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’s 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, L, 42-24 (ABC)
Oct. 20: at Notre Dame, L, 17-14 (NBC)
Oct. 27: at Georgia Tech, W, 41-17
Nov. 10: Idaho, TBA
Nov. 17: at San Jose State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 24: at New Mexico St., 1:30 p.m.
Record:2-6, 0-5 PAC-12
Last week: Lost on the Road to Stanford, 24-17
The only winless team in PAC-12 play did quite well on the road against No. 17 Stanford, and had it not been for a 3rd-quarter pick-6, the Cougars could have upset the Cardinal. They also vastly outperformed Stanford in terms of first downs, 25-13, and total offensive yardage, 385-256, gaining 401 yards through the air.
Yes, you read that right. Washington State got 401 passing yards and 385 offensive yards. They lost 16 yards on the ground in this game, mostly due to 10 sacks allowed by the Cougar offensive line. It was only fitting that Stanford snuffed out WSU's last chance ditch effort by sacking Washington State QB Jeff Tuel.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at Utah
Record:1-7, 1-4 Big Sky
Last week: Bye
The Wildcats are still basking in the glory of their win against in-state rival Southern Utah. It was their first win of the season. It looks like John L. Smith's defection to Arkansas hurt Weber State more than any fan would like to admit.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, vs Montana
Record:3-5, 1-4 PAC-12
Last week: Won at home vs. Cal, 49-27
The Utes finally became the team fans have been hoping to see for weeks now. Reggie Dunn had two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns, a school record. The Ute defense also forced three turnovers, one of which was a fumble return for a touchdown.
Utah's offense also performed much better. For the first time in a long time, John White IV had 100+ rushing yards, and Travis Wilson looked much more comfortable than he has looked at the QB job yet. Right now, the Utes are projected to get to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, even though they've got to win three of their last four games to be bowl eligible.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. Washington State.
Record:7-1, 4-0 MWC
Last week: Won in Laramie vs. Wyoming, 45-14
Boise State continued their season's dominating run, which is perfect save for an opening blemish against Michigan State. A balanced offensive attack finally started catching up with their defense in terms of production. The Broncos put up 437 total yards off offense--223 through the air and 214 on the ground--to the Cowboys' 270. Boise State also held Wyoming to 54 yards rushing and only 18 first downs despite a time-of-possession advantage that favored the Cowboys.
Realistically, Boise State shouldn't have a problem continuing the winning streak until they face rival Nevada on December 1st.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. San Diego State
Record:1-6, 0-4 MWC
Last week: Lost on the road to Colorado State, 42-27
Don't be deceived by the final score. The Warriors were in this one until QB Sean Schroeder threw two late interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns. The first of these came at the start of the fourth quarter, putting Hawaii down by eight. The second came with 1:17 remaining as Hawaii was attempting to tie the score at 35. A third interception in the end zone as time expired dashed Hawaii's hopes for good.
It wasn't like CSU played all that well in this game. Hawaii struggled to capitalize on CSU mistakes. The Rams had three second half turnovers of their own, but Hawaii only cashed them in for three points.
Also, here's a quick history lesson. Before adopting the Rams as their mascot, CSU's dominant color was orange and their mascot was the Aggie. So, don't be confused when you watch the highlights.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, on the road vs. Fresno State
Record:7-2, 3-0 WAC
Last week: Won on the road vs. UTSA, 48-17
It was another Saturday, another blowout for the Aggies. Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against one of the few opponents that remain for the Aggies that have a winning record. After this win, the Aggies are once again receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Polls.
USU's success this season is historic for the Aggies. It was their eighth straight conference win. The previous record of seven was set in the 1970's.
It's clear that Utah State is a level above the rest of the WAC, save perhaps one team. The WAC championship will mostly likely come down to a Nov. 17 against Louisiana Tech. Fortunately, the Aggies will have two weeks to get ready for that game in Ruston.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. Texas State
Record:6-1, 4-1 PAC-12
Last week: Lost on the Road to Washington, 20-17
Undefeated seasons die in Seattle. First it was Stanford, then it was Oregon State.
