I'm a diehard Sooner fan, and have been since 1982, but I also have a lot of
respect for the BYU program. It is has always been a classy program with really
outstanding fans/supporters/etc. For this reason, I don't want to see them get
blown out. I want to see a good game, one that keeps us all at the edge of our
seats. I want to see my Sooners win, but I want it to be a battle. I understand
the need for a blowout win vs a top 20 team, but I would rather see a game that
both programs can be proud of and that ESPN will talk about for
days/weeks/months afterward as being one of the greatest games played. BYU fans,
I wish you and your team luck this weekend and this season. Boomer
Sooner! Let's play ball.
1) Playing outside OU's home field. Yes it is in Dallas but it's more of a
neutral site than people think - LOTS of Mormons live here.2) Lots
has been written about BYU losing O-line players and seasoned players - this
could play towards complacency (for OU).3) OU will be breaking in a
fairly inexperienced O-line. Talented 'yes', experienced 'not so much'.4) OU will be breaking in a new wide receiver corp. Is Bradford a Heisman
winner 'yes', but does he have a 'rhythm' with them yet? Game day experience is
the only antidote for that.5) BYU and the fan base is a very classy
act. We have OUr obnoxious fans, but I really hope the fan bases of both
schools respect the tradition of each other. It is an honor to host a really
talented team in the new Cowboys stadium and my hope is all BYU fans leave with
an appreciation and respect for OU's team and fans. Respect = Humility = Hard
Work = Preparation = Making Your Own Luck = Success
If we can play Oklahoma the way we played UCLA, this could be a really good
game. I'm not saying we'll win, but we need to play with that same fire to stay
in it. OU fans are giving BYU a lot more respect and credit than the
Utah fans are. I don't think that should surprise me but I think that's really
To finish your point: BYU thoroughly beat Utah last year except on the
scoreboard. Darn it all.
"Ummm" needs to read Dick Harmon's column about the supposedly "weak" defenses
in the Big 12. He might be surprised to learn that, statistically speaking, OU
had the third best defense in the league (99th against the pass, not total
defense, btw.) Texas and Nebraska were marginally better (although the vaunted
Texas team was even worse against the pass). Does the Big 12 have lousy
defenses? Hardly. These top teams have great defenses. So what gives? Last
year (and this year, too ) the Big 12 had really dynamic offenses and gifted
quarterbacks (McCoy, Harrell, Daniel, Reesing, Freeman, Robinson, and, of
course, Bradford) running spread offenses. Example: OU played Missouri 3 times
in two years and beat them every time, but Chase Daniel and WR Jeremy Macklin
still racked up the yards. BYU fans, of all people, should know why: A
properly executed spread offense with superior players is impossible to shut
down completely. Bad news, Cougar fans: OU played Texas Tech late
in the season when Tech was ranked #1 in the country and Graham Harrell led the
nation in passing offense. What happened? OU crushed them, 65 to 21. The same
defense take the field against BYU.
Boomer, I agree Oklahoma has more paper talent than BYU, but your statement
about nobody on BYU cracking your 2-deep is a bit insane. I'll bet the
following would all be on your 2-deep and your coaches would readily admit as
much.OFFENSEMax HallHarvey Unga (would start)Manase TongaDennis PittaAndrew GeorgeMatt Reynolds (would
start)RJ Willing (would start)Terence BrownNick AllettoMcKay Jacobsen (would start)O'Neill ChambersSPECIAL TEAMSRiley Stephenson (would start)DEFENSEJan Jorgensen (would
start)Vic So'otoRussell TialaveaBrett DenneyAndrew Rich
(would start)Brandon BradleyThere is a reason that Oklahoma is
and should be favored. That reason is superiority in the secondary and at LB.
However, I think you will find that BYU's DL will give your OL trouble and that
BYU's OL is better than any others in the Big 12 sans Texas. The BYU team you
will face in Dallas is probably deeper and more talented than the Boise State
team you lost to in the Fiesta Bowl. Games like that are why we bother to line
JUCO corners on opening day against OK.They will both be so "tight"
you could use them for guitar strings.One or two bombs thrown over
or under these two might make them tentative all year.BYU's 59-0
whitewash of UCLA might look like a competitive game compared to what awaits the
COUGARS in Texas.
