"To help pass the quiet summer months, or to just take your mind off the conference expansion buzz. I am counting down the Top 10 games in BYU history. One game per day for the next two weeks. At the end of the game summary, I have included links to video highlights of the game. If you have additional insights to the game or links for highlights feel free to use the comments section to share.
"BYU has won one national championship, 23 conference championships, and 505 games since 1922. In the process of achieving these milestones, the BYU Cougars have had many individual games that stand out. While each win is reflected equally in the wins column, we all can agree that certain wins are more significant and meaningful than the others.
"In composing this top 10 list, I scored each game based on the following factors (point value in italics):
"1. The caliber of the opponent. This includes national ranking, overall win-loss record, future NFL players, etc. 25 points
"2. What was at stake? 20 points
"3. What was the impact of the game? Maybe the game did not have much riding on it, but as a result of the game, accolades and honors came to BYU and its players, or it put BYU in a position to achieve something that would otherwise be improbable. 20 points
"4. Was BYU the underdog or the favorite? Winning the games you are supposed to lose means more than winning the games you are supposed to win. 10 points
"5. Was there a dramatic finish? If BYU was heavily favored to win a dramatic finish is not awarded points. 10 points
"6. What were the other underlying storylines? (i.e. injuries, Bowl Alliance snub, revenge, record setting performances) 5 points
"7. Nostalgia. As history passes what is truly great takes on a life of its own, so while "style points" are nice, "staying power" better dictates if a game is top 10 or not. 10 points
"Without further ado, here is number 10. "