Having watched the first quarter of the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl over and over this week in researching a look-back story, I've become convinced that Utah's personnel advantage — and not merely BYU's misfortune with five turnovers — enabled the Utes to build that 35-0 lead.
Even so, I'm ignoring the evidence.
Here's why: This is not the same BYU cast as in Las Vegas. The Cougars have Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams and an improved defense that will allow them to match up much better physically and psychologically with the Utes in Saturday's game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Wait, didn't you pick Utah?