@ Sparkling Briefs,We real, secular Utes aren't "throwing
shade" on the Y whatsoever. We're beyond fatigued that we are
continually obligated by the "powers" that control the state of Utah.
Times have changed, and being forced to schedule a parochial school is simply
absurd and offensive in the 21st century.
BYU is, always has been, "America's darling." Their owners and the
elite "social club" they promote to no end is the "envy" of this
planet without one doubt. Really, what human being wouldn't want to live in
I don’t get Ute fans throwing shade at BYU for this bowl appearance. BYU
has improved over last year and earned post-season play. This game gives Wilson
more practice time and another chance to show what he can do in a meaningful
game. A win keeps the fan base excited for next year and what is more fun than
an optimistic Cougar fan?
CG - Provo, UTDec. 3, 2018 3:19 p.m.NightOwlAmerica - SALEM, ORDec. 3, 2018 2:45 p.m.“Player gifts = a bag of freeze dried hash
browns.”Remind us what player gifts U received from playing
couch potato in 2012 and 2013?How about from 1965 to 1991?_____Ahh yes, the "Remind us" game. A favorite of BYU
fans.There is only on example of those two words that matters.Remind
us the last time BYU was officially extended a real conference invite?
@BlueHusky - Saratoga Springs, UTPeople, forget the BYU won-loss
record this year. It was clearly a rebuilding year. Bronco left the cupboard
bare when he left, and this is only the beginning of Sitake's recruits
coming back from missions. This young team gave Utah all they could handle, and
4 or 5 key injuries to BYU players was the main reason Utah was able to come
back from the hole they were in.------Alternative
reality.The fact is, Bronco's class rankings were better than
Sitake's.The #1 most rival obsessed fanbase always comparing
itself to big brother Utah. Nope, you barely put up a fight in the 2nd half,
35-7, after Utah awoke from boredom.
Why are so many saying that the bowl game is worthless? Yes, it's
embarrassing that we are going to the Potato Bowl, but it's a lot better
than going 4-9. Yes, it was a pretty rough season, but I still love my cougs and
will be at the bowl game. We get our team meshing and prepped for the great
schedule we have next year.I love the Ute troll comments, they make
me laugh. As long as they get them that little boost of self esteem they need to
move along with their sub-par, monotonous lives.
People, forget the BYU won-loss record this year. It was clearly a rebuilding
year. Bronco left the cupboard bare when he left, and this is only the beginning
of Sitake's recruits coming back from missions. This young team gave Utah
all they could handle, and 4 or 5 key injuries to BYU players was the main
reason Utah was able to come back from the hole they were in.As a
Husky, I was gratified by their wins over Utah, but I have to say Utah is a
defense-only team. Never have an offense. And Washington simply stopped their
subpar offense and hung on for breaks. Personally, I wouldn't walk across
the street to watch a Utah game unless Washington or BYU were playing.BYU has some very good young players, but I'm suspicious that their
weight program is too soft. The injury count over the last two years has been
way too high. Still, kids require a couple of years out of high school to
maximize their strength and conditioning.I hope the Boise game will
be in the daytime. December in Boise at night is COLD. Their stadium is really
nice, and bowl shaped, so not as much wind as LES.
@Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CADon't be too hard on your
Cougs. Honestly there aren't many really good bowls out there. After the
NY6/CFP, what bowls are truly good?Would you want this yr's BYU
team to play a ranked P5 team? FYI, Wisconsin isn't ranked at all. End of
yr. rankings are what matter. Not what they were ranked when you played
them.A bowl is a bowl, is a bowl, if you aren't in the NY6 or
CFP. It's all good extra practices that matter and BYU has them.
I love famous potatoes and I’m happy to see BYU back in a bowl game. Good
NightOwlAmerica - SALEM, ORDec. 3, 2018 2:45 p.m.“Player gifts
= a bag of freeze dried hash browns.”Remind us what player
gifts U received from playing couch potato in 2012 and 2013?How
about from 1965 to 1991?
Player gifts = a bag of freeze dried hash browns.
There is a strong BYU Booster Club in Boise which should help attendance.You can bet that the average Boise Joe citizen will NOT attend this
game. They consider BYU a rival. Boise is a wonderful place to live and visit. I
hope the people there are cordial to the Y.Go Cougars!
re: "Guaranteed, if BYU had been playing Washington for the PAC 12
championship, BYU would have had 35,000 fans at the game."timid
sparrow: “BYU can't even get 35,000 actual paying fans at a home
game”Lol 😂 BYU has averaged 10,000+ more
paying fans than Utah-SLC stadium capacity every season since 1982.
scrappy do“BYU get yourself back in the mountain
west...”Why?So that half of BYU’s games can
be televised on FACEBOOK?So that BYU can make less than half as much
television revenue?So that the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl can be the
top prize for winning the MWC?So that BYU can go back to playing 2
P5’s, instead of 4 to 6, every season?
