I like that attitude. We need you guys to step up in this game. Go MWC.
The Cougars need a decent sports psychologists:"If we make mistakes
(against Oklahoma), they're going to crush us." That kind of
exaggerated, all-or-nothing thinking gets in the way of good performance. Focus
on the task, not the opponent or the outcome."We want to make fewer
mistakes..."Take care of the ball..."Play to our strengths..."Take it one play, one series at a time..."Those kind of
statements may be cliches, but they also produce better performance.If you want to be a leader, learn how to think, and how you talk to yourself
and say to others is part of leadership.
Dear BYU,Why bother?Love,OU
BYU will do well. They can win just as Boise state won. Just be confident and
don't let the media scare you. OU is a great team, but not invincible. Who
knows what will happen in this game... It is hard to tell how Big 12 south teams
play against other conferences. OU lost to Texas and Florida last year and had
semi close games with Kansas (45 - 31) and Kansas State (58-35)... you can't
tell how teams match up until game day. Look at the Sugar Bowl last year and
what people were saying. Anyways, this is a great opportunity for BYU and for
the MWC. One thing to expect is that OU will play fast paced and BYU will need
to find ways to slow them down.
I'm thinking that the fans might need a pssychologist more than the players
after the last decade of getting dominated by the Utes. lol. But seriously,
watching BYU "going to the office" last year was painful. They never once looked
like they were having fun. It'd be nice to see them enjoy it. And I think it'll
translate into more inspired play in games. Don't get me wrong, my Utes are
still gonna crush ya. But other than that last game of the year, I really would
like to see BYU do well and enjoy the game. Good luck in the season opener!
Bring a W home for the MWC!
Oh we are so screwed. Hall is in complete awe of Oklahoma. He's going to
consider it an honor to throw an interception to the OU secondary. LOVE
the fact that Anae is finally going up to the box...he should have made that
move years ago.
I agree.But I also noted the lack of comments that support the
concept of actually "winning".If the Cougar mindset is summed up in
comments like "we're going to give them a fight, we're going to play sound
football, and we're going to take it to the end", then the game is already
over.BYU absolutely MUST believe that they can not just compete
with, but completely beat, Oklahoma or they will have no chance when they walk
on the field in Dallas in 3 short weeks.If their motivation level
stays at playing "sound football", they're going to get crushed.
I like the attitude. This is much better than last year. I like not being
ranked first. Mental prep is 75 percent of winning. Then physical prep is the
other 75 percent of winning. And then execution is the other 75 percent. What
is lacking after that can be filled in by good fortune and good luck. If you will prepare for each game realizing that your next opponent can crush
you if you do not execute with precision, that is when you will be a genuine BCS
contender. Now go fight, win.
Lets be honest, I am a die hard BYU fan, but BYU has never lived up to
expectations unless you love 11-2 seasons to the "amazing" Las Vegas Bowl that
no one cares about. They will always be an average team or they will go 10-0
before losing 74-45 to a Hawaii like team to completley make themselves look
like a joke that ESPN already thinks they are... Anyone that thinks BYU is going
into Dallas infront of 70,000 OU Fans and 15,000 BYU fans to win is on a
different planet. I will make everyone a deal that I will quit my job and give
away my home for free if BYU wins. I love BYU though, Go Cougs to another 11-2
or 10-3 season, Cant wait for the 4th place Pac-10 team in the Las Vegas Bowl,
College football is exciting and playing a "big-time" opponent to start the
season just makes it that much more exciting. I'm looking forward to the season.
It'll be fun to play the Sooners, Tulane and the Seminoles in our first three
games.Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi
wrote that he never talked about luck with his players; he talked about
preparation. He added, "Luck doesn’t favor the lucky; it favors the
prepared..."Another football icon, Darrell Royal, former head coach
of the University of Texas, says that "luck is what happens when preparation
meets opportunity."Remember that Cougars as you prepare for the
Were going to be so good. Coach Borcno said we're really good and really humble
so we should win a lot of games.
History repeats itstelf? The last time BYU beat the No. 3 team in a "kickoff"
game on national tv they went on to have a pretty good year (1984). IF the cougs
could pull out this game it would set them up for a possible great run on the
25th anniversary of the NC.
I admire the BYU fan's courage and desire to win, but frankly, there's no chance
for them to win. Especially this year, our team and fans have a winning
tradition and attitude that can't be overcome by the competition, especially the
likes of a Mountain West Conference team like BYU. You MWC fans think you're
intense, well, it's nothing like, not even in the ballpark like OU's intensity.
Just read part of OU's fight song:I'm a Sooner born And a
Sooner bred, And when I die I'll be Sooner dead. Rah,
Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma! O-K-U! Now that's
Does anyone know if or when BYU will start practicing in pads? I believe the
whole "no pads" theory that BYU coaches adopted for last year's practices caused
the team to play soft in many games, especially the later half of the season.
I think BYU can win. Especially if our defense steps up to the challenge since
OU offense is weak. Also, with Anae up in the box, he will definitely have a
better view of the game (then down on the ground) so he will see the movement of
OU better and will be able to call more plays that will have greater impact at
that moment.Go BYU--Beat OU!
Dear OU,Don't forget What BYU did to Miami.
Listening to Hall talk is scary. Not once did he say they wanted to win the
game. Great leader. Even he doesn't believe they belong on the same field as
Oklahoma. Look for a blowout.
Hey, in my previous post I also meant to wish BYU luck, not that it will help,
but I just wanted to be courteous. We are courteous competitors, but deadly
competitors. My best guess on the score? OU 56 (an average of 2 touchdowns per
quarter) BYU 23 (3 field goals and 2 touchdowns) One touchdown will be in the
4th quarter after OU takes their first string players out. Sorry, but that's
the way we see it.
