Both BYU and Utah added speed and athleticism in their recruiting this season.
Should be fun to watch these guys perform and see just how good they can be as
the season progresses.
Congratulations to Dres Anderson on this recognition. He'll be playing on
Sundays and we need to use his talent as long as we have him. I think we can
have a good year with a healthy QBGo UTES!
We need dres to have a big season. With our new and improved Nascar offense
that coach Christensen is implementing, I think the offense could turn out to be
good. We know the defense will do its part, and coach Christensen
has led offenses that have regularly put up 40 points a gameThe
future if bright for Pac 12 Utah football.Proud uteProud Pac
The kid played at UTEP against horrible teams in the MWC who struggle
defensively, he's probably a bit above average, but produced great stats
because of an easy schedule. Sound familiar? Until you play 10 BCS opponents a
year, one can't really say or evaluate with confidence if he is really a
top player. Dres is a proven commodity, doesn't matter who the QB is. Hill
is not known for his throwing, might be tough for this player to duplicate or
even match his non-bcs Utep Miner stats, the previous UTEP QB had a better arm
and accuracy than Hill.
Coach Christensen experience at Wyoming in the prestegous mwc will make us even
more prestegous than we already are now so we can be proud Utes again and proud
pac members and maybe we can even go to a bowl game this year if we try hard.Go Utes!
Why yes JD that does sound familiar thanks for asking! I seem to recall a team
a couple years back that had a couple of good seasons and thought they were all
that. They got invited into a big boy conference and pretty much sunk to the
bottom. Nobody has heard from them ever since.
Honestly, I think Devon Blackmon and Michael Davis will be more explosive than
Jordan Leslie. Maybe even Nick Kurtz and Mitch Matthews. I know Leslie is a
great deep threat, but he is nowhere near BYU's fastest receiver, and speed
is the most important part of explosiveness.As for Dres, he is an
outstanding player. In my opinion, he was the main reason utah beat BYU last
year. He just made so many plays and forced so much defensive attention.
However, this year I don't think utah really has anyone else who is much of
a threat. Dres will draw so much attention I think he will be kept in check this
year, but he will still be solid.
Y Grad / Y DadYet that team has beat your beloved Cougars 4 straight
years. Ouch! As far as the article goes; I'm hoping that Dres
Anderson has an outstanding season and finish to his career. I know Devonte
Christopher's senior season was very disapointing to say the least.
I'm not sure about the UTEP transfer; but we shall see.
@ Darren Rowe, "However, this year I don't think utah
really has anyone else who is much of a threat"Yeah, no other
threats at receiver for Utah really. Just a guy named Kenneth Scott, who would
be a starting receiver for any PAC 12 team. Oh, and Kaelin Clay, thought to be
one of the fastest players who will ever wear a Ute jersey, along with Delshawn
McClellon, Dominique Hatfield and Brian Allen, who all will be explosive
Oh, I forgot about Troy McCormick. I know he's listed as a RB, but I
wouldn't be surprised to see him line up frequently as a slot receiver.
That guy has big play written all over him, and reminds me of a De'Athony
@JDFirst of all UTEP is in the Conference USA. Not that it is a
better league but just goes to show you did no research or have little knowledge
of the comments you are making. The NFL is filled with many receivers that
didn't play in the pac 12 or sec or big12 ect. This article is stating
that he is an explosive receiver. That's it. Its not saying he will be a
Heisman candidate. Its not saying he will be the first pick in the draft. Its
saying he is on of the most explosive athletes in the country. The article is
even titled "14 for 14: The most explosive athletes in college
The article says that Dres will need a healthy and accurate quarterback while
Leslie needs to develop "chemistry" with Hill. I think they got the
"accurate" description with the wrong QB. Hill only completed 54% of
his passes last year and started the first 3-4 games only completing 35% (or
close to that) of his passes. He was abysmal when playing quality teams.
Leslie won't catch the ball much if that continues. Meanwhile Wilson
completed over 65" of his passes before he injured his right throwing hand
in October, which obviously limits your accuracy. With a healthy Wilson, Dres
should be fine (he had something like 4 straight 100 yard games when Wilson was
healthy). Leslie just needs someone who can put the ball in his hands.
Hopefully Hill can improve his accuracy and do that....otherwise the transfer to
byu will be a waste.
