The Brigham Young Cougars accepted an invitation to play in the Poinsettia Bowl last Saturday following their win over Idaho. The Bowl has a contract with the Mountain West Conference to select one of its schools to play BYU, so the question becomes who?
Hometown San Diego State? Fresno State, another California based school? A rematch with Boise State? How about Nevada--the only other MWC school that is currently bowl eligible?
BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL put this question out to site visitors this week, and the popular choice was Boise State. A rematch with the Broncos received 61% of the vote. The hometown San Diego State Aztecs came in second with 24 percent of the vote. Fresno State was third with 11 percent, and Nevada received the final 4 percent of the vote.
BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL feels the same. A rematch with Boise State would be most appealing. If Air Force (5-5) finds a way to get bowl eligible before the season ends, then the Falcons may be preferred, but among currently bowl eligible MWC schools Boise State is definitely it.
Fresno State and Nevada stabbed BYU in the back two years ago when the move to Independence was being finalized. I am still a little bitter about that. Therefore, I have no desire to play them, at this moment.
I don't mind playing San Diego State. They were pretty sour about the move to independence and became quite negative and vocal about it. The reaction to the replay controversy in the 2010 game was also distasteful. However, I am not put off enough about it to not want to play them in a bowl.
Normally, I hate rematches in bowl games. However, avenging the one-point loss to Boise State would be satisfying. Not to mention, beating Boise State would be more respected nationally than any other MWC foe. The more impressive the bowl win, the better the chances that BYU can squeak into the final Top 25 polls.
Thank you to everyone who voted. A new poll question will be posted following the San Jose State game.
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