BYU Football: Regardless of bowl destination, 2021 has been historic

Nov 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; BYU Cougars tight end Dallin Holker (32) is pursued by Southern California Trojans defensive lineman Jamar Sekona (77) in the second half at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Football has accomplished more this year than any other year in their storied history.

BYU Football went 6-1 against P5 competition this year. That is the highest win percentage that BYU has ever gone in a single season when the Cougars have played at least three P5 games. It is very possible that this time next week BYU Football is in a NY6 bowl game, if a few dominos fall the right way.

But let’s look past that for a moment.

Regardless of where BYU Football ends up in the postseason, this season has already been the biggest success story of all time. Rather than go in depth on every single accomplishment and keep you here reading for three hours, here is a quick summary.

  • BYU got invited to the Big 12. Say what you want about this season having an impact on it or not, the fact that BYU got the invite and then validated that invite with a 10-2 season is spectacular.
  • The Cougars beat Utah. I was in junior high the last time that happened, and I’ve since graduated high school, served a mission, got my bachelors degree, got married, had a kid and graduated with my masters degree in that time. The streak is OVER.
  • BYU essentially won the Pac 12. In a year where national pundits were trying to push down the new Big 12, the Cougars going 5-0 against the Pac 12 shut them down real quick.
  • BYU beat Utah State. While this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, the Aggies are playing for the MWC Conference Championship game this Saturday.
  • Kalani Sitake signed an extension to his contract.
  • In a year where just about every program seems to be losing their coach, this is a big deal.
  • The Cougars will finish with their highest CFP ranking ever.
  • BYU has more 4/5 recruits this year than any year of Independence.
  • While projected to get 6.5 wins, the Cougars not only exceeded expectations, they blew them out of the water, especially impressive considering this was a rebuilding year.

The list could go on and on. The fact that this team is where they are right now says a lot about the culture of the team. Nobody had BYU going undefeated against the Pac 12. Nobody had them on the radar of a NY6 birth. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, yet one could make a valid argument that this years’ team is better than last year, and they’re probably right.

So whether BYU plays in Shreveport against UAB or against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, don’t let that take away, or stain the special season that this year has been.