BYU football: 5 questions with a Virginia Cavaliers insider

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28 2013 11:44 a.m. MDT

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How does Virginia, and its fans, regard BYU and the matchup this Saturday?

"Fans aren't real happy about having to face BYU to open up, to be honest, but it has nothing to do with not respecting BYU. BYU is seen as a very tough opponent and someone most fans aren't expecting a win against. With Virginia playing Oregon the week after BYU, fans generally wish the Cavaliers had a more 'winnable' game in week one, since no one is expecting a win against Oregon.

"Virginia fans are pessimistic by nature, and have a lot of doubts going into the season. BYU is seen as a team that Virginia can beat, but it's going to be a very tough game, and probably not the game you want right before Oregon."
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royalblue
Alpine, UT

Looking forward to a fun season of BYU football. Good luck to the Cougars in Virginia!

Chase
Saint George, UT

I enjoy articles like this - an opposing point of view.

BYU would be wise to avoid over-confidence. OSU at home last year was not like OSU in Corvallis the year before. a 4-win UV team last year may not be the same this year...

UV's plan to implement Play action may be an effective plan that leaves inexperienced and unproven DBs "out on an island". However, if we can handle the run, Play action will not be very successful.

When is it Saturday, already?!

TimD
ASHBURN, VA

So looking forward to attending the game Saturday!

Farid @ Pocatello
Pocatello, ID

I am worried about this 2013 season. I saw an article that listed Virginia and Ga. Tech as two "gimmies" of the six shown.

It is just as possible that they split those two games and finish around the .500 mark. I guess I won't know until I see how Taysom does and if the defense remains solid.

Hill went to our local high school here in Pocatello, so I know he's a stud. But it's kind of like when Steve Young, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer, John Walsh, Steve Sarkisian, John Beck and Max Hall started their first full season. You have to see them do it before you can really believe in them.

I wasn't one of the BYU fans who looked forward to this kind of schedule. BYU's recruiting limitations just doesn't work with a schedule replete with Boise State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and the rest.

I'd prefer being the big fish in the little pond. Of course, being from Idaho I remember when Boise State was a junior college so .....

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

I salute Brandon Gurney for this interesting perspective from a UVA journalist.

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