Writes Winn, "BYU’s TJ Haws (No. 14), meanwhile, is the oldest freshman on this list; he graduated from high school in 2014, spent the past two years on an LDS mission in France and is already married. He projects to score 10.3 ppg for the Cougars — only slightly less than the 11.3 his older brother, Tyler, scored as a BYU freshman in 2009–10."
BYU, Utah opponents make list of most surprising and disappointing things
Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports looked at the most surprising and the most disappointing things so far in college football and two of BYU's opponents earned a mention.
West Virginia (who beat the Cougars 35-32) was mentioned as one of the surprises. "Oklahoma probably remains the favorite to win the Big 12, but West Virginia has joined that discussion," writes Kercheval. "A 48-17 Week 7 beatdown of Texas Tech in Lubbock is a legitimate nominee for team defensive performance of the year — and by a group breaking in a bunch of new starters, too."
Michigan State landed on the other side of the list as one of the most disappointing. He writes, "This year, Sparty is 2-4 and yet to win a Big Ten game. There are many issues with this team, especially with the offense that has poor O-line play, inconsistent quarterbacks and receivers who struggle to get open. It's too early yet to say Michigan State is 'coming back down to Earth,' but Mark Dantonio, one of the best coaches in college football, definitely has a rebuilding job on his hands."
Three teams that the Utes face in the upcoming weeks were also listed as both Washington and Colorado were in the surprising category while Oregon landed on the disappointing side.
Talking about Colorado's early success, he writes, "After years of basement dwelling, the Buffs have turned a corner. It wasn't easy; Colorado had to endure blowout loss after blowout loss, then excruciatingly close loss after excruciatingly close loss, but the program is winning again."
Of Washington, he writes, "The Huskies were a trendy offseason pick to take a big leap in Year 3 under Chris Petersen, but how many people thought this team would actually look this good?"
As for the struggles the Oregon Ducks have faced, he writes, "Oregon's defense continues to be a problem and there are no DeForest Buckners, Ifo Ekpre-Olomus or Patrick Chungs to be found. Oregon has remained successfully insular for many years, but coach Mark Helfrich could be forcing this program into a decision."