I don't understand what it will take for the Utah Utes football team to get any love. Their resume simply cannot be ignored and I'm dumbfounded to figure what it will take for other programs, writers, announcers and voters to give them the respect they deserve:
- Utah was the first non-AQ team to win a BCS bowl game, the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, 35-7 over Pittsburgh, finishing the '04 season 12-0
- Utah added a second BCS bowl win in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, 31-17 over Alabama, and finished the '08 season 13-0
- Utah's record since 2004 is 59-17
- They recently accepted an invite to join the Pac-10 conference (along with Colorado) and will begin play in that prestigious conference starting in 2011
Yet last night, unranked and playing at home (where they had won 17 straight games) against an overrated Big East opponent in No. 15 Pittsburgh, writers and announcers continually alluded to their thrilling 27-24OT victory as an upset.
This is another reason why not to put too much credence into the preseason polls or the early voices of the 'experts' that cover the sport.
Voters and prognosticators cannot seem to bring themselves to recognize that there's room for more than two non-BCS schools (Boise St. and TCU) in the conversations relative to CFB's elite programs.
Congratulations Utes, and here's hoping that if you keep kicking at the door, eventually, the elite will finally let you in...for real.