Many thanks go to BYU fans who support this team, and bowl, for with their
support hereby shown BYU, Kilani's coaching staff, and the youth movement
on this team will excel with recruits, in prominence and performance next year.
And a special thanks to BYU detractors, rivals who strongly show by
their extensive comments BYU's living in their heads, more so even than
their own teams .
Okay, you are peeving me. 1). Nepotism is favoritism based upon
familial relationship. It does not apply here. Please don't use it. If,
indeed, ESPN swapped the bowls around, it is because they were looking at $$$$.
They are the big money source for these bowls and so they exercised that muscle.
Money rules college football. That is unfortunate for Wyoming and they have
reason to be upset.2). It is pure arrogance that flows through
criticisms of Boise and WMU. Yes, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a deserving
bowl fame for a 6-6 team. Boise is regularly picked as one of America's
best places to live. Western Michigan is in the MAC and the MAC regularly beats
P5 powerhouses because the MAC is underappreciated. BYU will need to be on their
Burrr, its gonna be cold at the frozen potato bowl... I predict that there will
be 980 in actual attendance but the TV announcers say something like 51,000 in
attendance... BYU get yourself back in the mountain west... this independence
thing is for the birds
@just the fax"Guaranteed, if BYU had been playing Washington for
the PAC 12 championship, BYU would have had 35,000 fans at the game."BYU-P can't even get 35,000 actual paying fans at a home game -
what makes you think you'd get that many for a road game? Remember, there
are no giveaways or $5 Creamery vouchers for the PAC12 championship game. Well, maybe next year BYU-P will make it to the PAC12 championship game
and you can show us how well you would travel. Oh, wait...
JustGordon blowing smoke“Not even addressed is the price of
tickets...there is such great demand for a PAC12 big-time football product that
there is a waiting list...”If the commuter school Utes really
had enough fans to fill a 60,000+ seat stadium on a regular basis, why are they
only expanding capacity to 51,000?
UteBlueDevil“Fact is Utes sold out every game (plus/minus a
percent or two).” unfortunately, the Utes don’t travel
well2018 Conference Championship Game Attendance:P12:
35,134 Utah-WashSEC: 77,141 Ala-GaB1G: 66,375 OSU-NWB12:
83,114 Tex-OklACC: 66,774 Clem-PittGuaranteed, if BYU had
been playing Washington for the PAC 12 championship, BYU would have had 35,000
fans at the game.
Nothing better than being outside in Boise watching a mediocre football team on
a cold December Friday night! Go Cougs!
BJMoose - "wholeheartedly agree from a business perspective BYU is the
better choice and will do more for the bottom line than Wyoming would have. I
still feel from an ethnical and even a contractional standpoint however that it
should have been Wyoming that was invited."The Wyoming athletic
director clarified that Boise State earned the Potato Bowl bid and BYU was
headed to the First Responder Bowl to play Boston College. However, the bowl
owner (ESPN) decided that Boise State - Boston College was a better match up,
and swapped the two.BYU did not rob Wyoming of a MWC bid. It was
Boise's spot before the swap.
@ Real Ute - Dallas, TX - Dec. 2, 2018 2:03 p.m. - "There are some LDS folks
near Boise.........BYU may get a few fans to show up, finally!"Hey, RealUte, did you buy your tickets yet to see your vaunted Utes play in
the Rose Bowl?Oh, wait a minute....
Gordon,Revenues are up since joining the PAC, as are expenses.Utah does what's best for Utah, budgets grew to $72.2M from $29.7M
in the MWC which is amazing due largely to Tier 1 TV rights ($29M) and donations
doubling to $10.8M.Meanwhile in the PAC you have the 2nd smallest
budget and are dealing with coaching salaries exploding to $14.6M from $5.2M
with an increase over the past 5 years of nearly 3x the increase for athletic
tuition and food and insurance - which is a black eye right now.2017
Utah brought is $72.4M, impressive - and they spent $72.2M. Take away donations
($10.8M) and student fees ($6M) and University support ($1.8M) and it's not
exactly viable - but teams exist for university advertising and the ability to
gain more donations and promote the school. Overall Utah should be commended
because it's a net gain. In the top 20 revenue schools only Oregon ($0.2M)
and Washington ($3.7M) posted positive gains like Utah.What does
this have to do with BYU?Not much.But BYU has it's
#3 ranked accounting program, it's revenues are on par with most P5
schools, expenses far less, and well beyond any G5 school there. BYU holds
it's own very well.
