3. The Most Overrated Thing Was …
BYU beating Boise State – at least in terms of the College Football Playoff discussion.
It was BYU’s one big shot to make one big statement- and it did that.
However, that’s it. That’s about it for the big moments against an okay schedule, and it probably wasn’t enough.
The BYU athletic department deserves all the credit in the world for merely putting together a decent football schedule as an independent during a pandemic, and it’s certainly not the program’s fault that everything went haywire.
The school doesn’t duck teams – it would’ve loved come up with a slate full of big-names. It was supposed to start the season at Utah, and play Michigan State, and then go to Arizona State, and then play at Minnesota, and later it was going to host Missouri.
It would’ve been fascinating to have seen what this Cougar team could’ve done against five Power Fivers, but, instead, playing Boise State will have to do.
Because BYU can’t catch a break when it comes to properly showcasing how good it is, Boise State was without starting QB Hank Bachmeier and RB George Holani, and backup QB Jack Sears was knocked out of the game early on. They don’t play defense, and they might not have made a 34-point difference, but it’s still a factor.
So yeah, the 51-17 win was a total wipeout, it was enough to get the Cougars into the top ten, but …
There’s still likely a hard ceiling on how high the team can go.
There aren’t going to be any Power Five wins – again, totally not BYU’s fault – and the rest of the slate just isn’t that great. However, with North Alabama and San Diego State the only games left, 10-0 is possible and a New Year’s Six bowl slot is almost assured.
At the very least, BYU will be discussed in the room in Grapevine, Texas starting in late November.
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