With another college football season wrapping up with the national championship game Monday, one team will again lift the title trophy while every other squad across the country wishes it could be celebrating.
Like most people outside of SEC country, I’m pulling for Florida State to end the smug, insufferable reign of the conference who has won seven straight but in the end it doesn’t matter all that much to me.
In Provo, it has now been 29 years since BYU brought a national championship home.
Many Cougar fans now weren’t even alive when the Robbie Bosco-led team pulled off the greatest surprise in the sport by not just going undefeated but by earning enough respect to be awarded the crown.
There are still those who emphatically deny that BYU didn’t deserve it (many of whom wear red) but their arguments can’t change the reality:
In 1984, the Cougars were the best team in the country.
Since then, 18 different teams have earned the title of national champion, most being traditional powers like Alabama, Nebraska, Miami and Florida State.
None of the non-power league schools have even gotten a shot, although teams like Utah, TCU and Boise State have had some pretty special seasons during that stretch.
But with the end of the BCS era, that might be changing — although no one knows for sure.
After the 2014 regular season draws to a close, four teams instead of two will compete in a two-round playoff with the victor becoming a less-controversial national champion.
Another aspect is the addition of a selection committee, instead of the old, sometimes-disastrous computer/poll model of the BCS.
So a special season (or more likely two straight) could possibly get a team like BYU in position to be awarded one of the playoff spots.
But, just like in 1984, everything will have to fall just right.
With that in mind, scroll through the slideshow to see the Top 10 things Cougar football will need to earn a chance to again be crowned as the best in the nation.