To Top Of The World excellent well thought out post. And I wholeheartedly agree
from a business perspective BYU is the better choice and will do more for the
bottom line than Wyoming would have. I still feel from an ethnical and even a
contractional standpoint however that it should have been Wyoming that was
invited. For this bowl cycle I think ESPN’s contract obligation began and
ended with the Poinsettia Bowl.
@FatMountainManUTAH can't sell tickets for seats they
don't have...the season average you cite...is ABOVE capacity...NOT so down
in Provo where our little blue brothers are averaging only 89% of
capacity...with 56 CONSECUTIVE sold out games.Not even addressed is
the price of tickets...there is such great demand for a PAC12 big-time football
product that there is a waiting list...conversely in Provo there is no demand
and I am sure that there are lots of discounted tickets available for those who
want to freeze in November watch New Mexico State. UTAH's total
athletic budget is $83.67 million putting them at 48th in the Nation, BYU's
$62.56 million. UTAH's budget is 1/3 more!! That's why you will
continue to be "our little brother."
The Cougars will be catching the Broncos at a good time. Their starting
quarterback is injured and will most likely not play.
BJMoose...you have a valid point and have done some research, which is more than
some who comment on these threads do. However, while nepotism is generally
viewed as someone or something gaining undo favor because of friendship (or
being a relative, as in the old days), one should not overlook the fact that
sometimes a decision is made with a view of making a good business decision.From ESPN's perspective, while both schools had 6-6 records (with
Wyoming losing to Hawaii and getting beaten by Boise by 20, two common
opponents), I think those in control who make the decisions felt inviting the Y
would be the best business decision. I don't necessarily agree or
disagree. Perhaps a little for the latter as the tv sets will probably be
turned on for the Y more than for the Cowboys. I have no data to support that,
just supposition.Of all the states in our sometimes troubled Union,
my favorite people are those in Wyoming. Good people everywhere, but having
worked and traveled extensively in Wyoming, they are the folks who resonate with
me with the sweetest vibes. As a Y fan I would have been upset had
the Y been left out. I can understand how Cowboy fans probably feel.
phoenix "those advocating BYU’s return to the MWC should consider the
above bowl lineup and the MWC’s pitiful television contract when claiming
that Independence is a failure."The MWC Bowls that you ridicule
are the exact same ones that ESPN makes available to Indy BYU. BYU doesn't
have great bowl options. It's odd for a fan base to claim they have
something to offer a P5 conference, but they insist that they cannot help the
MWC become better. Really? BYU can't improve the television and bowl
access? I thought BYU had world-wide influence.
@at long last. . . - Kirksville , MO"The byu fans should give
thanks to ESPN for finding them a home, better than they deserve, against a weak
opponent whom they may be able to beat"= = = = =" BYU (6-6)
and Western Michigan (7-5) have played one common opponent this season —
MAC champion Northern Illinois. The Cougars fell at home to the Huskies, 7-6, on
Oct. 27. The Broncos defeated NIU on Nov. 28, 28-21.......... Western Michigan
boasts a running back, LeVante Bellamy, who has 190 carries for 1,172 yards and
six touchdowns. Jamarui Bogan has rushed 156 times for 702 yards and 15 TDs.....
We know how well BYU defends the run!
eagle - Provo, UTDec. 2, 2018 11:25 p.m.“The problem with
independence isn't the bowl game per se but the fact that after a couple of
losses, the season loses steam and relevance. I'd rather much be Utah State
going up to play Boise with something at stake vs. playing New Mexico State in a
game that means really nothing. Even in the MWC, BYU was able to line up early
season games with the likes of OU, Texas, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington,
Mississippi State among others.”In the MWC, BYU rarely played
more than a couple of P5’s.As an Independent, BYU plays 4 to 6
P5’s each season.In the MWC, BYU would stuck with CT’s
lame television contract which pays almost nothing and had the Aggies playing
FIVE of their games on FACEBOOK this season.As an Independent, every
BYU game is televised on ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN or BYUtv.A scheduling
arrangement with the MWC would be beneficial to both, as long as it included
Boise St and Utah St every year.Other than that, Independence is
superior to rejoining the MWC.
phoenix - Gilbert, AZDec. 2, 2018 8:17 p.m.BJMoose - Syracuse, UTDec. 2, 2018 4:59 p.m.“BYU took a spot that should have gone to a
MWC team and Wyoming was bowl eligible and left out. This pick absolutely stinks
and reeks of nepotism.“No, it speaks of a team having a
multi-year contract with ESPN, which owns 13 bowls and guarantees BYU a bowl if
the Cougars are bowl eligible.My rebuttal,ESPN also has a
contract with the MWC who has a tie in with the FIP Bowl. ESPN’s contract
with BYU was regarding the Poinsettia Bowl. The fact that this bowl went out of
business has nothing to do with Wyoming and Wyoming shouldn’t be penalized
or denied a bowl opportunity because of it. It’s BYU that should have
drawn the short stick. It is what it is, nepotism.
