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Utah is No. 1!

Posted on: January 3, 2009 7:36 am
Edited on: January 6, 2009 11:52 am

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- You expected a bit of a letdown for Alabama after losing the SEC championship game.

You didn't expect the Tide to be on Vicodin.

For those of you not up on your prescription pharms, that's what the dentist gives you before he removes your wisdom teeth. Yeah, it felt about like that for Alabama after one of the most humiliating losses in the program's history.

Louisiana-Monroe was bad. A two-touchdown beatdown by Utah in the Sugar Bowl is worse.

That first Bama team was rebuilding. This one was turning the corner.


Don't give me anything about a "rebuilt" offensive line. It was missing one player from arguably the best offensive line in the country. Left tackle Andre Smith was suspended.

Sure, the Tide were down to a third-string replacement for Smith. But let's call this what it was -- a choke. Alabama-did-not-come-to-play. For Utah, this was the biggest game in school history. For Bama, it was a consolation prize after losing what was  essentially a national semifinal loss to Florida in the SEC championship game.

Still, shouldn't Alabama be able to smack Utah on 364 out of 365 days of the year?  Sure, but it's a new year, some will say a new era.

This wasn't a fluke. Utah became the first non-BCS school to go undefeated in two seasons. You will begin to hear a cry for the Mountain West joining the BCS conferences. I can't disagree. The league was better overall than the Pac-10 in the regular season and just defeated a top-five powerhouse from the SEC.

There is some convoluted formula for "evaluating" the automatic qualifier status of BCS conferences. It won't happen any time soon but it should: Drop the ACC or Big East from the ACC and elevate the Mountain West. Now.

This should be more about Utah than Alabama. Saban and the Tide will have to deal with an enough taunts in the offseason ("Ute ought to be able to beat Utah!").

I'm looking for reasons not to make Utah No. 1. It has beaten four top-25 teams, two teams in the top 10 (TCU, Alabama). It beat the only team to beat USC (Oregon State). I will put Utah's non-conference schedule against Florida's and Oklahoma's.

Will Utah get the final No. 1 in AP? Not likely. Brand names still rule in the polls. Should the Utes be No. 1. One word: Undefeated. In this age of parity, there was only team in the whole land that can make that claim. It walked into the belly of the SEC beast and embarrassed Bear's boys.

I can't think of another team more deserving of being No. 1 right now. The Utes just took a small chunk of relevance out of that game they're playing down here in a few days.

What do they call it, the BCS title game? That sounds kind of shallow after what happened in New Orleans.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2009 3:57 pm

Utah is No. 1!

The current system is a joke.  The plus one will just get everyone even more frustrated.  I don't think Texas would run from anyone in a playoff system  nor would USC or UF or OU or Utah.  Everyone looks for the best in their conference and for the most part ignores their weaknesses.  Why do fans allow chamber of commerces in Miami, LA, and other bowl sites dictate what the fan can have.  The TV networks will come up with the money just like the NFL.  I would like to hear a good argument for not settling it on the field.  The talking heads on TV say that each week is a playoff game.  This is untrue.  Last year, LSU lost its last regular season game and still won the championship.  The polls are such a joke filled with subjectivity.  Auburn and Clemson (preseason Top 10) and teams got credit for beating them.  It is so much like the Heisman.  It just depends on what region you live in.  What did you think about the playoff scenario I listed on page 3?

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 3:38 pm

Utah is No. 1!

If your conference has played in about 20 BCS bowl games and has only TWO wins to show for it--the exact same number that UTAH has by its lonesome self--that conference does not deserve an automatic bid.  Period. 

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 3:28 pm

Utah is No. 1!

Congrats ACC!!  You now have as many BCS bowl wins as Utah and the MWC!!!  Let's hope it doesn't take another NINE YEARS before ACC gets its next win. 

Lucky thing TCU didn't get into the Orange Bowl, or the MWC might already be ahead of the ACC!! 

Yes, drop automatic bids for ACC  / Big Least!!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2009 3:21 pm

Utah is NOT # 1!

Second only to my Sooners, I am a Bama fan.  I feel Bama did the same thing OU did when we played Boise State.  We knew we were better and more tested but forgot that to these talented young men from "Smallville" College, it was the biggest event of their lives so far.  Smallville has nothing to lose.  If OU or Bama wins such games, everyone says, "Of course you won.  That WAS Smallville U., after all.

Utah should not be #1.  Their schedule was so much lighter than Florida, Oklahoma, etc.  Utah has earned a one-year spot in the inner circle, though.

The only team, in common, both OU and Utah played was TCU.  Utah barely beat TCU, 13-10, after trailing for most of the game.  OU beat TCU 35-10 after leading at the half 28-3 and sending in the subs for most of the second half.

