To the victors go … the expectations.
Having posted back-to-back 11-2 seasons with back-to-back MWC titles, BYU is being mentioned as a team that could go undefeated and break into the BCS. The Cougar contingent at the league’s media days got plenty of questions about it the last two days.
I think it will be interesting to see where BYU is ranked in the preseason. The higher the Cougars are ranked, the less they have to climb. I asked BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall about it that.
“I think it’s fun to talk about. I think it’s great for the fans in generating interest,” Mendenhall said. “And the only thing I would acknowledge is the higher you start, the more you have a chance to be within striking distance if you happen to have that fantastic season, as if you started out of the Top 25. … You acknowledge that and then we go right to saying, that doesn’t matter now, it’s Northern Iowa (who the Cougars play in their opener). So it’s a brief acknowledgement, and then we go forward.”
Asked about being mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate, BYU quarterback Max Hall, the MWC preseason offensive player of the year, said “I don’t think about it. To win a Heisman Trophy award would be awesome. It’d be great to even be mentioned on that list. But what means more to me is what my teammates think of me and how we finish at the end of the year.”