The BYU player's and coaches comments about the OU game are absolutely spot on.
The last thing in the world they should say is that they're going to beat OU as
this would provide serious locker room material for them. You don't declare
victory against a top 5 team a month before the game (RE: Phsych) or make any
comment that could even be twisted in any way to show disrespect to such an
opponent. The best thing you can do is make the other team think you are just
happy to be there and lull them into a false sense of security until gametime.
That's exactly what Utah did against Alabama and I guarantee Bronco was taking
notes. His players comments are perfect and I can only hope OU's players show a
complete disrespect for BYU in the week prior to the game. I too am
excited that Anae will be in the box this season so he can see what the rest of
us see. We might even see a screen pass or misdirection play to keep the
defense honest some time this year.
That's not intense - that's dumb. It sounds just like the kind of cheers we
used to use at Chief Joseph JR. High. If you think that kind of weak banter
frightens us then think again.And I think the Cougars start with the
shoulder pads tomorrow and then add the rest by Friday.
Hey u moron OU Scored 55 in the first half against KSU it wasnt even
close!.......Do u watch OU football?
Let's hope the team actually has a killer instinct-type attitude behind closed
doors. Hopefully, these humble, "let's be competitive" comments are to keep
anything from being posted in the OU locker room. Surely, Bronco, Max Hall and
the crew believe they can win every game on their schedule and expect to.
I respect what CougarFan is saying. That's exactly what we do at OU. Well,
maybe we're a little more In-Your-Face than most. But, we can back it up. I
can see where BYU might not want to get our ire up by predicting a win or even
how respectable they'll be against us. After all's said and done, it's a pretty
good chess game. No offense, but in the chess game comparison, OU is Bobby
Fischer and BYU is a high school freshman. Again, no offense, just the facts.
Hmmmmm. Touching a few nerves I see. Remember what Jack Nicholson said about
the truth in "A Few Good Men". It could apply here.
To honest BYU fan:I think "realistic" is a better word than honest
in this context. You must remember, however, the national media to a man and
even most "realistic" Utah fans didn't give the Utes a chance against Alabama.
The difference between this year's BYU team and last year's Utes is simply speed
and "athleticism." Alabama couldn't believe what hit them. A fired up
deceptively talented and speedy Utah team executed a perfect up tempo game plan.
There is no question OU has the best quarterback in the country in
Sam Bradford and is loaded with an incredibly talented offense and defense to
match. Can BYU muster the same ability and cunning as Utah? Me thinks no, but as
they say "hope springs eternal."
I don't expect BYU to beat Oklahoma, but if they're going to do it, their best
shot would be in the first couple weeks of the season. They're just so strong on
both sides of the ball. Check out SB Nation's review at vanquishthefoe (dotcom).
I believe they will start practicing with pads today. However I don't know that
it will be full contact for a few more days. They better get some hitting in
before Sep 5.For the record, I think BYU can win this game. They just
can't let OU get up by too much. Keep it close going into the fourth qtr and we
got a good shot at the upset.
When the game is over, you will be Sooner Dead!
There is a very good chance that Max "Where is the Ball Hall" could get hurt in
this game. He has to feel that BYU can beat OU. He is not in that mind set and
that gives way to complacency. OU fan, Alabama thought the same of Utah and
Utah kicked their butts back to Alabama. BYU has that same chance if they
prepare well and have a good game plan. And Max "where is the Ball Hall" you
need to focus on ball handling and protection of the ball. If not, it could be
a long for BYU and Max on the sidelines.
Hey "Tyler" So OU scored 3 points in the second half. I saw that game. KSU
definitely played the second half with more heart than OU?
I'll post one more comment here and then I have bigger fish to fry. No offense,
but we do have a few more competitive games than our BYU warm-up game. I know
that BYU coaches and players with give it their best shot and that's what we
like to see at OU. As an insider, and just to make it fun, a big part of our
strategy (and I don't think I'm really giving away anything really big) is going
to be intercepting at least 6 Max Hall passes. This will result in killing at
least that many BYU offensive drives. Our defensive backs think there will be
more. Again, no offense to BYU fans, just telling it like it is. I'm
gone....can't stick around to read your comments.
You know if BYU is a legit top 25 team why wouldn't they be able to at least
stay in the game? BYU fans talk like it is some daunting task, but really if BYU
fans really believe their football team is as good as they say then it should be
a competitive game. My own thoughts are just that you guys won't be able to
compete well because the overall talent difference between the two schools is
huge! Top of the Big 12 is alot better than a school from the MWC
Utah's win last year had very little to do with the Utes being faster than 'Bama
or having more talent than 'Bama (we all know the 'Tide' recruits among the top
athletes in the country). It was all about shock and awe. The Utes played no
huddle, scored quickly and got 'Bama on their heels from the beginning (scoring
21 in the first quarter). Once 'Bama figured out what the heck Utah was doing,
they started coming back slowly (outscoring Utah 17-10 the rest of the game).
BYU needs to do the same against OU. We all know the sooners have
more talent and speed than BYU (as 'Bama did against Utah) but if the cougs can
come out with a different style of play and throw some plays in there to keep OU
on it's heels, then the result can be the same as the Sugar bowl...
I'm just hoping that the ou players and coaches share your attitude about BYU
not being a worthy opponent- then the fall will be that much harder if BYU can
manage to pull it out. Keep up the talk and convince your team of the same-
I just heard from one of our players at OU. I told him of my prediction 56 - 23
victory for OU against BYU. He corrected me. His prediction is OU 66, BYU 20.
Two TDs and 2 field goals for BYU. Then he said that "it ain't gonna be that
close". Again, no offense given, just the facts.
