The 2016 college football regular season is now over and the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars are slated to play in Bowl games.
Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes began the year strong with wins over top teams making them a top contender in the Pac-12 South. Joe Williams, the running back for the Utes, retired after the second game of the year and then returned with vengeance rushing for over a thousand yards on the season to lead the Utes’ offense. Defensive standouts, Lowell Lotulelei and Chase Hansen, led the Utes to be one of the top defenses in the nation, ranking in the top five in turnovers and sacks.
The Utes season cooled off in the final four games of the season, finishing 1-3 with a win against Arizona State and losses to Washington, Oregon and division rival Colorado to finish with an 8-4 record.
According to SBNation.com, Utah is predicted to play in the Foster Farms Bowl against Indiana, and according to cbssports.com and collegesportsmadness.com the Utes are predicted to play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. CBS has them against Georgia Tech, and College Sports have them facing the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Josh Anderson, a Snow College student and fan of the Utes said, “I am disappointed that we weren’t able to finish the season with a chance to play in the Rose Bowl, but I’m glad that we are still playing in the postseason even if it isn’t in a big bowl game.”
The Utes aren’t the only ones going bowling this season, BYU has qualified to join the postseason extravaganza as well.
Tamera Parker, a follower of BYU athletics said, “I am excited to see the Cougars finish with a chance to play in another bowl game.” She went on to say, “I love to cheer them on and see them do well.”
BYU began the year slow by losing to Utah, West Virginia, and UCLA. The Cougars finished strong in the remainder of their season by picking up big wins against Cincinnati, Mississippi State, and Utah State helping them to finish with an 8-4 record.
Jamaal Williams was a force for the Cougars by passing up Harvey Unga and becoming BYU’s all-time leading rusher. The Cougars also showcased Kai Nakua and Francis Bernard who were standouts for BYU on defense. The Kalani Sitake led Cougars found their stride midway through the season and became bowl eligible under the first year coach.
SBNation.com, cbssports.com, and collegesportsmadness.com each have the Cougars pegged to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Collegesportsmadness.com has BYU predicted to take on the Boise State Broncos. SBNation has the Cougars playing the San Diego State Aztecs, and finally, CBS has BYU going head to head with the Wyoming Cowboys.
Red or blue, Provo or Salt Lake, Swoop or Cosmo. One thing that is for certain is that good passionate football will be found in the final game of the season for these two teams.