No. 1 Florida State beats No. 2 Auburn 34-31, wins BCS national championship game (+photos)

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  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    I am glad that the BCS is finally done. That is good that they are going to a play off system next year. The 4 plus 1 model is a step in the right direction but until they do a sixteen team play off it will continue to exclude other worthy teams from having a chance at competing to be the best in college football. There are some posters on here who think that if they win their conference championship game they will be in for sure. Well the four plus one does not guarantee that. For example: Let's say Utah does go 10-2 and wins the conference championship game. But let's also say that year that you have a 11-1 SEC team a 12-0 team from a BCS conference and a 11-1 Big 10 and 11-1 Big 12. Will Utah get the invite? My guess is probably not because the 11-1 teams and the 12-0 team are more appealing to them and would bring them more money.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Jan. 8, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    So nice to see an SEC team lose. I deplore the monopoly of their money-making industry. College sports, in general, will most likely go the way of the Olympic athlete. Too much money is involved to stop the overflow into the athletes pockets. It has been going on for decades now.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    Wow...and I thought this was an article about Florida State and Auburn's game; apparently I was greatly mistaken.

    As a fan, I understand that it's nice to prop up your own team out of context a bit, but this back and forth squabbling is frankly embarrassing.

    More and more I am coming to realize that BYU and Utah shouldn't be playing each other, which is sad, but I think necessary and healthy (especially based on what the majority on the comment boards are saying).

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:41 p.m.

    in Med. School than the U.
    Those are not based off the ownership of the University.
    Forbes states what their ranking is based off of and the weights.
    Student Satisfaction (22.5%)
    Post-graduate success (37.5%)
    Student Debt (17.5%)
    Graduation Rate (11.25%)
    Nationally Competitive awards (11.25%)
    40% of your ranking is based off published research. The U is a research institution so it will rank higher and should.
    The fact that a non-research institution is recognized is pretty good.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    @ CB
    After reading your comments I am very grateful I did not attend the U.
    I was in athletics and I won conference titles, and went to post season tournaments and yes the U wanted me.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:05 p.m.

    An educated person would have learned that they were talking about the Football program not the athletics with that article.
    That is an interesting statistic and the basis for it would be interesting considering that BYU was rated 43rd last year at a value of 136.1 and Utah at 119
    Utah new facility increases their worth, I wonder why BYU would have lost 34 million? After upgrading some facilities.
    I question forbes' system some programs lost over 50 million in value in a year while some gained around 50 million. so some programs lose 50% value in a year (unlikely)
    Do you know that the University of Louisville basketball program is worth almost twice what the U's football program is?
    These numbers come from 1 associate professor where does he get his numbers from? DOE projections are the best, the rest are assumed facility values.
    What about revenue?
    2012-2013 BYU 22.4 million
    Utah 20.7
    Big difference? The U's increase is because of being subsidized by taxpayers.
    BYUs estimated profit from athletics is over 7 million (according to the department of education)
    I think with that worth the U could field a better team. Baylor is only worth half what the U is and is much better.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:54 p.m.


    So now that Sagarin and the head-to-head Deseret Duel have let you down, you're crowing about USNews' College Rankings? Bad move.

    These rankings reflect more on the resources of BYU's owner than anything else. Institutional wealth is the largest single factor for Forbes and USNews.

    If you want to try rankings with a little more objective criteria, see the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which puts Utah at a tie for #85 in the world and BYU in the group of #301-400.


  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 2:50 p.m.


    Did you happen to see the ksl article mentioning how Utah placed in the top 50 most valuable athletic programs in the country.

    Did you see where byU was on the list?

    Answer: They weren't!

    The Pac 12 could have chosen Utah, byu, or neither: They chose Utah

    The Big 12 could have chosen byu or nothing: They chose nothing

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin
    please cite your source (academic rankings)
    US news rankings BYU# 62 Utah #121
    Forbes BYU #75 Utah # 173
    Laughable argument
    The Deseret Duel does not mean anything.
    Elite 50 athletic department rankings.
    BYU 50
    Utah un-ranked.
    In athletics there is more to life than head to head.
    Please try again

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:30 p.m.


    "BYUs undergraduate programs are much better than the Us."

    Tell that to all the national publications who unanimously rank Utah higher in every scientific and technical degree field. However BYU is undoubtedly better in elementary education, I'll give you that.

    "BYUs athletics overall are much better from top to bottom."

    Laughable statement. The deseret duel (or whatever it's called) is currently 23-6 in favor of Utah. That's not even remotely close - that's a landslide in Utah's favor.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    BYUs undergraduate programs are much better than the Us. (I attended neither school and was published more as an undergraduate than some of the U professors in my field)
    BYUs athletics overall are much better from top to bottom (the U's are improving)
    So the research institution part does hurt BYU, but the school concentrates on under graduate studies.
    Lets hear an intelligent response not rhetoric

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Apparently I can not attach any more quotes because they are not acceptable to the desnews. take time and do the research. Your reasons are incognizant rhetoric when the issue is studied a little more ind depth

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    Source from inside the Pac-10 before expansion.
    "One, the member schools are leery of becoming involved with a school with a religious affiliation. Two, they’re not a fit academically as research is not one of BYU’s strengths. And finally, BYU teams would not be willing to play on Sundays based on religious grounds, which would create a headache schedule-wise."

