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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    I'm just surprised that powerhouse byu and ESPN couldn't get a bowl game against any power conference?

    Why wouldn't the pac 12 want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
    Why wouldn't the big 12(only 10 teams because no one else is worthy) want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
    Why wouldn't the SEC want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
    Why wouldn't the Big 10 want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
    Why wouldn't the ACC want a big time bowl game against big time byu?

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    April 29, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    I don't have to say much - will just refer you all to what was said about BYU in the article. BYU will definitely be bowl eligible and I look forward to this bowl game barring an unexpected invite to the playoffs.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    April 29, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    Sweet!! Lets go have a great year, beat the teams that you have scheduled and hope for the best. Do your part and let the pieces fall where they may. Then go have fun in beautiful Florida. BYU has set a standard of always going bowling, no matter the schedule, and it wont end soon. Cant wait for the season to start!
    GO Cougs

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 29, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    I'm just not surprised that BYU is going bowling, yet again, while a local team (from a "power conference") will be home for the holidays yet again. And I'm not surprised that the first few posts are from an anti-BYU person, as this seems to be an obsession, commenting on all things BYU. It's perennial.

    Go COUGARS!!

    PS: The way to national recognition isn't through Tucson, Pullman, Boulder or Salt Lake City. Sorry, it just isn't.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    April 29, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Inking a deal with the conference formerly called the "Big East" (for those of you who don't know who the AAC is) is not half bad, considering the difficulties of scheduling as an independent. BYU will likely go bowling again this year in a great location against a quality opponent while their rival stays home for the couch potato bowl once again. No wonder the trolls are all worked up over this. Go Cougs!

  • PAC 12 member by default! Harrisville, UT
    April 29, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    I'll take it...and continue to hope for stronger bowl matches in the future.

    I love watching the cougars in their annual bowl game.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    April 29, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    Great! Love the location, should be fun to go to the inaugural Beach Bowl! I'm actually hoping we can't go because we get invited to a better bowl.

    Go Cougars and bring on the season!

    Also hoping Utah finally gets to a bowl this year, go Utes! Can't leave out USU, go Aggies and win a bowl again!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 29, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    If Taysom stays healthy, the Cougars will go undefeated.

    In the event BYU is not invited to a more prestigious bowl game...

    In the event BYU stubs their toe and looses a few games (6 or less)...

    The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl is not a bad assignment...

    With BYU's ability to travel well fully documented...

    34,000 seats should easily be filled.

    Congratulations to the AD Dept., Coaching and support staff as well as the players.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    @Pac 12,

    Interesting that byu couldn't get into the Big 12 or Pac 12 by default.

    In fact, the Big 12 would rather be called the Big 12 even though they only have 10 teams and can't find an acceptable 11th or 12th team.

    LOL

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    April 29, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    "I'm just surprised that powerhouse byu and ESPN couldn't get a bowl game against any power conference?"

    So am I ChrisB, but it will come. When was the last bowl game utah went to? When was the last bowl game utah went to against a 'respectable' powerhouse team? 2008 was a LONG time ago. A VERY long time ago.

  • Arizona Reader Gilbert, AZ
    April 29, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Not excited about a mediocre bowl with a mediocre Conference. That doesn't get us much to keep beating small teams. We have to consistently beat good teams from big conferences to get any recognition. Glad we're going bowling and I will watch the game, but I was hoping for more.

  • Flyer St. George, UT
    April 29, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    One would think.......

    1) That if your big time basketball team, from a big time conference, but lost to a lower tier WCC team, in a step sister type post season tournament, one would think they would have enough sense to simply keep their mouth shut, and quit yapping.
    2) That if your big time PAC 12 football team, who hasn't gone bowling for a few years, and the near future isn't looking much brighter either, who's coach is on the hot seat, and appears to be destined for mediocrity in that national power conference, well, one would think this would humble them enough to zip it up until things improved.
    3) That if a person had enough time on their hands to sit at their computer all day trolling anything related to BYU, and have this over the top deep-seeded need to be the first person to post on said sports team, one would think that this person would some day get a job, and make something of their life.

    just a thought!

  • OK and TX-Thanks for saying no! Harrisville, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Go cougars! Can't wait for football to start!

  • PAC 12 member by default! Harrisville, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    lol I concede. Yes, Utah earned its invitation by default. But, stop changing the subject Mr. B. This is a story about the cougars! The cougars are going to a bowl and the utes don't go bowling anymore.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    Pretty much as good as Orange Bowl.

