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Published: Monday, Aug. 29 2011 10:57 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Ole Miss 30
byu 17

Even a mediocre ole miss team is filled with "athletes."

This will be like the Florida State series all over again.

I can't wait!

IDC
Boise, ID

Yes, I read the article but enough already. Football season, please get here soon. Go Cougs!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

ESPNs Andrea Adelson recognized the irrelevancy of the Y when she said, A win in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday would go a long way toward showing the college football nation what BYU is all aboutand wins against [Mississippi, Texas, and Utah] would most certainly land the Cougars back into the national spotlight."

Thats right. The Y has to landback into the national conscience, as at present, they are not there now.

QB Jake Heaps echoed Ms. Adelsons thoughts when he said, Its a huge statement game for us. This game means a lot to us...But its going to be a hard fought battle. If playing the worst team in the SEC West is huge, and expected to be a hard fought battle, its obvious they dont feel up to task when facing AQ teams not at the bottom of their league. And the cougars' pathetic sub-.500 record in facing AQ schools further supports that.

BluCoug
Provo, UT

Montana 31

utes 17

Even a Division II schools can generate great athletes.

It will be like Southern Baptist all over again.

I agree Chris, I can't wait.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I would find it slightly dishonest to leave the WCC this soon after the "marriage". I hope BYU is not that fickle.

I am of the opinion that independence is the best route for BYU at present. If they can make it work it will be a major boost to the program. There is nothing like controlling your own destiny.

As for Chris B: Please, get a life.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Seems like every game from here on out is a statement game for BYU, just like every game for Utah will be too. Any loss by either team will be viewed as a problem for either school.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

And BYU would limit their brand if they joined the Big12 so quickly. There's no way the Big12 will bow to BYU's demands and BYU will only stand to strengthen their position with a few years, at least, of success. Then conferences will be begging to have them join. As far as I see it, BYU has 8 years (ESPN contract length) to make it work. Give it time and if it's still not working then make a change. Either way you're not out anything.

Runner
Chandler, AZ

Here come all of the naysayers, all of the haters. Any informed, intelligent football fan knows that BYU will be very good this year. Their defense is going to be very good and if Heaps can continue to improve at the rate he showed last year, the offense will be good as well.

Looking at it objectively, their first four games look like this:

@ Ole Miss -- They should roll the Rebels. Ole Miss will be lucky to score. The only thing Mississippi has going for it is their offensive line and that it's a home game. Other than that...BYU out matches them and should outplay them in every way.

@ Texas -- Tough game in a tough environment. Texas is always loaded with talent, although this year they have questions at QB. Should be a close game and could go either way.

Utah -- Face it, the Utes are in trouble. Their overrated QB will probably be hurt by this game, they have no RBs and their O-line has fallen apart. Their Defense is good, but not good enough...BYU wins this by 10+

UCF -- A good game against a good team. BYU should win this one at home.

CRB
Woods Cross, UT

Its a sad statement made when your statement game is against the last place team in a BCS conference. Either that is silly hype or the program is lower than we thought. However, when a team is an independant with a weak schedule (average ranking of opponent at 78th) then you must make the most out of it. It is a tired horse to beat but all I hear is the ESPN TV deal. Of course it is much better than the mountain contract which was the worst in college football. But BYU's deal is a Wac deal. They have exactly the same # of games and positioning (ESPN2, weekday games and ESPNU) as other Wac teams. However, the Wac TV deal is huge compared to the Mtn. so BYU is better off. Also remember the road games would have been on the SEC, Pac12 and Big 12 networks anyway so that's no change. Independance is great until you lose your first game. It is like being on NCAA probation and only haveing the AP poll to focus on. Its going to be a long season with a terrible schedule it maybe ole Miss is their statement game after all.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@Naval Vet
The worst team in the SEC West (Ole Miss) would probably be picked to win the Big East. They would be in the upper half of the PAC12. The lost to 5 teams last year who finished in the Top 15. Don't dis them because they play in the toughest conference in all of college football.

Ole Miss is probably not a Top 25 team, but they are in that next tier. They are not Washington St, Iowa St, Rutgers or Louisville.

BYU plays Ole Miss, U play Montana State in Week 1. Go back and read Whit's and Wynn's comments about Montana State. Their comments were almost identical to Heaps' comments about Ole Miss. Their comments almost made me think they got mixed up and were talking about Week 2 against USC they were predicting such a hard fought battle.

@Chris B
Your assessment of Ole Miss is right on. I look forward to reading your post on Saturday night after a Cougar win. You predicted wrong on every BYU basketball game, and you are wrong again on this one. Unless you meant BYU 30, Ole Miss 17?

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Naval Vet:

Why are you so obsessed with BYU? It's difficult to stay away, isn't it.

The truth of the matter is, utah was just an afterthought when the PAC came looking. BYU actually was the pick of the litter, but bigotry ruled the day.

How many conference championships for BYU v. utah in the MWC??

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

cougfaninTexas,

You're right. With basketball I was off a lot, Jimmer carried the team.

Curious you don't mention my FOOTBALL predictions from last year.

They were scary close.

I'll remind you next week that I was right and you were wrong.

But hey cougars, a 17-30 loss will seem like a win after a 42-14 beatdown at the hands of Texas

BlueSaint
South Jordan, UT

One thing for sure, BYU will never be out of Utah fans minds. Their obsession with all things BYU, even with their own Community college up north in the PAC-10 is really hilarious. Almost everyone of BYU'S games are on ESPN. More than any other program in the country! That is about as relevant as a program can get.

How many Utah games on ESPN so far?....ONE! What a coincidence, it's against BYU. Now you want to talk irrelevant?

Eliot
Santaquin, UT

I just looked at the standings and I see that Ole Miss is tied for first in the SEC. This should be a tough game.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

BlueCoug;
Too funny, but you waste your breath. crisb does not care about Utah. She lives to disrespect BYU and the LDS standards. The good thing is that BYU almost always wins games where she predicts losses.

Thank you crisb. I am feeling better about the Old Miss and Texas games.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

It isn't that hard to figure out what "statement" means, at least for those older than 12, with IQs above 100, and with decent educations:

Losing big says one thing
Barely losing says another

Winning says one thing
Winning big says another

We will see what statement is made.

Sound waves cannot travel in a vacuum, because sound requires a medium and the Mtn. was like playing in a vacuum. Now that BYU football has a sufficient "medium" (ESPN) to "conduct" (broadcast) its games, the "statement," whatever it is, will be heard.

Now even those who rely and cheat sheets and cliff notes can understand what a "statement" game is.

GoodGuyGary
Houston, TX

Montana 99
utah 0

I got the inspiration from Chris B.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B

Curious you don't mention my FOOTBALL predictions from last year.

They were scary close.
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As far from accurate as that statement is, I hope that is selective memory and not a mild form of mental illness.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

"rely on cheat sheets and cliff notes." Sorry.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

@The Rock

I'm with you- Independence is probably the safest road for now- and I don't think BYU want the WCC to be left at the altar after just 1 season- especially since they've done us a huge favor for 2011 non FB sports.

If it's possible, it would be cool if the big 12 gave BYU a transitional period- where they had 3 FB and 6 BB game a year against Big 12 teams over the next 3-5 years. This would show that the Big XX is actually stable, and genuinely interested in BYU. BYU would not draw on the conference revenue over that period, and could also help the Big XX establish its brand by helping institutions set up their own broadcasting networks. Just a thought.

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