Team preview: Brigham Young

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)


A coach labeling an upcoming season a "Quest for Perfection" might strike some as a brash, presumptive or even arrogant. For BYU that quest is a logical extension of what the team has accomplished the last two seasons.

BYU enters 2008 with a 10-game winning streak, the nation's longest. The Cougars have won 16 consecutive MWC games and finished the last two seasons ranked among the nation's top 15 teams.

With Utah and more recently Boise State and Hawaii having crashed the BCS party, there is increased interest in non-BCS teams capable of competing with the game's elite, and BYU tops the list of teams to watch this season. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has nearly returned the Cougars to the glory of LaVell Edwards' heyday -- don't forget BYU won the national title in 1984 -- and the program could be poised to make a splash on the national stage.