I'm worried about Jake Heaps, as he may have too much of a self-imposed load in
his backpack...need to stop worrying about the headlines and just flat out play
My daughter follows Jimmer Freddette on Twitter and she says Jimmer is in Austin
for the game. This is a big game all around and would be a great win if the
Cougars can get the offense humming.If I could script the game I'd
have Ross Apo with a breakout game of over 180 yards and three touchdowns.
Heaps with 400+ yards and Van Noy causing another fumble for a defensive
BYU 6095Texas - 3I don't care what the score is, just
find a way to win.
BYU should roll Texas. Texas is not much improved from last year, and they were
terrible. Losses to a really bad ucla and even worse iowa state last year. The
QB is horrible. if Texas can't run, they are doomed.
In order to win this week, we only need to make a few improvements...1. We moved the ball fine against Ole Miss, but the offense needs to avoid
mistakes in the red zone, when you get inside the 20 against a team like Texas,
you have to score2. Special teams needs to play better. We cant have
an 11 yard punt, and we cant allow a big return.3. We have to avoid
giving up a TD on a trick play. Our defense will outplay their offense, our LB's
and DL will get to the QB, but we have to avoid being too agressive. We have to
remember assignments and not get caught up in the moment.Look for
our beastly front 7 to rock Gilbert early and for him to pull a Jay Cutler
Axe man, while I agree with your post, I'd like to point out that the 83 cougars
finished the season with 11-12 straight wins after losing to baylor in week
one,(or two, I don't remember) The winning streak has swayed many preseason
voters now days. BYU could easily have been #1 or #2 at the end of the season in
84 because of the late loses by several of the others near the top. With all of
the talk about Boise starting the season so high and if everyone else loses at
least one game I could easily see undefeated Boise at #1 or #2 in the BCS poll.
Just my opinion.
@crowntown1Quit being such a drama queen! All the posts before yours
that were from BYU fans were cautiously optimistic, but nobody predicted an easy
win for BYU. Some, like yours truly, even predicted a loss. What are you getting
so worked up about?
Crowntown, don't read so much into the comments. I went back and reread the
comments previous to yours and I think your exaggerating a great deal. Get real
and come back down to earth. I never saw your Utes bulldoze Montana. Be
worried about your team and let us worry about our team. Don't read between the
lines what is not there.
ChrisB as usual wrong. You got the scores backwards for both BYU and Utah. I do
hope Utah does pull off an upset. Keep up your prognistications, it helps start
my day with a good laugh.
UT stadium shouldn't and won't be any more intimidating that was Cowboys Stadium
with 65,000 Oklahoma fans, and only 20,000 BYU fans.It was
essentially an Oklahoma home game.
Tx's strength is their receivers. Unfortunatley for them, their weakness is
their QB.BYU's D will be all over him and hopefully make the
receivers a non-issue. Jake and the offense will be better. Probably
get in the endzone twice with a couple of FG's.BYU 20Tx 10
USC won't touch UtahByu will roll Texas
byu 24 texas 16usc 27 utah 10
Regarding BCS gamesTo Utah fans (slash Y-haters):BCS
rules have relaxed over time. In 1996-97, #5 BYU should have gotten into a Bowl
Alliance bowl (BCS predecessor), but was denied and played #14 rather than a top
10 team. If BCS rules (AQ Rule 3 A and B) had existed the last few decades, BYU
would have been in a BCS game in 1979 (January 1980), 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984,
1985, 1990, 1996, & 2001 based on polls and AQ conference leaders (combining
Big8/ Southwestern results, and counting current Big East members' final polling
as independents).BYU fans:If BCS rules had existed since
1979, BYU wouldn't have been voted #1 in 1984 by national voters in both polls.
Noting the "haves/have-nots" discussion, BYU might have beaten
Washington, Oklahoma, Florida, or Nebraska (#2-5), but I doubt today's voters
would have let BYU into a title game against one of those teams. However, under
contemporary rules, and based on voters' opinions with up-to-date information
(not 30-year-old uninformed opinion), BYU was voted #1 in both polls (correctly,
I believe).Utah's BCS games are due to BYU's 30 years of
BYU will need to score in the 30 point range to beat UT. Any less than 30, and
unfortunately BYU will lose.
Article quote: "This team (BYU) may not be equal to the great BYU teams of
past....."That should be posted on the Cougars' locker room
door.How much more motivation do you need?
BYU wins if:They can effectively run consistently for 3 or 4 yards
between the tackles and complete passes in the flats on isolated corners or to
the TE coming free of the OLB who cheats to stop the running up the middle.
And...The defense can keep the Texas backs contained from breaking a
few big plays off tackle... They must contain the speed of the backs.Should be a physically brutal game in trenches... and low scoring unless Texas
can consistently run off tackle and their backs get free into the second and
third levels of the Y's defense.
Reading of all the trick plays Texas has up their sleeve in past articles had me
worried, but this article is encouraging towards BYU. I think BYU will dominate
the #424 team in the country and vault themselves into the top 25 themselves
prior to the big Utah game. A victory on Saturday this week will make a week
three victory next week even that much funner.
crowntown1Did you like your smack down from everyone else?By the way, what do you expect BYU fans to say? "yeah
were marginal, we should bow down to the utes and pay homage to their 2 BCS
wins." What? Why?Do you even understand what being a fan
means? You root for your team. Not troll for a fight on another teams comment
board.Of course we are going to be positive. Of course we are going
to say we can beat anyone. It is what being a fan is.
Heaps had poor timing last week because of the snaps from center - the ball
looked like a floating marshmallow nearly every time, and was very slow getting
into Heaps' hands. Please fix this problem before Saturday.