I think your right. a lot of people make this out to be more than it is.
college football is great, no matter what it looks like on paper you still have
to play the game. demographics boys, demographics. from what population base
is BYU drawing its recruits ? and what for Oklahoma ? if you are looking at
this from a purely on paper perspective , BYU has no chance. However, thats
why we play the games. YOU NEVER NO WHAT CAN HAPPEN. first game of the season
last year Tom Brady go's down taking the patriots hopes with him. How foolish
it is for MWC teams fans to root against teams in its own conference. What
happend to Alabama last year against the Utes ? if you think the Utes are that
much better than BYU you are just being foolish. BYU has been a dominate team
in the MWC and the Wac for a long time. Prior to last year they were back to
back MWC champs with no conference losses. WAKE UP ! and put down your
prejudices. Get behind your MWC teams and wish them all the best, Until they
play your team.
I am a Sooner, born and raised, and a life-long fan of OU. I am glad that
Stoops and OU work out games with schools such as BYU that are strong teams -
and that , yes, do not get the respect they deserve. We may play one gratuitous
weak team OOC each year, to help that team bring in the majority of their
football revenue for the year, but OU does not regularly schedule to play
outclassed teams to rack up sure victories. Scheduling BYU is serious and lays
it on the line. This should be a good game. I am sorry if you cannot now bring
the best of your best to the game, but this happens to everyone in big games.
And, as a previous poster stated: Win or lose you can hold up your heads, and
you will be the stronger team for it even with a loss. No cup cakes!! I respect
youyr program and what you have done and do, year by year. And I think a lot a
people out there respect your school and conference more than you think or know.
BYU should do the OBvious:Recruit big fast recievers and convert
them to cornerbacks.5'9 corners can not cover the 6'3 recievers!
BYU had trouble with speedy,athletic teams last year. Although they did recruit
several fast athletes, they won't make a significant impact this early.TCU and Utah proved that it takes more speed and more athleticism to compete
with the big boys. It will take Bronco several more years of solid recruiting
to catch TCU and Utah. 21.5 points is probably fair. BYU lost by 25 to TCU and
24 to Utah last year. Don't forget, TCU lost by 25 points to Oklahoma last year
with all their speed and athleticism.Don't expect any miracles this
year. The lack of speed was exposed last year by faster, more athletic teams.
To: optimistIf bills is the best safety ever to come out of Utah high
school why isn't he starting, or does that just prove that cougar coaches are
poor recruiters and Timpview players are overrated. It seems there are 2 guys
from Utah high schools that are ahead of him on the depth chart. The fact is
Weber States top 7 defensive backs are better than YBU's top 7 defensive backs.
Living with it is rough isn't it.
I would take your year to hand out bibles now......sooners are going to
roll.....give you all the benefit of the doubt 56 - 10.....Sooners.
You're starting to sound like those arrogant Alabama fans that led to the beat
down of the tide. Keep it up.
Bronco and practice observers say that this year's corners are in fact better.
Aguirre had 11 picks and something like 4 blocked kicks in JC ball. He's
insanely athletic.BYU's best corner last year was Scott Johnson. He
started at the more cerebrally challenging boundary corner spot and played
reasonably well. He could be moved back to that spot at any time if there is a
need and the best safety to ever come out of Utah HS football (Craig Bills)
could fill his spot. The fact that this hasn't yet happened tells me Bronco is
pretty darn pleased with Aguirre. The fact that Aguirre is still playing
boundary when he was recruited as a field corner tells me he's pretty happy with
Logan too. Eason may have the most potential of any, but it may be best to
redshirt him. At some point he will be a starter and likely all-MWC performer.
Blue Boy, a "Heisman Prospect" I believe he won... Oh and now he is running
the option as well. So the best QB, TE, LT in the country on offense. The best
DT, Gerald McCoy, and DE rotation in the country. The other guys are just all
Big-12! I dont think anyone on BYU would scratch our 2 deep.
Love the comments on how Oklahoma has all these guys coming back from last year.
