Utah Utes Clinch BCS Berth

Matt JacobsContributor INovember 23, 2008

This year was touted to have an extremely talented non-BCS team class featuring Boise State, Ball State, and a very talented Mountain West conference, it has proved to be the least bit overrated. 

Ball State has come out of nowhere this year. They now are ranked 14th in the country and are hoping for a BCS berth if they can get lucky.

Boise State, another talented BCS buster, has had BCS hopes every year since their amazing Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma in 2007.

But one conference stands out in particular. The Mountain West Conference currently has three ranked teams: BYU, Utah, and TCU.

Utah has flown under the radar all season long as people waited for them to lose to somebody on their schedule, but they just refused.

Utah came onto the scene strong in their opener, as they defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor 25-23. Ever Since then, they have won 11 straight games, most notably against Oregon State, TCU, and BYU.

With strong play out of QB Brian Johnson and clutch kicking out of talented Senior kicker Louie Sakoda, the Utes, for the second time in school history, will be playing in a BCS bowl game.

Their last trip came in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl in which they beat the Big East champion Pittsburgh Panthers. This year, the Utes will receive an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game.

Watch out for those Utes, they can play.