In college football, winning isn't the only factor. Who you beat, and how, is a vital part of moving up the rankings and getting into a good bowl game. So each week during the 2012 season, we'll take a look at how BYU's past and future opponents performed.
BYU 2012 schedule
Aug. 30: Washington State, W, 30-6
Sept. 8: Weber State, W, 45-13
Sept. 15: at Utah, L, 24-21
Sept. 20: at Boise State, L, 7-6
Sept. 28: Hawaii, W, 47-0
Oct. 5: Utah State, W, 6-3 (ESPN)
Oct. 13: Oregon State, 1:30 p.m., ABC
Oct. 20: at Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m. (NBC)
Oct. 27: at Georgia Tech, TBA
Nov. 10: Idaho, TBA
Nov. 17: at San Jose State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 24: at New Mexico St., 1:30 p.m.
Last week: Lost at #14 Oregon State, 19-6
The Cougars have made strides since their season-opening loss to BYU, but those improvements unfortunately aren't translating into wins. It might help if they could settle on a quarterback, as Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel have both been inconsistent.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. California
Last week: Lost vs. Cal Poly, 45-23
Things aren't getting better for the Wildcats, as they suffered their third conference loss on Friday and are basically out of the Big Sky title race already. (Not that they were ever really in it.)
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 at Sacramento State
Last week: Lost vs. USC, 38-28
Utah didn't play badly against the Trojans in Salt Lake City, but despite two early touchdowns (via two USC fumbles), the Utes couldn't keep up with SC's superior talent, especially at wide receiver. Utah now faces two tough road games.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 at UCLA
Last week: Won at Southern Miss, 40-14
Well, the Broncos proved that they can score some points, although proving it against winless Southern Miss doesn't say much. Boise now enters the bulk of its Mountain West schedule, and it's hard to picture them getting through it undefeated.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. Fresno State
Last week: Lost at San Diego State, 52-14
So, yeah. The Warriors' defense is pretty terrible. Giving up an average of 43.8 points per game is evidence of that. But Hawaii has usually been able to put points on the board, too. That hasn't been the case this season. In their last three games, the Warriors have scored an average of 12.67 points.
Next up: Sunday, Oct. 14 vs. New Mexico
Last week: Lost at BYU, 6-3
The Aggies' defense put on an impressive performance Friday, holding BYU to just 6 points in Provo. Unfortunately, USU's offense couldn't get on track against the Cougar D. Still, the Aggies had a chance to tie the game late, but another missed field goal led to another loss. That's two this year (including the heartbreaker at Wisconsin in September).
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 at San Jose State
Last week: Won vs. Washington State, 19-6
The Beavers stayed undefeated against Wazzu, but at a high cost: starting quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury against the Cougars. That means junior Cody Vaz will have to step up if the Beavers want to beat the Cougars in Provo.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 at BYU
Last week: Won vs. Miami, 41-3
After a bye week, the Irish offense finally woke up in a 41-3 thrashing of the Hurricanes at Soldier Field. Quarterback Everett Golson led the team after sitting out the first series for disciplinary reasons, but it was Notre Dame's running game that buried the 'Canes.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. #17 Stanford
Last week: Lost at #15 Clemson, 47-31
This is becoming a habit for the Yellow Jackets: they ride their impressive ground game (third-best in the nation) to an early lead, then their defense squanders it. That was the case on Saturday, as Tech couldn't hold off Clemson late. They've got a bye this week.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 20 vs. Boston College
Last week: Won vs. New Mexico State, 26-18
Ladies and gentlemen, your WAC leaders! Okay, that's not entirely true, but the Vandals and UTSA are both 1-0 in WAC play for now. Quarterback Dominique Blackman threw an interception on the first play of the game, but he bounced back to tally 304 yards and two touchdowns in the Idaho win.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 at Texas State
Last week: Bye
The Spartans haven't played since a 12-0 win over Navy on Sept. 29. Now they host a hungry Utah State team in the WAC opener for both squads. The winner will have the early inside track in the WAC title race. That is, until they face Louisiana Tech.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. Utah State
Last week: Lost at Idaho, 26-18
It's gone from bad to worse for the Aggies, who failed to beat even the lowly Idaho Vandals this week. NMSU's lone win this season came against FCS school Sacramento State. But hey, at least they're racking up the passing yards.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 20 at Utah State