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Published: Wednesday, July 13 2011 5:31 p.m. MDT

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T-spoon
West Jordan, UT

It will be an exciting season for the cougars and Jake Heaps. The season can't start soon enough, especially with the NBA and NFL in lockout. I'm interested to see how well the cougars perform on the offensive end with all the RB's coming back along with the rest of the offense.

Go Cougs!

Captain L
Provo, UT

I think we will see a much improved team from last year. Heaps and the offense should be much improved, and the last several games last yr, they were pretty good.
Defense is what needs to step up big time right from the start. If the D can come out and play anything like the did 2 yrs ago against Oklahoma we should be able to get off to a good start to the season. There are several tough games but none of them are games we can't win.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

If you are a fan of the school, you want to watch them play.

That is why I am excited for BYU, and disappointed in Larry Scott.

I have been with DirecTV for 15 years, and made numerous calls for them to pick-up the mtn only to be dissappointed in the quality of the picture, but we were at least able to see the games.

I was excited for the U to get into the PAC, but the bottom line is I won't be able to watch the U play as much as last year.

Just about every Saturday I host many friends, we eat, we talk and watch college football.

I make it to a game, both Utah and BYU, each season to get the feel of the season, the crowd, and college football. I also usually get to the BYU-Utah game, depending on the seats.

But I enjoy watching the games at home, eating well, watching many games, and not fighting the traffic.

This will be a great season for BYU fans with big screen HDTVs, and fun for Utah fans with AM radios.

I hope future seasons allow more oppotunities to watch both schools play.

T-spoon
West Jordan, UT

Captain L,

Agreed, the defense is more of a question mark. I too hope they come out and play well. The linebacker's should be especially fun to watch!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I'm not as worried about the defense as some. In fact, I think the front seven may best, deepest front seven we've ever had. And with Bronco as the DC, he will get the most out of them. The DB's are inexperienced have some questions to answer, but some of the best teams we play may not have the ability to expose our DB's inexperience.

Ole Miss - new QB. Likely to rely on the run first.
Texas - Still a lot of questions about Gilbert's ability. Some players aren't behind him. Goodwin, one of their top WR will redshirt in 2011 to focus on track.
Utah - How good is Wynn's shoulder after surgery? Will Chow's complex new offensive scheme be effective on week 3?
TCU - New, unproven QB.

If our DB's aren't up to the task, Hawaii's QB may have the most potential to expose them. Since the game is late in the season, hopefully they will be sound by this point.

Offensively, we'll be better than we were at the end of last season and because of our youth, we'll improve each game. Other than TCU and maybe Hawaii, we'll score 50+ in every game in Oct and Nov.

Doctor J
Manti, UT

BYU is on ESPN 10 out of 12 games!

Wow!

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

With Sorensen, Apo, Fuga, and Pendleton coming back (all great players before their injuries), BYU will be DEEP! And talented!

I don't see the defense as being questionable. Not with Bronco at their helm, and certain new players coming on and injured players coming back.

Really glad to see Chambers stepping up and taking his medicine like a man. With his speed, he could be a pretty good safety. It's VERY satisfying to see kids who trip up in life turn things around. I'm impressed with him. Maybe it'll pay off for both him and BYU.

Going to be a great year! (If they don't forget their pickle juice for the Mississippi game.)

bigutefan
Las Vegas, NV

How is Jake eligible. I still can't for the life of me figure out how it is appropriate for a BYU player to hold a press conference at a bar.

Is Jake aware that he has yet to beat a team with a winning record. Is he aware that the UTEP QB was wearing a cast and practically using crutches on the field and that same UTEP team had lost their last six games in a row.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: CougFaninTX

The DBs might be inexperienced but we have a monster front 7. Despite the defensive backfield inexperience though, when is the last time we had several 6'0"+ guys at corner and safety that actually have some real speed? I think the DBs will be better than you think. Brian Logan started making a serious impact halfway through his first year after he learned things, and he did some pretty good things.

The nice thing too about a 3-4 defense is all about being able to disguise where the pressure is coming from. Bronco is a defensive genius. That kind of defense is perfect for messing with the minds of inexperienced QBs.