I decided I'd come back to this blog for a little while longer. Not a lot of
heat in my regular OU blogs yet. They're talking a lot about the other games on
our schedule. Everyone's predicting an undefeated season this year. Yawn.
BYU shouldn't be playing OU. Nebraska yes but not OU. OU is the #3 team in the
country with the best QB in the nation and along with Florida probably the most
NFL talent in all college football. The Y isn't all that good any more - even in
the MWC and I'm not sure why you schedule games you can't win and can only get
humiliated on national TV. It will do BYU no good to get beat up by 28 points or
more so I really question why Tom Holemoe decided to schedule OU.
I think that we can do without many of you "BYU fans." Isn't the point to
believe in your team? Not say "uh, I'm a BYU fan and I hope they don't get
crushed too badly" or "another 10-2 or 10-3 season, ho hum." What a bunch of
spoiled whiners! They have everything they need to beat Oklahoma. It should be a
great game. Now all you fence sitters, get off the fence one way or the other!
It's interesting how many articles in the Deseret News have to do with BYU
playing Oklahoma. It's also interesting that there are absolutely NO stories in
the Oklahoma Newspapers about Oklahoma playing BYU. I wonder why.
The biggest negatives for BYU are: (1) Low "We know we can win" belief (2) Prone
to stupid mistakes (3) Prone to lack of on-field self-control of emotions which
results in penalties and mistakes, (4) Lack of desire to win and do what it
takes to win (5) Bronco Mendenhall.
Just like Top of the SEC (Alabama) is a lot better than a school from the MWC
If BYU can half match the mindset that Utah took into the Sugar Bowl last Jan,
they stand a chance. Remember, the Utes didn't do a lot of talking. They didn't
overpraise themselves OR the Mighty Crimson Tide. They didn't cowtow to
tradition and the ghost of Bear Bryant was something they respected, but did not
fear. In the end, they balled up their collective fist and punched the big bad
bcs bully right square in the jaw. When the bully stood there shocked and
wondering who this little upstart thought he was, they took the occasion to give
him a left hook to the temple. And Alabama crumbled. Now, BYU will most likely
do nothing of the sort with the Mighty Sooners, but let's not forget that--"It
can be done." Good luck against OU!!!
The only game that SEC, PAC 10 and Big 10 teams are winning anymore is the
psychological one. It is a complete myth that they are all that much better
than teams in the WAC and MWC. Utah and Boise State have shown that.
Furthermore, they hardly ever play anyone of note outside their conferences; if
they do, it is usually at home. I mean look what happens to them when they play
at places like Utah or BYU. They aren't so invincible. When you look at those
conferences from top to bottom, they are actually pretty weak once you get
beyond the top two or three teams. The thing Utah has figured out that BYU
hasn't is how not to be intimidated.
Dear OU -Enjoy beating BYU because your not going to win any other
big games this year. Remind me again how many straight BCS games you've lost in
a row now (including games against powerhouses like Boise and WV)? And nice
game against Texas last year. So... enjoy your win against BYU - that is as
good as will get for you this year.MWC Fan
BYU fans are deluding themselves if they think OU is thinking about the BYU game
at all. It is interesting to see how many stories in the D-News about BYU
playing Oklahoma there are. If you look in the Oklahoma papers there are NO
stories about Oklahoma playing BYU.
I am far from a Sooner fan and I'm not rooting for them but I hope BYU
understands that OK will have them for breakfast.
To OU Fan (re: 9:01 am post):Hmmmmmm. So, if I understand correctly,
you're equating Col. Jessep (Nicholson) with OU and Lt. Kaffee (Cruise) with
BYU. That's a very interesting analogy really. If you'll recall, Jessep
spouted off his famous, "You can't handle the truth!" in response to Kaffee's
baiting him into it (and his subsequent fiery crash and burn). Jessep had zero
respect for Kaffee and it ultimately destroyed him. I hope the scenario holds
up as you've alluded. Here's to another "Jessep" (OU) crash and burn -- on
national TV in Cowboy Stadium.
I was at the game at the Copper Bowl in Tucson the last time BYU played
Oklahoma. BYU kicked their butts. I expect the same to happen this time.
Oklahoma was favored in that game also.
For all those OU fans (and unfortunately even some BYU fans) that think the
upset is impossible, let me throw out some school names for ya...Utah (most recent upset)Boise State (OU fans should remember this
one)Appalachian StateStandford and Oregon State (USC fans definitely
will remember both of these)the list goes on and on...
OU is nothing to be scared of. They are strong and talented and a good program,
but is BYU and most other D1 programs.The key is to go to Dallas confident
and with the mindset of smacking them in the mouth first and smaking them hard.
So what if OU gets mad, so what if they don't like it, bring it on. They are no
stronger than the BYU players. Most of them came from the same recruiting pool
and they generally train the same way. For the most part, there is not a huge
difference in a D1 College player, maybe speed, maybe technique, but most of it
is hunger and aggressiveness. So, go for it BYU. Take it to them. Hit
them first, hit them hard, and hit them often. Maybe they are the ones that
should be scared.
All the "you don't have a chance, BYU" talk seems very much like what we all
heard before the Utes crushed Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year. On a neutral
field, a well prepared BYU absolutely have a real chance of beating OU. Boise
did. Utah probably would have last year. Bronco has to have a stellar game
plan and execution on the field has to be 99% perfect. Just go do it
I have followed BYU football for 30 years and one thing I know is never count
BYU out. Yes OU is good and will be favored and probably will win the game, but
you never know and thats why they play the game. BYU is 1-0 against OU. It
should be fun to watch.
This is a match-up of two teams that choke in big games. Since this is only a
big game for BYU, OU should win easily.
