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Published: Monday, March 28 2011 11:42 p.m. MDT

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hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

How many other college football head coaches also assume the duty of DC? I know this happens at the junior college level a lot.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

This team knows in the back of their minds its another 1-4 start, with the win coming against a depleted oregon state.

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

Yeah, BYU is the worst football team ever. They'll probably start 1-17 and it's only downhill from there. And Heaps will win the Heisman and then prove that he's the biggest bust ever, not even making it into the elite eight.

This is a troll only discussion thread, right?

sports-junkie
West Jordan, UT

It must be a nervous time for fans of the team on the hill. BYU really should have beaten the utes last year... remember? the year you guys started 8-0 ranked #5 and the Cougs started 1-4? Remember? the team that got pounded by Utah St and Air Force. Remember? the team that fired their DC mid-season? Remember?

Coulda woulda shoulda and the utes squeak out a win against the lowly, struggling Cougs. This year will be different, much much different.

You guys have a starting qb yet? Didnt think so. Good luck v Montana St. U will need it.

OregonBlue
Eugene, Oregon

In the pictures here, I see on some of the helmets little cougar stickers. Are those left over from last year or are they already earning those in spring?

Tommy2Shoes
Lehi, UT

Ahhhh Spring is in the air. Time to put some fertilizer and weed control down so we'll have great lawns until snow covers them up again in the Winter. Bronco and his other stallions are working out training the cerebral cortex and muscles to gain an edge on the competition. Keep up the great work but watch out for those dangerous noxious weeds that continue to pop up on the comment boards. On the other hand just ignore them and trim the lawn a little more. Looking forward to another season of great Cougar Football. Win or lose real Cougar Fans cheer for the blue and white. Great to hear those ex-USC players are fitting into our team.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

There are a lot of good reasons to believe BYU will be better than last year on both D and O. However, lets see the fall line up and how they perform in a real game before getting to excited.

On the other hand there is no reason to believe Utah will be any better than last year and they do have a tougher schedule than last year.

Since they open with MT State, @USC, @BYU there is a very good chance they go 1-2 before they limp their way thru the rest of the schedule which is not that difficult. WU, AZ St, @Pitt, @Cal, OR St, @AZ, UCLA, @WA St, and CO. Most of their remaining hard games, if you could call them that, are at Utah.

I strongly suspect they will drop a game or two they should not but best case they are 9-3 with 2 PAC losses. They also could just as easily have a worse record than BYU last year.

We will see how it plays out.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

I'm planning to go to Ole Miss this year. Wear my BYU polo shirt. I've heard it is a beautiful campus and football in the south is special. I'm optimistic we'll do well in the game. I plan to represent BYU well. I expect the hosts to provide that southern hospitality. It will be fun.

I was at LES one year for a game against a Texas team. TCU? I forget. I walked across the parking lot with a couple in the opposing team colors. They told me how impressed they were with the campus and the fans. Several people invited them to share their tailgate cooking. Someone gave them home-made cookies. They were smiling all the way to the stadium.

I think BYU will be able to get beyond the rivalries of the little MWC world and present a great picture of what BYU stands for. I have friends in Oklahoma who love BYU (they are OSU grads), especially after we beat Oklahoma.

Win or lose, the national scope of independence will be a great thing for BYU. And we probably won't do a lot of losing.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: Hedge and Chris

You guys only wish.

After looking over the BYU schedule, it really looks like the toughest team on the schedule might be Central Florida. BYU will have their work cut out for them to win that game.

Not necessarily a tough team, but look for Hawaii at the end of the year to be a bit of a challenge. BYU needs to make that the tough end of the year "rivalry" game in lieu of the Utah game. Hawaii has the #1 passing offense in the country and they are tough to beat in the islands. Should be a good challenge.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Bronco will have the Defense ready to smash anything that comes at them. They are very deep this year and have much more experience than last year. If the offense is half as good as they ended last year, the Y will be very good this year.

Troll 1 and troll 2 are really on one. Rollin with the trollin, zealous with the jealous, unconfessed but still obsessed and transparent as glass with lack of class. Keep it up children, the adults ar still amused. Very comical.
The closer the football season gets the more Yning they will do. Win or lose they will always be around. It's the only way they can get attention from anyone besides their mommies.

OregonBlue
Eugene, Oregon

can some one aswere my question regarding the helmet stickers?

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I see BYU's defense being tough with Bronco at the helm. He knows what he's doing and has proven that more than once. There are questions on offense due to the new coaches. It may take some time for them to work out their schemes. I look for BYU's defense to save them in some of the early games as they get used to the new offense.

sports-junkie
West Jordan, UT

OregonBlue,

I dont know for sure but the stickers probably carry over from the previous year(s). I highly doubt they strip all the players of their stickers after the season is over.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

hedgehog

"How many other college football head coaches also assume the duty of DC? I know this happens at the junior college level a lot."

Really? Without looking it up, name me one junior college head coach who is also the offensive or defensive coordinator.

As usual, you need to do a little research before spouting off.

Division I programs with Head Coaches who are also Offensive or Defensive Coordinators:

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Texas A&M Aggies
BYU Cougars
South Carolina Gamecocks
SMU Mustangs
New Mexico State Aggies
Arkansas State Red Wolves
Western Michigan Broncos

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Chris B

Utah has a better chance of being winless in the PAC 12 than BYU does of starting the season 1-4.

Flame of the West
The OC, CA

In today's DNews:

Bronco: I love my team and want to serve them
Chow: My QB is bored
Coach K: Now we gotta keep up with the neighbors

Two teams, different directions...

SeattleUhasabballteam?
Seattle, Wa

Chris B:

Utah will lose to the aforementioned Oregon State Team.

Mark it down.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Wow! I thought the trolls would take a breather in the off-season. They are more obsessed with the Cougars than I am, and that's not easy to do. Is there a BYU article that they don't read?

BYU is going to be improved and deeper at every position this year.

I don't agree with Claws assessment of the competition. I agree that UCF is solid, but Texas will not have two down years in a row. Mack will have then fired up and ready to go. They'll contend for the Big 12 title. And TCU will simply reload. Sure, they lose some solid players, but they have a pipeline of talent. Their only big question mark is at QB.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Ah, Chris B, you are beautiful, brother.

Your prediction would truly make this a miraculous season... Oregon State is the seventh game of the schedule. They must REALLY be depeleted to lose to the cougars in the first five.

BYU isn't the only entity getting some increased exposure. Go back to your rock, little sister.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Let's get spring ball out of the way then fall camp them the first couple of games before we all jump the gun with how remarkable the Cougars will be in the new Independant era. I remember last season and all the hype in the blogs. Let's let this 2011 season get it's feet under it, before we let the tale wag the cat.

Poly Cougar Nation

-PSUYB-
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Chris B

Ever heard of Nick Saban?

He calls the defense for Alabama on game days. Although he does have the help of Kirby Smart when he needs it, Saban almost exclusively calls the defensive plays for the Crimson Tide.

I have very optimistic but realistic expectations for 2011. Until the second game, we will have no idea how good this cougar football team is. If they win in Austin, they can win anywhere. So I will reserve judgement until then.

All I know is I love BYU's chances with so many talented returners and coaches and a fresh start with Independence. I think the players will be very excited to play in different places against new opponents.

So much to look forward to!

I wish Utah fans would go cheer on their own team, I can see they are still unable to escape BYU's shadow even after an incredible move to the PAC.

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