And if I may SandRider:
We can discuss Utah's arguments for a shot at a national championship bid, or why on earth you think the Utes could play with the Big Boys of the SEC or Big 12 South in later posts, but first:
Since you support a playoff system, may I please hear
your detailed planned as to how to carry this out ?
Let's do this. First off, what you fail to realize is that Utah IS one of the big boys. 95% of all BCS conference teams could only dream of being as prominent as the Utes in D1 college football.....check that, in football OR basketball. Not to mention our gymnastics which has more national championships than any other school.....ever.
But speaking of gymnastics, which I don't like to, doesn't your argument put D1 college football on par with a system no better than figure skating and American Idol? When you don't work it out on the field, doesn't it become a beauty pageant rather than a true competition like the NCAA basketball tourney? You got it. Ask OU in 06 if Boise was supposed to get in the BCS. Ask Pitt in 04 if they enjoyed their ass whooping by Utah, which BTW, broke the BCS when the rules were so stacked against the so called mid-majors that the Presidents of the BCS shit their pants when they actually busted in. Why should it be fair to hold D1 conferences back when it is becoming abundantly clear that we have and always will be able to play with the best? You want a true NC then get a playoff. Could the 04 Utes have done it? Hell, we'll never know now will we. could Boise have done it? I know it would have been fun to at least see.
So Hawaii got their ass handed to them. You can't win them all, but they did deserve to be there. You can't let them in and then say "see I told you so" when they lose because it goes both ways. Utah and Boise...."see I told you so."
Utah is now going to its second BCS bowl in 4 years. That speaks for itself when most BCS teams haven't even had a sniff of the prize. And while I'm not proclaiming that we will beat Alabama, they better be ready and I think they know it. Are you telling me that the 04 Utah team wouldn't have given USC a tougher game than OU in 04? Give me a break. I promise you that 04 team would have done some damage and put Lientart on his ass a few times to be sure.
We are like the Fremen. We toil up here in the cold mountains and the thin air and watch while the "big boys" play their games, all while ESPN(Guild) ignores us and calls us inferior. And you guys buy into it. We have corners that run a 4.2. We have Backs that will run your ass over. We have QBs that go number 1. We have defensive players that the pros salivate over. And we have the best kicker in the country. Yeah, we have our work cut out for us....we know that. But if the SEC and Big 12 are so great, why even have a BCS....lets just crown their asses before the season. Can you honestly tell me that the Mountain West doesn’t deserve an automatic bid over the PAC-10 or the Big Least? It’s all about money, not talent. I call bullshit. Put em on the field and let them play.
So the rise of the Fremen begins. We may not win every battle, but we will win the war. And when that thick southern air fills our lungs and that extra oxygen drives us to an adrenaline induced frenzy, people better watch out.
Big boys? Heh, we ARE the big boys.