Utes must find way out of deal
Everyone assumes all Utah needs to do to play in a BCS bowl is to finish in the top six of the BCS rankings. But things are not so simple.
Representatives from the Orange and Fiesta bowls also were there to see the Utes, who are currently 6th in the BCS rankings and are threatening to become the first non-BCS conference school to be eligible for a BCS bowl.
Saturday morning, the Salt Lake Tribune ran a story about the approximate $14.4 million payout Mountain West Conference teams stand to share if Utah plays in one of the four BCS games (Rose, Sugar, Orange or, most likely, Fiesta).
By comparison, the Liberty Bowl payout is only $1.3 million. New Mexico coach Rocky Long and UNLV coach John Robinson were quoted in the Tribune article as "rooting" for Utah to reach the BCS, so their respective schools each can pocket about $1 million.
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