The BYU Cougars have played some really bad teams over the years. They have faced some really terrible opponents while playing in the WAC and plenty more in the Mountain West Conference. They have even faced less than mediocre FCS schools. Now that the Cougars are an independent they have had no choice but to dig a little deeper to find teams to play and that means that a few more awful teams are right around the corner.
With struggling teams like UNLV and Savannah State heading into Provo, Utah, it gives us the perfect opportunity to rank the worst team that BYU has played since Bronco Mendenhall took the reins in 2005.
All stats are from Sports-reference.com while all records and opponent information comes from ESPN.com.
15. The 2011 Idaho Vandals: Idaho finished with a 2-10 record. Its only wins came against a solid FCS team in North Dakota and over a 5-7 San Jose State squad. The Vandals were outscored by an average of 33.2 to 20.2 and managed just 301.5 yards of offense a game while giving up 436.8 yards. BYU beat Idaho 42-7.
14. The 2006 UNLV Rebels: UNLV finished with a record of 2-10 while its only wins coming over a 2-10 Idaho State team and a 4-8 Air Force squad. The Rebels were outscored by an average of 31.8 to 19.8 and managed 316.8 yards of offense while giving up 387.3 yards a game on defense. BYU beat UNLV 52-7.
13. The 2005 UNLV Rebels: UNLV ended the 2005 season with a 2-9 record with its only wins coming over a 2-9 Idaho team and a 5-7 San Diego State squad. The Rebels were outscored by an average of 34.6 to 18.8 and put up 325.2 yards of total offense while surrendering 405.6 yards a game. BYU destroyed the Rebels 55-14.
12. The 2008 San Diego State Aztecs: The Aztecs ended the year with 2-10 record with their only wins coming versus a 2-10 Idaho team and a UNLV team that finished at 5-7. San Diego State was outscored by an average of 37.2 to 19.2. The offense averaged 312.4 yards a game, but the defense gave up more than 460 yards. BYU beat the Aztecs 41-12.
11. The 2010 UNLV Rebels: The Rebels really struggled in the 2010 campaign and finished with a record of 2-11. Their only wins came against a 3-9 Wyoming team and a 1-11 New Mexico squad. They were 110th in the nation (out of 120 teams) in scoring offense with 18.4 points on 274.2 yards per game. They were even worse defensively giving up 39.7 points (116th overall) and 450.5 yards a contest. BYU crushed UNLV 55-7.
10. The 2008 Washington Huskies: The Huskies had a couple of close games, but they managed to go the whole season without a single win to finish 0-12. Other than the battle with BYU, Washington had its best shot for a win against rival Washington State but came up on the short end of a 16-13 outcome. The Huskies gave up 451.8 yards and 38.6 points a game (117th out of 120) on defense while putting up 263.2 yards of offense and 13.2 points a contest. BYU beat Washington 28-27.
9. The 2009 New Mexico Lobos: The Lobos finished the 2009 campaign with a record of 1-11 with their only win coming against the Colorado State team that ended the year at 3-9. They had a hard time finding the end zone with just 16.3 points a game while giving up an average of 35.9 points. Even though the New Mexico had a very down season, they give BYU a scare before falling 24-19.
8. The 2012 New Mexico State Aggies: The Aggies ended the year with a 1-11 record with their only win coming against FCS opponent Sacramento State in the first game of the season. They gave up 39.4 points a game (120th out of 124) while scoring just 18.7 points (114th overall). BYU had little trouble with New Mexico State and ended up with a 50-14 victory.
7. The 2006 Utah State Aggies: Utah State had one of its worst teams in school history in 2006. The Aggies finished the season with a record of 1-11 with their only win coming from a Fresno State team that ended up at 4-8. Riley Nelson spend a good deal of time under center for Utah State as a freshman, but couldn’t do much for an offense that struggled from day 1. The offense averaged just 10.8 points while the defense gave up 38.5 points a contest (both placed at 117th out of 119 teams). BYU beat Utah State 38-0.
6. The 2012 Idaho Vandals: The Vandals didn’t have any success on either side of the ball and it translated into a 1-11 season with their only win coming against a 1-11 New Mexico State team. The defense finished 122nd out of 124 teams in scoring (42.4 points a game) while giving up 474.3 yards. The offense didnt have a banner year either as it scored just 15.8 points (123rd overall). BYU drilled Idaho 52-13.
5. The 2010 New Mexico Lobos: The worst FBS team of the bunch is the 2010 Lobos. They finished the season with a 1-11 record with their only win coming against a 3-9 Colorado State team. The Lobos offense put up 265.7 yards and just 15.8 points a contest while the defense was last in the nation giving up 44.3 points a game. BYU handled the Lobos 40-7.
4. The 2012 Weber State Wildcats: The Wildcats ended the 2012 campaign with a 2-9 record with wins coming against a 5-6 Southern Utah team and a 1-10 Idaho State team. The offense scored 21.7 points a night, but gave up 32 points against most FCS opposition. BYU beat Weber State 45-13 during the second week of the season.
3. The 2013 Idaho State Bengals: The Bengals ended the season with a record of 3-9, but two of their wins came against bad division II opponents in Dixie State (4-7) and Western State (2-8). The third win of the year came against a Northern Colorado team that finished just 1-11. Idaho State was outscored by an average of 33.2 to 22.6 while playing against most Big Sky Conference opposition. BYU beat Idaho State 59-13.
2. The 2011 Idaho State Bengals: Even though they started out the season with two wins in their first three games, the 2011 version of the Bengals was even worse than the team they put on the field in ’13. They ended the season with eight straight losses to finish with a record of 2-9. The two early wins came against Western State and Northern Colorado who combined to win just a single game in 22 chances. Idaho State got outscored by an average of 36.7 to 18.5 aginst a less than impressive schedule. BYU pounded the Bengals 56-3.
1. The 2014 Savannah State Tigers: There aren’t many words that can accurately describe how much Savannah State has struggled in 2014, but that is nothing unusual as of late for the Tigers. In fact, since the start of the 2009 season, Savannah State has a record of 6 wins and 59 losses. The Tigers are 0-10 so far this season, including a 54-point loss to Middle Tennessee State and a 74-point loss to Georgia Southern. To this point in the year, they are getting outscored by an average of 45.9 to 13.7.