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    A lot of conferences have wanted BYU. The MWC, Big East, Big 12 contacted BYU first.
    In fact the Pac-10 athletic directors voted to admit BYU in the 1990s, but the presidents did not support the decision (2 private liberal institutions did not want it), look it up several former ADs have confirmed this.
    It is not about athletics, it is about money, the Utes will be televised this sunday in order for the Pac-12 to make money. BYU does not do this.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 11:45 a.m.


    Its quite simple. Byu is not the caliber of an institution worthy of joining a power conference. If byu was, a power conference would want byu. But they don't. Look it up.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    For all the yelling BYU fans have been doing about Sagarin rankings since their loss to Utah in Provo this year, it must not be very fun seeing Utah finishing on top.

    Yes, a 5-7 "cellar dweller that couldn't make a bowl" was superior to any other team in the state this year. But that was already proven on the field.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    And there it is: 2014's first prediction of BYU winning next year's national championship. For the record, it was posted by Pride at 11:54 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2014....only 90 minutes after the conclusion of this year's college football season.

    Congratulations to have to be pretty quick on the draw to be the first BYU fan of the year to predict a national championship. There will be many such predictions made between now and September by Y fans like you, but you were the first and nobody can ever take that away from you. Celebrate this moment!

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:15 a.m.


    Isn't it funny that even with 1984, your amazing football history, and an international following no conference wants you?


    Apparently those things are as respected as byu fans think they are.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:31 a.m.

    Nice to see the SEC get knocked down. Great game any way you cut it.

    Also, nice to see Utah finishing ahead of BYU in the Saragin Rankings. This is the poll that BYU fans reference over and over again when there team loses to Utah. They claim this means they are the better team even though they got beat on the playing fiedl. Well, guess what? BYU lost the battle (head to head) and the war (final rankings). Even when Utah has a horrible year, BYU still plays second fiddle.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    We all know that only the top teams from the so called power conferences will get to the playoffs on a regular basis because they're the ones that constantly get the nation's top athletes. The best and most talented athletes from around the nation always opt to play for those few schools that are considered elite and thus they become stronger and more powerful every year. The rest of the schools in those conferences, like the rest of the non powerhouses schools hardly have a chance if ever. They just share in the glory of being a member but like the rest of the non powerhouses schools, their chances of being in the playoffs are at best a long shot too. Sad to admit but my beloved Cougars are in that category. And no one can convince me that if Utah, BYU, Utah State or any other school for that matter can get those kind of quality athletes on a yearly basis, that their programs would not be seriously contending for a spot in the playoffs too. Such is the reality of the huge disparity in college sports.

  • Michael Matthews Omaha, NE
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:50 a.m.

    So.. Chris, I love your snarkiness, You make me want to cheer for the Utes instead of the Cornhuskers sometimes. But... do you think Utah would have been invited to the Pac-12 if it weren't for those BCS wins (when they weren't always in a "big time league"?) I agree that big time schools should go often, but then you of course deny what happens when Utah kills Georgia. You deny what happens in basketball when Butler goes not once, but twice to the final four, and don't tell me Utah didn't deserve it and Butler didn't deserve it. You deny Utah (or really others like them in the future) even getting the invite into the Pac-12 I fear. Money of course drives these changes. I agree, no little team will ever make it into the playoffs. If say for example, Utah State goes 12-0, they will sit out. If for example, Washington goes 11-1, they might make it in, if their loss is to Utah State. Sad in a sense, but reality and necessary in the other I suppose.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    Nice to see the top two sec teams lose their bowl games this season.

  • Pride Provo, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:54 p.m.

    From what I saw from both quarterbacks tonight I would be fine saying Taysom Hill is going to 1-be the best qb in college football next year, 2-win the Heisman, and 3-take BYU back to the National Championship. The playoff system just means we need a shot at the top 4, so realistically if we go undefeated there is no way they can keep us out.

    Go Fast. Go Hard. Go Cougars.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:18 p.m.

    That's right, Chris B, and the only team that was undefeated this year won the National Championship, just like in 1984, and that's the way it should be and was. Too bad the years you went to BCS Bowls there was more than one team that was undefeated. I guess the stars just didn't line up like they did in 1984 and 2014.

    We'll see how the playoffs go and if any team in the bottom of the power conference ever even gets to a bowl game---they didn't this year or last year.

    This game was pretty exciting to watch, especially the 4th quarter. Did you see where #8 on the offense for Florida State cost his team the opportunity to go for two by his unsportsmanlike conduct? There's a lesson there for sure.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 10:37 p.m.

    Great game. The playoffs will be fun, but the bcs system was fair overall.

    If a team deserved to play in a big time bowl, they played in a big time bowl.

    Like we did. Twice.

    I loved our two prestigious bcs bowls and am happy to be on a relatively short list of teams who won two bcs bowls.

    Go utes!
    Onward and upward.

    Likely the only teams to go to the playoffs will be power conference teams and notre dame. And that's how it should be.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 10:24 p.m.

    What an awesome was a fitting end to another great season of college football. Best of luck to all next year!