It's New Year's Eve, 2014. I just finished watching Boise State beat Arizona, the Pac-12 South Champions, in the Fiesta Bowl. And it got me thinking about BYU.
Some context: Boise State is a two-loss team, and the MWC champions. They were ranked No. 20 in the final coaches or AP or playoff poll. Whatever the one is that actually counts. They got to the Fiesta Bowl because the NY6 rules stipulate the highest ranked G5 team gets an automatic invitation. Boise State, even though they had two losses, was that team.
They beat Arizona because they've got good players and a great coach who knows how to develop them... but that's a different topic for a different day.
So what does a BSU Fiesta Bowl win have to do with BYU? Well, frankly, I want what they have. I want BYU to play in a big bowl game. And I just can't help but think that an independent BYU with two losses would never, ever make it to the Fiesta Bowl.
NY6 Access (or lack thereof): One of the many reasons why independence sucks.