10 must-know facts and stats about the upcoming BYU-Boise State game

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24 2013 11:51 a.m. MDT

PROVO — BYU is on a four-game winning streak — its most recent victory a 47-46 heart-stopper over Houston reminiscent of wacky WAC shootouts of decades past. Although the Cougars in blue squeaked by the Cougars wearing red, a win is a win, and they gladly took it, improving to 5-2 on the season.

Taysom Hill had another excellent performance. Despite throwing three interceptions (one of which was a pick six), he passed for 417 yards, four touchdowns and netted 128 rushing yards on 34 carries. Hill actually gained 194 rushing yards, but lost a lot of yards on sacks.

Brigham Young now turns its attention to a contest against the 5-2 Boise State Broncos at 6 p.m. MDT on Friday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. ESPN will televise the game.

In anticipation of the showdown, here are 10 must-know facts and stats about BYU and Boise State.

Michael Chase is a Deseret News contributor and graduate of Dixie State University. He is the owner of Mike's Professional Editing LLC. EMAIL: mikesprofessionalediting@gmail.com

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mindgames
Aurora, CO

Any article about "must-know facts" that doesn't include the KVN Factor is hardly worth reading.

These ten factors seem to favor BSU but home field and BYU's Linebacker crew spells trouble for Boise.

Predicted score:

BYU 31 BSU 28

Gooooooooooo Cougars!!!

Tom in MS
Madison, MS

I dare you to play Ole Miss again - you get beaten like a drum! I don't know why everyone thinks this will be a close game. Boise should win by at least 3 TD's.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

If BSU's QB can throw as accurately as Houston's O'Korn, BYU will have a tough time. BYU can defense a good running attack but it struggles defending a very good passing team. On offense, BYU will need better blocking to stop all the blitzing linebackers like Houston did especially in the second half and BSU is surely likely to do as well. If BYU can pick up the blitzes and make BSU's QB just a bit less accurate, I like BYU's chances.

ajweston
Murray, UT

Tom in MS,
What is this Ole Miss game you speak of? Neither team has played them this year and if you're a Boise fan (which i'm guessing you are or why would you be reading an article about this game from MS) then you should know Boise played SOUTHERN Mississippi! 3TD victory? Are you aware that all of Boise's offensive stats are moot at this point? Backup QB with a completely different style. Learn the game, know a team, then make a public comment. BYU's defensive numbers are skewed by 1 game in Houston where 16 points Houston scored weren't on the Defense. These teams are NOT close defensively. BYU has the superior defense

32843
PROVO, UT

Ol Miss? What has that got to do with tomorrows game?

One thing I don't like about these articles is that they write them as if all things are equal. They are not. One outlet (Team Rankings) has Boise States current SOS at 67, while BYU's is 37. Sagarin's SOS rating is a little narrower with Boise ranked at 32 and BYU at 28. It seems as if the writer doesn't take into consideration that maybe the reason Grant Hedrick had such a good outing against Nevada is because Nevada really stinks this year and they stink against a weak schedule (Nevada's current Sagarin SOS is 92).

I'm not saying Hedrick isn't a good QB or a QB that BYU shouldn't worry too much about. Boise continues to have a huge ace in the hole and that's their head coach. The value of a talented HC can't be quantified. The college football landscape is strewn with the dead carcasses of superior teams that got beaten by lesser talented teams all because of better coaching. However, can't these articles at least not be written like both teams have played the same caliber teams?

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