Spokane UteSpokane, WAGood to hear from you! Hope life has
been treating you well. After three years, Utah's main measure of success
is still how they played against the team they left behind, supposedly.But yes, back to the story, I'll table my other snarky comment in honor
of my friend Spokane Ute. Dres's accomplishments are impressive indeed,
and I hope he gets the opportunity to repeat them.If Jordan measures
up, it will be equally impressive, as he faces pretty decent competition from
without and within. The cougars face three P-5 teams and several others who
will be competing for their albeit "mid-major" conference championships.
I dare say, BYU will face a significant number of bowl-bound teams this
year.But he will also be competing for catches with a group of
receivers every bit as capable of breaking big plays. Will be fun to watch.
@ute4ever"Hill was abysmal when playing quality teams."Luckily for BYU that won't be an issue. I expect Hill to put up
big numbers and rack up the wins this year. BYU fans seem to care a lot more
about wins and numbers and not so much about who those wins come against, so
this should be an enjoyable season for them.
Dres Anderson would be better off if he could follow Leslie's footsteps.Spend his senior year as a coug with a QB who can get the ball to him.
@utes4everso you can just pick and choose the percentages when you
want to show how great wilson is, but you take complete percentages for hill?
Wilson actually had 56% completion rating. If you take out the first 2 games the
cougs played in monsoon weather Hill had a 57%. Thank goodness you aren't a
sports reporter for a career. Yes Wilson had a better completion % than hill
but the dude was a interception machine. 16 ints vs 16 tds in only 9 games?
1.77 ints per game? Its tough to have confidence in a quarterback with numbers
like that. I am not saying Hill is the greatest quarterback in the world but he
made dramatic improvement from beginning to end of season. I hope they both
play well this season. with a year under the new offense I expect hill to be
much improved. Wilson we shall see. Health issues tend to be career enders up
there on the hill.
BYU's player should have a better year given the level of competition they
play against. Things are a lot tougher when you play against elite atheletes
and programs week after week. If you want to pile up stats go to BYU, if you
want to play against the best go to the University in Utah.
@theDailyObserverI'm sorry, but I've never heard of anyone
you listed besides Kenneth Scott. I would think if they were really that great I
would know who they were.Then again, I don't really care about
or follow the utes as much as utah fans care about and follow BYU, so I guess
it's natural that I haven't heard of them.P.S. If Kenneth
and Dres were such a dangerous pair I would think utah would have had a more
explosive offense. I'm not saying BYU's offense was great last year,
but the utes definitely had their issues too.
@thedaileyobserverSounds like nothing but future NFL hall of famers
in the utah wr corps. We all know the guys you listed were the #1 through #7
ranked wr recruits in the entire country and every one of them could probably be
in the NFL today and of course scott is better than Megatron and anderson is
better than Julio Jones and clay is better than Brandon Marshall and mcclellon
is better than Demaryius Thomas and hatfield is better than A.J Green and allen
is far superior to Vincent Jackson and how could anyone doubt that mccormisk
isn't better than all of those guys put together since he rated an entire
post all his own declaring him the re-incarnation of De'Anthony Thomas. Honestly I'm not sure how utah can't complete every pass they
throw even if their qb did lead the entire world in interceptions because these
wr's simply can't be stopped by anyone at any time. No doubt utah will
go undefeated and win the new playoffs and be national champs for the next 4
years in a row with that sort of talent on tap.LOL!
@Darren Rowe"P.S. If Kenneth and Dres were such a dangerous pair
I would think utah would have had a more explosive offense."You
do know that Kenneth Scott missed all of last season with a broken leg, right?
Very funny how much this seemed to hurt utah "fans". A BYU wr is
mentioned and they have to do all they can to minimize what he is and could be
but on the otherhand a utah wr is mentioned, one who drops almost as many balls
as he catches and has had pretty average catch totals and other stats over the
years and he is all of a sudden "going to play on Sunday's" and the
next coming of Megatron. LOL!
@Darren Rowe"I'm sorry, but I've never heard of anyone
you listed besides Kenneth Scott."That's because no one has
every heard of them. They are a collection of 2 and 3 star recruits who have
done nothing to date in the college game and were no more than lightly recruited
by any teams of note. There would be no reason to have ever heard of any of
them, they've done nothing anyone would have bothered to pay attention
to.But if you were a utah "fan" you would have read their
name on utezone and since they signed with utah that would tell you that they
are automatically the greatest of the great and all of the 120 other teams that
didn't bother to even offer any of them scholarships have no idea how great
they are because only the great whittingham and his staff can truly judge talent
and they know more than anyone anywhere how these guys will all finish their
careers as the top 7 wr's in ncaa history and then as the top 7 wr's
in NFL history.