  • Hope Shue-Topins Miami , FL
    April 29, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    Groan...Maybe I can take a vacation over Christmas and get out of Miami. A word of warning to the BYU football team and its fans-stay away from the beaches in Miami, as they are definitely not honor code approved.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    April 29, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    I'm not sure what Utah fans are making fun of? There are some very decent opponents in the AAC conference. Cincy, UCF, Louisville, and SMU are all solid programs. The AAC does not have an automatic bid to a "BCS" Bowl game any longer, so we could very well be slotted against a ranked AAC champion or the #2 due to the likelihood that they will be left out of the Playoffs as well.

    I also just looked over the 2014-2015 Bowl schedule and the Cotton, Fiesta, and Chik-fil-A bowls are all open to at Large teams, so if BYU does clean up it's mediocre schedule and finished ranked in the top 12, we may play in a BCS game after all.

  • Challenge to the Foe Fargo, ND
    April 29, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Very exciting news for BYU! Looks like I'll be making reservations soon. Although I might want to wait as well. Have a feeling something special is in store for the Cougars this season...

    Rise and Shout!

  • CG Orem, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    There was a time when BYU had to rely on a conference to negotiate bowl deals and only one team from the entire conference was contractually guaranteed a bowl invitation.

    Now, as an Independent, and with the World Wide Leader as a partner, BYU has the national clout to negotiate its own bowl deals.

    Despite the whiny jealousy of our friends up north, this is something that would be impossible for their regional, conference bottom-feeding program to do.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    toosmartforyou
    Farmington, UT
    I'm just not surprised that BYU is going bowling, yet again, while a local team (from a "power conference") will be home for the holidays yet again.

    -----------

    Wow. I'm impressed. Would you mind telling us all how exactly you already know this when the season is still five months away?

    If ever there was an incident of pure speculation masquerading as fact, it was yours buddy.

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    April 29, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    @Chris B

    They're all scared to lose to 'big time' BYU.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    Challenge - I'm so happy you ute "fans" have been at home the last few years bowl season.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    Wiscougarfan
    River Falls, WI
    No wonder the trolls are all worked up over this.

    -------------

    I understand that the thought of anyone getting worked up over anything midmajor BYU does is satisfying to you, even though it's entirely fictional.

    Why would any Utah fan care in the least about BYU signing yet another terribly poor bowl contract with another inferior conference?

    If anyone's getting riled, it's the blue boys. Relegated to yet another lower tier bowl game once they lose game number one, which will likely happen in the season's first game.

  • maq West Valley, Utah
    April 29, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    "Interesting that byu couldn't get into the Big 12 or Pac 12 by default."
    I have it on good sources that BYU would have preceded utah with an invite to the PAC 12 and Big 12 had they agreed to sunday play. utah was just the waste water left over after the gold fell out of the pan.

    @ Tomahawk Red

    I'll give no guarantee that the utes will be left out of the postseason so I agree with you on that. (although I'm guessing they'll miss out again.) However barring some ddisaster for BYU, it is as close to a guarantee as one can get in the preseason that BYU will be at least bowl eligible with the schedule they have. Probably in the first 8-9 games.

  • tom2 Jerome, ID
    April 29, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    Tomahawk Red
    North Salt Lake, UT

    Why would any Utah fan care in the least about BYU signing yet another terribly poor bowl contract with another inferior conference?
    ----------------

    And yet, here you are. So, are you not a Utah fan or are you saying that this deal is not for a "terribly poor" bowl contract? You can't have it both ways.

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    April 29, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    @ Tomahawk Red

    Logic says that your comment, "I understand that the thought of anyone getting worked up over anything midmajor BYU does is satisfying to you, even though it's entirely fictional." is completely off base as you yourself are among the first 20 people to get worked up enough to comment on this story. Hypocrist at its finest. Good luck with your prediction of a loss for BYU in game 1 against UCONN. If anything, week 2 against Texas makes sense. I can also foresee utah starting undefeated. 2-0 before dropping six in a row.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    I am a Utah man and I live across the green...

    with jealousy about BYU's new Miami Beach Bowl contract.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    April 29, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    Can't U just feel the jealousy oozing out of the hill?