After three straight losses, many were saying that the Huskies looked soft. They certainly showed some backbone on Saturday. Despite being outgained offensively 427-293, Washington held on to win 20-17, forcing OSU to fail on a last-ditch-effort 4th and 19 from near midfield.
Sean Mannion appeared in this game, but certainly many Beavers' fans wish he hadn't. He threw for 221 yards and four picks. Washington won the turnover battle, 4-0.
Oregon State hadn't gone 6-0 since 1907, and the Beavers had never gone 7-0. Unfortunately for them, their bid for history fell short.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. Arizona State
Last week: Won the road vs. No. 8 Oklahoma
Manti Te'o continued his run at the Heisman trophy against Boomer Sooner. Te'o's interception late in the fourth quarter gave the Irish the ball and allowed them to extend their 7-point lead to 10. The game was over when Landry Jones's 4th and 8 pass attempt to Brennan Clay doinked off of the latter's knee, surrendering the ball to the Irish inside the red zone. This was a game in which the team with the higher ranking came in as an underdog, but certainly didn't play like it.
Statistically, the two teams were about even. Both had comparable stats in rushing, passing and time of possession. The biggest difference was the one interception fished out by Te'o.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. Pitt
Record:3-5, 2-3 ACC
Last week: Lost at home vs. BYU
BYU allowed weeks of frustration to be taken out against the Jackets, and Jamaal Williams continued his very, very impressive season. The freshman ran for three touchdowns and caught a fourth through the air. By himself, Williams outgained the Georgia Tech offense, 161 yards to 157.
Riley Nelson also looked improved in this game. He threw for one TD, ran for a second, and only threw one interception.
For Tech, the wheels appear to be coming off the wagon. They've now lost three of four and are near the bottom of the ACC standings. The Yellow Jackets didn't convert on a single one of their 10 3rd downs. They'll have to find another level if they want to be bowl eligible. Needing three wins of their last four games, the road to a bowl game goes through Maryland, UNC, Duke and no. 6 Georgia.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, on the road vs. Maryland
Record:1-7, 1-2 WAC
Last week: Bye
The Vandals have had a week to recover from their 70-28 drubbing at the hands of no. 24 Louisiana Tech. They'll look to at least make more of a stand against the consensus third-best team in the WAC. Fortunately for them, the game's at home, but then, so was the game against Tech.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. San Jose State
Record:6-2, 2-1 WAC
Last week: Won at home vs. Texas State
The Spartans actually trailed at the half vs. Texas State, but a 78-yard pass from David Fales to David Freeman put San Jose up for good. De'Leon Eskridge also played very, very well. He carried the ball 25 times and recorded 135 yards on the ground. In all, the Spartans racked up 571 yards of offense and held a 10 minute advantage in time of possession.
The Spartans are likely quite woeful over their lost opportunity against Utah State a few weeks ago. They'll need help from Louisiana Tech if they want a share of the WAC title. The Spartans will play the Bulldogs one week after the Aggies play them. If USU loses to LA Tech and if the Spartans win, they'll get a piece of the final WAC championship.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, on the road vs. Idaho
Record:1-7, 0-4 WAC
Last week: Lost at home to Louisiana Tech, 28-14
New Mexico State turned a lot of heads when they didn't get completely blown out by Tech. The fact that a team whose only win came against an FCS opponent and that has been averaging more than 30 points allowed against far inferior competition held the no. 1 scoring offense in the country to 28 points is quite impressive. The Bulldogs missed three field goals in the first half, and the Aggies didn't allow Tech to get a single monstrous play like the ones they've enjoyed over the length of the season.
On the other hand, the Aggies gave the Bulldogs a lot of help. They turned it over three times and only converted on one third down.
Despite the moral victories, the Aggies in red continue to have a season to forget. In fact, they're having their 52nd consecutive season to forget. The last time they went to a bowl game was 1960.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, on the road vs. Auburn