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Hoping BYU's season smells like Roses

Today I'll be taking a break from the more spiritual-, philosophical- and relationship-related topics that my readers are used to, in order to discuss something of even greater importance: BYU's Run for the Roses!

Let me explain: on Jan. 7, 2010, in Pasadena, Calif., a new college football champion will be crowned in the historic Rose Bowl. Even though today is only Sept. 15 and the Rose Bowl is almost four months away, I'm here to predict that BYU will be one of the two teams playing for the biggest prize in college football! Let's go back in time, though, and put this bold prediction in a little perspective.

I remember 1984 like it was yesterday: Several events took place that year, which have been etched in my memory forever. Los Angeles, which was my hometown, became the center of the world as it hosted the Summer Olympics. It was a grand event for the USA and an exciting time for me, as I was able to attend several sporting venues. A few months later, a more sobering and life-defining moment came when my sweet mom passed away. Life has never been the same, for she was the best mom any boy could ever have been blessed to have.

The third event, which brings us back to today's topic, was that a little-known Mormon school (to anyone who was not a Mormon), ended up winning the national title. In those days, I didn't even know what the letters "BYU" stood for, and it wasn't until a couple of years later that I would be introduced to the LDS world through a fellow graduate student. She just so happened to be the Los Angeles Stake president's daughter and the great-granddaughter of the Prophet David O. McKay. Eventually, I joined the church, married a BYU graduate and have been a follower and supporter ever since. The only exception is when BYU plays my alma mater, UCLA, although last year's debacle in Provo tested my allegiance!

Although it will not be easy, BYU has three teams left standing in its way of a perfect season and a date with destiny. The first one is Florida State this coming Saturday. The second team is 15th-ranked TCU on Oct. 24. The third team is, of course, 18th-ranked Utah. These are three very tough teams, but the stars are aligned for a perfect BYU season (all three games take place in Provo's LaVell Edwards Stadium -- a mecca for fanatic BYU footbal lovers).

Coach LaVell Edwards led BYU to the national championship by beating Michigan 24-17 on Dec. 21, 1984, at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. Now at "his" stadium, I believe it will become the catalyst for BYU winning all its regular season games. In January of next year, they'll travel back to Southern California (another coincidence? I think not!), and there they will face the best team in the nation: most likely defending champion Florida, although USC could also be the one.

Since UCLA plays its home games at the Rose Bowl, I have been to that glorious stadium numerous times in my life. There's nothing like going to the Rose Bowl and watching the biggest game in college football alongside 100,000 screaming fans! It will be a day to remember! Go Cougars!