Re: SoonerUte"Extra practices is another reason to join a conference
and go to a CCG."You're preaching to the choir my friend.
I've disliked the Indie model from the moment it was announced.
"This is what you get when you go independent and say that you will play
AzUte...hope you and yours have a very happy holiday season and a great new
year. Enjoy cheering your team on. We appreciate our Cougars and feel toward
them just as you apparently do for the Utes. I hope Chase has a game for the
ages in his final collegiate effort. What a superb player and person.Happy Holidays, everyone!
Spokane Ute...you are a classy source offering realistic comments. It goes to
show that a fan can be avid about his team and still remain civil when
commenting on another. I have many good memories of Spokane, including playing
a Church area tournament on our way to what was to be the final All-Church
softball tourney. We won in Spokane, but ended up losing in SLC. Great
memories.There are several pluses in playing in a bowl game. First,
it gives the seniors one last hurrah before they hang up the cleats forever. It
also gives the freshman another opportunity to hone the skills they will use
next season. As I understand it, at one time or the another we played something
like 20 freshman this season. And it gives new coaches some very good,
concentrated time to work out the kinks.Happy holiday season to all.
Perhaps all three of our teams will take home the gold.
Improvement this season despite the young group. BYU is headed the right
direction. We'll be fine Ute fans. See you early next season! Go Cougs!
deibu:“BYU should have beaten Cal, NIU, Boise State and
Utah... but they couldn't come up with the play call ...or the play... they
needed. So instead of 10-2, you have 6-6.”Byu ALSO could have
just as easily lost to Arizona and Wisconsin, as well as Cal, NIU, Boise, USU
and Utah. Then you wouldn’t have A bowl game TO worry about! Why do coug
fans always play the “should have” and “what if” cards?
It is what it is. Any bowl is better than none. IMO
This is what you get when you go independent and say that you will play anybody
@FatMountainMan - As a Y fan, you might want to revisit your argument about
which team drew better. The Utes playing in a smaller stadium had on their
worse attendance day just less than 2,000 open seats. Their average was 46,000
- which is the stadiums capacity. BYU on the other hand averaged 88% capacity,
and having attended all those games, that is a generous number. There were
plenty of times that stadium looked 65% full at best. Fact is Utes
sold out every game (plus/minus a percent or two). BYU was struggling to fill
seats. Even the student section looked pathetic at times. Something needs to
be done to get the excitement back about BYU football.... before they
permanently slip into the mid-majors category.In the meantime - go
Lady Cougs Volleyball!!!
This is a great match up in a great location. BYU has great fan appeal in Idaho
and has played many exciting games on the Blue. It’s facing a worthy
opponent and it’s a great opportunity to get a win at Albertsons Stadium.
I will definitely consider going to this game and Go Cougars!
deibu - Since you are suggesting a fantasy past season for byu that
shoulda/coulda been 10-2, why not just say they should have had an undefeated
season and gone to the national championship playoffs? Makes as much sense.
It could be time to inject some realism into your thinking.
"Play by the same rules and circumstances as everyone else. Join a league,
this is getting really old."So rather than having it's own
risks and rewards, byu should join a league so that they can be relegated to not
going bowling when they have a winning record, and be miserable like those in
Laramie.Makes perfect sence. Bonus points for the games
that are streaming live on Facebook!
I find these comments about this bowl game, including the irony of its using the
word “famous” to mask its obscurity and marginal relevance,
entertaining and kinda funny.Sad truth is that BYU’s had qb
problems for years, first with Taysom Hill’s annual injuries then with
Tanner Mangum’s quixotic performance. However. We have a qb now, and
the kid is legit. Don’t know if he’s mission-bound, but if he
sticks around in two years we may have a high-powered team. We’ll see.In the meantime, looks like W Michigan is a great opponent. Very good
but certainly beatable if we play well and some of the guys (RBs) can get
healthy. So pass the butter, grated cheese and bacon. Time to chomp a potato
up in Boise.
As a Boise resident, I am really looking forward to BYU coming to town to play
in the Potato Bowl. I will be attending the game with my sons, along with
thousands of other BYU fans who live in the Boise metro area. Albertsons
Stadium will be rocking!
The problem with independence isn't the bowl game per se but the fact that
after a couple of losses, the season loses steam and relevance. I'd rather
much be Utah State going up to play Boise with something at stake vs. playing
New Mexico State in a game that means really nothing. Even in the MWC, BYU was
able to line up early season games with the likes of OU, Texas, Notre Dame,
UCLA, Washington, Mississippi State among others.
