Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Guest Post: An arranged marriage in the Pac-12

Editor's Note: Wow... it's been a while, hasn't it? Well the Pac-10 expansion has shocked me back into activity. Read this guest post now, and check back soon for my thoughts.

By: KO

What an odd choice for the Pac 10: Colorado and Utah. Absolutely no history, no tradition, no rivalry, no brand and no fan following. It's like an arranged marriage. Think of the current Pac 10:

Arizona/Arizona ST.
UCLA/USC
Stanford/Cal
Oregon/Oregon St.
Washington/Washington St.

And add to it (drum roll please. . . )

Colorado/Utah

A manufactured rivalry? A manufactured association? This is clearly a deal for television sets, not classy institutions.

Here's the real question, though, do the TV sets in Denver flicker on whenever Colorado hits the field?

The CU Football field holds 53,000 and they average 46,000. They average 6,700 at B-ball games. It's hard to believe life stops in Denver during a Buffs game.

Likewise, Utah has a stadium that holds 45,000 and they struggle to have one or two sell-outs per year. Are the TV ratings for Ute games that impressive?

Fast forward 5 or so years when the Utes are laboring every year for 4th or 5th place in the Pac-12. No ranking. No prestige. A lot to sell for a few coins.

Meanwhile, BYU just has to keep doing what it has been doing... winning games. Whether the MWC achieves AQ status or not, or if BYU gets an invite to the Big 12 or not, in the end winning is still everything.

As for the BYU/Utah rivalry? It just took a big hit. Frankly, my energy on it just lowered by 90%. It is going to be just a game, like USU. Nothing on it, nothing to gain or lose really. Another non-conference game. I hate the school, but now my hatred is turning to indifference. A great rivalry will be destroyed this week and it is a real shame.

5 comments:

Allen said...

lol -- jealous much? :P

Jason said...
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Jason said...

I think the rivalry will be ratcheted up a notch as Utah is now in a BCS conference and when we beat them the win will mean more as it comes against a BSC school.

Anonymous said...

Would your argument hold if it was BYU/Colorado?

John Richardson said...

Based on Utah's performance over the last 7 years, I highly doubt that Utah will struggle for 4th or 5th place in the PAC. I see them on the same level as Oregon or Cal...much like I see BYU on the same level. I think Utah will quickly establish itself as a contender in the PAC.