Duck,Our 2-3 star Wide receivers have been MORE than enough to beat
your 1 star corners the last 4 years!
@sir robin"You do know that Kenneth Scott missed all of last
season with a broken leg, right?"That's the point, he
hasn't done anything so there would be absolutely no reason for anyone
outside of some deluded utah "fan" to even know who he is. Maybe
he'll be good but at this point all I can think of is that wr utah had last
season, the JC guy that was supposed to be the second coming of Julio Jones but
he never wound up doing a single thing.
FTsalt lake city, UTBy the same logic, you could have said,
"if you enjoy losing to the best, and sometimes the worst, go to the
U."Or "if you enjoy other teams beat the best, and go to
bowl games, go to the U."I really don't understand. Nice
article, two good athletes hoping to help their teams win this year. Does it
really change anything for Utah fans whether BYU's schedule is good,
mediocre or weak-sauce? In the absence of feeling good, does it really make
u'r season any more successful if you hurt BYU fans poor tender feelers?"At least we're better than BYU!" comes out of one side of
your head, while "BYU is so bad!" comes out of the other.Make you a deal? U focus on winning 6 games and BYU will focus on winning
enough games that the SEC and ACC snubs become important.
@chris bThey've also missed out on what it is like to play in a
bowl game the last two years, in fact with the exception of anderson none of
them has ever even been to a bowl game although they probably did watch other
teams play in bowl games on tv while they sat at home.That's
how good they all are, they've been major contributors to utah's two
year bowless and losing season streak. Definite hall of famers.
@ Y Grad / Y DadThanks, as always, for your kind words. We certainly
won't be able to compare Utah-BYU via head to head performance for the next
two years. I hope everything works out for both receivers; and I also hope all
is well with you and yours my friend! I'm glad we are able to take the back
and forth for what it is. Seems like others, on both sides, get very angry about
a differing opinion. Go Utes; and more importantly, Go Seahawks!
Dres has already proven that he's one of the best vs top level competition
and will get a chance to do so again this year. byu's receiver hasn't
and won't.Duckhunter's comments are funny considering that
byu's best all time record breaking receiver went undrafted.
duck,8 of our last 10 graduating classes had an undefeated season
and won a prestigious BCS game and ended up ranked in the top 5 in the
country.0 of your last 10 graduating classes did any of that!
@Y Dad/Y GradAs a long, long time Ute fan I really don't care if Utah
ever plays BYU. I dis-like the rivarly and the poor sportsmanship and hatred I
see from both sides. From Utah's prespective there is little to be gained
outside of the state in playing BYU. I wish they did not renew the series in a
couple of years. I hope the BYU receiver does well and with the exception of
Lenny Gomes, Max Hall and Austin Collie I've always supported their kids.
It's logical to assume that BYU would not have made a bowl game the last 2
years if they played Utah's schedule. Throw assumptions and second
guessing out the window when teams actually lock up and play. Utah has been the
better team over the past few years and given its alliance with the PAC 12 it
will probably continue to be.
Chris B's typo is telling: "The future if bright for Pac 12 Utah
football."Don't they call that a Freudian slip? The future
is bright for Utah football only because there's a ginormous neon
"IF" sign blinding everyone from each end of Rice-Eccles. IF you can
find a good QB and keep him healthy, IF the rest of the league has a down year
and/or gets busted for mutliple NCAA infractions, and IF Urban Meyer bails on
OSU to replace Whitt, the future indeed may be bright.Odds: Un-good.
Regardless, you'll still be able to cling pridefully to the four
consecutive wins over mediocre BYU. So, you've got that going for you.If we're being honest, regardless of allegiance, both schools'
teams' futures are giant question marks right now. The U will enjoy PAC-12
money and the Y's independence will continue to provide benefits and
restrictions in roughly equal measure. Will either road translate to on-field
excellence? No-one has any idea.
@Duckhunter"That's the point, he hasn't done anything
so there would be absolutely no reason for anyone outside of some deluded utah
"fan" to even know who he is. Maybe he'll be good but at this point
all I can think of is that wr utah had last season, the JC guy that was supposed
to be the second coming of Julio Jones but he never wound up doing a single
thing."That didn't stop you guys from starting a "Jake
Heaps for Heisman" campaign before he'd ever taken a D1 snap. So are
you the pot or the kettle?
FTsalt lake city, UTAlright, now we're getting somewhere.
