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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21 2011 11:37 a.m. MDT

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Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

BYU has had a lot of struggles in the past in containing a mobile QB. I think that will be the key to them winning. Also, they will have to put up points. BYU should win this game unless they are still licking their wounds from last weekend. If they come out flat and lose this game, I think the team is in a lot of trouble for the rest of the season.
They will either come out with their hair on fire to prove they aren't as bad as last week, or let it get to them and the whole season will likely slip away. This is a very important game right now.

BYU 31
UCF 21

Unlucky
HEBER CITY, UT

After reading this article and knowing BYU has trouble with dual threat quarterbacks and UCF'S tough defense, I think BYU LOSES 21-14.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

UCF is probably the best team BYU will play this year. I hope I'm wrong because Texas looks to be getting better but UCF is better than Utah, maybe not against BYU but overall UCF is probably better than Utah and Texas. The season could get old and cold this Friday.

Badman
Houston, TX

I am a huge BYU fan, but the Cougs have not proven capable of scoring and UCF can do so at will more often than not.

UCF 34
BYU 13

Heaps gets booed off the field in favor of Nelson in the 2nd half and BYU goes cold again down the stretch.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Considering:

byu has one of the worst offenses in the nation

UCF has one of the best defenses in the nation

BYU can't run

BYU can't score more than 1 offensive touchdown per game(self imposed limit)

UCF if FULL of athletes

byu has maybe 5 athletes on the entire team

Speed kills

byu never does well against speed and athletes

It's a no brainer

UCF 31
byu 10

1-3.

Again

Soon to be 1-4.

Again.

GO UCF!

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

BYU needs to play angry. Last Saturday was humiliating. If they go into Saturday with a chip on their shoulder they have a chance. If they don't learn from Saturday's game they could lose by two touchdowns. I think the keys to the game are:

#1 Field Position: BYU's offense needs short fields and the defense needs long fields. Plain and simple. If UCF makes BYU earn everything it could be a long day. Special teams play can facilitate field position and so can turnovers. As bad as the game was against the Utes, BYU got a couple turnovers of their own. They need more this Friday.

#2 Third-and-Short: They need to avoid penalties that put them in 3rd and 10, 3rd and 15, and 3rd and 20 or they could be in for continued 3 and outs that increases the defense's time on the field. 3rd and longs have killed BYU in these first 3 games.

#3 PUT THE BALL IN THE END ZONE! When BYU puts itself inside the 30 or 20, they need to use their red zone weapons. They have tall tight ends and receivers. Doman has to dial up plays for them.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Whoa Nellie:

The Y already faced the best team they will have faced all season last Saturday. I laugh at your desperate, frantic and emotional, sour grapes dismissal of Utah's obvious superiority over your mid-majored, Indy-WAC-ey program.

SCOREBOARD!
54-10

Go Knights!

Runner
Chandler, AZ

This is what I'd like to see BYU focus / improve on in this game.

1- Offensive tempo. They are still slow. Slow in getting in and out of the huddle, slow in getting the blocking sceme called and slow in getting the ball snapped. They must improve in this area.

2- Turnovers. Obviously.. Heaps has to protect the ball. The reason I call him out is because he will face pressure, get hit, and it will be interesting to see how he responds. Will he freak out and drop the ball, freak out and pout and blame his linemen, or will he man up, take the hit and get after it on the next play?

3- Heaps playing with more aggression and being less scared. He is playing scared and needs to get over it and be a leader on this team.

BYU 24
UCF 17

Two other questions:
1- What does Chris B do other than sit around and comment on every BYU article
2- Is he going to have the same cockiness when his Utes loss their next 4 games?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Runner,

We're going to the Rose Bowl. Deal with it.

Enjoy another 1-4 start.

I will.

Weber State Graduate
Clearfield, UT

I usually like watching BYU footbal and hope they win. However, their offense is simply terrible. I expect Heaps to complete only one touchdown to Apo (as in the previous three games) with three more field goals because of their inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. UCF should get at least two touchdowns and a feild goal beacause the defense will be tired again from playing the whole game with BYU's 3-n-out offense.

