Larimer, Hawks, Black and all you guys chime in on this one, don’t just hash out my thoughts but add you own:
When Hill went down and Williams leaving early, this season could have got away from us real fast but because of a cooool customer in Tanner Mangum, BYU has the chance to win 10 games and a small chance to be ranked when the dust settles. This has been a special year by anyone’s standards. The emergence of Nacua, Warner and seeing Mathews take his game to another level has been a treat. Mathews in particular I thought had 0 chance of an NFL career but now I kinda see that he could play. I still want Blackmon to get his TD and think that Anae owes it to him to make it happen.
We lost two games, UCLA and Missouri, that I think we should have won but then we had two that we should have lost, BSU and Nebraska so karma evens things out.
What about Hill? rumor has it that he will transfer and play immediately for Michigan. He and Coach Harbaugh have been talking plenty since his injury. I hope he stays at BYU just because he knows our schemes and we sure could use him in 2016. But I just can’t see sitting Mangum for any reason.
For argument sake, as I look at 2016 and see that, as usual, BYU is on the road for most of our P5 matchups, lets just say that we win 50% of those 7 games (BSU included), BYU could end up with a 8-4 record with the San Diego Poinsettia bowl, I will assume we play SDSU, 9-4. No bad but nationally, it does not get us any traction. Now if we could scratch out an early win or two against a ranked team, on the road, that would turn some heads.
What BYU needs in a worst way is to join a P5 conference. MY choice would be the P12 along with BSU. I am praying for the Big 12 to not be included on New Years by virtue of lacking a championship game but that seems mute at this point as I think the 4 teams that get an invite as of today are:
IOWA or MSU
Now here is where thing get deicy… IF IOWA loses, IF Clemson loses, If Bama loses. Does Stanford get in? Stanford beat ND, the team everyone had penciled in for the 4th spot.
The Big 12 were to be left out (an impossibility at this time) they would have to come looking for 2 more teams and have a playoff. BYU has to be looked at over all those other Eastern teams.
Lastly, I think that the honor code is just too harsh. Losing Davies cost BYU a chance at the title in the Jimmer years. The cost to the entire team is just too high…Suspension for a game or two makes cents to me but an entire year and the toll it takes on the kid lasts for years especially when it is of a sexual nature. There has got to be a way to let these kids repent without doing permanent damage to the kid and the team.