Sometimes you have to suspend disbelief in order for an article to work.
We love the underdog. Well, most of us love the underdog, just as long as that underdog is not upsetting our favorite team!
For those who despise the BCS system, the most revered underdogs are those BCS busters.
Four times a school from a non-BCS conference has reached one of the most coveted bowl games. Three of those four times, one of those schools has shown the college football world that they indeed belong.
Utah (twice) and Boise State have proven themselves on a grand stage. Hawaii—well, at least their fans impressed Sugar Bowl organizers.
As we approach the 2009 season, analysts are attempting to pick this year's BCS buster. It is easy to look toward the two conferences that have sent representatives to BCS bowl games—the Mountain West and the Western Athletic conferences.
With this article, I wish to look at three MWC schools that have a decent chance of gaining an invite to a BCS bowl game. However, instead of examining how those teams can (or will) make it there, I want to look at potential slip-ups along their road to greatness.
The three teams are TCU (preseason media favorite to win the conference), BYU, and Utah.
Now, obviously there needs to be one major assumption, which, maybe in the case of BYU, means we have to suspend disbelief.
We must assume that with whichever team I am examining, the team will be undefeated at the time of the trap game (and obviously, all three teams cannot be undefeated at the end of the season).
So, in the case of the Cougars, we have to assume that they upset Oklahoma.
Also, and this should be obvious, I did not choose matchups between any of the two teams. Those are marquee games and would not necessarily be considered a slip-up (unless, of course, Utah manages to lose to an 0-11 BYU team).
Lastly, I chose three different teams for each of the three teams examined. This is to avoid redundancy.
So enjoy! I welcome any questions, complaints, or comments.