TCU does their job every single year. BYU is known nationally. But Utah is the one going undefeated, beating Alabama, winning the Fiesta Bowl (in 2005), I think that's huge for us. There's always a little added incentive going against a nationally-known team like that.UNLV running back Channing Trotter
Taking a look back at the MWC tv deal and how it is affecting the league, plus some adjustments that should be made.
They're 24th in the media poll and 29th in the Coaches. Another win next week will put them in both.
The Advocare V-100 Independence Bowl will feature an ACC-Mountain West match-up starting in 2010. In the past, the SEC and the Big XII send so many teams to the BCS that by the time you get to the 7th or 8th pick, there were a few years that the Independence Bowl didn't have anyone to choose from. That won't be the case with the new partnerships.
They actually lost votes in the coaches. I can't explain that. Oh well. If Utah keeps winning, they'll probably re-enter the top-25 after UNLV.
Eric Weddle Pick 6
Great article on Jim Boylen and the rebuilding project he's dealing with now that Utah has lost its top-four scorers from last year's 24-win team.
Highlights from Utah's win over Louisville.
This is seriously embarrassing for the conference and the state of Utah. I get celebrating a big win. God knows everyone does it. But this - I can't explain it. And they're not even drunk.
It's not a surprise, but I had hoped they had enough clout to hang on at the 24 or 25th spot. The coaches were much kinder to the Utes than the media, dropping them to only 28th. Which means they very well could re-enter the poll with a win over Louisville - depending on what happens. The media, on the other hand, really decided to stick it to Utah. They fell to 35th. Ouch. BYU fell to 19th and 20th in both polls, while TCU is at 15th and 14th.