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Busting Up The BCS: A Look Back at Week One and Ahead To Week Two

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The Main Contenders: BYU COUGARS: AP No. 9, USA TODAY No. 12 The Cougs won arguably the biggest game in MWC history by beating Oklahoma 14-13. They used a stout defense (holding OU to 13 points and knocking last years Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford out for two to four weeks) and the senior leadership of QB Max Hall (78 yard 4th quarter go-ahead drive) to overcome early turnovers. The surprise here is that BYU has a defense! Bronco Mendenhall's Cougars now have the inside track to a BCS game and other possibilities. Up this week @ Tulane—need I say more. - Dustin Johnson, Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report - BYU vs. Boise State: The Championship Game That Would Change the NCAA

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While I know it is too early to talk about how the table will be ran, and BYU does have to go undefeated in the Mountain West Conference which is no walk in the park, but the only way to change the system is to prove that the non-BCS conferences can produce the two best teams in the nation. First off it would make both schools football powers and would make them a brand, synonymous with college football, and in the NCAA perception is half of the equation to success. Ask schools like Michigan and Notre Dame, who despite having subpar season still have some of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Secondly it would get the BCS conferences on board for a playoff. And I don't think that is the best system as I love the way it is now even if it isn't perfect. But the world will not rest until a playoff system is in college football is in place. The big schools would realize that their schools have less of a chance to win the championship without a playoff if none of their own were in the game and the power schools were sitting on the sidelines away from the sidelines. Also it would boost the prestige of smaller conferences. With satellite television and 24-hour coverage of all sports on the internet, the smaller schools have much more of an outlet and have a bigger following, but are still considered weaker and should be. The level of play in these conferences is getting better, but they need better recruits and exposure during bowl season helps. - Chase Ruttig, Bleacher Report

MWC Connection: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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From the FanPosts, at MWC Connection Around the many blogs and message boards, (SB Nation is far better than most by this count) many MWC fans appear to be defending themselves from their familiar place as a disrespected conference with a chip on our shoulders. I am not certain the old concept of disrespect is still appropriate for the MWC. The MWC has 3 teams in the top 25 in both the coaches and AP poll in week 2. We did not have to earn are way their in 2009, this is where we started. Respect. I have observed that it is not the fans of high profile teams we defeat that answer our defenses of our teams. Oklahoma and Alabama fans have been very respectful of BYU and Utah and what they have accomplished. Respect. The charges against the MWC come from those who do not play us and view our success as a threat to their place at the table. Big East and ACC fans tend to lead the charge. You don't fear an adversary you do not... Respect.

Game Notes: Heading to the Superdome

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Playing in its second NFL stadium in as many weeks, No. 9 BYU travels to New Orleans to face Tulane in the Superdome on Sept. 12. After an upset win over No. 3 Oklahoma last week, possibly one of the program’s biggest wins in over 15 years, the Cougars are 1-0 heading into this game with the Green Wave. Tulane enters Saturday’s game 0-1, after suffering a 37-13 loss in its season opener against Tulsa on Friday, Sept. 4.

2009 BYU Football Firesides Schedule

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Friday, Sept. 11 J.W. Marriott Hotel Ballroom; 7 p.m. (CT) 614 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana Friday, Sept. 18 Orem Windsor Stake Center; 7 p.m. (MT) 60 East 1600 North Orem, Utah Friday, Sept. 25 American Fork Tabernacle; 7 p.m. (MT) 110 East Main Street American Fork, Utah Thursday, Oct. 1 Provo Tabernacle; 7 p.m. (MT) 100 S University Avenue Provo, Utah Friday, Oct. 9 Green Valley Stake Center; 7 p.m. (PT) 410 Valley Verde Drive Henderson, Nevada Friday, Oct. 16 San Diego North Stake Center; 7 p.m. (PT) 4741 Abernathy Avenue San Diego, California Friday, Oct. 23 Springville West Stake Center; 7 p.m. (MT) 996 West Center Street Springville, Utah Friday, Nov. 6 Cheyenne Wyoming Stake Center; 7 p.m. (MT) Western Hills & Education Drive Cheyenne, Wyoming Friday, Nov. 13 Albuquerque Stake Montano Chapel; 7 p.m. (CT) 1100 Montano Road Albuquerque, New Mexico Friday, Nov. 20 American Fork Tabernacle; 7 p.m. (MT) 110 East Main Street American Fork, Utah Friday, Nov. 27 Spanish Fork Palmyra Stake; 7 p.m. (MT) 505 East 900 North Spanish Fork, Utah

Bryan Kariya talks about his big effort against Oklahoma with 1280 the Zone's Hans Olsen

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Bryan Kariya talks about his big effort against Oklahoma with 1280 the Zone's Hans Olsen

Cougars stout on defense

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"Perhaps the only thing more shocking than BYU's 14-13 upset of Oklahoma last Saturday was the Cougars' ability to hold the Sooners, who averaged 51 points per game last season, to one touchdown. And even that lone TD came on a 35-yard drive that was set up by a BYU turnover. Though it goes down as one of the best defensive performances in school history, you wouldn't know it in talking to Jaime Hill, who orchestrated that stellar, smash-mouth defensive effort." - Jeff Call, Deseret News

Cougs working hard to avoid a Tulane trap

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"Having stunned the college football world last week with their come-from-behind win over powerful Oklahoma, the BYU Cougars are the toast of the Mountain West Conference -- and the country, to some extent -- this week. They've got another chance to make a statement next week, as a perennial power rolls into Provo for the first time ever. Naturally, the Cougars are getting geared up to play the Florida State Seminoles and legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Uh, make that the Tulane Green Wave. If there is such a thing as a trap game this early in the season, this is it. The Cougars, ranked No. 9 in the first regular-season Associated Press Top 25 poll released onTuesday, and No. 12 in the USA Today /Coaches Top 25, must make another long trek halfway across the country to face a team in a domed stadium. They meet 0-1 Tulane on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MDT in a game that will be televised by ESPN2." - Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune

MWC Connection: Week One Mountain West Power Rankings

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1. BYU (8) - 72 Points 2. TCU - 60 Points 3. Utah - 55 Points 4. Colorado State - 47 Points 5. Air Force - 41 Points 6. UNLV - 33 Points 7. San Diego State - 20 Points 8. Wyoming - 19 Points 9. New Mexico - 10 Points

Houma Today: Thanks to BYU, BCS is already a mess

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I want to give a big THANK YOU to Brigham Young University. I want to thank BYU for providing the first spark of controversy as the 2009 college football season got underway. If you haven’t heard, BYU, who competes in the Mountain West Conference — a non-BCS conference — provided the first major upset on Saturday. The Cougars defeated third-ranked Oklahoma 14-13. I don’t wan to discredit Boise State’s win over Oregon, but BYU’s win is on a much greater scale. Looking at the latest polls, it seems the Cougars still have a way to go before they can be considered a BCS-buster. The Associated Press gave BYU some respect by vaulting the Cougars into the Top 10, BYU is ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll. In the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, the Cougars only rose to No. 12. How can a preseason-ranked team, BYU was No. 20, beat the No. 3 team in the country and not be in the Top 10 in the coaches poll? It looks like the coaches took into consideration that Oklahoma lost its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Most coaches probably believed Oklahoma wins that game with a healthy Bradford, and they are probably right. Oklahoma’s defense could’ve stopped BYU on that final drive, but it didn’t happen. Also, the Sooners offensive line and running game could’ve helped redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones by making plays, and again it didn’t happen. Now, here is the ripple effect of Saturday’s outcome. (Backup Link)