Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vegas. Great Victory. Lousy Pay.

Viva Las Vegas!! The weather conditions were not ideal. Gusts of wind blew up to 54 MPH, but the only team getting blown away was Oregon State. Despite what Frances Sullivan said about Utah ending the seaon on top, the Cougars proved otherwise.

BYU dominated on both ends of the ball, and Max Hall walked away with well-deserved Vegas Bowl MVP honors. But BYU didn't exactly walk away with the jackpot after leaving Vegas. In fact, the Vegas Bowl is one of the lowest payouts of any bowl game at $1 million. Let's put this into perspective. Here are a few teams that will be walking away with the same paycheck as BYU, but my questions is, do they deserve to?
  • EagleBank Bowl: UCLA and Temple $1 Million.

  • Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin: $2.13 Million.

  • Sun Bowl: Oklahoma (who we beat) vs. Stanford: $1.9 Million.

  • Texas Bowl: Navy vs. Missouri: $1.25 Million

  • Libery Bowl (our old contract): East Carolina vs. Arkansas: $1.35 Million.

  • Insight Bowl (my personal fav): Iowa State vs. Minnesota: $1.2 Million.
I've got to give BYU props for playing great in the Vegas Bowl and for hating on Utah. Now, I would like to see Tommy Holmoe fight in the offseason to get the MWC champion a little better paying bowl game.


  1. This just proves how much of a moron Craig Thompson is. Yeah let's pit our league champion (normally) against the 4th or 5th best team in the Pac-10. That should turn peoples' heads and garner us respect.

    And now Budd talks about the payout. I can't believe that this is the best the MWC can hope for outside of a BCS bid. Don't get me wrong. I love Vegas! It's a great bowl destination outside of the blustery winds this year. But I'm sick of the awful matchups and the crap payout.

  2. True Will. But your payout from the roulette table more than compensates for the lackluster payout to the Cougs.

  3. It will be great to watch BYU Cougars, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.