The Pac 12 really struggled. As much as we all love to boast the Cougars’ 5-0 record against the ‘Conference of Champions’ the bottom line is that the clear best team, Utah, went 1-3 in FBS non conference games including an embarrassing loss in the Rose Bowl to an Ohio State team down over a dozen starters and who clearly was not as motivated to be there as the Utes.
That was the best that the Pac 12 had to offer. Arizona State ended up falling to 8-5, Wazzu was 7-6, USC was 4-8 and we won’t even talk about Arizona. Overall, the Pac 12 ended up 0-5 in bowl games and it was just a complete dumpster fire by the end of the season.
That was what BYU prided itself in though.
Outside of the Pac 12 wins, the Cougars were taken down by Baylor and needed to score at least 50 points to beat Virginia. It took late game moments to pull away from Georgia Southern and South Florida, and the Cougars handed, or dropped, the games to Boise State and UAB.
On paper, yes BYU was really good going 6-1 against P5 teams, but how much weight can we really put on those wins? That is where 2022 comes in.