BYU will have a big advantage playing in their blue uniforms on the tacky blue
field because it will be hard for Western Michigan defenders to see them. Of
course, if it snows, BYU loses the advantage.However, the Western
Michigan colors of brown and gold will fit in well with the potato theme.
Four teams who are bowl eligible did not get bids to play in bowl games. BYU
should be very grateful and thankful that they received a bid, as Wyoming played
just as difficult of a schedule as BYU and clearly deserved the Mountain
West's conferences bid to the Idaho Potato Bowl. Yes, ESPN has a contract
with Provo, but unless BYU decides to join a conference like 98% of the rest of
college football teams, this special privilege should be reconsidered. This
scenario has happened in different forms but sorta the same way several times
before back in the late 80's and 90's when Wyoming earned a bid, but
the bowl went to BYU back when both teams were in the WAC and Mountain West
conferences. Yet Provo fans wonder why the Cowboy faithful dislike them so
much. Play by the same rules and circumstances as everyone else. Join a league,
this is getting really old.
If BYU shows up and plays consistent they may finally have a win on the blue
turf. I doubt they can pull it off but hope so!
PheonixSomeone had better notify the authorities that football and
bowls are in the business of making money.
Here is a very realistic comment to balance these typical posts out a bit:BYU averages around #60 in recruiting. Many of those kids stop all
athletic activity for 2 years. The general atmosphere at BYU and honor code is
appealing only to a very narrow percentage of possible recruits (making #60 a
bit of an overachievement actually). This talent reality won’t change. As
an independent we schedule early season teams that we just don’t have the
talent, in most cases, to be competitive with. But independence does bring in
more money and some fun early teams.This is the reality of BYU
football folks. We had a better season than last year. That is something to
chear about. Anything more is just BYU fans unable to accept reality.
Once again, thanks to the BYU haters. This article on where BYU is headed for a
bowl game has twice as many comments as the article on where Utah is headed.After so many years of independence, BYU still owns the hearts and minds
of many. Go Cougars!
Just glad the Cougs are in a bowl game this year, it shows they have made some
improvement and are headed in the right direction. Now next year (year 4) for
Coach Sitake, I say keep winning games coach - if you end with say an 8-4
record, good deal, if not, I say bye-bye Coach.
@CougarForever:Speaking of in-state rivals going bowling: I am a
deep blue Cougar, but have already bought my tickets to the New Mexico Bowl
(twenty minutes away) to yell out in support of the Utags! Go Utah State and
Classy comment Spokane - those extra practices will be great for a young
team.Players need it, kalani needs to find his disciplinary vibe
that Lavell had and grimes needs to learn how to put the game away - and one
more game is helpful to figure that out for all.
@phoenix"BYU fans advocating BYU’s return to the MWC
should consider the above bowl lineup and the MWC’s pitiful television
contract when claiming that Independence is a failure."First of
all, what makes you think you have a choice in the matter? Last I heard the MWC
didn't want you back. You're stuck in independence.Second,
just because the MWC is a failure does not mean independence isn't a
failure. Independence and the MWC are both failures.
Good for fatmountainman, he's resigned himself that since the record stands
at 0-8, and counting, he will proudly post attendance figures in an effort to
get a "win". But remember, byu didn't even sell their
allotment of 3,000 tickets for their "rivalry" game with Utah at RES.
So, let's do away with the myth regarding byu nation traveling well. Shall
65TossPowerTrap "15 extra practices to get ready for next year."Or
to get ready for Western Michigan. They beat NIU. Cougars did not.Extra practices is another reason to join a conference and go to a CCG.
Such childish talk on here about who is playing in the better meaningless Bowl
game ....... Ther are only 4 teams playing for anything in Bowl games ....
everyone else is playing for funzeees and that’s a fact ! As I Cougar fan
I do realize that the Y is lucky to be in any Bowl game this year just like the
Utes were lucky to be in a Bowl game with a 6-6 record last year .... I believe
that you should at least have to have a winning record to play in any post
season bowl game .......
You can take the cougar out of the Mountain West conference, but you can't
take the Mountain West conference out of the Cougar.
BJMoose - Syracuse, UTDec. 2, 2018 4:59 p.m.“BYU took a spot
that should have gone to a MWC team and Wyoming was bowl eligible and left out.
This pick absolutely stinks and reeks of nepotism.“No, it
speaks of a team having a multi-year contract with ESPN, which owns 13 bowls and
guarantees BYU a bowl if the Cougars are bowl eligible.Bowls are
strictly business and are always looking for matchups that will draw the most
Year-in, year-out BYU recruiting ranks in the 60's; this year their play
ranks in the 60's. When my dear old Idaho mother told me
sometimes all they had to eat some years was potatoes. I asked, "What do you
do when all you have to eat is potatoes."She replied simply,
"You eat potatoes."Mmm, baked, fried, frenched, souped...and
especially never badmouth the mighty tot. Go Cougs!
