It all made so much sense.
The Cougars have always longed to be power players. Even that 1984 national championship didn’t really stamp them as that, and now Utah is playing in the Pac-12, and they’re not. Hence, the move to independent status.
With the inception of the College Football Playoff, unless you’re initials are Notre Dame, independent status can only mean one thing: being stuck in the limbo between Power 5 and Group of 5 status. (There’s a Jackson 5 joke in here somewhere, but whatever.)
The solution was obvious: schedule big, schedule hard, schedule fast. A noble thought, sure, but maybe the dude doing the scheduling should have considered a fourth piece of the puzzle: schedule balanced.
You’re no doubt familiar with the early results.
- A thrilling, Hail Mary win over Nebraska in Lincoln.
- Fourth and 7 with :54 to against Boise State, and this happened.
- Week Three and another thrilling last-minute come-from-behind win. Wait a minute, the winning team in that video is wearing a lighter shade of blue. What’s up with that? Why that was enough to make a good Mormon completely lose his, uh, stuff. Still, 2-1 with the loss to a top-10 team ain’t bad.
- An unmitigated disaster in Week Four, but even that was kind of amazing, if only because it was the last thing anyone expected.
So, scheduling dude, let’s talk. Kudos to you for setting your guys up with a serious schedule – it’s impressive. Just one thing: y’know those back-to-back games with Wagner and San Jose State? Maybe you could’ve broken those up a bit. Oh sure, teams in conferences have commitments to keep, but everybody you’re playing belongs to a conference.
I see you’ve worked in some balance for Week Five. Connecticut – good call! They’re awful. The coach is 4-12 during his stay there.
Just one thing: have you heard the letters BIA? In Storrs, they stand for “Best In America”, and their defense thinks that’s what they are. Coming from a team that went 2-10 last year, that would be funny, except that they’re pretty damn good, giving up 17 points a game.
Here’s where you can do America a favor.
Have you watched the “spectacular” the Huskies played with Missouri a couple weeks ago? Unlike most games that are 6-2 at the half (and that was the higher-scoring half), it was bad. Painfully, achingly, awfully bad. It was the kind of game that made you want to drop your television into the Great Salt Lake.
And now, you’re here to help. You, Cougs, are fun! You’re exciting. When you’re balling out, stuff happens.
So, please please please bring the chaos with you this weekend. Whip up some extra Jell-O and funeral potatoes so that you’re nice and charged up. Then, go do something, anything interesting against UConn.
Perhaps a 45 year-old walk-on who’s been off on an extra long mission could score the winning touchdown on a Hail Moroni pass, whatever that is.
Y’all are creative. You’ll think of something.
Just remember, you’re the only thing going late this Friday night. Please don’t make us go to bed dreaming of Iowa State-Kansas at noon Eastern on Saturday.
We deserve better. America deserves better.
And we believe in you, BYU.