Would that include the guys on the #99-ranked Oklahoma defense? BYU's defense,
as bad as it was, was 74th. BYU was #1 in the country last year on 1st down,
which leads to short yardage opportunities on 2nd and 3rd down, which leads to
1st downs, which leads to controlling the clock and keeping the OU offense off
the field. Even the Ute fans know that BYU was making last year's rivalry game
a nail-biter as long as the Cougs kept the ball on the ground (8.something yards
per carry for the game). It was only when Anae started calling for more passes
from Max that things fell apart.You still win the games by scoring
more points, and if BYU can hold onto the ball and score points against the
99th-best defense in 1-A football, they have a good chance at winning this one.
8-5,,,,,,,,,,,, You had me until I read Utah and UNLV.......... NO way
I am not in favor of playing Oklahoma. I'd rather play northern iowa for a
guarnteed win. That way we cougars can start the season right(eous).
I've got BYU at 8-5 too. Losses to Oklahoma, Florida State, Utah, TCU and UNLV.
A bad season is in store. DB's alone will account for 3 losses. BYU will go
on paper, BYU is throughly outmatched. But you just never know. With a
(potentially) explosive offense, they could hang, keep the OU offense off the
field. We shall see. The whole MWC will be cheering for the cougs.
This is not good. In fact, it's VERY not good.That means lots of attempts
and opportunities for Hall and Co. and that means lots of sacks.This is
going to hurt.Meb
See if you can hold the Sooners under 70 with that weak secondary. And to anyone
who thinks that Cougs +21.5 is "money" you are correct. It's money for those who
lay money on OK.I'll bet it's 21-3 after 1, 31-6 after 2, then the
flood gates open and it starts getting ugly.I'd not be surprised to see at
least 60 from the Sooners.And that's not anti-BYU smack, that, my
painfully puritanical friends, is REALITY.It's going to be hard to
watch. And I graduated from BYU in '99. I'm as big and blue a fan as there is,
but I started losing money betting with my heart instead of my head.Skyler in St. George
Hall better stick to throwing to the boundary side. He will get one taken to
the house if he throws to Dom's side. OU has 5 DLinemen that will get drafted
in the next 2 years. If your Oline is new, LOOK OUT.CB is the wrong
position to be worried about on defense. Sam will wear you out if you can't
cover. Florida gave OU problems last year because they could jam them and still
run with the WR's. Gresham will be open early and often. You just
can't cover him, ask Florida. OU just messed up and stopped getting him the
ball in the redzone.
"Asked the difference between the field and boundary corner spots, Mendenhall
explained that field corner "is the easiest to learn but the most demanding
athletically. The boundary corner is comparable to what the rest of the spots
are. The learning is difficult there.""Just how did that answer the
question and explain the difference? Lots of words, no meaning. No wonder the
kids are confused in chaotic situations.
The fact is that the top 7 defensive backs(corners & safeties) at Weber are
better than the top 7 defensive backs at YBU.
Re: "Even the home game against Fla St isn't looking good."No
kidding, that's a sure loss. What we need to focus on is the Tulane game. If
we're getting murdered by OU we should take out Hall, Unga, Pita and Jacobsen
before they get hurt. If we don't win the Tulane game, it's an 0-3 start and
who knows where it spirals from there? Tulane is winnable but not if our stars
are hurt. It's time to be realistic like a MASH doctor in triage. OU and
Florida State are losses, win the game you can.
2 inexperienced corners vs. Oklahoma = A big BYU loss. I'm sure our new guys
will give it all they have. It's unfortunate they're opening against Oklahoma.
If Brandon Bradley can't go at all, I think the Cougs start out 1-2 in the first
Did you just say "The Cougs seem to play better early in the season"? Ummm...all
of your losses (with the exception of last year) in 2006 and 2007 seasons came
from your early non-conference games! Do you have a change against OU? Of
course. Any team has a chance to win any game. But is it probable? Not really.