BYU 16
UCF 17

butters
Salt Lake city, UT

i'll give byu the benefit of the doubt. historically, they've been able to bounce back from embarrassing losses. i think they can regroup, but that offense has to score more than one td to give the defense a chance to make stops.

byu - 27
ucf - 22

now i'll play devil's advocate. ucf is a running team and the past 2 games byu's d has shown that they tire out if you keep chipping away at them and if that offense can't put points on the board, ucf's run game tires that byu front 7 out. also, ucf has either the 1st or 2nd ranked pass d in the country right now (i heard that on the radio this morning, haven't really fact checked it yet), so heaps and co have their work cut out for them.

ucf - 28
byu - 14

defibman
Syracuse, UT

@ Chris B

"byu never does well against speed and athletes"

Soooooo what are you saying about the u?

NEVER? does well?

WOW ! ! !

defibman
Syracuse, UT

@ Navel Vet

And I have to laugh at the mighty u, who has to "warm up" against the likes of Montana State, while the Y goes against a powerful SEC team.

So using logic of u fans, you have won two games against a lower tier team and one against the worst offensive team in the nation.

Boy, that is a lot to be proud of! You ute fans never cease to amaze everyone.

BYU-Virginia
Mesa, AZ

UCF, USF, FIU, FAU...its hard to separate these teams that have popped up to FBS football in the last 10 years or so (especially since South Florida is in Tampa, which doesn't register with me as south FL). Back in the day, it was always UF, FSU and Miami.

UCF dominated BC, then lost to FIU/FAU whomever, they got caught being arrogant. Now they venture on what will be the longest flight of their lives for most of their players, and first time in the mountains also, with BYU looking for a rebound. It doesn't look pretty for them, or does it?

BYU simply needs to recall when FSU came to the mountaintop. They weren't mesmerized or winded at all. The Cougs got a beatdown that night also. Be wary of Central, they are big, mean, and will get ugly on you. The beatdown just might continue..

Go_Utes111
MIDVALE, UT

@defibman, do you watch football, powerful SEC team? Ole Miss just got destroyed by Vanderbilt.

davidutefan
Evanston, WY

I can't believe the Cougar fans are so willing to throw the team under the bus the way they are. Yes, I believe Utah is a much better team than BYU but, the potential of this team is so much better than what they have shown. So far, I have a hard time with his statement that Heaps is the best qb he'll face all year. He may end up that way but, he'll need to throw more than 1 TD pass per game and find someone other than Apo. I think this cougar team will have more pride than most of their fans believe and I'm not one of them though I don't hate BYU any more than anyone else on Utah's schedule. I think the couars bounce back this week mainly on the strength of their own defense. BYU 17- UCF 13

Keisels Beard
Overton, NV

"now i'll play devil's advocate. ucf is a running team and the past 2 games byu's d has shown that they tire out if you keep chipping away at them and if that offense can't put points on the board, ucf's run game tires that byu front 7 out."

BYU's D tired out against Utah and Texas because they were always on the field. When the offense goes 3-and-out every time, like they did in the 2nd half against Texas, then it's hard to stay sharp on Defense. Guys get tired if have to play nearly every minute of a half.

If the offense can avoid going 3-and-out every time, the D will be fine.

I still don't know if BYU will win. It comes down to whether or not Hypes can pull his head out. Yeah, I've reached the point where I'm using that nickname for him. All I've heard from the announcers for the games is that he doesn't look comfortable. If he can't handle the pressure, maybe it's time for Lark to get a shot. Show us something or sit, Mr. Hypes.

mgr63
DALLAS, TX

BYU fans had better be very worried about UCF. BYU is slow, has very little talent, maybe 3-5 OK athletes and has the worst coaching staff in NCAA football by far. They are last in the nation in rushing, and as I've posted before, good teams can run the ball and play defense for 60 minutes, not just the first half. This is a must-win game for BYU......... but I think that it is going to be another beat-down for the Y. Good luck however.

We wear Blue
ogden, ut

Wow
Chris B do you need a hug? I wanted
to say something mean but I suddenly felt sorry for someone thats only joy in life is wishing bad on others.
All I m going to say is I hope BYU puts it together and plays a hard fought game. I am hoping for a win, but mainly for a game they can be proud of.
Hugs and kisses to chris b, navy vet, and all the others.
Go Cougs!

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: davidutefan

I appreciate the vote of confidence. I hope you are right. BYU had better come ready to play though. Offensively BYU has to play much better to win. I think they can win the game but they need to be firing on all cylinders, and if they do win it won't be by a huge margin.

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