The game has not been played yet. Trash talking and Predictions are for idiots.
Not even those who get paid to predict the outcome of games have a clue half of
the time. Close your mouths and your tiny little brains until the game has been
played. Spend your time doing something worthwhile.
It is because Oklahoma is underestimating BYU, which from what I have seen in
football (or any sport for that matter) is not a good thing!
Do I think BYU can win, yeah!!!! Do I think BYU will win, I am not sure. I
think it depends on alot of factors. What team in going to show up? Is it the
team from the last 2 games of last season. If it is then BYU will lose, if it
is the team that played UCLA maybe. The last time BYU played OK we won in a
bowl game. BYU has played some big time teams and won. Like Miami, OK, ND,
UCLA. But they have also played hillbilly teams and got the snot kicked out of
them.So I still say what team is going to show up? The team from the last
2 games of the season, or the team that knows they have a fighting shot at
All I know is that BYU owns a 1-0 record over Oklahoma. If it is so IMPOSSIBLE
for a lowly team like BYU to beat a might power from the Big 12 like Oklahoma,
then how did the cougars do it before?
don't be stupid, let me explain. A #24 MWC team playing a #3 Big 12 team = BIG
STORY. A #3 Big 12 team playing a #24 MWC team = no story.
I agree with Andrew. Remember, "great moments are born from great
opportunities." That is what BYU has. You just never know what will happen.
If BYU played them 10 times, OU would probably win 9. You just never know.
ALL I know is I watched OU take apart TCU last year like they were a junior high
team--and then TCU came back and took apart BYU like they were a co-ed team.
Anyone with an average intellect would know what the outcome of this game is
going to be--total disaster. Until Coach Mendenhall disciplines these players
for thier turnovers and penalties and instills within them a win metality, your
not going to see any changes in this team!!!!!
Sooner born? Most of your players are from Texas.
A month to prepare for a Big Game in a Big Stadium as the featured game in
College Football? We don't know how BYU will do in that scenario but at least
we know OU doesn't show up for those. What is their BCS record again?
Bronco and Bobby A. aren't smart enough to come up with a game plan that will
work against OU. Nice guys, good motivators, great sculptors of young men's
characters but football minds? Nope, nope and nope again.
"Again, no offense given, just the facts." No, by your own admission these are
not facts they are predictions. And I thought you said you had better things to
do than sit around a troll a comment board for a paper that helps represent an
"inferior" team than yours. Sounds to me that your mother's basement
is getting a little boring so you thought you would go try to tick off a lot of
Trolling on a BYU article. Anti-LDS garbage. Anti-BYU garbage. Never shying
away from half-truths and innuendo.Really, go find something better
to do.BYU may well lose this game, but leave your emotional baggage
and obvious bitterness at the door.
I am a Mormon and a Texan, born and raised. UT is my team. My home Temple is
Lubbock and I can cheer for Tech when I want to. OU is just the devil. They
have what it takes to be National Champ. BYU fans, I am sorry, but unless you
flat out mow OU down, stomp on them, chew them up and spit them out again and
then continue to beat the tar out of them with your second string, your hopes of
a National Championship are going to be blown on opening day.I love
the Church. I want my son to go to BYU when he returns from his mission. He is
not a football player. If he were, I'd do my best to steer him to Texas and I'd
flat disown him if he went to OU. BYU is a great school and I am proud of it,
but not its football team.
"I admire the BYU fan's courage and desire to win, but frankly, there's no
chance for them to win. Especially this year, our team and fans have a winning
tradition and attitude that can't be overcome by the competition, especially the
likes of a Mountain West Conference team like BYU. You MWC fans think you're
intense, well, it's nothing like, not even in the ballpark like OU's intensity.
Just read part of OU's fight song:I'm a Sooner born And a
Sooner bred, And when I die I'll be Sooner dead. Rah,
Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma! O-K-U! Now that's
intense!"I'll bet you told the same thing to Boise St. a few years
back. First, it takes more than a fight song to win games. Seond, no team is
invisible, and thinking you are makes you more vulnerable. Go
The OU game is going to be - in a word - UGLY for the Y. I'm fearful of a 28+
blowout and humiliation on national TV. Why did BYU even schedule this game???
Last year Texas won against OU 45-35... Texas went on to win against Ohio State
24-21 in the Fiesta Bowl. That was a close game and Ohio State only lost
because they made a lot of mistakes at the end of the game. Ohio state is a
team that had close games last year with teams like Ohio (26-14), Minnesota
(34-21), Wisconsin (20-17), Illinois (30-20)and a big lost to USC (35-3). Now,
Ohio State was good... but to have a close games with some of the teams I just
mentioned and then come into the Fiesta Bowl and almost win against Big 12 power
house texas longhorns. Point is, you don't know what to expect. Big 12 looks
very good when playing eachother, but they do not look as impressive when
matched against other conferences. BYU needs to avoid the touch down shoot out
type of game that OU and Oklahoma state had last year. They don't want to try
to out-do Sam Bradford. The goal should be to slow OU down... same as Ohio
State's Defense slowed Texas down.
First. There is no longhorn, nor has there ever been a longhorn fan who would
wish anything for Oklahoma other than to have them whipped and whipped bad.
Hook-em Horns Baby! So, weewilly and Utefan, try to write something with your
own name, at least we know to skip over the stupidity.Second. Last
time BYU played the all powerful OZ, oops, I mean OU, they were sent out of
Tucson with their tails between their legs...so much for the 'mighty OU football
program'.Last. Miami was ranked #1 preseason. Texas was top 10. A&M
was top 20 before falling out of the polls. And they all lost. UDUB was ranked
end of season #2 and pre-season top 5 and left Provo bruised, battered and
embarrassed. USC was behind at half. But they, unlike the above 4, actually
pulled it out at the end. Why would any intelligent sports fan think the BYU
team would be shy or worried to play BIG 12, SEC, ACC, PAC10 or any other 'has
been' conference? The worst loss BYU has had in 3 years was from TCU first and
the U second. Bring it Sooners!
