The Utah Utes are Pac-12 Champions.
A team which was in the Mountain West Conference just a decade ago has won the conference. Another team who left the Mountain West Conference a decade ago is BYU. The two are in-state rivals. In 2011, the Pac-12 invited Utah, a state school. Meanwhile, the Pac-12 held its snooty nose high to BYU. The Cougars, knowing they should be in a Power Five Conference decided to go the route of becoming an independent.
With far fewer resources, the BYU football team still managed a 5-0 record against the Pac-12 this season. The Cougars played four teams from the Pac-12 South, and one from the North, and defeated all of them. Below are the results of each of those games.
- 24-16 victory vs. Arizona at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada
- 26-17 victory vs. Utah
- 27-17 victory vs. Arizona State
- 21-19 victory at Washington State
- 35-31 victory at USC
Additionally, BYU defeated Virginia 66-49. One result that does not favor the Cougars is a 38-24 loss at Baylor. The Big 12 Conference is the only Power Five Conference to give BYU a loss. The Cougars played a Power Five schedule. The two teams in the Pac-12 South who BYU did not play against are Colorado and UCLA. BYU would, undoubtedly take down Colorado. The Buffaloes featured one of the worst offenses in the nation. Three of Colorado’s four victories came against either an FCS team or a team who lost to an FCS school. UCLA lost home games to Arizona State, Arizona and Fresno State. Utah humiliated the Bruins in Salt Lake City.
Thus, Utah ought to just ship that Pac-12 Championship trophy down to Provo. All that trophy represents is a participation trophy. The best team West of the Rocky Mountains is BYU. The Cougars deserve a spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl. It would be a travesty if Utah received a bid and BYU did not.