At 8:00 A.M. in Provo, Utah, the BYU faithful (including every frenzied fan and cheerleader in the state), did everything humanly possible to get some face time on ESPN's College Gameday, which took place in Provo today. Just 12 short hours later, the same fans are hiding their faces in shame and embarassment.
I would like to call the BYU TCU game a disappointment, but that hardly does justice to the 65K fans at the game and millions of fans elsewhere who witnessed this game. It was an embarassment. A disappointment is losing by a field goal as time expires; or giving up the lead in the second half to lose a game; or even an interception on a key drive which results in a loss. My friends, BYU's two losses this season are colossal embarassments.
Unfortunately, both games came while BYU was on the national stage. Against FSU, the national media said BYU could be in the national championship picture by running the table. Today on ESPN Gameday, the media said this is hands down the biggest game in the country today. BYU's mottos of honor, discipline, and integrity were nowhere to be found. But how about they coin a new motto: consistency. Every time they show up for a big game on a national stage, they consistently get blown out.
So who is to blame for the monumental flops this season? The uneducated (and often times critical) fans? Maybe. But both games had some common themes. In both games, one team came prepared to play and the other didn't. In both games, one coaching staff brought innovative playcalls where thoughtful strategy was apparent and the other didn't. In both games, BYU fans came with high hopes and left with utter disappointments. Again, I want to emphasize, a loss against FSU or TCU or Utah or any other team in the country never feels good as a fan. But it happens and it is understandable. Now, getting blown out twice at home in the same season, with national media, in front of a sell-out frenzied crowd is complete devastation.
After these types of embarassments, every big league sports program in the country finds somebody to fire (just ask Bobby Bowden at FSU, whose team ironically beat BYU). The question is: "Does BYU have the intestinal fortitude to do the same?"