OU is bringing back almost all of their team from last year including heisman
winner Bradford. BYU, on the other hand, lost the #1 receiver in the country,
don't have an experience O-line, and lost their last 2 games when they HAD
Collie and Reed and an O-line last year. I agree nothing can be said
preseason before games are played. But be realistic Cougs. It's just not looking
good. I'm a fan of the Mountain West and want everyone to do well considering we
have an amazing non-conference schedule. But just try not to embarrass us too
If the BYU corners can't handle "iMax," how are they going to handle a Heisman
prospect from Oklahoma?Even the home game against Fla St isn't
The tradition continues. BYU is nothing if not consistant when it comes to
putting bad DBs on the field. The season hasn't even begun and they're already
to #2 on the depth charts.
It is a big jump from JC ball to D-1. I'm sure their head's were spinning going
against BYU's first team offense the last couple of weeks. The problem is that
going against Oklahoma's offense will be an additional step up in speed and
athleticism that simply cannot be duplicated until kickoff in Dallas. I'm afraid
there may be 3 quick tds on the board before our JC guys recognize they are not
in Provo anymore. I'm sure Buckner will be back to full speed soon but it is
dissapointing to hear that Bradley may be limping on and off all season. He is
the biggest and most athletic db we have had in years and just can't seem to get
and stay healthy.
Max Hall will NEVER make it to the NFL because he can't learn to spread the ball
around and look at one receiver (draw the defense) and then throw to another
receiver. It's the one thing he needed to do in the off season and he didn't do
it. It's also the reason we will lose to Oklahoma.You will all join me
with this complaint after we lose the game to Oklahoma. Max has tunnel vision
and will get rattled by Oklahoma's defense and start throwing the ball to the
right side of the field to Dennis Pitta and McKay Jacobsen and Oklahoma will be
prepared and defend the right side heavily and get a lot of interceptions. Max
will throw the ball into heavy coverage and ignore the other receivers. He just
showed it in the last couple of practices and that means he will be doing it all
year long. He will beat the bad teams and lose to the good ones. They all know
where he will be throwing the ball and he won't change it. We lose to Oklahoma;
Get some nonLDS players for the skill positions, get some big Utah farm boys for
the lines. Bronco is following the battle plan of a good coach.
Once again Max puts up great numbers in camp. He's going to set an all time
record for pass completion this year. Nobody completes 90% of their passes,
ever! Don't worry about Oklahoma. I know they can't handle Hall and our new
corners were some of the best in the country at JC. That's right! They are
fast and good. Faster than Utah!
BYU has a shot at winning this game. Why not? The Cougs seem to play better
early in the season. They have time to focus and prepare and they seem to have
the talent. DB is a big concern as is OL but I think they will get it worked
out. It's not like Oklahoma is unbeatable. The up-side of a win far outweighs
the downside of a loss. Can you imagine? But even a close loss wouldn't be that
big of a deal. This early in the season and with a tough remaining schedule the
cougs could sill recover and not be out of the BCS hunt.
Need to be more positive. Let's not plan to lose the first game of the season.
Playing Oklahoma is a win win situation. If BYU loses, they will be tougher.
Other teams will seem slower and not as good. If you want to beat Florida
State, get used to playing the big boys. I think BYU has a ligitamate shot. If
I was a betting man, I would put my money on BYU to beat the spread.
It seems that every year the big concern in our cornerbacks. BYU needs to get
really serious about that position, but I will save that post for January.
Why did we have to start with Oklahoma this year... but for that game, we could
have a perfect season. Instead we are going to bet a beat down. I hope we
leave with less than 2 injuries and no quarterback controversy. This will be
the 4th big game Max will lose in a row. The kid is already mentally fragile.
Why couldn't we have played OK last year or next year?
Pita plays for Oklahoma?
the corners, they are going to have to "grow up" very quickly facing Sam
Bradford, a couple of good wide-outs, and the best tight end in the nation.Go Cougs!!
I am almost sick to my stomache over the lack of respect we have received over
the years, but this team is special and oklahoma is in for a rude awakening.
21.5 points. Is was the vegas line is, that called free money of youbask me, I
hope the coaching staff has the courage to show this line to the players, it
would only serve a fuel to an unquenchabkle fire. I personally visualize an
upset. Nobody gave utah a prayer to beat alabama in the sugar bowl, and from the
coin toss total domination by the utes. These boys in the mountains can play