I'll give you Lenny and Max, but I still think Austin's biggest sin
was getting wide open on 4th and 18. That and trying to be humble when feeling
a tremendous amount of justifiable pride. "Magic happens"? Time to get
over that.There is absolutely no ground for me to stand on in the
"who is better" debate. Utah has played excellent ball againat BYU the
last 4 times out, no explanation needed. But you have to admit, if Utah would
have played that well consistently, they would have gone bowling these last
years.Shoot, if U had played consistently as well as you played
against Stanford, U might have been a contender. As it is, do you contend that
U were a better football team than Stanford? On that day, yes. For the season?
Y Grad / Y DadConversely, was BYU better than Texas for the season?
@ Duckhunter"That's because no one has every heard of them.
They are a collection of 2 and 3 star recruits who have done nothing to date in
the college game and were no more than lightly recruited by any teams of note.
There would be no reason to have ever heard of any of them, they've done
nothing anyone would have bothered to pay attention to."Ironically, this describes BYU football to a T.
@ nhatchI didn't pick and choose completion percentages for
Wilson. You can't count the completion percentage Wilson had when his
throwing hand was dripping blood and was swollen so badly that he could barely
grip the ball. That is like measuring a guy's 40 time when he has a
sprained ankle. It doesn't make sense. Wilson's
completion percentage for the year was 57%. Half of those games were played
with his injured hand that eventually kept him out of the final games of the
season. Before the injury he was performing very, very well. What
does it say about Taysom when a guy with an injured hand can complete at a
higher rate than him? And you say that Taysom improved as the season went
on....how can you not? I remember the ESPN announcers saying Taysom's
completion percentage was 33% when they played BYU. You can blame the
"monsoon" but the Virginia quarterback still managed a 57% completion
rate while Taysom completed 33%. The Texas game quarterbacks completed 55% of
their passes while Taysom only completed 33%. All I'm saying
is that Taysom is not the "accurate" quarterback he is portrayed
compared to Wilson, or almost anyone.
Spokane UteTexas ended up being pretty decent for the season. And
BYU beat them.BYU and Stanford ended up being pretty decent for the
season. And Utah beat them.Utah ended up...
Darren RoweHeber City, UTAs for Dres, he is an outstanding
player. In my opinion, he was the main reason utah beat BYU last year.--------I think Dres is the main reason Utah has beaten BYU in the
last three tries. He had a field day in 2011, as well as a great game last year
against you guys.The best thing for BYU fans in 2016 will be NOT
seeing #6 in uniform on the opposing sideline.
Y Grad / Y DadBYU was better than Texas. No poll, equation or
formula will convience me otherwise. We need to get this season started so we
have some new material. FYI, I might have to become a Coug (WSU) daughter starts
there in the fall. I'm done; have a good one Guy!
Y Grad / Y DadRichland, WASpokane UteAfter three years,
Utah's main measure of success is still how they played against the team
they left behind, supposedly.--------That's what
BYU fans want to believe. But not a single Utah fan measures success by anything
we do against BYU, no matter how many beatings we've repeatedly delivered
to them in recent memory.Nice try. But a fail, nonetheless.
Darren RoweHeber City, UTI would think if they were really
that great I would know who they were.Then again, I don't
really care about or follow the utes as much as utah fans care about and follow
BYU, so I guess it's natural that I haven't heard of them.----------Thanks for discrediting yourself with that. You saved us
all the trouble.
DuckhunterHighland , UTYour jealous rants are delicious.
SlopJ30St Louis, MOOdds: Un-good. Regardless, you'll
still be able to cling pridefully to the four consecutive wins over mediocre
BYU. So, you've got that going for you.---------Meanwhile, BYU remains a mid-major in everyone's eyes, completely locked
out from any meaningful bowls and the playoff. And sanctions are coming too.How you luv your team right now?Ha ha ha
Y Grad / Y DadRichland, WABYU and Stanford ended up being
pretty decent for the season. And Utah beat them.--------BYU didn't hold a candle to Stanford last year. Stanford ended up being a
GREAT team last year. Texas ended up being slightly above average. BYU, as
usual, ended up a totally mediocre team, just like in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,
and on and on.
At least Utah has an advantage in recruiting:"We let our
football players spend the holidays at home."
