Unranked at the start of the season, playing in the lightly regarded Western Athletic Conference, the Cougars finished the 1984 season as the nation's lone undefeated team. No formal championship game existed then, and two weeks after rising to No. 1 the Cougars beat a 6-5 Michigan team in the Holiday Bowl. In a highly controversial decision the AP and coaches voted the 13-0 Cougars national champions.
Twenty-five years later, BYU remains the last school from outside of today's major conferences to win a national title. Today, coaches and players from that triumphant '84 BYU team wonder whether it will ever happen again.