A year ago, astronomical expectations were placed on the Cougars as potential BCS-busters — until they got destroyed by TCU and, later, Utah. After that, BYU slipped into relative anonymity, hidden in the shadow of the Horned Frogs and Utes.
That is, until Saturday's landmark 14-13 upset of No. 3 Oklahoma. Now, the Cougars have been catapulted once again into the national spotlight.
The epicenter of a college-football shakeup over the weekend was at the Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas, where BYU players, coaches and fans partied like it was 1984 amid a stunned sea of Crimson & Cream in the wake of a stunning victory.
Suddenly, some national observers are penciling the Cougars into a Bowl Championship Series game.