As a Longhorn I hate OU, but you have to respect the damage they can do. The
Sooners are not going to have an off day after the thumping they received from
Florida. They will be a serious force to reckoned with. I give USU a much
better chance against the U than the Y has against OU.The real
excitement in college football this year will be to see what happens in the
title race between McCoy Bradford and Tebow. It will be explosive. The BYU v
OU game will just be a small side note.As for the best
quarterback in the nation comments, my money is on Colt. No other player has
meant more to his team since . . . oh yeah Vince Young in the Rose Bowl. Here's
to a #5 championship season.HOOKEM!!!
I've actually seen it. BYU is clearly on the schedule but no OU fans are talking
about it. They're probably talking as much about us as we talked about playing
Northern Iowa to start the season last year.BYU needs to GET
UP for this game, big time. I am assuming that's what they mean in the way they
write the article. It wouldn't surprise me if OU looks at this game the same way
we look at playing UNLV. We say we need to focus but we know if we go out there
and play we'll win. BYU needs to come out swinging and set the tone for the
game. If both teams play hard and mistake free, OU wins the game. But, if both
teams play hard and OU makes mistakes, while BYU plays mistake free, BYU can win
this game. Here's to hoping.
Last year before the sugar bowl, no rational college football follower believed,
with good reason, that Utah would beat Alabama. Now before I get stoned by Utah
fans, many rational people believed that Utah could win. BYU also
has a similar chance this year. BYU can win. They probably won't but they can.
If 1) Oklahoma underestimates BYU, like Alabama underestimated Utah, 2) If
Oklahoma isn't motivated, like Alabama wasn't motivated last year, 3) If BYU
comes out of the blocks strong and accumulates a couple touchdown lead early,
like Utah did last year, Then BYU has a very good chance of pulling
off the upset. Is it probable? Absolutely not. Oklahoma is significantly more
motivated than Alabama was and is less likely to be caught of guard in light of
Utah's fabulus performance against Alabama.Is it possible?
Definately. Max Hall is capable of lighting up almost any defence and with a
wealth of talent and experience in the skills positions surrounding him, the
offence will be difficult to stop. BYU's defence has the potential to slow down
the Sooners. Critics say their slow, but the 2006&2007 teams were slower, yet
This could be a really intense game if BYU plays with the right mindset. One of
my favorite games ever was the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. There was a tangible intensity
about the game. Both teams played with a big chip on their shoulder. OU because
they were "stuck" playing Boise, and Boise because they knew they weren't
respected coming into the game. If BYU plays aggressive and hits
hard that's the best chance we've got. If we come out expecting to loose we
will. If we play our tails off and loose than so be it. I would rather that we
loose biting and scratching for 4 quarters than to just curl up in the fetal
position and die. LET'S GO COUGARS!!!
For all of you BYU fans that think OU isn't even thinking about BYU and that
there are no stories at OU about the BYU game you could never be more wrong. I
found this article through the OU site. I read another article before this one
about what BYU is doing in their practices that had nothing to do or even
mentioned OU in the article but was posted on the OU site. Trust me OU will
definitely be prepared for this game!
Lets see, TCU crushed the y and OU was on cruise control against TCU last year.
Interesting.Now you have the Heisman winner from last year that was
embarassed in the title game coming out with a huge chip on his shoulder. A
team that averaged 51 points last year playing against the most grossly
over-rated team from last year.Well, as a cougar fan if you don't
fear this game, maybe you're the type of special individual that would climb
over the lion's fence at the zoo saying here kitty kitty. The only
ones to be surprised by the Dallas thrashing will be the blue cougar fans still
dreaming about 1984.The Dallas game will a good tune up for OU,
nothing more. Look on the bright side, at least it wont be as brutal as when
Texas travels to Wyoming.
As one of the OU faithful I'd like to apologize to BYU fans for some of the
ridiculous remarks from other "supposed" OU fans. IMHO, it is an honor to be
playing a school with such a prestigious history in college football as BYU. My
guess is, the academic requiremeents of BYU prevent many top athletes off
campus. That doesn't take away from the prestige of the school and football
program in my mind.Some BYU fans seem to be questioning the school's
sanity scheduling such a powerful opponent. My feeling is, the BYU
coaches/officials obviously want to compete at the top level and know the only
way to becomes the best is to play the best!Lastly, I'm a bit
surpised to see so many longhorn followers posting smack here. But then, that's
the way they roll.
re: OU FanDidn't the mighty Bobby Fischer disappear for years at a time?
I seem to recall a lot of "experts" last season saying Utah shouldn't even be on
the same field as Alabama. On paper, OU should easily handle BYU. The game is
played on the field for a reason. Until the game clock hits zero, BYU still has
a chance! Go BYU!
I think it is hilarious that at this time of year armchair quarterbacks come out
of the wood works and start making predictions. This game will be won or lost on
the field. No matter what either teams fans say, the scoreboard will be the
ultimate decider... period. It is fun to have playful banter on these blogs, but
in reality it never changes the outcome of the game. I am really looking forward
for the chance BYU has to play Oklahoma. That is all i'm going to say. And to
all of you Utah fans that constantly check BYU blogs and articles, you had a
great season last year and in 2004. Quit preaching to BYU fans for remembering
1984. We all need to live in the present and see what this season brings...
Homework for the Oklahoma and Texas fans posting: Go check and see what your
schools' all-time record against BYU is. Then report back. Thanks.