While Hawaii could potentially put on an air show against the Cougars, I think that by then, like you said, the DBs should be seasoned enough to keep BYU in the game. I expect BYU's defense to hold their offense a ways below their weekly average, even in the passing game.

Go Cougs!

Flames6
North Salt Lake, UT

Bronco is excited to go to Austin, Corvallis, and Ole Miss. He may be more excited to leave and may wish the ESPN cameras were not so close up. Good luck though.

Honor Code
Denver, Colorado

Should be a rough start out of the gates, but then after a few bumps and bruises BYU should sail right on through the WAC play and get a bid to that silly bowl game in San Francisco!!

hamaca
Baton Rouge, LA

If Chambers is eligible to rejoin the team earliest in January, how is he in the discussion for this season?

Here's hoping both Utah and BYU are undefeated when they meet.

To BigConfusedUteFan, forget about it.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"This will be a great season for BYU fans with big screen HDTVs, and fun for Utah fans with AM radios."

Buster,

So in your mind you think that any game not on national TV will have no local converage? So outside of a handfull of Nationally televised games the PAC12 fan base will need to use "AM radios"?

All give you some time to think about your comment and await your correction.

G-Swenz
Providence, UT

"Linebacker Jordan Pendleton, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the loss at Utah State, has undergone two surgeries during the offseason"

They better take them seriously this year. As much as BYU will be improved, Utah State may even be more so. I expect good years from both teams, and obviosuly BYU will be a big favorite in Provo, but...

Just remember, everyone, and much more will be back from the team that beat BYU in Logan last year.

Old Gregg
Alpine, UT

Wow hedge,

bold move calling people out on their posts. You of all people should be a little patient with far fetched posts and understand when people are joking. But in a way, veritas was right. Even with my Dish package with the TOP 100 channels, I don't have versus. So the only way to get info about the Utah/USC game is on the radio.

Remember the good ol' days when families would sit around the radio and just listne for hours...ya, I don't remember either but maybe that past time will start back up again so people without versus can listen to the game. Should be fun.

It will be fun to watch the Cougars fight to prove themselves. If they have a good year this year (9+ wins) things should be alright for them. But if they have another 7-6 year, it might be scary for BYU in the next few years.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

bigutefan:

thank you for pointing out all of those details. you have done a lot of homework and deserve extra credit.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Jake will be very solid! Let's just hope the O-Line keeps him clean! His performance and consistency improved/increased exponentially once he started taking all the snaps after Riley's injury. There's no reason to think his performance won't continue to increase. And the wide receiver corp to throw to? Exciting stuff! For those of us who have "briskly walked" the Y Mountain, I am always amazed at the "Challenge". How anyone, let alone an entire team of athletes, can run/jog up that trial is beyond me!!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@Honor Code
There is no opportunity for the Cougs to go to a "silly bowl game in San Francisco" this year. So I'm not sure what you're talking about.

If Cougs are 12-0, they will go to a BCS bowl. If they are 6-6 up to 10-2, they go to the Armed Forces Bowl. If they're 11-1, it could go either way depending on who they lose to and how many other 12-0, and 11-1 teams are available for BCS bids.

MESOUTE
Wandering, Earth

"We're not a 7-6 football team. We're much better than that. We want to prove to everybody what we're capable of and be able to do it on a national scale."

Well Mr. Heaps, you won 7 games and lost 6. That indeed would make you a 7-6 football team. How many games did the Cougars win last year in your mind sir?

Has BYU ever lost a game in its own mind? So so hard to understand this way of thinking, this type of thinking is, as Brad Rock mentioned, of a different universe. AKA, not reality.

DeepBlue
Anaheim, CA

MESOUTE

"So so hard to understand this way of thinking,..."

It shouldn't be too hard to understand... just look back at the endless array of excuses Utah fans posted after 4th-and-18, Harline is still open, and George is still running, how Utah fans excused away those humiliating losses to TCU, Notre Dame, and Boise State, how Utah fans justified a Top 5 team being humiliated at home in the "biggest game in Utah history" and dropping completely out of the AP poll, or how the Utes were so giddy to beat a 7-6 team at home by one-point on a blocked FG -- a team that was dominated by freshmen and sophomores, and led by a true freshman QB.

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