BYU is a better team than Oklahoma State. The Cougars would win in Provo, in Stillwater, or on a neutral field. Oklahoma State, however, something BYU doesn’t: a playoff path.
Entering Friday night’s game at Boise State, BYU was 7-0 against one of the weakest schedules in the FBS and had zero wins against teams in the top 50 of ESPN’s FPI. And, frankly, we didn’t know if BYU is that good. Demolishing a who’s who of FBS mediocrity and futility suggested they’re not a bad or mediocre team. After the 34-point blowout of Boise State, the Broncos’ worst home loss since 1996, we knew BYU is that good and is potentially one of the six, seven or eight best teams in the country.
Unfortunately for BYU, fewer than 24 hours after the kept open a narrow playoff path (for them and the rest of the Group of Five, namely Cincinnati), that narrow path closed. This week on the High Motor podcast, we discuss BYU’s dominance, why we don’t need to discuss their playoff hopes for the remainder of the season, and the other playoff outsiders with a true path.
Andrew Doughty hosts the High Motor podcast and covers college football and college basketball for HERO Sports. A Kansas (B.S. Sport Management) and Memphis grad (M.A. Journalism), Andrew is also a Junior Writer for Sports Illustrated and has published work on SB Nation and Bleacher Report.