For the posters questioning why BYU would schedule Oklahoma: Oh, come on. Stop
cringing in your little corners and act like grownups. This is football, for
crying out loud!Of course BYU wants to play the best if they're
claiming to be among the best. You find out just how good you are that way. If
you lose, especially big, you know you've got work to do. And if you win, you
know you're doing something right. There's no shame in playing the
best in college football, even if you lose. The REAL shame is losing to the
teams you know you ought to beat if you were playing better. (As in several BYU
games against ranked and unranked opponents alike during the Crowton years--and
fine, maybe even all three losses last year, but certainly Arizona.)So enough chatter about how good we are (and aren't, from the trolls and fair
weather fans). Let's play the darn games and find out.BTW: You UT
and OU fans are absolutely classy compared to the smackers from Utah/BYU. Sure
wish the fans in Utah would grow up someday.
A number of you have commented that the Cougars intensity, desire and hard work
will fuel an upset. I hate to break it to you but hard work cannot begin to
compensate for the talent disparity that there will be on the field that day. I
know the there are quality men on the BYU team and they have been schooled that
effort will win out in the end but this is a myth. It's sort of like the old
joke, "How does a BYU grad make a million dollars," answer, "Work a million
hours." Sorry, but the work ethic just isn't enough.
All this prediction of the future is useless chatter. No one knows what's going
to happen.After taking all the crap BYU did last year for opening
their season against a lower-level team, I'm glad they are taking on a tough
team this year.And anyone who follows college football knows teams
from the MWC have a history of surprising big teams--it happens every year. Not
every time, but it happens enough to keep the big teams honest.One
thing is for sure, this game will be worth watching. Go Cougars!
When is the last time that BYU won a big game that could really help the
program? Ernest T. Bass, your comments are not even funny.BYU is going into the game with a huge opportunity to quiet the mouths of the
UTE fans on here. Problem is, I don't see any confidence in your quarterback's
talk. Sorry this game is over before it starts.
Folks, these games are played on the field not on comment boards. We are way too
early in the season for anyone to predict how good a team is going to be. No one
predicted that Utah would finish at no 2 with a ligitmate case for No 1. No one
thought BYU would fold late in the season after a 56-0 tromping of UCLA.OU looks good on paper. They have experience and talent. BYU has a
Senior quarterback and an experienced offense. If BYU's defense can improve over
last year this could be a terrific game.Footballs are funny things.
They are oddly shaped and bounce in strange ways. A funny bounce or timely break
can change the course of a game. Football is way too chaotic for easy
predictions. I love the fact that BYU opens against a nationally
ranked oppoent. OU is exactly the kind of team we need to play year end and year
out. There is no better way to see the progress of the program.So,
let's put away our big mouths, show some respect for our opponents and
appreciate some college football.
The head coach of OU in years past complained about the BYU players being about
3 years older,and it was a maturity advantage. I think he has a point,when I was
21 and in Vietnam I was a bit more mature than guys 18 in my squad,they might
shoot first and ask questions later. "Rifles up"
Hey OU fan - All Time Records, head to head: BYU = 1 OU = zipjust so you know.
I believe last time we played OU, we beat them handily. It might not be so easy
this time, but it can be done. I will be in Arlington, just like I was in Provo
when we beat Miami. We have done it before, we can do it again.OU is
fast, but like in the Cotton Bowl, Kansas was supposed to be faster. Our defense
will step up and shut them down like we did in the Copper Bowl and our offense
will shine. Mckay will have loads of fans and will turn a bomb into a touch
down.It will be great to see Hall outshine Bradford like Detmer did
Erickson?Do we live in the past? No, we remember it and learn from
it.Keep the turnovers in the positive for BYU and this is a winnable
gameWe did it before, we can do it again.
Lamb before the Slaughter. BYU is dead meat!!! This is going to be hard to
watch. Hopefully the team will be able to rebound.
"Psych" - Thanks you so much for your incisive analysis. I'm sure we all feel
better now and will elevate our performances as a result of you wisdom.
too long...didn't read
As a Ute fan, I hope all Cougar players and fans realize the implications of
this game. Win or loose if it is respectable, (within7) BYU can still have
hopes of a BCS bid, as well as set up TCU and Utah for the same if one of the
three runs the table or finishes with one loss. SO please BYU for once, step up
and play a big game against a non conference opponent. Good Luck. GO
This game is going to be our Alabama. We are going to sock them so hard in the
face early on that they won't ever be able to recover.BYU will
dominate this game mark my words.
Don't be a hater because I am a Ute fan, but seriously, you guys are going to
have some major trouble with OU. "IF" you make one mistake you will lose? name
one game where any team hasn't made a mistake. BYU needs to get themselves a
respectable testimony about winning. Much respect to you cougs this year
though, see you in Nov.
OU is going to pound the kewgs. It will be over by halftime and BYU will
embarass themselves on national TV AGAIN. OU is returning one of the top QB's
in the nation and a great O-line. BYU defense is so slow it probably could not
slow down Bingham High School. I forsee a 2008 TCU - BYU game like outcome.
Kewgs will score their only points in the 4th qtr against OU backups. How is
BYU's matador, stuck in the mud defense going to fare against the team that
basically led the country last year in offense and returns the Heisman winning
If BYU could borrow Utah's defense for the OU game then they would actually have
a chance. That is as long as Maxi pad doesn't through to the crimson.
I have been to games in Norman back in the dark days (Schnellenberger and
Blake). Yeah, they have talent. But talent alone does not win it for you.
