20-6 for a BYU win, with BYU (rankings ranging from the Orlando Sentinel #27, running the spectrum from 30-39 in the various Football magazine polls to #42 in the coaches poll and not mentioned in the AP Poll).
(The Las Vegas Line says that 59 1/2 -15 over would be the high expectations for this game 36-10 would be the low expectations for this game). We took the game 20-6.
Portland State, a FCS team (not) ranked in the top 130 spots in the 1-130 rankings, that might have won this game,
played very tough vs. BYU. For awhile, they actually felt they had a chance to win this game in the second half.
It is my opinion that BYU, with their 20-6 win, has little to be proud of. We made many mistakes, many penalties, and we played sloppy uninspired ball, as we made Below #130 FCS Portland State, look like a very good team. We certainly did not look like an Independent P5 team. We made, (Below #130 FCS), Portland State, look like a very good team.
Because of not being in a G5 conference, but instead, being an Independent like #28 ND (Coaches poll), we like to think of ourselves as an Independent P5 team like ND., but we also must remember that #80 Army and #128 out of 130 teams , UMASS is also Independent like BYU. and they realistically know that they are not a P5 caliber team at this point in their history.
I love each and everyone of our coaches and each and everyone of our athletes. I know we can do better. I know that we will play better vs LSU, Vs. Utah, Vs. Wisconsin, Vs. Boise State, and Vs. Mississippi State. I’m not sure about the rest of the season.
It is not our coaches or our athletes that made us unprepared. It is just the reality that it is next to impossible to get up for a team that is ranked 100 or worse, while you have hopes of having a magical season.
I ave been begging to deaf ears, since we first became an Independent, to act like a P5 team, work like a P5 team, Program like a P5 team and eventually win like a GOOD P5 team, and by doing so, we will be considered, by those that matter, to be an Independent P5 team, perhaps like ND is considered a P5 Independent team.
There are some facts and there are some opinions.
There is currently 130 1A teams.
The top 1/2 (65 teams) should be considered P5 quality teams, while the bottom 1/2, (66-130), and below, in division 1 football should be considered G5 quality teams.
Yes I know there are exceptions in each direction #92 Big 10 Illinois, #89 Big 12 Kansas, #87 Va., #76 Cal, #70 Boston College, #66 Arizona are a few that stand out for being a P5 team this season, that should be doing much better.
In the opposite direction, #24 UCF, #35 Boise State, #39 BYU, #58 Colorado State, #59 Houston are examples of the opposite exceptions.
Each year, we have exceptions of those that should be in the top 65, but are not while there are teams that should not be in the top 65, that are. The midmajors can be expected to program in the bottom 65 because they are mid major teams. That is what mid major teams can and should do, because they are not considered to be P5 quality teams.
If you have already made it into a P5 conference, you may get away with programing a mid major team like BYU, Houston, Boise State or a few others that are trying hard to get into a Power Conference. Yes, we can be grateful that those already secure in a Power Conference will give us a chance to play they and prove our worth. My point is the top 1/2 should be better than the bottom 1/2. We should program that way.
Our BYU, (seller dweller), in our scheduling should be those near but above the top 65. We should not program below the top 65.
Where much is given,much is expected…
When a team is ranked in the top 65 they should program teams that are also in the top 65. This is what makes them true P5 caliber teams.(My opinion)
MWC Colorado State looked much better today beating the socks off of P5 Pac 12 Oregon State. BYU looked poor beating a team below 130 Portland State by 6-20.
Another way saying this is that P5 conference Pac 12 Oregon State had much to be ashamed of losing to MWC mid major Colorado State, where as it would have no shame in losing by the same score to USC.
Had Portland State pulled off the upset vs BYU, like they thought they had a chance to do in the second half, the shame, the embarrassment, the humiliation would have been so great that we, BYU, may not have recovered from it for some time to come, yet if we would have lost to Boise State or a P5 team, it would have been a temporary set back minus the shame.
We should never, until at least we reach a major goal of getting into a P5 conference, program a team below the expected rankings of 65.