Gonzaga was a far better opponent than their previous one. At least Gonzaga
didn't give up and coach did more than sit on the bench.
whoami"In addition they could "enjoy" the love/hate
relations with Wyo. etc."You're kidding right?Nobody in their right mind would rather be playing in Laramie, when they could
be playing in Malibu.As far as travel locations, the WCC is far
superior to the MWC.
Who am I sir?The main reason BYU left the MWC was television
coverage.By themselves, BYU was able to negotiate a better contract
with ESPN, than the entire MWC was able negotiate with all of their television
partners combined.And that doesn't even include all of the
Olympic sports broadcast on BYUtv.In some sports, particularly
women's soccer, the W CC is actually stronger than the MWC.BYU's women's basketball, soccer, and volleyball teams have all been
able to advance deep into the NCAA tournament in the last two or three years.BYU's men's basketball took a bit of hit in conference
competition, but Dave Rose is compensating for that by playing a tougher OOC
schedule.Bottom line, BYU can be just as competitive as an
Independent, as they were in the MWC, with much better television coverage for
all of their teams.
At first it was laughing at how inept the Utah volleyball team looked compared
to BYU, but then I started feeling sorry for them. They clearly didn't
belong on the same court together, Utah should have been playing a local high
school instead. But seeing the looks on the few ute "fans" faces was
@MacNastyMy intent was never to say Utah is as good as Washington.
I did not intend to "ride coattails". With a 10-0 record I
thought Utah might be good. (BYU football syndrome - great record vs poor
competition) Although I knew they are projected to take 10th(!) place in the
PAC-12. I was impressed how thoroughly BYU beat them (similar to 54-10 in
football). So I was sincere when I said "BYU is good.". The
intention of my post was to indirectly say how much BYU would have been better
to stay in the MWC than to go independent. IMO I have good BYU fan friends and
I feel for them when, in basketball they play the two team (Gonzaga and St.
Mary) instead of UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego, etc. And softball (UVU,
Bakersfield, Idaho State, etc.) Even football. MVC teams can schedule 4
out-of-conference games so BYU could 1) schedule the better teams they now play
and yet (2) play Boise State, Utah State, etc. and have descent games in
November. In addition they could "enjoy" the love/hate relations with
Wyo. etc. (Love to hate 'em)So no riding coattails was intended!
Who am I sir?Washington is a good team. Including Utah, once again,
is an attempt to ride coattails.Take out Utah and insert Wyoming.
They at least got two or more votes in the top 25 where as Utah is no where to
be seen there.
@talkinsportsRight, you got it. It is both Washington and Utah. It
is not Portland, San Diego, Pacific, Santa Clara, etc.
whoami"to be the best you must play the best."Like #5 ranked, 2013 national semi-finalist Washington, whom BYU played in
their home opener, and narrowly lost to in an epic five-set match?Or
would that be Utah, whom BYU crushed in three easy sets?
They already have faced some of the best and will again in the NCAA. These
ladies got game.
BYU is good. The WCC is not. I anticipate BYU losing no more than 10 sets in
the conference season and going undefeated. However, to be the best you must
play the best.