I had been wanting to write something that addresses our collective anger and disappointment over an 11-2 season for quite some time now. I remember having these same feelings last year. The big question is that in 2006 and 2007 we went 11-2 and felt like we were on top of the world. Now going 11-2 is the most depressing thing there is. How can that be?Well, Shawn beat me to the punch a bit last night by writing a great post which I will include parts of below. This is why 11-2 in 2009 feels so different from 11-2 in 2006/7.
Lost two Non-Conference road games early in the year by a combined total of 10 points. One to a very good BC team and one to a lousy UofA team.
Beat #15 TCU on the road, beat Utah. Won the Conference Championship and went UNDEFEATED at LES! Home Field Dominance: Average score at home…BYU 47 – Opponent 12
Ended the year with a Vegas Bowl route of the Ducks 38-8!
Beat Utah in the final home game! Conference Champions!
Won the Las Vegas Bowl again, in a redemption game against the Bruins!
Once again, 2 losses were non-conference and early in the year. 2 losses by a combined total of 18 points. Went undefeated at home, won the conference championship and beat Utah! Home Field Dominance slides due to offensive production…BYU 28 – Opponents 11
Play a weaker non-conference schedule early in the season and don’t dominate teams, but remain undefeated.
Get Blown out of the water on the road in Ft. Worth by TCU.
Get ran out of Rice Eccles in a loss to Utah.
End the season with a Vegas Bowl loss to a mediocre UofA team.
3 losses by a combined total of 59 points. Still Undefeated at home with the Offense putting up big numbers against N. Iowa, a 4-8 UCLA team, Wyoming and SDSU…BYU 41 – Opponents 11
Start off with a Bang against a Very Good #3 ranked OU!
Lose to a horrendous FSU by 33 (2006/7 combined losses total 28 points)
Lose to a VERY GOOD TCU by 31
Point of the story is that in 2006/7 when we lost, our goals of Conference Champions, Home Field Dominance, Beating Utah and Bowl Win were all still intact. Not to mention that we were IN every game right up to the end.
In 2008 and 2009 our losses came IN CONFERENCE and were by HUGE margins or out of conference to crappy teams.
I think these facts alone make it harder to swallow a 10-3 and 11-2 season in 2008/9 as compared to 2006/7.
I say screw the BCS Bowl game and lets get back to our goals of Undefeated at Home, Beat Utah, Win a Bowl game, and see where that lands us at the end of the year.
In order to win the MWC you have to go undefeated in conference. Ipso-Facto we beat Utah and TCU. Then you play well in the pre-season and badda-bing, badda-boom you are in a BCS Bowl.
Let’s get back to basics and not put the cart before the horse.