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 :)
WOW! I'm sure every sports lover just can't wait to watch to 6 & 6 teams
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).
Easy win for the Cougars.
It will be fun to watch Heaps and company play...UTEP?Well, let's get it over with so we can focus on basketball, and look forward
to next football season.
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.
Wow, couldn't they find a better match-up? BYU should roll in this game. Have
fun watching Heaps throw up 60+.
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?
It's official. There are too many bowl games.
Seriously? I guess thats what happends when you go 6-6 for the year. My only
hope is UofU plays bo diddley tech
Red Red UteI 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.
as a Ute fan I'll I can say is - good luck to the Cougars.
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.
"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.
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.
RE: Dixie DanBYU 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.
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
crap...one or the other.
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.
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.
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.
Dixie DanGrow up!You already know that no church funds
are used to support BYU athletics.----------------------------December 29, 2005Utah(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
To the person who said is the type of opponent Utah usually gets....is 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?
"'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."cvguy,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
Pavalova: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.
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.
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
Well just another game for all those freshmen to gain experience. The bowl game
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
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".
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.
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
Both teams are fortunate to even be playing in a bowl. Hopefully the Y steam
rolls UTEP.Go Cougs!
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.
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.
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.
OnlyU"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.
CRBA 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
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.
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.
Fun in the sun in New Mexico. Already planning a bowl party at my house for
about 18 people. Merry Christmas everyone.
There are too many bowl games.
Are you kidding....lol UTEP?...wow i notice all the usual ute haters ...like
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...
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
& BoiseRe: 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, 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
Glad you're so excited coach. You do know BYU is going to slaughter your team,
Tron"I don't think UTEP is significantly better than Wyoming or
CSU. "You better hope not because byu barely beat that lowly
Wyoming team......at HOME!
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
@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.
UtahcountyuteAnd Utah barely beat BYU at home. What's your point???
Dixie DanNo 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.'Yep...==="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
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.
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, 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.
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.
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?
i guess we deserve each other.
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.
if i remember correctly byu fans were making fun of utah's 9-3 10-3 after
beating cal in the bowl gamerebuilding 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
@Y4LYFE"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 106-5 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.
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.
bought my fifty yd line tickets today.....can't wait!Go Cougs!
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
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.
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
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!
Hooray, that is just craptacular! Why did Fresno State not work out like they
had talked about?
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.
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 will....trust
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
Thought ESPN was in byu's back pocket as their new "power broker" And
this is the best espn could do? Enjoy.
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
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.
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.
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'
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.
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!