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 29, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    This is a awesome bowl! I cannot believe how prestigious this bowl game is and the national recognition the teams that are "invited" to play receive. Cougar fans should be proud and should flaunt this to their lesser peers on the hill because that is what you learned on Sunday, to be humble and meek. Turning the other cheek to ignorance is weak and unacceptable, showing pride is what you need to do in responding to an attack. Rise and Shout Cougars.

    GO UTES!!

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    Hilarious! BYU fans essentially respond with "Cool, it will be a nice bowl if we can't get something better."

    Ute fans essentially respond with "It's not as good as losing in the PAC-12 and staying home."

    We'll take your word for that.

  • TanMan_101 West Jordan, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    So am I ChrisB, but it will come. When was the last bowl game utah went to? When was the last bowl game utah went to against a 'respectable' powerhouse team? 2008 was a LONG time ago. A VERY long time ago.

    1984 was a lot longer than that.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    Good move BYU. The only numbers that count are the seats in the stadium and the eyes watching the big screen!

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Just keep getting warm weather bowls. That will be the recruiting pitch! Look, I know that weather in provo ain't like miami, but we get to play there in december!!

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    April 29, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    I really feel that we are starting to see the end of the great athletic years for BYU. Slowly over the years, the programs have been scaled down with little view of where the program needs to go. I would say that within the next 10 years, these once great programs will be Div. II level, with an eventual disolution of the athletic program all together. I hope not, but it has happened at other church schools and BYU-Provo appears to be headed that direction.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    April 29, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    I went to the Citrus Bowl and it was a blast with a big half time show...something the big bowls have eliminated.

    Although I hate the idea of only bowl eligibility to get this bowl against any eligible AAC team (not TV fun), I love Miami in December and I certainly plan on going!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 29, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    Funny how Chris B. slams the Big 12 for not being able to find 2 "worthy teams" to go from 10 to 12 schools in the conference. Remember that the PAC 10 wanted to be the PAC 16 and they invited Colorado, then 5 of the Big 12 teams. The Big 12 told them to go pound salt and the PAC needed one more to have 12 so they looked around and invited Utah. The Utes were #12 of 12, which is about where they finish each year. The first year they actually had a greased schedule to get to the inaugural PAC 12 championship bowl game, all the stars lined up, and they promptly lost at home with Norm Chow as OC to the worst road team in America, Colorado.

    Funny how the PAC 12 expanded by seeking doormats; WSU, Arizona, and lately Cal have been very happy to have someone take over the bottom spots. Those in the top echelon of the conference have fans asking "Why did we take Utah...they bring nothing to the table."

    Isn't it interesting that this discussion is even necessary on an article about BYU? But the Ute partisans are so obsessed with BYU they can't avoid commenting. Too funny!!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 29, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    Tan Man, what did Utah win in 2008 other than the game? How many people even remember (outside of Salt Lake City) who they played? In 1984 a champion was crowned that people still remember to this day. Say what you want, that's a bigger slice of a bigger pie. Period.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    April 29, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    toosmartforyou
    Farmington, UT
    Tan Man, what did Utah win in 2008 other than the game? How many people even remember (outside of Salt Lake City) who they played? In 1984 a champion was crowned that people still remember to this day. Say what you want, that's a bigger slice of a bigger pie. Period.

    ___________

    Yet pundit's refer to the Utah win over Alabama more than any BYU bowl game since. BYU vs Tulsa from a past bowl is just lighting up the talk shows isn't it? In addition, this seems to be the only play that the 84' title sham gets any props.

  • canco Sandy, Utah
    April 29, 2014 7:10 p.m.

    I would much rather play in a West Coast bowl game between Christmas and New Years, than to be relegated to a brand new pre-Christmas, low paying (under $500,000 per team) "filler" bowl. BYU has spent it's history "building" bowl games (aka, Fiesta, Holiday, Las Vegas)only to see them yanked away by the BIG 12 and PAC 12. It's a shame that with the so-called "partnership" that BYU has with ESPN, they can't get into one of the larger multi-million dollar plus games. I loved the proximity of the Las Vegas Bowl and I understand that it now (thanks in part to the sell-outs generated by BYU) generates $1,000,000 per team. BYU desperately needs to become a member of a major conference such as the PAC 12 or BIG 12 or risk becoming the NAVY of the West.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 29, 2014 7:35 p.m.

    WACPaddingOurSchedule

    Huh?

