The university of Utah head football coach and athletic director have recently turned a few heads when speaking about their need to do what is best for the university when it comes to scheduling (or not) their annual rivalry game with BYU. With the status of the BCS system, as recently as last week, one could possibly understand their reasoning as many of the other members of "elite conferences" routinely fill their non-conference schedule with the likes of Florida International, Akron, or Austin Peay. No offense to any of these fine institutions, but they are all roll over games, walks in the park, easy peazy... You get my drift.
The U of U, now self proclaimed as "bigger than the rivalry", has recently joined the big boy club and thought that they had to act the part by scheduling a few pansies here and there, or so they implied. The scheduling of these games with the weak and downtrodden would leave little room for a quality foe like BYU. The whole goal was to pad the stats, as it were, in hopes that some deep pocketed big wig from the BCS would grant them rights to their eternal destiny, something that they have hoped for since 84', a shot at the title. The fear of living in big brothers shadow when they have tried so hard to get out is just to much for them to bear. So what could be done besides making up some lame excuse and killing the rivalry right here and now, and as sir Robin "bravely running away." But wait.. The masterful plan is foiled by none other than that very elite big boy club that Utah so desperately ran to. A playoff! How could it be so... The new college football playoff gives Utah the opportunity to put up or shut up. As the playoff system that has been proposed says, the four teams invited to the dance will be graded by a committee which will take into consideration all things including strength of schedule. No more scheduling weak games if you want in. The ball is in Utah's court now. Do they just want to kill the rivaly for spite or will they keep scheduling the cougs. I guess we'll see.