Hold the phone! Those believing Utah's win over Michigan in the season's first week was reason why they should be the top "non-BCS" football team have to rethink. After 1-4 Toledo duplicated Utah's feat by beating Michigan, the Utes' victory now doesn't seem so special.
A very significant event occurred over the weekend. Toledo
(1-4) going into its game with Michigan,
downed the Wolverines 13-10. This meant
bad news for Utah, which was
swept up the polls following its season-opening win over Michigan.
You see, now that win by Utah
has lost its luster. After the
Appalachian State win over Michigan
last year and now the Toledo
victory, we now know that a win over Michigan
is no big deal. The fact that lately the
Wolverines only seem to be able to beat other Big Ten teams does not bode well
for that conference.
It certainly makes the Utah
win less important. According to Jeff
Sagarin, who produces one of six computer models used by the Bowl Championship
Series to compute its "BCS Standings", Toledo
is the #104 team in the country. If Toledo
can beat Michigan, the
appropriate question is "Who can't?"
As Utah has
been trumpeting its victory over Michigan
as its "landmark win", the Toledo
victory makes the Utah win much,
much less important. Utah's
only big win now is over Oregon State.
BYU's biggest victory was over
on the other hand, went on the road and beat a solid Oregon
team that was ranked #16 at the time. Oregon
slipped out of the ratings following a loss at USC, but that victory at least
for now appears to be a more impressive one than the home win for BYU and the
home win for Utah. In this week's unofficial BCS Standings, Utah is 9th, BYU 12th and Boise State 13th.
Unless the BCS gods have
changed their commandment that "thou shalt only take one "non-BCS
team" per year", only one of the above will have a shot at a BCS
Bowl. That is a shame!