daddman54:I'm not sure if by "most unbiased article"
you've ever seen by Harmon, you meant "blue-blood biased, but not as bad as
his usual tripe." After all, he opens with this:"The
setup is like this: BYU is in the heart of the Big 12, where teams are
cannibalizing one another, and the Utes are visiting the hallowed Coliseum,
where the storied USC Trojans are battling NCAA sanctions as the Utes open an
exciting future in the Pac-12."But Big 12 teams are NOT
cannibalizing each other. Not ONE Big 12 team faced another, and apart from the
Missouri @ ASU game late last night, not ONE other Big 12 team even left their
stadium. Furthermore, of the 15 games scheduled to date, 53% were vs.
mid-majors, and 27% were vs. FCS teams. And NONE were vs. ranked teams.On the other hand, the 33% of the Pac-12's opponents were mid-majors,
25% vs. FCS teams, and 4 teams ranked in the last released polls.
Additionally, 75% of the Pac-12 institutions will have played an AWAY game by
10pm EDT tonight. And, with Utah @ USC tonight, it seems pretty clear who's
"cannibalizing" one another.
This is one of the strangest toss-ups I've ever seen--at least when it comes to
sportswriters. The local writers in Texas are predicting woes for the Longhorns,
and the Utah writers are pessimistic about the Cougars' chances. Are they simply
trying not to sound biased, or do they really hold these views, because they
cannot both be right. Here's hoping the Cougars get it together on
offense (and I think they will), because if that happens this will be a 'W' for
BYU. Most Texas fans see this as a re-building year for the Longhorns. Frankly, I'm surprised the Cougars are not more confident. I know we must show
them the proper respect, but seriously, we have a very good chance to win this
I hope BYU wins and Utah blows out USC. I only want Utah to win if they lose
next week though. Go Cougs!
The Ute defense is capable of holding USC to less than 17. My question is, can
Wynn engineer four 80 yard drives? He certainly has not shown it. The IV is
really good but USC can defensively shut him down. BYU, Hmm. Defense is
the most physical I think I have ever seen from them. They will need as least
second gear on offense. Heaps is capable of sustained drives. It the O line
gives him time and the receivers get open consistantly better then last week I
think BYU walks away with a win. Utah USC 17 Utah 13 If
Wynn gets in trouble early with turnovers and the natives get in a feeding
frenzie, it could get ugly.BYU BYU 20 Texas 16 Defense
again is outstanding and very physical. Texas says BYU could be one of the most
physical teams they will see all year.Heaps getting better but need to
improve a lot. Good O line protection.Jeff
All things being even except for (on the USC side) home field---and on the Utah
side (much better coaches)--I can't call it for the life of me. Best thing to do
is take my medication and get down there to watch. Go Utes and good luck to the
Coogs. Not a Saturday for the weak of heart--but you just never know....
I think Dick's 21-20 pick in the Utah game is optimistic. I think USC will
whomp us good and the final will be closer to 35-14.The Cougars have
a chance if all the pieces fall into place and the team can avoid miscues and
mistakes. But win or lose I think the spread won't be more than 1 touchdown.I'm throwing my support to both teams this weekend.. let's make the
State of Utah proud with a couple w's today!
This could be a tough weekend for me. UW at Hawaii - gotta agree with Harmon's
pick. BYU at Texas - well, I think it's a tossup. Texas has a young team and BYU
is a very hard-nosed team. I think BYU's O-line will open holes and protect
Heaps. BYU's front 7 on defense is really really good. And it is directed by
Bronco. Texas will not have fun on offense.The question marks are
Heaps on offense and the secondary on defense.If Heaps is as good as
he was at the end of the year, BYU scores a lot. If the secondary can't cover,
Texas will score a lot.We'll see.
Good luck to both local teams. I am looking forward to watching two great games
Unfortunately I have to agree with Dick but I can hope that he is wrong. Both
our teams can win and should win if the entire teams show up to play. Only time
This is actually the most unbiased article I've seen out of Mr. Harmon. Hope
he's wrong on at least one of his picks but have to admire he's not picking the
Cougars to win.
The Key is still going to be stretching the field and opening up the middle. The
short yardage passing just doesn't cut it. Doman needs to start developing
Jake's mid and long range capabilities. A big part of that is the
center...which against Ole Miss looked pretty weak while Jake was in the
Shotgun. The timing, accuracy and the sharpness of the snaps have to be there
for Jake to connect and they weren't. Jake's got his problems as well...his
timing was terrible... his checkoffs were non existant and he wasn't anywhere
near his deep recievers. Jake's got to learn to be an actor as well... making
the rushing defense earn thier plays. Same with the defensive secondary...there
were no pump fakes for them to even have to consider last week....but Jake did
provide an easy pick 6 with a telegraphed look at only one receiver. Too much
emphasis is being placed on the short outs. Jake needs to develop his attacking
the secondary and the safties. Doman needs to start being a little more
aggressive...otherwise Heaps isn't going to become a great quarterback. It's
not going to happen over night.
Let's shoot for 3-0 vs. that powerful Texas team! Even if they lose, they'll
still have a winning record against them. It's impossible for BYU to schedule
better than this, so let's all sit back and just enjoy it!
Dear Dick,...USC 21, Utah 20: The Trojan defense is capable of making the
Utes one-dimensional and if it's the run that's the dimension, the Utes have a
chance. But I wouldn't bet on it. Utah's hopes have to be in the fact Kyle
Whittingham is a better coach than Lane Kiffin....Correction:...Utah 21, USC 18: 30 secs left in the game...Wynn finds Devonte alone in the
end zone. TD! PAT good.