Last time I checked, BYU wiped the filed with the Sooners the only time the
teams met. Who had the better 'talent'? Yeah, it is 2009, and OU is really,
really good. But they are also beatable. Every team is. And the Sooners
looking past BYU is exactly what I want to hear. All I know is that TCU went
in Norman a few years ago and won. And no one gave them a chance. And this BYU
team is better than that TCU team was.
For what? For giving up 70 points?Mike
This ought to be a good game.Go Cougars!
Funny how easy words just slipped by you. I was referencing the obvious Utah vs.
BYU speed and athleticism, but you just didn't see that. Sorry for your obvious
mental impairment. No question Alabama was and is very talented. Also:
"deceptively talented and speedy Utah"--another hard one for you to get--sneaked
up on Alabama. That means Alabama was surprised!For your information
and read this carefully maybe three or four times so you can retain just a
little:Both Utah and Alabama had 4 draft choices in last year's
draft, to help you that means "deceptively talented Utah." Utah had three
skilled guys Sean Smith-CB 4.5 40, Brice McCain CB 4.28 40 and Freddie Brown who
only caught 12 passes against the, to you, so much more talented Alabama team.
Paul Kruger was the other pick at DE, another quick big guy 5.0 40.Alabama had two behemoth linemen taken and two skilled guys one back 4.58 40
and one safety at 4.53. Obviously a talented crew.So to review for
your cloudy brain; the reference was Utah vs. BYU and deceptively means: weren't
looking for it.
I'm not a BYU fan. Not even if they were the only team from UTAH to make a Bowl
game. I wouldn't watch it or care if they won or not, but I get tired of these
college minor league's for the NFL schools that without a football program would
be a community college or junior college. Most of these kind of schools players
don't belong in college and only because they can run a 4.2 are recruited. I
know at BYU, student athletes get a proper education and moral foundation. OU
talked a big game last year and I don't remember watching them win a National
Championship. If BYU wins that's great, it they lose, well, that great too.
I'm just ready for some football. Both teams come into the first game of a
season undefeated. Anything can happen from there. Neither team is going to just
lie down. Teams have to will their way to every victory against programs like
BYU or Oklahoma. These programs win most every game they play. But someone has
to lose. I just can't wait until the pigskin flies; hopefully it
bounces my team's way all day long. But talk aside, and win or lose, its going
to be great to see two great college football programs back in action, playing
the story out on the field where it belongs and where it matters. And this one
has the makings of a great story: Oklahoma is a great team and may
even be the very best team this year, but they haven't beaten anyone just yet.
If BYU gets its way, BYU may prove to be the best team Oklahoma faces all year.
September 5th will be the start of a great season for each team, because both
are great teams regardless. For the winner the season will just be that much
better. Go Cougars!
And yet, all the talent in the world WITHOUT hard work and discipline is
absolutely useless... and don't sell BYU's talent short before you've actually
seen it at work. Maybe it'll be good enough and maybe it won't, but let's take a
look first, shall we?As you doubtless know from your expertise in
football, the team that gets to play its own game generally wins. That might
well be Oklahoma--the odds and smart money, as it were, are certainly on that.
But don't count out a surprise from BYU. It's happened before. (Next post--a Ute
troll will say that it would truly be surprising if BYU actually pulled it off.)
:)We'll see what happens on the field, one way or the other!
I'm a die hard Ute and graduate but I truly hope the Zoobs can put up a good
showing and maybe give themselves a shot at pulling this out by staying close
into the 4th qtr.It's the first game of the year and anything is
possible especially with the experience you guys have on offense.Just don't embarass yourselves and the rest of the league.
Gee, if Boise State can beat the Sooners, the Cougs ought to be able to poke out
their spokes, don't ya think?
I really expect the Y to win. Maybe I'm fanish but I think the BcS teams are
overrated. BYU has a great chance to show everyone we are a real football school
and we have held up the conference more than anyone else wants to admit. I would
love nothing else than for us to go undefeated and TCU, OU and FSU to only have
1 loss the U with 2 and BYU get left out of the National Championship. That
would really put the pressure on the NCAA to cut the B(c)S and have a playoff
already. It would be fitting since most people think it is because of BYU that
it was started, that we would end it. The only positive from the BcS
is I HAVE to root for everyone in the conference. I even have to hope Alex
Smith stops being a bust and finally comes through. I wish the U could have
played for the NC and in the old system they probably would have won it, oh
well. The quest to destroy the monopoly continues. Let's all bring down the BcS
The reason we see so much about theOu-Byu game in Utah is because we really
can't get excited for the powerhouse the Fr(Utes) get to play in their
BYU 3OK 56
What are you talking about? Explain what you mean by "I get tired of these
college minor league's for the NFL schools that without a football program would
be a community college or junior college"? Be specific... which schools are you
I was born and raised in Nebraska so I should be a died in the wool cornhusker
fan; Im not because I am a die hard utah fan.OU usually beat the crap out of
nebraska many times and nebraska won a few times. OU is nothing to reckon with
and they are a power house. If byu can get it togther it would be cool if the
cougs won. I think it would be funny if OU got sent packing home to Norman.
Good luck cougs and go U of U.
All i can say is this and i promise i will never say it again.... I promise is
BYU 28ou 24
We would have blown TCU out of water last year if we had run every down.
NOTHING WRONG WITH RUNNING EVERY DOWN. Think outside the box. Our O-line
outweighed TCU by 80-100 pounds per guy!!!! And we try and pass, and end up
throwing picks and having QB fumble. ONE THING I LEARNED FROM UTES LAST
YEAR, THEY LET GAME COME TO THEM, DON'T TRY AND WIN A GAME IN 1ST QUARTER,
JUST PLAY SUPER CONSERVATIVE BALL UNTIL THE 4TH. JUST PLAY FIELD POSITION,
BETTER TO PUNT PUNT PUNT THAN TO TURN BALL OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN PLAYING A BRAND
OF FOOTBALL WE HAD NO BUSY PLAYING AGAINST THE UTES AND HORNFROGS.