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    April 29, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    These BYU fans must be in denial.

    BYU was 2-5 against power conference teams last year. Had they played as many power conference teams as Utah they would not have made a bowl game. BYU lost to Virginia (Virginia's only FBS win of the year, yes Virginia was worse than Colorado). BYU also didn't even play a conference champion or runner up.

    Occasionally upsets happen, but BYU claims to be a superior program to Utah, but when was the last time a college football team lost to an inferior opponent 4 years in a row?

    Congrats on playing 3 power conference teams this year (2 of them are the worst in their conference too, Virginia and Cal).

    I'll take a 5 or 6 win season with the big boys coming to play in our stadium, rather than playing 4 games against AAC opponents.

    Congrats on your bowl, but I think you should have waited out and taken a spot from a conference that didn't fill all of their bowl spots. At least then you could be playing a 7 win power conference school instead of Tulsa or Tulane.

    Keep up your Quest for perfection 6.0 talks, it is entertaining...

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 29, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    First, I don't understand the obsession with one's conference. I cheer for my team not the conference.

    Second, at what point will Utah be hoping for an invite to any bowl versus sitting home in December? Is it now? Or next year? Or the year after?

    Good for U that U got invited to the PAC. But after three years, your play has proven that U don't belong. If U were independent, could U negotiate a bowl invite on your own?

    P.S. I'm still waiting to read my first Utah "rivalry" comment in the Denver Post. It's obvious that most of the Utah commenters are still obsessed with BYU.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    April 29, 2014 8:27 p.m.

    @CougarSunDevil - I'm trying to understand your post about bowl games. When was the last time Utah played a bowl game against a respectable powerhouse team? Well does Ga Tech or Boise count? Many Y fans claim they are great teams when they are on their schedule.

    If not I guess the U goes back to Alabama but what does that say about your team? You did beat an unranked UCLA team in 2007 and lost to an unranked UW team last year. You also beat an unranked Oklahoma team in 1994. 1993 was a loss to #10 Ohio State. Maybe those are the 'powerhouse' teams you reference. Still, in looking at your entire history, I can't see that your team has EVER beat a top 10 team in a bowl game. Careful about throwing stones!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    CO Ute

    "When was the last time Utah played a bowl game against a respectable powerhouse team? Well does Ga Tech or Boise count?"

    LOL at the inconsistency of Utah fans!

    Boise State and Georgia Tech are "respectable powerhouse teams" when Utah plays them in a bowl, but the same teams are considered "weak" opponents when BYU plays them in back-to-back regular seasons.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2014 11:15 p.m.

    CougarSunDevil
    Phoenix, AZ

    "I'm just surprised that powerhouse byu and ESPN couldn't get a bowl game against any power conference?"

    So am I ChrisB, but it will come. When was the last bowl game utah went to? When was the last bowl game utah went to against a 'respectable' powerhouse team? 2008 was a LONG time ago. A VERY long time ago.

    --------------

    Utah's won as many bowl games in the PAC-12 as ASU.

    2008 was 6 years ago.

    1996 was 18 years ago.

    Keep Questing!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    April 30, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    Bronco - 9-9 versus PAC teams
    Kyle - 9-18 in the PAC 12 and not trending well - 4-5, 3-6, 2-7

    Spin it any way that helps you sleep at night Uteology, but

    a team that can't beat decent conference opponents on the road (football or basketball), has no chance of ever being a conference contender. After 3 full seasons in the PAC, the Utes haven't won a single road game against a conference foe with a winning record. In fact, Utah hasn't won a road game against a PAC team with a winning record in almost 20 years.

    Don't bother bringing up bowl games. Beating Cal in San Diego isn't the same as beating Cal in Berkley.

    Rose Bowl call yet?

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    April 30, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    @Uteology

    "Utah's won as many bowl games in the PAC-12 as ASU.

    2008 was 6 years ago.

    1996 was 18 years ago.

    Keep Questing!"