If the Cougars can go get Gilbert, they can do this. He (qb)is the weak spot in
their offense. If the ball gets into the hands of UT's receivers, their
athleticism will be a challenge for our defense. Offensively BYU has to get its
act together--I think it will take a balanced attack and I'm not sure we can
pass against UT's corners--again, their athleticism is superior. When Texas
plays anyone except BYU, I am a Longhorn, but I'd sure like the Cougars to win
this one.I challenge the folks in blue to have class no matter the
outcome---Austin folks are suffering terribly from wildfires right now and it
would be gracious for the BYU folks to make a donation to help those
BYU offense always struggles in the first game. They should play much better.
Texas doesn't see many offense like BYU. Texas should underestimate B.Y.U. BYU
defense should dominate the Texas offense. BYU 27-13
"remember you haven't been to a BCS bowl before"and U
haven't won a national championshipcall us when you've actually been
to the summit, and not just to the highest base camp
crowntown1 Your invitation to "show some class," is noted,
and laughed at. Coming from you, I'm sorry, it's just ironic.A few
more games will tell just how good or bad Ole Miss is, same for BYU.Besides BYU -vs- UT, the big match-up of interest is USC -vs- Utah. Someone
will be exposed as a pretender. Who knows, maybe they both will be.I really am pulling for Utah, unless of course they pull another pre-game warm
up, tough guys in your face routine.
runaway utes 3usc 65mark it down
Oh my gosh these comments from BYU fans. You guys squeezed out a victory not
rolled! against a bad SEC team with a backup qb. Now you guys think you can beat
anybody! Yeah I understand It would be more credible if you beat an Arkansas or
Sout Carolina but c'mon guys get real. Show some class remember you haven't been
to a BCS bowl before.
BYU has proven they can play with the big boys, their record against the big 12
indicated that, but until Heaps shows he can be consistent I'll be a little
concerned. The D looked good last week, they just have to show they can come out
and play tough like that every week and not have a Florida State type game. If
Heaps has a good game, I see BYU winning, if he struggles, and we can't score
more than 20 pts, it will be hard to beat Texas.I think Heaps can be as
good or better than any QB we've had but he not even close yet, he still has
alot of learning and growing to do.
Chris B...Thanks for the win again!
Too much of an unknown for both teams. It will either be 7-6 (either team wins)
or 31-10 BYU. If BYU can take the croud out of the game early, look for them to
I like BYU's chances in this game, but I am cautiously optimistic. I think BYU
will play the run solidly the rest of the season, including against Texas. BYU
can and should win the battle at the line of scrimmage on offense and defense,
which will generally mean that we should win. However, I am a little concerned
for pass protection. I think the offensive game plan should be to run to set up
the pass. Whether Texas decides to play the run or play one-on-one coverage,
there will be something there that the offense can take away from the defense on
every play. A lot will ride on the right execution and play calling of Brandon
Doman for us to take what the defense will give on a particular play.On defense, I'm very confident in our ability to stop the run, especially with
our front three and our outside backers. Our front three will win the battle in
the middle and our outside backers will contain the edges very well. I do have a
bit of concern with our secondary being tested more this week. I say BYU 28,
Texas 17 if we execute well.
@ Chris B1st of all, the fact that you think Utah can score 32 points on
the road vs. USC is hilarious. Did you not watch your offense against an FCS
school last week?2nd of all, if you predict BYU to win ANY game this year,
post your address and I will send you a dollar. Im serious
" I could even see an alliance of independent teams with Notre Dame, BYU
and Texas working in a cooperative rather than a conference."I
really like this idea. Throw in USC and Oklahoma and you have some serious
leverage against the BCS's. You could eventually form your own conference of
teams with their own networks.
I think both BYU and Utah will struggle offensively this weekend against much
better competition, and I think both will head into rivalry week (feels really
weird to say that just two weeks into the season) with a 1-1 record, setting the
stage for what should be a very intense and probably low scoring game down in
If BYU's offense comes to play it will be a good game. Texas has a much better
pass game than Ole Miss and I think we will see some mistakes from the
secondary, but we should be able to stop the run pretty effectively. I think that one of the biggest reasons Jake struggled last week was the early
blind-side sack. It threw off his timing and confidence. I think we need to do
that to GG early in the game on Saturday. If he is shaky we will probably see
some interceptions to counteract some possible big-plays in the pass game.
I'm not sure if it means anything but Chris B didn't encourage anyone to
"Mark it down" when he made his predictions. I do think I'll enjoy
the weekend when Utah beats USC AND BYU beats Texas. Two road wins for two up
and coming programs. Two 2-0 teams meeting in Week Three in Provo couldn't be
BYU will be able to stop the run most if not all weekends this year. If Texas
has a good qb and he has time, BYU could be in trouble.
If the Longhorn Insiders are predicting only a 1 pt win for Texas, I'm going to
have to say I like BYU's chances, a lot. That tells me that they are
not confident in Tx's ability to score the ball. Tx's biggest weakness is the
Oline. BYU's strength is the Dline and the linebackers. Hopefully BYU's D can
get off the block quick and rattle their QB early and often. I do
believe BYU's offense will play better this week and put up around 20 pts. If
the defense can hold strong again, BYU wins.Go Cougs!!!
@Chris BDon't you ever get tired of being wrong?
Thanks Charles, I think this weekly article is very interesting. I truly enjoy
it.Also, I hope Chris B. can get a job soon. Being productive in
society can be a very positive thing.
Texas 32byu 17Utah 32USC 21