BYU should have beaten Cal, NIU, Boise State and Utah... but they couldn't
come up with the play call ...or the play... they needed. So instead of 10-2,
you have 6-6. Looks like we are replacing a MWC team in Boise as
that is historically a MWC contracted bowl. For those who want a G5 conference
this is where you go unless you have a great season. Had BYU been 10-2 you all
know ESPN would have done BYU a solid. This is merely a representation of the
season. Win the games along the way! That's the answer if you don't
like Boise.Boise gives true fans an opportunity to rally and fill
that stadium. Any other bowl game you might have had 10000 in attendance. For
the frugal BYU fan this is the perfect opportunity. Most of you wouldn't
have gone to Texas or Florida anyway, leaving it to the local fans to rep the Y.
Boise gives fans from Seattle and Portland to SLC and both Eastern and Western
Idaho a chance to go rep in a stadium they can't usually get tickets. So
quit whining and go cheer the team on wherever they may go and against whomever
they may play!
Good luck Cougs. Any Bowl is a good bowl.Go get ‘em!Make the most of post season and let it be a spring board for the future
Not a great bowl game or destination but it's a step in the right direction
from last season. And it will help with recruiting to be able to say we got a
bowl invite. Wyoming fans are ticked they didn't get this one and will not
go bowling, but BYU gets more B.I.S. and eyes on sets and ESPN knows that. Now, Kalani, you gotta win this thing! Turn the offense loose and if you
get a big lead don't try to sit on it and play not to lose. We're
painfully aware of how that can turn out. The team loses momentum, energy,
doesn't play with enough aggression, and then you lose.
Current MWC bowls; the MWC doesn’t have a true pecking order after the Las
Vegas. The bowl matchups are based on best possible games and geography.1. Las Vegas vs. Pac-12– Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs.
MAC– Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Conference USA– Hawai’i Bowl vs. Conference USA– NOVA Home
Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Sun Belt– Cheez-It BowlWhen
the new Las Vegas stadium is finished, the Las Vegas bowl will severe ties with
the MWC.BYU fans advocating BYU’s return to the MWC should
consider the above bowl lineup and the MWC’s pitiful television contract
when claiming that Independence is a failure.
I suppose that we should be happy for any bowl game but I really was hoping to
play TCU in the bowl played in Phoenix on Dec 26 which was among the predictions
for us. We should get a good turnout given that we are talking about
Boise, but I will have to do a lot of self-motivation to even consider attending
this game. I would guess that we will beat a mediocre Western Michigan team but
this game won't excite the BYU fan base much. Our in-state
rivals did better in terms of bowls (in Utah's case way better, of course)
-- justifiably so I must acknowledge. Utah State's game in Albuquerque
against North Texas is a step up from our bowl and the Utes scored a great
Holiday Bowl against Northwestern. I have to confess considerable jealousy.
I’m so excited to my BYU football team play in Boise. I live here and have
been to many potato bowls since the beginning. One year the temp was in the
50’s and hope it is on the 21st. It’s not one of the most exciting
destinations on paper but a top 10 in the USA for retirement. It’s a great
place to live with high quality life. Sounds like Western Michigan will be a
good opponent who beat N. Illinois who almost beat Utah. Utah is not as good as
they think they are even though it’s been 8 straight years and over 90% of
the games in last 20 years have been decided by 8 points or less.Go Cougs
I love it! 15(?) extra practices to get ready for next year. Besides I can
drive 15 minutes to the stadium. Let's be honest - the Potato Bowl is
nothing to brag about, but the extra practices are worth it. I won't even
go into my anti-Indie rant - others have picked up that baton for me.
As a casual Ute fan I don’t see the point in putting BYU down by Ute fans.
“Should be a good game considering we smoked Northern Illinois 2 weeks ago
and you lost to them at home.”Smoked? By 1 TD? Huh?I’m as anti-byu as they come, but this appears to be an evenly matched
Congrats, Coach Sitake. It’s a young team, and this year showed progress.
In 2019 if BYU goes between 6-6 or 10-2 they are locked into the Hawaii bowl.
Much better location (although obviously you have to fly there) than this
year.However, the actual game probably will not be any better.This year it is Louisiana Tech vs Hawaii.
There was a time when a potato bowl would have been a destination for Ricks.
