Congratulations to the 13-0 University of Utah Utes who just completed the only perfect season this year in major college football.
fumble for six turnovers. The outcome of the game put byu in third place in the conference, sending them for the fourth year in a row to the Las Vegas Bowl and its $1 million per team payoff. Go Cougars. (btw, they lost 31-21 to the 8-5 Arizona Wildcats.)
The victory made the the then 12-0 UTES the undisputed MWC Champions and assured them for the second time in five years, a berth in one of the BIG bowl games run by the evil bcs and its $18 million per team payoff. Unfortunately, being one of the great "unwashed," the UTES get to share their money with the five other non-qualifying conferences. After they pay their expenses, they should clear about $1.4 million. byu will even get between $300,000 and $400,000. (You're welcome cougars, glad we can be of help.)
UTAH is the first team from a conference without an automatic bcs bid to play in one of the five bcs games two times, winning both times.
On Sunday, December 7th, it was announced that the UTES would be playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2nd, 2009. The UTES were put as a 9-10 point underdog, with one poll indicating that 89% of Americans thought that the Crimson Tide would beat us and beat us badly.
Come January 2nd, the nation and all of the sports experts were shocked when a determined UTAH team took the field in the Louisiana Superdome and handily beat the 4th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, a team that had been ranked #1 in the country for five weeks during the regular season.
It was said that UTAH couldn't keep up with the size and "southern speed" of a team from the SEC. Before the game was even eleven minutes old, the score was 21-0 for the UTES. They out hustled, out muscled and just plain out played Alabama, winning the game 31-17.
The win made the UTES the only undefeated team left in the 11 major football conferences. Many thought that they should be national champions, but NOOOOOO... not in the evil empire that is the bcs. Oklahoma and Florida, both with one loss were picked by the computers and pollsters as the #1 and #2 teams in the land and given the opportunity to play in the bcs championship game. Florida went on to win the game and were declared the national champions of football. The UTES finished ranked #2 in the AP poll and #4 in the USA Today Coaches poll, behind Florida, USC and Texas, all one loss teams.
Division 1 college football is the ONLY college sport in America that is not decided by a playoff system or competition. The UTES may not have been able to beat some of those other teams, but we sure would have like the opportunity to try.