@YDad/YFanFun stuff for sure but we are talking about kids and
they'll make mistakes, especially when they open their mouths. But
everyone needs to keep things in perspective and realize we are discussing a
game played by kids.Outside of a few BYU fans and maybe some over zealous
school administrators nobody actually believes "if you live your life right
on and off the field, magic happens". I would guess Collie will or has
already laughed at his silly comment and would advice others to bite your tounge
until the adrenaline has worn off. The rivalry is too intense and mean
because both sides want to drag religon into it. I could do without it and
would enjoy seeing other schools like Michigan come into Salt Lake City every
Good luck to Dres! I can't wait to watch him burn the field.Go
Tomahawk RedNorth Salt Lake, UTY Grad / Y DadRichland, WASpokane UteAfter three years, Utah's main measure of success
is still how they played against the team they left behind, supposedly.--------That's what BYU fans want to believe. But not a
single Utah fan measures success by anything we do against BYU, no matter how
many beatings we've repeatedly delivered to them in recent memory.Nice try. But a fail, nonetheless.----------You can
tell yourself that, but no matter the topic of conversation, once it becomes
Utes -vs- BYU, every time, almost immediately, the Ute rejoinder is "yet
we've owned you four years in a row."I understand this,
because increasingly there is little else to celebrate.
Tomahawk RedNorth Salt Lake, UTY Grad / Y DadRichland, WABYU and Stanford ended up being pretty decent for the season. And Utah
beat them.--------BYU didn't hold a candle to
Stanford last year. Stanford ended up being a GREAT team last year. Texas ended
up being slightly above average. BYU, as usual, ended up a totally mediocre
team, just like in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and on and on.--------And Utah, as usual, ended up with a few significant wins, but worse than
the teams they beat. Worse than Stanford, worse than BYU, and, for good
measure, worse than Texas.
What's encouraging for DA is the entire focus won't be on him this
year, particularly if Kaelin Clay finally arrives on campus, which is highly
probable at this point....DA also improved with his hands from '12 to
'13!byu's kid unfortunately will finish college having
never faced the best competition and most certainly not week in week out like DA
has been/will continue to be.
@ute4sometimes"You can't count the completion percentage
Wilson had when his throwing hand was dripping blood and was swollen so badly
that he could barely grip the ball. That is like measuring a guy's 40 time
when he has a sprained ankle. It doesn't make sense."------Thats the funniest thing I have heard. I am sure you are more than happy to
count the touchdowns he threw at that time though right? all the completions
count at that time right? The real question is if we shouldnt even
count these stats what does that say about your coaching staff? Why would you
play a guy at quarterback that cant even "grip" the ball (obvious
fabrication because he threw the ball 122 times in october). I am also 100% sure
his hand was not "dripping with blood" the whole month of october.If he couldn't help the team he shouldn't have played right?
This is the weakest argument I have heard in a long time. If you play the game
your stats count. Period.
Darren Rowe: Kenneth Scott was injured in the first game.
One goes bowling while the other is home for Christmas. All other spins are
@JD "Until you play 10 BCS opponents a year, one can't
really say or evaluate with confidence if he is really a top player."in in 2016 I see you have 3 non BCS opponents thus making it very
difficult for you to play 10 BCS teams see how you only play 12 games. I guess
we bank on no utes being considered a top player. only subpar players for the
utes in 2016 everybody!
Y Dad,"And Utah, as usual, ended up with a few significant wins,
but worse than the teams they beat. Worse than Stanford, worse than BYU, and,
for good measure, worse than Texas."Why do you think Utah is
worse than byu? Why? Because byu played a much much easier schedule and got to
8 wins? And Utah played a much much tougher schedule and only won 5? Is that
your reasoning? byu got a small taste of what it is like to play in
the PAC 12 when it lost to Utah and Washington. 0-2 against PAC 12 last year.
Please stop with the SOS excuses ute fans. BYU played the 38th ranked schedule
last year and finished 8-5. That's better than Utah's schedule in 2012
where they went 5-7. It's also better than Utah's SOS in 2011 where
they also finished 8-5. Time to get some new material because BYU has already
shown they can do better with a tougher SOS. Any refutation of that FACT is pure
spin and logically unjustifiable.As for playing the best
competition, it will be interesting to see which of these two goes higher in the
draft. One is 6'3 and one is 6'1 with lifts in his shoes. They run
about the same 40. Both have decent hands, though DA has a reputation for
dropping passes. We shall see, but NFL scouts care about what they see on film
and at the combine, not always who the competition was...Blake Bortles anyone?
And did anyone see how many Louisville players went 1st and 2nd round?
Apparently the scouts didn't care that they played an AAC schedule.
