Blue roundup: BYU vs. So. Miss or SMU in bowl game?

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 25, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Naval vet,

    One of the nuances that seems to be lost on you is called "progression throughout the season." Granted, teams that play well all season long don't worry about it as much as teams (and fans) like BYU.

    Teams (and fans) like Utah should worry about it a whole lot. When BYU goes to it's pathetic little bowl game will Utah fans be saying "better to stay home than go to one of those penny ante games."

    Yes, the smell of 54-10 will hang around Provo for at least a year, but what does it smell like up on the hill? This weekend, I think it will smell a whole lot like beaver, and that ain't roses my friend!

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Oct. 25, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    Before the season the Ute trolls told us that the BYU-Utah game would mean so much more to BYU than Utah since they had the whole of their PAC schedule to play. Then BYU came out and played a dud, while Utah put up their best game of the season to date... Good thing they have that PAC schedule to console them.

    I know, I know. Scoreboard. But as a Y fan I can't help but be sad that we're playing a better QB now while the U is playing a worse one.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 25, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    @ Trout

    The Utes are headed to what bowl in 2011 ? Crickets !

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Oct. 25, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    SUNNY ALL DAY and Y Grad/Y Dad:

    What difference would it make "who is better" between 2 FCS teams? Especially since even in the unlikely event that ISU actually DOES upset MSU, Utah will have STILL pounded the Y 54-10 in Provo last month. So either way, Utah > than their little brothers in Provo.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 24, 2011 10:05 p.m.


    Oregon State at Utah will also be a nice indicator. Imagine that, two weeks in a row opposing Orange and Black, suddenly cheering for them...

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Where's Stockton???

    I completely forgot about Craig James! Watching him stew in is own juices would be worth it.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Montana State is @ Idaho State this Saturday.

    Head to head competition should resolve the "who is better" question.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 24, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    FYI - Teams are allowed to count 1 win over a division 1-AA opponent toward bowl eligibility, but no more than that. This is why Arizona State was not eligible for a bowl game last year, despite having a 6-6 record. Two of their wins were over FCS opponents.

    I like the rule. I'm sure Utah fans do as well, because they would still be 4 wins short of bowl eligibility without it.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Oct. 24, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    A rematch with SMU would be ok with me...Love to see the plug get pulled on Craig James anytime.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Oct. 24, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    BYU is far away from a credible bowl game. I can't believe that a team with the schedule that BYU has played this year would be even considered for a bowl game. Yes, many of the larger schools play less well known teams at the beginning of the season, not in the middle of the season. This was once a very strong program and now has just about dropped out of sight. It is time to take a closer look at where this program is going and the coaching staff.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    SLC BYU Fan
    "The NCAA allows one victory per season over a Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) team to count toward an FBS team's bowl eligibility".

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 24, 2011 5:00 p.m.

    Utes get to count their win against Montana State, a FCS (1-AA) team, and they still may not have enough wins to qualify for a bowl.

    FBS teams can count one win against an FCS team towards their bowl eligibility, but if they play two FCS teams, they can still only count one.

    Liberty Bowl gets Conf USA winner. Armed Forces Bowl gets Conf USA #3 pick.

    Houston will likely win the conference. Southern Miss and SMU are both good teams this year, but Tulsa could be in the running also. Even though they are 4-3, their 3 loses are to Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, and Boise St - all Top 10, non-conference teams. Any of the three will be far better opponents than last years UTEP match-up.

    As much as I dislike the Ute trolls, I hope Utah gets bowl eligible. That would be a black eye against the program and the state to have a losing record in their first year in an AQ conference.

  • troutman Washington, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    Whoop-ti-do-da...... Armed Forces Bowl? Give me a break When it comes down to it the only bowl games I care about are:

    Rose Bowl
    Orange Bowl
    Fiesta Bowl
    Sugar Bowl(New Orleans-National Championship)

    The other Bowls are a waste of space and teams and that includes byu & utah, and if Utah makes a bowl game this year without a QB, then I will sit in my birthday suit on top of Eagle gate!

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    I would love to see a rematch of the 1980 Miracle Bowl with SMU except for the fact that the Armed Forces Bowl is being played on SMU's home field due to stadium renovations at TCU. I would rather the Cougars play their bowl game on a neutral field so I hope they get Southern Miss.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    slc BYU fan
    Since it was accompanied by 5 other victories.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Oct. 24, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    Either team should provide a good challenge for BYU and should make for a great game. Who knows, a win in the bowl may put BYU back into the top25.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Bring it! BYU v SMU would be fun, plus that June Jones coached Hawaii all those years.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Oct. 24, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    "Since when is beating an FCS (1-AA) opponent making a team bowl worthy?"

    When a team has already beaten schools from the PAC, SEC, CUSA, and WAC (albeit two of the worst).

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Oct. 24, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Agree. No Ute should be on here giving bowling advice when they aren't even going to one.

    Who knows how they picked Utah to play TCU. Seriously, ESPN has some of the worst "experts" I've ever seen. I don't know how they pick Alabama to play for the NC. LSU is such a better team.

    BYU should play the best team. It's always better to play the better team, especially if it's a CUSA opponent. Would Bronco really want to play the second place team when they can play the first? "We're thrilled to see our guys execute vs a lower level CUSA team. It will be a great matchup." He'd never say that. We all know he'd want the better team.

  • ute-chute Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 24, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    SLC BYU Fan | 2:46 p.m. Oct. 24, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Since when is beating an FCS (1-AA) opponent making a team bowl worthy?



    It doesn't matter when you beat the FCS team. Many teams get those wins early in the season.

  • RichardL RIVERTON, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    The NCAA started a few years ago allowing wins against FCS opponents count in the win category for bowl eligibility. There was a close call about five years ago when because of so many bowls, there almost was not enough teams to play. It is all watered down anyway and no one has the ability to say "we're number one" because of lack of a playoff. And that might open up a whole discussion!

  • ute-chute Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 24, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    MJB | 2:40 p.m. Oct. 24, 2011
    Tooele, UT
    How can they predict that in the Las Vegas bowl it will be TCU against Utah?


    They can predict that the Utes can go anywhere. They predicted that the Utes would be in the PAC 10/2 championship game, and where did that get them.

    At least BYU will go to a bowl.

    The Utes ended their season after the BYU game.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    Since when is beating an FCS (1-AA) opponent making a team bowl worthy?

  • Band Of Roscoes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    So either SMU or SMU?

    I hope its the Southern Methodist as they got invited to a BCS conference. Let's see what they're about.

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    How can they predict that in the Las Vegas bowl it will be TCU against Utah?

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Let's play SMU, they're not as good as So. Miss so it will fit in well with this year's slate of games...

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Ute "fans"/trolls have no right of coming on her and making comments.

    By the way it's looking, Utah will not even be going to a bowl game.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    BYU hasn't played either team in a while, so either one would be something fun and new, but a BYU/SMU bowl game rematch would be great.