In the News:
By J. Darin Darst
CBSSports.com Staff Writer
"The season hasn't even started and BYU is already hearing the whispers.
Shhhhh. Listen closely and you can hear those three magical little letters.
Max Hall is poised to lead the Cougars to the MWC crown ... and a BCS berth?
Sorry BYU faithful, there is no getting around it. When you finish 11-2 and enter the season with a 16-game conference winning streak, the public and media start talking about that ultimate goal. And for teams in "mid-major" conferences, a BCS bowl is the icing on the cake.
Utah did it, then Boise State and last year Hawaii. Is it BYU's time?
"It's something we think about; It's a goal we want to reach, but at the same time we have a lot of other stuff we are focusing on," said quarterback Max Hall.
"Having a successful season, no matter if its a BCS game or not, and winning a conference championship, representing our faith and our institution the way it should be. If we get a shot to play in a BCS game that's awesome and we'll give it our all, but it's the home victories and conference championships that define our program."
Winning conference championships are nice, but let's be real here.
The Mountain West title gives you another trophy to place in the athletic department, a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl and a payout of close to a million dollars.
But a BCS bowl can do so much more.
Hawaii made $4.4 million from the Sugar Bowl last year. It got to share that money with every team in the conference, which not only makes the program better, but the rest of the conference too. The boost can also be felt in recruiting the following years. Imagine a kid deciding between BYU and Utah, knowing that BYU just got to play in the Fiesta or Orange Bowl.
This season has all the makings of BYU making that possible."
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Monday, August 11, 2008
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