Y Grad / Y DadRichland, WAYou can tell yourself that, but no
matter the topic of conversation, once it becomes Utes -vs- BYU, every time,
almost immediately, the Ute rejoinder is "yet we've owned you four
years in a row."--------Ha ha ha ha. And THAT is
your "proof" that Utah fans measure success by beating or losing to BYU?
Ha ha ha. Forgive me if I can't follow that sound logic!"...once it becomes Utes -vs- BYU, every time, almost immediately, the Ute
rejoinder is "yet we've owned you four years in a row..."Uh, yeah. Isn't that supposed to be what we say when talking Utah-BYU? Or
maybe you think when the rivalry comes up we should mention... Stanford?
Okay.Here's a dose of reality. "We've beat you four
years in a row" is regularly seen because it is simply a response to all BYU
fans' incessant and ignorant claims of unsupported superiority. Utah fans hear you talking superiority smack and we have to put you all in
your place. And we do it every single time. Four in a row, 9 of 13, and 54-10
makes that pretty easy.
Y Grad / Y DadRichland, WAAnd Utah, as usual, ended up with a
few significant wins, but worse than the teams they beat. Worse than Stanford,
worse than BYU, and, for good measure, worse than Texas.---------And yet, you still can't beat us. BYU hasn't been better than
Utah, for even one season, since the very early 2000s.Keep digging
that hole bigger for yourself.LOL
The best receiver to play at a Utah based school this year will be Kenneth
Scott. Unless he is injured again, I expect him to have a break out year. Dres
has a lot of talent, especially if he can limit his drops.Can't
comment about the Y transfer because I have never seen him play. Most of his
success will depend on how his QB plays this year but given the level of
competition, he should fare pretty well.
Kenneth Scott is a beast no doubt about it. That said, it remains to be seen if
he is the best from a Utah school. I think this article is evidence that he has
some pretty stiff competition to being proclaimed "the best receiver to play
at a Utah based school". Both BYU and Utah have new receivers coming in that
may have something to say about that.
@Tomahawk Red"BYU hasn't been better than Utah, for even
one season, since the very early 2000s."I guess you didn't
watch college football during the 2006, 2007, or 2009 season, where BYU beat
utah, finished with a better record both overall and in conference, and had a
higher national ranking.Also, the 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons
are all years where we had a better overall season than utah even though they
beat us head-to-head.
darren rowe--"Also, the 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons are
all years where we had a better overall season than utah even though they beat
us head-to-head."How can U possibly proclaim byu had the better
overall season in any season when they not only lost to The U, but they also
played against a significantly easier schedule, as was the case in
'11/'12/'13? This just simply doesn't pass the common-sense
test. No better illustration of how non-sensical this proclamation is than in
'11 when The U not only destroyed byu on their homefield, 54-10, they
played against a SOS ranked 41 spots higher than byu's!
AZUTE1Easier schedule has absolutely NOTHING to do with the quality
of the team; when are Utah fans going to wake up and smell the coffee? U can
play the #1 SOS in the country and still be the absolute worst team in the
country.Florida St played the #62 SOS last season, but was ranked #1
by the AP, Coaches, Sagarin, and won the national championship.Louisville played the #103 SOS, but was ranked #15 in the AP and Coaches
polls, and #20 by Sagarin.How good a team is has absolutely nothing
to do with the quality of their opposition. All that SOS proves is how much a
team has been tested.
No playoff for UWhen you're no longer good enough to qualify
for a bowl, U resort to claiming that playing a strong SOS is an
"accomplishment".In 2008, Utah fans claimed that Utah could
compete with anybody.Now that reality has smacked them in the face -
4-5, 3-6, 2-7 - they've been forced to use whiny SOS excuses to explain
away their mediocrity.Interestingly, BYU qualified for a bowl in
2013, while playing the 38th toughest SOS, while Utah, playing the 41st toughest
SOS in 2012, failed to qualify for a bowl.
@ backpacnNobody is saying playing a strong SOS is an
accomplishment. We're saying it's the reason for the decreased number
of wins. Same thing is happening to TCU. BYU's schedule has a few really
good teams, which bring the SOS up, and then there are anywhere between 6-8
mediocre teams that BYU uses to gain bowl eligibility. Take 2011 for example.
BYU lost to the quality teams (Utah, Texas, and TCU), but managed to string
together a bunch of wins on the backs of a bunch of terrible teams. Ole Miss
2-10, UCF 5-7, SJSU 5-7, Oregon St. 3-9, Idaho St. 2-9 (in the FCS), Idaho 2-10,
NMSU 4-10, Hawaii 6-7. 8 of BYU's 10 wins right there, and that's not