BYU football: 5 questions with a Virginia Cavaliers insider

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

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What does Virginia need to do in order to win the game?

"Special teams play and turnovers will be key in this game and for the entire season. Special teams play was terrible last season, and coaches demoted their special teams coach, as a result. Look for the special teams play to be improved with the hope that it will go from a big-time weakness to perhaps a strength. Even if Virginia can match BYU's special teams play, it will be a major improvement from last season.

"Turnovers obviously play a big factor with any team, but Virginia rarely won the turnover battle last season. That definitely needs to change, and coaches have really focused on the team's ability to create turnovers and not create them on offense.

"If Virginia can simply match BYU's special teams play and be even in the turnover margin, then a win is possible. Like I said though, BYU is a quality team, and Virginia will have to have a lot of things go its way to win. It won't have to play a perfect game to beat the Cougars, like it will against Oregon, but it will have to play close to perfect to beat a team like BYU."
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Alpine, UT

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

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?!


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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