It’s far-fetched, but BYU has already beaten many odds this year.
And the Cougars have taken advantage of it. For just the fifth time in program history, BYU has started the season 6-0. Four of those six wins have come with hardy, impressive performances attached to them, and a fifth — at Houston — was pulled off in come-from-behind fashion.
But is it enough to earn BYU a spot in an elusive NY6 bowl game?
Maybe. This year, that group of games includes the Cotton, Peach, Orange and Fiesta bowls. BYU is not eligible for the Group of Five teams' designated NY6 spot, but the Cougars can still get there on their own as an at-large selection if they keep winning.
At LaVell Edwards Stadium
Ask any player or coach about the possibility of making it to a NY6 bowl, or maybe even be the dark horse in the College Football Playoff, and they’ll shrug off the question.
“We’ve always had big dreams and big ideas about what we want to do as a team and where we want to be,” senior defensive lineman Bracken El-Bakri said. “I don’t think that’s any different from this season than it has been in other seasons. We want to succeed. We want to play well as a team. We want to go places together as a brotherhood. But the way to do that is to take it week by week.”
The Cougars will have another chance to pad their resume this week when they welcome Western Kentucky Saturday for a late-night Halloween game.
With the help of a stout offensive line, Wilson has been scorching opponents down the field.
The Cougars remain the longest of shots for the Playoff, but they do have their advocates. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit says don’t count the Cougars out.
Herbstreit says he has been impressed with the Cougars ever since he called the BYU-Navy game in Annapolis on Labor Day.
“We keep talking about the outside teams, whose going to be fighting to get to that fourth spot if the front three [Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State do win out; I think they should have their hat in the ring and into the discussion,” Herbstreit said. “Of all the teams that I can not wait for four weeks from now, it’s BYU. Assuming they keep winning.”
With more dominating performances, and if the Cougars can continue to be undefeated, BYU’s chances of making a NY6 bowl or even the CFP would increase.