Friday, January 9, 2009
Last week, we gathered with some friends to watch what, at the time, we thought was going to be Utah's first loss of the year. Little did we know that it was going to be the upset of a lifetime, and probably the biggest reviewed win in the history of Utah college football.
Number 6 ranked Utes were the underdog to the number 4 ranked Alabama. In all accounts, the Utes were not supposed to win. Alabama plays in a much tougher conference, has more funding, and has a school history much more glamorous than Utah. But that doesn't mean that the Utes didn't deserve to win more than Alabama, or that the Utes didn't come better prepared and more ready to play that Alabama.
After three touchdowns for the Utes in the first quarter and holding back a scoreless Alabama, Everyone in the living room was on their feet cheering on the Utes saying that we could seriously win this game. It was a great feeling when the final seconds ticked of the clock and Utah won with a score of 31 to 17. We were glad that we could share that once in a lifetime experience with some friends.
It was also great to read how a lot of the press thought that the Utes should be the national champs. (Link) Hopefully this will give the Mountain West Conference the respect that it deserves. I look forward to seeing what President-Elect Obama will do to change the money grubbing, elite-school pocketting, make-the-rich-team-richer-and-the-poor-team-poorer ways. I myself think that the CS should go the way of the dodo and make way for a playoff series. But all in good time I guess.