Thursday, November 13, 2008
BYU Can't Lose
It's time for the annual Wasatch bloodbath this Saturday and I'm proudly informing every Ute that though the U may win the game this Saturday- BYU still didn't lose.
You see Ute fans, you naively cheered as BYU lost to TCU- TCU got the glory of beating the Y and since then Y fans have come to grips that a BCS game is not in their future (though my dad likes to disagree with me on this, he thinks with the right combination of loses BYU could still have a shot- but it all hinges on Boise choking- which isn't going to happen)
Y fans walk into this game Saturday with nothing to lose, no BCS game, they don't even want to go to the Sega Bowl, but even more so, if they lose on Saturday the BYU football program gets 1.3 million dollars. If they win they get well- pride.
If the U wins, the U then goes to a BCS bowl- which will then give the Mountain West Conference in the neighborhood of 20 million dollars to be shared among MWC schools-with the U getting 2 parts. Do the math and that means, if BYU loses on Saturday they get around 1.3 million dollars.
If the U loses on Saturday- they get nothing, aside from their dreams crushed by their arch rival in their own stadium, but no cash to console them or their football program.
Again, in the simplest of terms BYU loses- they get 1.3 million, the U loses they get squat, nothing, zip.
Now if BYU had beat TCU, both teams would be in the win/win situation, either the U would be going to a BCS bowl and garnishing 2.6 for their program or walking away with the 1.3 mil consolation prize. But silly Ute fans, you cheered when that opportunity was taken away from you and now BYU goes into this game with the upper hand- the only incentive to win is to see those arrogant U fans dressed in black leaving the stadium with their heads hung low and tears in their eyes - take away the pride factor and it's really in BYU's best interest not to win.
What's good for the MWC is good for BYU- and though we may not be the team to go to the BCS bowl this year, it's better the U than Boise. We need the MWC to gain the national recognition its teams deserve, and it won't get that if we continue to beat out PAC 10 teams but then eliminate each other for BCS bowl candidacy.
So should the U of U beat us this Saturday, Y fans, hold your head high, and make sure you thank every Ute you meet for the cool million.