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Published: Thursday, Aug. 13 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Keys to Winning the BIG game 1

Oklahoma’s defense is capable of putting up 50 points a game easily (as seen last year). BYU’s offence isn’t going to win this game. If and when BYU wins this game it will be the BYU defense that will be holding the winnings. The BYU defense will have to hone their attack on an unproven OK offensive line, the only kink in a team ranked 3rd nationally. The BYU corners will have their hands full with extremely talented OK receivers. The defensive line and line backers are going to have to put up a package of pressure consisting of blitzes to get to QB and Heisman winner Sam Bradford. BYU safeties will have to cover the deep ball and help out the corners while showing in a few key blitzes. BYU safeties will be flying all over the field to win.

Keys to Winning the BIG game 2

They will have to be used in all conventional and nonconventional ways. There is no stopping the big play the Oklahoma offence will dish out. But the defense will have to keep their head in the game in spite of Oklahoma fire works. Applying pressure to the QB is essential. Something that has not been done, but that’s not to say it can’t be done.
BYU’s offence will have to contribute threw controlling the clock and scoring on every drive. The cougars will need a running game to chew up the clock and keep the ball out of the OK offensive hands. The game in Texas is essentially a home game for OK. Controlling the tempo and momentum of the game is not as essential as keeping control and momentum with in team.

Quest for Failure?

Ok, ok... I can try to understand the decision to not change the game preparation from one game to the next, but this is Oklahoma! It's not like the cougs are playing Utah State or Northern Iowa. What would have happened in the Sugar Bowl if the Utes would have prepared the same way? Definitely not a 31-17 beating that's for sure! Come'on Bronco, wake up and smell the decaffeinated coffee! Bronco, seriously... "The focus is still on us"? Football is a chess match, and exploiting the other team's weakness is crutial.

After Max Hall threw 1 or 2 interceptions against Utah, why didn't you change your offensive strategy? Why didn't you run more? Didn't you know that in the past 2 years against the Utes you were running all over the field? Why don't you find and exploit the weaknesses of Oklahoma? Why does ever other team in America watch film of the teams they play? Isn't that what coaches are supposed to do?

I sure hope we aren't preparing ourselves for failure...

"Same Approach"

Does that mean we can still expect slow, unathletic, skill position players?

Get up for this game!

Not even a poster of Sam Bradford with a bulls eye on it hanging by the D lines locker room? nothing?

COme on cougs. you need to get up for this game. Its the big game! The biggest of the season. Bigger than the one against that other red team up north.

no wonder why we have a 1-5000 record against ranked teams. nothing special to prepair for this special game?

Rise and shout the cougars are out! GO COUGARS!


Anybody remember the last time BYU opened the season against the #3 team on ESPN? BYU vs. Pittsburgh 1984.

Business as Usual

means the Cougs will lose to another ranked team in their quest for dominating mid-major.


"Anybody remember the last time BYU opened the season against the #3 team on ESPN? BYU vs. Pittsburgh 1984"

No, that was a long time ago. This is 2009! We need the win this year.

Big game is right

If BYU can get the job done at this game they have the skill to run the table. Just saying, this is the BIG GAME!


Oklahoma's defense is NOT all that great,

I would Look for a high scoring game where anything could happen.


Both BYU and Oklahoma have great Offences. It's the team who brings the deffence who is going to win this game.

Its all about who wants it more.

RE: Keys to winning th.....

"Oklahoma’s 'OFFENCE' is capable of putting up 50 points."


I know that the BYU defense has a goal of holding opponents to 24 points or less. I am not sure that is realistic against Oklahoma, a team was held under that total exactly 1 time last year by Florida. They were held under 40 only 3 times. And held under 50 only 4 times, with 49 being one of those scores. Basically, this team is an offensive juggernaut on the level of the early 80's BYU teams, only more skilled. But in order to win, BYU one to hold then under 35 which is a very tall order. I hope they can do it. If not, I hope the offense can keep up because they are going to have to be flawless.

If. . .

BYU plays very solid defense we can keep the Sooners at 35. That would be really good considering Oklahoma's offense. I would honestly be happy with a close 28-35 loss. I would be ecstatic with a win.

Business as usual? I can understand that rationale with conference games but this is a big game. A business as usual approach will not win this game. A business as usual approach is just walking in and thinking that if you just play football you will win. That's NOT how you win big games! I can see wanting to keep the players emotions in check and keep them focused on proper execution, but against a monster team like Oklahoma, there needs to be emotion and urgency to win the game. Controlled, focused, psyched up BYU players have a much better chance of winning than a just another day at the office attitude. I somewhat agree with Bronco's approach but there needs to be some flexibility and adaptation to the game plan come game day. And for heaven sakes GET EXCITED FOR THE GAME!!!

Ute Fan

Okay, I will admit it......we are jeolous of the Y getting the opportunity of playing against a #3 nationally ranked team.

This will be a rebuilding year for us and I only hope that we don't lose more than 4 games!!!!

Not business as usual

This is why BYU never beats the good teams, they act like it's business as usual. When you are playing a team that is better than you, you have to mix it up, you can't just be business as usual. The way you pull an upset is by pulling out all the tricks, think Boise St v OK in the Fiesta. Oklahoma is going to score and score a lot, BYU has a slim chances but must do the following three things 1) make at least one or two major special teams plays, 2) win the turnover battle 3) run trick plays all night long.


BYU's only real chance in this game is if OU's talented but relatively inexperienced O-line struggles. It's possible, if unlikely. Otherwise, it will be a long game for BYU. OU has tremendous players at the skill positions, and team speed on defense that will be very difficult for BYU's (even more) inexperienced O-line to handle. The defensive ends, in particular, will have Hall running for his life or on his back.

Regarding the comment that OU's defense isn't all "that great," I would agree that last year they had problems after losing Ryan Reynolds, the middle linebacker, in the second half of the Texas game. That was the one position where they didn't have depth, and every team thereafter tried to exploit it. Only Florida succeeded, mostly by running Tebow up the middle late in the game. But, Reynolds is back, fully rehabilitated, and his fellow linebackers have developed into formidable players. I don't see BYU scoring a lot of points against them.

And don't even get me started on what Bradford and the speedy OU receivers are going to do to BYU's smallish, juco-transfer defensive backs.

Howard S.

Bronco is so inspiring.

Not business as usual

This is why we seem to enter the conference schedule with 2 losses. This is why BYU is vunerable to good teams in the conference. Some teams need special preparation - like OU.


I'm traveling from Florida to attend this game. Unfortunately, the only thing Bronco seems to get excited about anymore are the Firesides the night before the games. What gives, this is football right? What are the requirements to be head coach at BYU? Wait, thats right, showing no emotion!

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