The results are in, and 1986-88 should be viewed as “solid” seasons according to 50% of voters. Thirty-five (35%) percent voted for “good” seasons. “Down” and “great” split the final 15% with 7.5% each.
As I explained last week, I don’t think these three seasons fit either of the extreme’s (down or great). There is good reason to justify both solid and good. In the end, I have to conclude that 1986-88 were solid seasons.
The seasons that are “great” seasons are obvious. The truly down seasons are obvious as well. What makes the difference between solid and good? It all starts with the overall win-loss record. Eight and nine win seasons like 1976, 1977, 1982, 1991, and 1992 are generally remembered and considered to be good seasons. The three years 1986-88 were also eight and nine win seasons. All of these seasons saw several BYU players achieve great things. However, football is a team sport first. The first group of seasons saw the team achieve the goal of WAC champions, and that is what pushed them into the “good” category.
Therefore, just as the 1986-88 teams were on the cusp of winning the WAC championship, they are on the cusp of being good BYU football teams. Without the WAC championship to go with the noble individual efforts, 1986-88 don’t qualify to be considered good seasons.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Don’t forget to vote in this week’s poll: “Who would you most like to see BYU play?”
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