pay out isn't what it should be, but it's certainly a quality bowl game.

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 14, 2010 11:26 a.m.


    "even if we are average get to go to a decent bowl"

    Thanks for checking in little brother, but your arrogance is only exceeded by your ignorance. If Utah is average in the PAC 12, the Utes won't even qualify for a bowl game.

    Utah fans obsessing about where BYU MIGHT be playing in a bowl two years from now just prove that joining the PAC 12 hasn't cured them of their little brother syndrome.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 14, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    Lucrative in the sense of BYU deals, coverage, etc. BYU is making BcS money, whilst utah earns zip!

    I would be very quiet considering it took everything you had as a 10 win team to beat a barely bowl eligible team. Ya, next year is going to be awesome.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 14, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    I like that Holmoe is covering all the bases. If we go to a BCS game, then we have an out. If not, we have a bowl.

    Again, I think it's funny how some silly Ute fans are getting arrogant. I'm surprised these National Championship contenders didn't learn their lesson earlier this year. Of course, when I was a student they were really good in basketball and obnoxiously arrogant about that....

  • akk2602 Sandy, Ut
    Dec. 14, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. When I was growing up BYU owned the state of Utah when it came to football... now not so. I am glad to be a UTE fan... get to see Oregon. USC, UCLA, Stanford et al... Have a chance to go to the Rose Bowl... even if we are average get to go to a decent bowl. Life is good... much rather be in a conference that is relevant... play with the big boys.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 10:08 a.m.

    January 2013 will be at the end of Jake Heaps' junior year.

    If you polled most BYU fans, I think you'd find that their preferred destinations for bowl games are California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.

    San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas are all fun places for fans to visit.

  • ida-coug Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 14, 2010 10:01 a.m.


    If all Ute fans were like you I could almost see myself rooting for the Ute's in LV. As it is I will be yelling for the team that has the ball at the time. I will really enjoy the game because I won't care who wins..........

    Go BYU
    Go Boise
    Go Utah

  • PAC-12 Envy Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    Isn't 2013 Jake Heaps senior year?

    Seems like a fitting bowl to cap Jake's non-AQ, mid-major career.

    I shudder to think the bowl arrangement that BYU may have had to settle for if ESPN had not flexed their considerable muscle to secure for the Cougars a spot in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    It'll take awhile for BYU to establish themselves as an independent. With pretty much every bowl eligible team going to a bowl, there's no question a bowl-eligible BYU team would be invited to a bowl.

    Still, for planning purposes, it's nice for fans to have some idea where/when BYU will be playing if the Cougars aren't playing in a BCS bowl.

    Playing in San Francisco in January 2013 would be fun.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Dec. 14, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    dartstock1 and IDC,

    If a Ute fan had drawn a comparison of BYU to Temple where football is concerned, all of Utah Valley would have gone high and to the right. Certainly that can't be how you see it!

    Whether some Utah fans like to admit it, BYU is a well known name when it comes to football. That is why ESPN was willing to enter into their current business relationship with the Cougars.

    Trust me, an 8-4 BYU team wouldn't spend the holidays at home. They would be playing in a bowl game somewhere.

    At first glance, it seems to me that BYU suddenly got timid just months after making their bold move for independence. I look forward to hearing what Tom Holmoe has to say about this decision.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    I love that "unless BYU goes to a BCS Bowl." Been waiting for that for a long time. Let's wait until atleast this summer before we start making our "Quest for Perfection" statements because that is what it will take to go to a BCS bowl.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Dec. 14, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    Dream bowl - no. But as some have said, teams with winning records can get left out of bowls so BYU is smart to get a tie-in. BYU doesn't share the money with anyone so they may actually get some cash after expenses.

    Independence is going to be good for BYU. They are making good decisions and their schedule for next year in football isn't bad and will improve from there. I would anticipate their bowl tie-ins will improve as well.

    The best part of independence is BYUTV. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of basketball and football games. BYU will have excellent exposure and I get to see even more of their games. Go Cougs!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Fight Hunger Bowl?


    The Cougars return to the WAC is now complete.

    That ESPN affiliation sure is paying off big time isn't it?

    Funny... just too funny.

