How BYU, Utah and USU's opponents fared in Week 1

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3 2013 5:12 p.m. MDT

Mark A. Philbrick/BYU

Much of a team's place in the college football landscape isn't determined by what a team does on its own. The performance of a team's opponents is a huge factor as well.

BYU lost to Virginia, and Utah defeated Utah State, but there were many, many other games that took place all over the country, and more than 30 of them had bearing on BYU, Utah and USU's standing. Why? Because these teams will face off against the Cougars, Utes and Aggies later this year.

Here's a team-by-team look at how all the teams who will face off against BYU, Utah and USU fared in week one.

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Jump to USU

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Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Cool way to do an article!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

BYU and Utah are going to have a tough time with tough schedules becoming bowl eligible. I knew this would be a rebuilding year for the offense, but I thought the offense would be further along than they are. I thought the defense could carry them to an 8-4 record, but after seeing the offense on Saturday I'd have to predict 6-6 at this point.

Utah should win Weber State, Oregon State (not nearly as good as last year), Washington State and Colorado. BYU, Arizona and Arizona St are 50 / 50 games. I'm raising my prediction from 4-8 to 6-6 since U beat USU (which I thought was a 50 / 50 game, and Oregon St looks poor. The SOS will not be in the top 20, as predicted in the preseason, but is still tough with four guaranteed loses.

USU has the easiest schedule and I'll keep my prediction at 8-4.

BYU, U and USU all look pretty comparable to me. USU has the best offense, BYU has the best defense, U has the best special teams (the kicker was amazing).

LV Edwards!
Pleasant Grove, UT

Hhmmmmphh . . . ~Frown~ Seems like things are gonna get intense. ~Frown~.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Week two prediction for the Y...

Texas 34 BYU 16

Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

As a Utah fan I was excited to see that the Ute's had the one ingredient that was lacking last year. Heart. It's that gritty toughness that for me has been the hallmark of Coach Whits teams. Based on what I saw last week, Utah could have an 8 win season. I definitely see a 4-0 start heading into conference play.

BYU will be 1-4 after their first five games. Sorry Zoobs, it's gonna be a long season. With the poor line play, Hill isn't going to make it into the second half during Texas.

The Aggies will win 9 and might get lucky against Boise State for 10.

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