I'm Utah red through and through but I was pulling hard for the Cougars in their
bowl game and was very angry at their lame effort. If BYU goes out and loses by
35 it will completely negate the Utes effort in the Sugar Bowl just like
Hawaii's bowl humiliation destroyed the work Utah and Boise State had done.
Come on Cougars, pull your weight and quit living off the work of the team up
"BYU 28 OU 24"With 7 returning starters on D you better hope the
other 4 are NFL prospects otherwise D will get rolled just like it did last year
againt UNLV, CSU, UofA, and Washington!
I will tell you BYU fans this..OU will be fine w/their O-Line and the WR's.
They will be ready. OU's O-coordinator stated that OU must be ready to play
because BYU is coming to town, No room for error. OU has been practing with a
sence of urgency as well. So long as OU runs the ball well, they will be fine.
I kknow BYU will not be scared. OU will be ready.
come on, ou was the highest scoreing offense in the hestory of football last
year, yes they lost a few players but they have alot of skilled players
returning, and then there D only lost two starters, look at what they did to
texas tech, not to mention in the first five games they took out five QB's for
atleast series, same D line returning, same LB'ers retuning, i think byu is
replaceing four o linemen? if thats the case then i wish max the best of
luck coming out unscafed,
As a "true sooner fan" I just want to say that the OU football program
respects BYU and all of their opponents and that 99% of the OU fans do
also.Don't judge the sooner nation just because a few loud mouths like to
boast.Believe me, this is a great match up for both teams to start the season
off with. I wish more teams played a tougher schedule.I think it makes the teams
better...win or lose.Kudos to both programs for scheduling the game.
Max Hall does relatively well throwing for slightly over 300 yards and gets some
high praise from the big time announcers. Dennis Pitta shows his stuff but
bottom line the Sooners are too fast and too good. Their defense gives up some
chunks but OU's offense led by Sam Bradford overwhelms the Y for a comfortable
Someone posted a comment that BYU would be the toughest game OU plays all
season? WHAT?BYU is a solid team BUT they will rank somewhere above
Idaho State, maybe Tulsa and Baylor... the other 9 on the schedule will be more
difficult than BYU! I'm not saying BYU can't win, anyone can beat
anyone, but lets not make more of this game than what it is... a pre-season,
non-conference game for both teams!!!The real novelty is the stadium
in which they'll play.
In that venue, against that team, wide-eyed, lambs to the slaughter.
Max Hall will be MVP of the game. He will be OK MVP like he was for Utah last
BYU will lose to OU because BYU has too many students on their team.
Like Nick Saban, Stoops only melts down in big games at the end of the season.
One thing the cougars probably won't have that the Utes had is Nick Sabanesque
arrogance. It's great the Utes earned some respect for the conference, but I
fear that means the element of surprise is gone.
BYU 2OK 77
Love how no one is mentioning OU's new offensive line. Samford will get sacked
a few times. BYU is good at getting pressure at the QB.
Eric Moutsos said: OK should be very afraid. A team with nothing to lose is a
dangerous team. :)
re: OHIOBYUFan | 8:31 a.m. Aug. 11, 2009 //I think BYU can win.//
I know BYU maybe in it for a qusarter//Especially if our
defense steps up to the challenge since OU offense is weak//The team
with the player that should've won the Heisman and probably will this year. The
team with a RB corps that the Zoobs can only dream about.BYU's
defense? The same one that handed AZ the LV Bowl and has NEVER stopped let alone
contained a fast athletic team?
re: RR | 4:45 p.m. Aug. 12, 2009 //Love how no one is mentioning
OU's new offensive line.//OU just reloads. What about BYU's
inexperienced OL? How well did their experienced do when it one counted last yr?
//Samford will get sacked a few times.//You mean Sam
Bradford? //BYU is good at getting pressure at the QB.//Enough Max Hall dishing out ice cream after team scrimmages.
Vegas has Oklahoma by 21.5Fans on faniq15% like BYU85% like OklahomaBronco is dull and just doesn't light the fire of
intensity that produces champions. Oklahoma is very tired of the
"Choklahoma" stigma. My guess- Oklahoma 55 BYU 21
First, I doubt that OU Fan is really an OU fan. I suspect he is Cougar in
Sooner clothing. I agree with "Hit First, Hit Hard," the key to a BYU victory
is to hit first and hit hard. That is exactly what Florida did to them and OU
played like little girls the rest of the game. BYU can definitely win this
Dallas is about 2 or 3 hours from Norman. That is like a quick road trip for
Sooner fans to fill that stadium. OU 45 BYU 17.
As long as BYU doesn't get embarrased, this will be a great game.BYU ALL
I'm as fervent an OU fan as exits; BYU did beat us once; that was then, this is
now. OU has one of its best teams of all time for OU, this is not going to be an
upset, though not a pushover either, BYU, will be tough, we like that.the
boise game was against an avg OU team, Utah beat ALA after their emotional loss
in the big SEC game.This one is almost a home game for OU and many of its
players; BYU will show up and play strong and lose by 3 to 7 tds most likely 3
or 4 as it will not be an easy game for OU unless OU jumps em early, then no
limit.When OU has time to focus on a team (but for the BCS games
admittedly) we usually beat them very badly and for the idiot who said OUs
offense is weak, he will get tired of seeing our guys in their end zone with the
ball in their hands; oh and the scoreboard......last yr OU had the highest
scoring team in NCAA history.....7 starters back on offense.........duhhh