I recently wondered what a Mountain West championship was worth.
Now, in the aftermath of the Scarlet Knights' win in the Texas Bowl, I find myself asking a related, but much more particular, question:
How do the respective resumes of B.Y.U. and Rutgers compare?
Rutgers alumna Kristin Davis is intrigued by this question concerning her alma mater. (Photograph from Ask Men.)
The Cougars finished the season with an 11-2 record after a 38-8 win in the Las Vegas Bowl against an Oregon team that ended up at 7-6. The State University of New Jersey finished the season with an 11-2 record after a 37-10 win in the Texas Bowl against a Kansas State team that ended up at 7-6.
Brigham Young's best win came against Texas Christian, which posted an 11-win season and won the Poinsettia Bowl. Rutgers's best win came against Louisville, which posted an 11-win season and will play in the Orange Bowl.
B.Y.U. went on the road and won a close game against a Utah team that would go on to win the Armed Forces Bowl. The Scarlet Knights went on the road and won a close game against a South Florida team that would go on to win the Papa John's.com Bowl.
Rutgers alumna Kristin Davis ponders the profound question raised by Dawg Sports. (Photograph from Yahoo! Movies.)
The Cougars defeated an Armed Forces Bowl-bound Tulsa team. The State University of New Jersey defeated a Meineke Car Care Bowl-bound Navy team. (The Midshipmen lost to Tulsa by one point during the regular season and the U.S. Naval Academy will face a Boston College squad that defeated B.Y.U. by one touchdown during the regular season.)
Brigham Young and Rutgers each lost two games on the road and they each lost one of them in overtime. B.Y.U. beat a 6-6 team and six teams that finished with losing records. The Scarlet Knights beat a 6-6 team, a Division I-AA team, and four teams that finished with losing records.
On my final regular-season BlogPoll ballot, I had Rutgers ranked 13th and Brigham Young ranked 21st. When the time comes to cast my final BlogPoll ballot, how should I distinguish the Cougars from the Scarlet Knights?