Really? Is Todd McShay from Utah? Cuz he has Star Lotulelei as the preseason 2013 #1 overall pick.
Is ESPN based out of Utah? Because whenever I see Urban Meyer's (pretty popular guy) credentials talked about on national outlets, Utah is consistently mentioned.
Bring up the Pac 12 South Division in a group of knowledgeable football fans outside the 801 and Utah is right at the top of that conversation even if just as a contender to USC's championship aspirations this season.
How bout the NFL? Steve Smith...pretty freakin good. Alex Smith...tore it up last season with only a TE to throw to. Eric Weddle...one of the highest ranked strong safeties in the NFL. Zane Beadles...protecting Peyton Manning. Sione Pouha, Chris Kemoeatu, Paul Kruger, Koa Misi, Sean Smith, Brice Cain I can keep going if you want. Who is the best current BYU player in the NFL? Austin Collie? Is he even the best receiver on his own TEAM?
BYU made a HUGE splash in the 80's and deserves every single ounce of credit that the current program is still riding. Unfortunately, the win over Oklahoma at Dallas is the biggest victory the Y has has in the last decade.
Don't confuse popularity and recognition for relevance.