The Utah Utes have been flexing their muscles, with a chip on their shoulder to prove they are worthy of the invitation to join the Pacific Athletic Conference that was extended to them.
Despite blowing a 10-point lead, they managed to hang on and grab an overtime opening day home victory over a Pitt program ranked in the preseason Top 20.
In Week 2 they dominated UNLV to open up at 1-0 in the Mountain West.
With games against Big 12 Iowa State and Notre Dame still on the schedule, plus Top 10 TCU, the Utes are saying, "Why not us?"
If they run the table, beating the teams above (plus a decent Air Force and BYU), would their schedule merit not just a BCS bowl but, perhaps, a chance at the big enchilada—the BCS championship?
Their credentials would be better than Boise, they'd have beaten TCU, and their schedule would be pretty darn good, provided Pitt and Notre Dame have decent seasons (along with BYU and Air Force).
Never say never, but first they need to take care of business—which means they need to crush New Mexico.
Not beat handily. Not dominate. Crush.
Because New Mexico is looking, quite simply, like the worst team in major college football this year.
Week 1 was a 72-0 beating by Oregon—Week 2 a 52-17 drubbing by Texas Tech.
That's 124 points given up in two games! Holy cow.
Expect more of the same.
Prediction: Utah 59, New Mexico 13