hawkwing wrote:What exactly do you propose is the football equivalent of bouncing out of the tournament in the first or second game every year? To me it's the equivalent of going 10+ wins every year in football, so in my mind the two programs are pretty much exactly on par.
I think that's completely subjective with a preference going towards one's sport of preference.
In my mind that isn't a fair comparison.
Going to a BCS bowl and losing to me is more like going to the NCAA basketball tournament and not making it past the first round. NCAA tournament is a national tournament, covered on national TV. Football doesn't really have such, but the closest thing it has are the BCS bowls. No one cares about 10 - 2 seasons, unless you're LSU, USC or something other national football powerhouse.
10 years ago we were giddy if BYU basketball made it to the NCAA tournament. We didn't care what seeding we got as long as we got there. Now, we whine and complain when seeded anything higher than 8. If I recall, only 4 or 5 other NCAA teams currently have a longer streak than BYU in appearing in the NCAA tournament. That's progress.
10 years ago, BYU football was putting up 10 - 2 seasons or close to them and going to the same ho-hum bowls we go to now. No progression. No national level. Sure we get to pat ourselves on the back with the occasional end of season Top 25 ranking (yay...) but whether we went 10 - 2 or 7 - 5 we still went and go to the same caliber of bowl. Now, that's probably more of a statement on the bowl system than BYU, but like I said even if NCAA football implemented a 16-team post season tournament, do you honestly think we'd get in? No way.
BYU basketball on the other hand made it to the Sweet 16 two years ago and will have a shot at it this season again.