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Just as a point of clarification. I don't think this is Jake's senior year. The bowl is in January, so this will be a bowl for the 2012 season, but played in 2013.
    Can Cougar fans please stop saying things like, the Utes will end up in this bowl too, haha. Then believing it is some slam against the Utes. It makes BYU sound so pathetic. Yes, Utah may go to LV or SF for a bowl game while in the PAC, but their ceiling is the Rose Bowl. While BYU is almost guaranteed to play in this game, no matter how good they are.

    This kind of bowl is the reality of independence. Almost every bowl has tie ins with conferences, making it hard for BYU to find a home for now. It stinks for BYU fans, but you have to take what you can get until you get your feet under you. If the program goes where you want it to go, you may find a home with a decent bowl. Hang in there. It is a big gamble, but it will be a fun ride.

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    Dec. 14, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    This bowl is a good start... nearly all of the Bowl games already have contracts through 2013 so getting a more "lucrative" bowl probably wasn't much of an option at this point. That is why they only signed a one year deal. If a better deal opens up the Cougars will be ready to sign. In the meantime there's a good chance that the Cougs will play the Utes in January, I'm pretty content with that.

  • SLCguy Murray, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    BYU isn't going to ANY BCS Bowl until their team speed and O-line play improves.

    Sorry I see neither thing happening.

  • dartstock1 Dayton, NV
    Dec. 14, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    There are teams with winning records who do not get invited to bowls. The Temple Owls were 8-4 this season, but will not participate in a one of the 35 bowls. BYU was wiser than the Owls in this situation.

  • Cosmo Springville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    I'm glad there's a clause in there should BYU go BCS busting! 2013 seems like a pretty good year for that! Assuming Jake doesn't go NFL, that's his senior year!

    ---Goooooooo Cougars!

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Dec. 14, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    Ah yes, I can see it 11-1 BYU team takes on the 6-6 Utes in the Fight Apathy Bowl in 2013.

    Can't wait!

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Dec. 14, 2010 5:19 a.m.

    This moves is inconsistent with the move to independence that BYU made earlier this year.

    If BYU is confident enough in their program, prestige, and fanbase to go independent, then tie yourself to this low-rated bowl? Why not concentrate on finishing the season with 8 or more wins, and see what bowl opportunities present themselves?

    Have faith, BYU. There are 30+ bowls each year. A bowl-deserving Cougar squad wouldn't have to stay home just because they haven't signed a contract with a bowl.

    Good luck in Albuquerque.

  • Utefan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 4:20 a.m.

    Tickets to the Humanitarian Bowl $16 to $46.
    A hotel room, gas, and food in beautiful Boise, $200.
    Watching BYU never play in a BCS game. Priceless!

    For everything else there is Master Card!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    not going back to mwc and the mtn.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 14, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    Congrats on landing the Finger licking good bowl in two years, if your eligible. This is really an improvement and Yner fans must be thrilled. A dream come true, time in Prop. 8 land. Wow, was it really worth it to destroy all other sports so that football can have three games a year on Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. on EPSNU and a trip in two years to the Finge licking good bowl? I say yes!

  • OU812 Layton, UT
    Dec. 14, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    "If BYU plays in a BCS bowl...", haha, that is funny, that's a good one. LOL

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 13, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    The Deuce

    "Let's get back to the MWC..."

    Going back to the MWC means going back to the MTN.


    In case you haven't been paying attention, TCU will be long gone from the MWC by 2013, and BYU already has Boise State scheduled.

    Besides, that'll be Heaps' senior year; BYU will be playing in a BCS bowl anyway or in the playoffs, if major college football has finally come to its senses.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Dec. 13, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    As Cougar fans, are we seriously excited about this? This program continues to go in the opposite direction of what they touted as being more national exposure. This year it is the New Mexico Bowl and then by 2013 this? What direction is this program really going? Let's get back to the MWC and make a stand. Beat TCU and BSU along with Nevada and then we have a program.

  • lordandrew1 Provo, UT
    Dec. 13, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    not exactly a high-profile game, but at least we have SOMETHING worked out--by the way, the Cougs should be really, REALLY good that year.

    oh and because the deal is usually PAC-12 #5/6 vs WAC, don't be surprised to see the Utes there on a regular basis!

    Dec. 13, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    Hey live hard we'll be making the money next year, while utah will be making $0 yes $0 dollars from tv revenue next year. Nice deal yes you get to play in the Pac 12, but they aren't even sharing money with you next year. Lucrative yes $$$$$$ lucritive!!!!!

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 13, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    Indy isn't perfect. But it sure is lucrative.

    Go Y