    Wow! That's your argument? Comparing yourself to one of the perennial football doormats of the PAC 10? For your sake I'll give you credit. utah is not as bad as some of the 128 FBS schools as far as recent bowl appearances or recent bowl victories against quality opponents. Any way you spin it though 6 years is a long time - 3 years is too. Good luck to the utes with their #11 SOS next season. An honest and decent prediction from me is 4-8 next year. If that happens, 10 years from now the only thing people will remember is the utes had a bad year at 4-8 (or worse). Few will remember #11 (preseason) SOS. Hopefully I'm wrong in the 4-8 prediction.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    Why must so many people get caught up in Ute problems? And why are Utah fans more worried about BYU than their own team? They have enough to worry about-- even if some fans don't realize it. Good luck to the Utes.
    As a BYU fan, I'm less than thrilled with this bowl. I suppose you have to get something lined up and going without a bowl contract until mid-season may be more risky than they'd like. We have to trust all possibilities were exhausted but it's hard to see how we couldn't have done a little better with some sort of tiered alliances. Have 10+ wins= Bowl X, 8-10 wins = Bowl Y, 6-8 = Miami. Buffalochip on the Trib suggested this idea and I like it. I'm not sure if bowls or conferences would be willing to be the back-up plan if BYU gets more or less wins but it sure seems worth trying. This sets a bad precedent that we're willing to settle for anything and doesn't set us up to be included in future realignments. Something's better than nothing but think we could do better. Go Coug's!

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    @ Tomahawk Red:

    You ask why would any Ute fan care about BYU signing up for another mediocre bowl?
    You need to ask Chris B. He's was once again the very first to comment on this announcement. He obviously cares a great deal. And so do many other Ute fans who usually make up at least half of the first page of comments to most BYU articles. I suspect it has a lot to do with jealousy since newer Ute fans still don't know what it's like to have their team participate in any bowl game at any level... great or mediocre.

    In fact, you yourself very obviously care since you took the time and effort to comment to this BYU announcement several different times. So there you go. You answered your own question.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    @ WACPaddingOurSchedule:

    Why do some Ute fans take such pride in demonstrating their obvious lack of college football prowess?

    What qualifies this bowl as "a lower tier bowl game" as you put it?
    ESPN is obviously happy with their BYU contract. Both make good money. It's win-win.

    BTW... It's pretty obvious Utah is not getting any help from ESPN, or any other group, not even their own conference in arranging any kind of bowl game year after year. Even if this bowl was a lower tier, which it's not, it beats the heck out of not going to any bowl game at all. You and every other Ute fan should fully understand that by now. You truly do, but pride still won't allow you to admit it.

    I absolutely guarantee that Kyle Whittingham and the rest of the Ute football team would've unanimously jumped at the chance to go to this bowl game the last few years if given the opportunity. It's a no-brainer. But they weren't. And they won't again this next season. Obviously, it's your frustration creating such silly comments based on jealousy. So you're forgiven.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    April 30, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    Uteology,

    "Utah's won as many bowl games in the PAC-12 as ASU.

    2008 was 6 years ago.

    1996 was 18 years ago."

    Yeah, ASU made it to the Rose Bowl as a member of the PAC-10 having had to defeat legitimate teams in the PAC-10 and #1 in the nation and 2 time national champions Nebraska . Utah had to get there by winning against cream puffs like Wyoming, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State, Weber State, and Utah State. Really tough schedule to get there. Now that Utah is forced to play real teams, how has that bowl track record gone? ASU had a has-been coach for too long (ironically enough taken by Utah LOL) and since we've got rid of the dead weight, We've been on the rise ever since. Utah and ASU trending in opposite directions.

    ASU, beating Utah since 1977

  • Alacrity Meadow, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    @ Uncle Rico:

    BYU fans are not in any kind of denial whatsoever. What a silly statement to make. Most are totally enjoying the fact that division I conferences have been approaching BYU for bowl game affiliation months before the football season even begins. Any way an unbiased observes spins it, it's a feather in BYU's cap.

    That's just one of the rewards of going 8 or 9 years in a row without a losing record and playing each of those years in post season bowl games. I really wish I could somehow explain to Utah fans just how great that really feels. But in your case, you'll just have to keep using your imagination.

    Keep up that ongoing Ute quest for an eventual winning season. As you so well put it... "it's entertaining".

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 2, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    You BYU fans can love your independence all the way to irrelevance. Why do Ute fans love our conference? Because in conference play we play major bowl caliber teams every week. Our conference also guarantees us access to bowl games every year we are eligible. Membership in the Pac 12 also gets us better access to the playoff with enough wins. BYU will be playing in the Miami Beach bowl against a mid level AAC team even if they go undefeated this year. That is a fact no Cougar fan can erase no matte how hard they try to talk it up.