There is a difference between Smallville U. and State U.  Let's not water down what National Champs are all about to make the little kids feel better.

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 3:03 pm

Utah is No. 1!

Agreed, Utah should be #1, and the current system is a joke.  Let's assume for a second that Texas beats OSU.  Is there any real arguement against a final AP poll with the following top 3?

-Utah #1

-Texas or USC #2

-USC or Texas #3


Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2009 3:02 pm

Utah is No. 1!

Aztec, you have apparently been so wrapped up in your little world that you have not noticed that the Big East won 3 BCS games in a row.

What is your logic about pulling their bid now that you have FACTS presented to you?

If you say it is because they lost this year (one BCS game out of the last 4), then you can not say that the MWC deserves an auto bid for winning one game.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:58 pm

Utah is No. 1!

Mighty Moron, don't be silly. As outsiders, we in the MWC always hear about how the bottom of the SEC can beat our best teams. Maybe you missed it, but one of our bottom feeders, Wyoming, went into Rocky Top and beat one of the worst of the SEC. Then, by a stroke of arrogance, the BCS puts the best of the MWC against an SEC team that spent 5 weeks at number 1. The Utes dominated and the score made it look closer than it really was.

If there's going to be a BS system in play, then the best conferences should qualify and that doesn't include the BE or ACC. Now, what's really needed is a playoff, but the BCS Masters have a system in place that may eventually force one of the two aforementioned conferences to lose a place at the table in favor of the MWC.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:58 pm

Utah is No. 1! was a decent article until you once again show your ignorance and/or bias.

So, you want to drop the Big East and/or ACC?  The same Big East that won three BCS games in a row (against the "mighty" SEC, the ACC, and the Big 12).  So, they lose one BCS game out of 4, and you want to drop them.  Brilliant.  Not to mention, the conference had done well in bowl games the past few years.  Brilliant, again.

The ACC...well, they had been horrible in BCS games, but had a decent overall bowl record.  That one is debateable, but with the number of teams they have, and the size of some of the TV markets (other than Boston, where no one really cares about BC), you can't pull them out.  Brilliant, again.

Yet, you LEAVE OUT the one conference who has stunk it up in bowl games AND, most noteably, BCS games...The Big 10.  They should be the ones shaking about having their auto BCS bid pulled. 

Then there is the PAC-10.  Well, they have USC.  That is about it.  Although, seems like Arizona may be picking it up, but time will tell.

How about a little bit of COMPLETE journalism for a change, Dodd?  Do you even know what that means?

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:54 pm

Utah is No. 1!

Roy Kramer, former President of the SEC, was the founder of the BCS. 

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:51 pm

Utah is No. 1!


Utah has a great argument.  How would you like to have to go to Utah in a 16 team playoff?  Do you think UF would schedule a home/away series with Utah?  No way.  They haven't played an out-of-state nonconference game in 17 years. A quick 16 game playoff scenario.  Must include all conferences and the bowls to be successful.  Top 5 conferences get two teams and remaining 6 conferences get just their champ according to BCS.  Top 8 champs get a first round home game starting in early December.  After the first round, you use the bowls in the BCS(Sugar, Rose, Orange & Fiesta) plus add Cotton, Citrus and Chik-fla for example.  This will give you 4 for quarter finals, 2 semis and final.  Let's assume for this example that the top conferences according to BCS were 1Big12, 2SEC, 3Pac10, 4ACC, 5Big10, 6BigEast,7MW, and 8WAC.  These teams would get home games.  This is a reward for tougher schedule and higher seed, plus easy for attendance.  With the 8 home teams established, use a committee to help with the matchups much like the NCAA basketball tourney.  This allows you to keep conference foes from playing until finals or semis whichever is best.  You would have 1st round matchups(home team in caps) 1OU v 16Troy, BOISE ST v 9Bama, 5PSU v 12East Car., 4VT v 13Oregon in the top bracket and in the bottom-3USC v 14BC,  6CINC v 11Ohio St, 7UTAH V Texas, & UF v Buffalo.  After this round give in 2 weeks and then rotate the seven bowls mentioned above.  This gives it time for people to make holiday plans to go to the quarter final games.  Sites could be cotton, citrus, chik-fla and fiesta.  Semis would be 10-14 days later in the rose and orange bowls.  Have the final game in the sugar bowl the week before the Super bowl.  Right now every team gets 14 practices.  After the first and second rounds, there would only be 4 teams left, so you are not hurting too many students.  Every conference gets money and you get more money for your conference as you advance.  This takes the much of the subjectivity of who belongs in the playoff.  The real bonus is for the fans because now schools and confereces will want to play good nonconference schedules to help their BCS ranking for their conference.  I think this is all-inclusive and it gets settled on the field.  Let me know what you think.

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