Going forward appears to be going backward for BYU. W. Michigan will be a tough
match-up for BYU. W. Michigan has everything to gain and absolutely nothing to
lose. W. Michigan is used to living, practicing and playing in the field/
weather conditions they will probably find in Boise. W. Michigan will be
motivated to prove they belong on the same field as BYU. As for BYU, the game
has all the makings of a quasi-trap game. BYU will be expected to defeat a MAC
team convincingly on a neutral field. True, BYU is going bowling, however, I
don't think the potato bowl in december was what the Cougars had in mind.
A bowl game was my preseason hope. OK, It’s not the Cotton Bowl. But there
is much to be glad about. A loss would be tough however... A ton of young
players. Some measurable progress. A bowl game. Hope for the future. Go Cougs!
I’m not unhappy.
BYU fans. Remember when you all complained about what a terrible job Bronco
Mendenhall was doing as head coach ? You cried and wined to AD Tom
Holmoe that Mendenhall had to go. You wanted to bring back the
Lavell Edwards winning ways. You wanted a coach that was true to BYU winning.
Well you got him!!!BYU fans be prepared. They way BYU
sports are being played they will soon be headed the way of Ricks College and
BYU-Hawaii. Best of luck.
Woo sit outside in Boise ID in December for a few hours staring at a bright blue
field. So exciting.
the Wolverines will be a awesome matchup for us.
BYU took a spot that should have gone to a MWC team and Wyoming was bowl
eligible and left out. This pick absolutely stinks and reeks of nepotism.
It’s curious why some fans are so anxious to see BYU return to the MWC,
considering the bowls aligned with the MWC and where a mediocre Independent 6-6
BYU team is playing this season.How exactly will the MWC’s
bowl tie-ins and their terrible television contract benefit BYU more than
Independence?Don’t forget that as soon as the new Las Vegas
stadium is finished, the Las Vegas Bowl will severe ties to the MWC.
Current MWC Bowl Tie-ins1. Las Vegas vs. Pac-12–
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC– Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs.
Conference USA– Hawai’i Bowl vs. Conference USA– NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Sun Belt– Cheez-It
The ID Potato Bowl.....Wow, just wow.....And to face yet another powerhouse MAC
With the Las Vegas Bowl cutting ties with the MWC, won’t the Famous Idaho
Potato Bowl be the MWC’s premiere bowl tie-in?
@ Hugh G. Hayter, re "Will they play to win?" My question exactly.
Here's hoping they decide to play to win for 60 minutes instead of playing
to win for just the first 30 minutes as they did against Utah. @ Who
am I, sir?: Sad but true. I miss the old rivalries BYU had. I dislike their
being an independent, and concur with some of the other comments that have been
posted to that effect.
Please put away the conference talk. Next year we get to play USC, Washington,
Tennessee, and a few good G five teams like USF, Boise State, Utah State, and
SDSU. That's a better schedule than any G5 can offer, even if we have a
few duds in November. And as an independent we are $6-10M ahead of any
conference affiliation. Until the corrupt NCAA goes away or unless ESPN takes
over and runs things by the numbers (which would be good for BYU), this is life.
If BYU wins games, bowls will get better.
Let's try to be a little more happy for each other and the accomplishments
we did achieve. No one rides the crest of the wave forever, so when it's
your turn, be happy and don't kick those whose turn will come.
Hey, before anyone disparages going to the Potato Bowl... Remember, it's
the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. 🥔🏟️
@ Real UteMaybe you can buy 7 condos in Boise and rent them out to
I am super excited. This year I probably would not have been able to travel
great distances to the game but Boise is doable! I think this is a very winnable
game for BYU and with at 6-6 record, nothing to complain about.
Welcome to Idaho! Free Taters for outta Staters! Sure like them French fried
taters, mmm hmmm.
Thanks ESPN....For Nothing!To Paraphrase the Great Lavell....."I'd rather lose and stay home in Provo than win and go bowling
in Boise"."Boise is not the end of the earth, but you can
see it from there". I'm all for putting on a happy face,
but c'mon Holmoe, by anybody's standards...This stinks!
@ mightymiteThe Aggies from Logan wondered in the wilderness for
more than 40 years having stints as an Independent and in the Sun Belt, PCAA,
Big West and others. It will take the turnover of a few generations before
Holmoe and company have a change in direction. The best thing that
happened to Utah State was joining a regional conference (MWC). At
least BYU doesn’t have to travel 2500 miles to the east coast again this
season. Good luck in your bowl game cougars. The MAC has represented
the potato bowl well.
@Real Ute:Even in their worst season in fifty years, BYU had more
fans showing up, at home, than do your Utes. For 2017, BYU played 6 home games,
with total attendance of 337,599 and an average attendance of 56,267. Utah with
7 home games? 321,390 total season attendance, and an average of only 45,913.
