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Published: Sunday, Nov. 20 2011 9:26 p.m. MST

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SoCalTrueBlue
San Diego, CA

There's a history for Hawaii playing over their heads when facing BYU at home. Cougar jet lag, Island humidity, and Pele anger over all the quality Polynesian players that opt for BYU can motivate Hawaii to play its best game of the year. BYU needs to take this game very seriously and not get behind in the first half.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

cougs need to use the bye-week preparing for all of the intangibles going into the Hawaii game. I think it would help the Cougs a lot to go a few days earlier and get the trip to paradise distractions out of their system and game prep hard on Thursday and Friday going into game day.

localblue
Sandy, UT

Hawaii game will be fun. Unfortunately the other recent games have been yawners. Glad to get this first year of independence in the past. We need some more quality games and wins or it won't matter how much we are on tv. Let's take care of business and look to the future and better quality teams.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

Another bye? Were mighty BCS quality foes like Salt Lake Community College and Snow College busy this weekend?

One of Vai's Cousins
DC, Washington

"We're not satisfied. Nor will we be satisfied after the bowl game," said linebacker Kyle Van Noy

I think Kyle speaks for many BYU fans too. This season has felt so strange and empty compared to seasons past. I have to hand it to the coaching staff if they can somehow keep the players motivated and improving because from a fan's perspective I am more excited for the Spring game then the rest of this season's schedule. They should open up a few practices over the next couple of weeks just so fans could see some actual competition. Oh, the joys of independence!

flatlander
Omaha, NE

If Bronco is happy and pleased with the last few games then why not join their conference and be king every year. There were some fantastic games the last couple of weekends with top teams playing each other and a lot on the line for each team. BYU was not in one of those games and never will be again so as a fan I might as well move on. I did not even bother to stay up and watch on Saturday.

SCCougar
LEXINGTON, SC

@flatlander: "BYU was not in one of those games and never will be again so as a fan I might as well move on. I did not even bother to stay up and watch on Saturday." Not really what I would call a fan. Good luck with your new team.

Honor Code
Denver, Colorado

"Our team continues to improve" seriously, against PEE WEE Football Teams?

Duckhunter Hunter
Alpine, UT

A 2nd bye week? What an interesting schedule! Bye weeks before 2 of your most difficult games: Idaho and Hawaii.

Hawaii is not any good. I watched them play SJSU earlier this year and there are no real threats on either side of the ball. If you are expressing concern about the difficulty of this game you are either doing this for 1 of 3 reasons:

1 - To kid yourself into thinking there is anything left to play for;
2 - You really are concerned;
3 - Coach speak

If you answered 1, 2, or 1 & 2, then the BYU program is worse off than you thought.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Nothing like a bye during rivalry week / Thanksgiving weekend to drive home how empty Independence is.

On the bright side, the Bronco poll has the Cougs ranked in the top 25 this week.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

"After demolishing a pair of Western Athletic Conference opponents by a combined total of 84-14 in back-to-back games, BYU heads into another bye week." Interesting statement on two accounts: (1) A collective 84-14 scoring total over what level of opponents? Nothing said about this is the precise type of scoring that was expected against the level of competition we played; (2) WAC opponents. Enough said there. Certainly glad we're winning, but it's also ridiculous to have a bye the 2nd to last week of the season. BTW- Just spoke w/ my Cougs freshman son, and he said the feeling to his fingers has finally come back from Sat. night's game! I love my Cougs but would like to read a little more balanced, constructive criticism feedback about the program. I obviously realize such will likely never occur (I understand who owns the school and DN), but I can always wish.

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

I am growing increasingly weary of so many fair weather fans. Get real folks, could any of YOU have pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat in YEAR ONE of independence? Give it a rest already.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Once Moniz (Hawaii QB) broke his leg, the Warriors became just another WAC team. This should be another easy win for the Cougs, but never overlook your opponent. Just ask Oklahoma State or Oklahoma what happens if you look beyond next Saturday.

For the fans complaining about the November schedule, we knew the first two years of Indy would be like this. But hold on for December 30. It looks like the Cougs will get a pretty good C-USA opponent with either SMU or Tulsa. It should be a much better game than last year's bowl, and will likely be the fourth best team we face this year.

I loved seeing Marshall run for a TD and Edwards catch a TD pass. On their last game at LES, we could not have scripted a better highlight for these two outgoing seniors.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Rikitikitavi - OK, How does Year 2 or Year 3 of Independence look as far as November scheduling?

lvsportsfan
Las Vegas, NV

Duckhunter hunter:

Are you implying that BYU should not be concerned with Hawaii? That they should overlook them? hmm...

Additionally, I wonder if you have ever played competitive sports when you think suggest that BYU has nothing left to play for. You play to win, that should be enough.

The utes have cu, who are arguably worse than Hawaii. Let's hope for your sake that the utes are "concerned" with them

CT98
Saint George, UT

I think the players have high motivation going into this bye week. They have a family Holiday coming up with some down time to rest up and then an exciting game in the islands the first of December. A bowl appearance follows and I believe the Cougs will play very well the final two games of the year. As a fan I am much more excited to watch the next two games than I was to watch the previous two.

fan in orem
Orem, Utah

Remember when ute fans said that they were leaving BYU in their rearview mirrors now that they are in the PAC-10? When exactly does that kick in? I look forward to it.

mac_clan3
PANGUITCH, UT

The schedule hasn't been to BYU's advantage but for their first year of independence they had to make due with what came their way. They have beaten those opponents from the WAC the way they should have and they competed in the other games that not too many people thought they would win. Yes the Utah loss was really bad but for the most part BYU has played well this year. Look at some of the games they have coming next year though. Boise, Notre Dame, Texas, Utah who will be a lot better next year again, Oregon State who will be better and they will most likely put TCU on the schedule again. Stop hating on the Cougars because of who they are playing. It is part of the Independence process. At least they are doing what they should be doing against those teams.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

BYU should have no problems with Hawaii this year. I think they are down to their 3rd string QB, and this is the weakest they have looked in years. USU rallied and beat them on the islands with their backup, I watched it on tv with my dad who is a big Aggie fan, so yeah now that BYU is playing better, and Heaps is finding a rhythm with his receivers, there should be no problems.

Now on to bigger things. I heard Craig Bolerjack say that BYU was basically invited into the Big 12 but started making a lot of demands (the Sunday deal wasn't the hangup) and the Big 12 just stopped talking with them.

Now the board is deciding whether to join the Big East. The church or BYU is not hurting for money, if the reports are true, BYU should have accepted the deal with the Big 12 and should accept the Big East deal now.

If they don't, and keep the same 8 green-light games a year independent schedule, they will lose any respect and the recruiting will suffer. Take the deal--it worked out for the Jeffersons!

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

I confess I come away from this season disappointed. It's not the schedule, I think the BYU fans understand the challenges there. It's the fact that in the 4 biggest games of the year (one of which we won - at Ole Miss), we made soooo many mistakes, both offensively and defensively. And in the Utah game, we just did not show up. It was embarassing. The coaching staff has to improve, they have to figure out how to get the team ready for the big games. I dislike the Utes intensely, but give Whit credit that he tends to come up big in the important games. Bronco and staff should learn.

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