Source: the NCAA -- http://fs.ncaa.org
The Cougars have struggled and spud-ered their way all year. Let’s see,
$75 for tickets, $60 for gas, $150 for hotel room, $75 for food, $360+ to get
cold and see them choke once more with a long drive home. Nope, a DVR, no lines
at Outback and an empty theater night at the movies sounds a lot more fun.
Besides, if by some miracle they actually show up, play, and win, well the DVR
is cued and ready.
mightymite- You reference the "progression of this program as an Indy, ,
," Where do you see 'progress since independence?
'Regression' is a word you might want to think about using.
It would be sad if it weren't so downright funny! LOL
Real Ute,Since you know so much about WMU, care to answer a few questions?
What city is WMU located? What is their mascot? What conference do they belong
to? Of course, you will know all the answers without looking it up! Peace and
Tough game in the cold. I will be watching, rooting for BYU. Win and the Coogs
have a winning season, and significant progress, with a bunch of youngsters.
Looking forward to September in Provo.
Really? There is nothing to gain here. A win is one against a pretty low level
school and a loss is a disaster. The good news is they can bus to the game.
Probably bottom of the barrel as bowl games go. But I guess beggars can’t
be choosers... How the powers that be signed off on a bowl game in December in
Idaho is beyond me. Seriously, what were they thinking?Western Michigan is
a team that beat Northern Illinois an put up 44 points on a ranked Syracuse.
This won’t be a pushover and in fact, BYU could lose this one.
Louisiana Cougar - Pineville, LADec. 2, 2018 2:09 p.m.Many "boo
birds" will criticize Coach Sitake and complain about the year.I
congratulate the team for several big victories, a national ranking after
knocking off the #6 ranked Wisconsin squad and the ranked Arizona football team,
and several other good wins and close calls.-----The #6
team in the nation is Ohio.Arizona is 5-7. BYU is still looking for
its FIRST PAC-12 win over a 6+ win team.Your biggest win was 20-0 at
Utah, unfortunately Utah won the 2nd half 35-7.
Utah in the Holiday Bowl as a Top 25 P5 program.BYU in the Idaho
Potatoe Bowl as a G5 bottom feeder.Look on the bright side Cougar
"fans", you beat Utah in the 1st half, your biggest win since 2012.
Wow! BYU gets to go to a participation trophy bowl! What a powerhouse BYU is!
The byu fans should give thanks to ESPN for finding them a home, better than
they deserve, against a weak opponent whom they may be able to beat.
Too many fans had no respect for NIU. MAC teams are as good as BYU now.
@mightymite"It is seriously time to take a hard look at the
progression of this program as an Indy and where it fits in to a MWC, Sunbelt
and so forth."Yeah, rejoin the MWC (if they'll even have
you). In the MWC, you'll have the opportunity to go 10-2 and still end up
in Albuquerque against a Directional Texas. I don't know if that or the
Potato Bowl is worse!Bottom line is, if you're not a P5,
you're getting table scraps no matter how good you are.
Fun!Boise is gorgeous this time of year!
Boise States Famous Potato Bowl.... that is what BYU got..... and is
unfortunately about what BYU deserves. It will draw well.... but still. Thats
a big fall from the other games BYU has played in... Oh well. Next year.....
After last nights loss to Weber State now the Potato Bowl, girls volleyball is
our only hope.
Hey Utah fans...This bowl is "famous", alright?
Worst bowl game of any of the teams in state. Hands down.Got
And I don't think 'low notch mid major' fits. We played in the
Cotton Bowl 2 years ago and lost to Wisconsin by one touchdown. Should be a good
game considering we smoked Northern Illinois 2 weeks ago and you lost to them
Western Michigan lost to Air Force in the 2014 Potato Bowl. We've been
there before. Looking forward to the BYU matchup.
How much are the tickets to the Potato Bowl? If they are over $5, Western
Michigan will dominate the attendance. WMU does travel.
Once a proud program, but now happy to be in the Idaho potato bowl.My how things have changed!
Eight years of "independence" and here we are.
Many "boo birds" will criticize Coach Sitake and complain about the
year.I congratulate the team for several big victories, a national
ranking after knocking off the #6 ranked Wisconsin squad and the ranked Arizona
football team, and several other good wins and close calls.Yes . . .
many "fans" are unhappy. I view this team as making good
progress--especially in light of having several significant injuries to key
players.I enjoyed the football team's effort, hurt when they
hurt, and appreciated their wins. Thanks, everyone.LC
There are some LDS folks near Boise.........BYU may get a few fans to show up,
Will they play to win?
Oh wow Boise in December against a lower notch mid major. It is seriously time
to take a hard look at the progression of this program as an Indy and where it
fits in to a MWC, Sunbelt and so forth. This is not substainable! A Sunbelt
conference title at least gives the kids something to compete for rather than a
third/fourth or even no bowl game. Time to come to terms with this decision of