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Published: Saturday, Aug. 25 2012 3:45 p.m. MDT

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SoCalTrueBlue
San Diego, CA

I am as excited for the first game as I am for food on Fast Sunday afternoon.

Luv 2 Troll U
Sandy, UT

Bronco says this every year.

8-4 if they're lucky.

BarkforSark
PROVO, UT

There's always hope, but the major concern obviously is just how far Riley Nelson is capable of taking the team. The team's 56.5 completion percentage on offense last year was the lowest of all seven years Bronco has been at BYU. The 5.5 total yards per play average was second lowest (Pretty sure everyone knows 2010 was the lowest). This was largely Nelson's doing. If there's a bright side, the defense has remained terrific.

Peraonally, I think the Cougs are in for a rude awakening against Wazzu. That's going to be a lot tougher game than I think most BYU fans realize.

PAC-12 Envy
Taylorsville, UT

Bronco says "...more expected now than ever before."

I thought perfection and a national championship have been expected every year.

So what's expected now... Super Bowl?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Why dont you guys go to a bcs bowl sometimes? It's fun, trust us, we will possibly go for a third time this year. You really should try it sometime.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

I am a long time Cougar fan who no longer is very interested in college football -- although I love hearing about and watching BYU basketball. BYU football ranks behind Women's Cross Country in my list of personal preferences.

Having stated my interests, I find it laughable to think that Coach Mendenhall or his fans think that BYU will be much better than 25th in the country this coming year.

I will read about the team as a diversion while I wait for hoops season. . . but I am not impressed with the Cougars as a squad. I am particularly concerned that the O-Line is swiss cheese this year. Given that situation, I anticipate that Riley Nelson will be knocked out of a couple of games and predict that the Cougars will get waxed by good teams once again.

I wish BYU football well . . . but can't take Mendenhall's "puffing" about being a top ten team very seriously.

don17
Temecula, CA

As a BYU alum it is my opinion that this article just sets BYU up for another big fall at the beginning. Knocking the team down at the beginning again, just makes it harder to rebuild them to attack the rest of the season. This year though the schedule is tougher after the first 4 games so the 7 or 8 game win streak is less likely! It is one thing to build your team up, but to state Top 10 when as a coach you have not seen any other team yet is a STRETCH! I would love to see BYU put up a great season, but the reality is not on BYU's side!

Oklahoma, USC, LSU, Alabama and others start off at a higher level each year and end on a higher level each year.

Chris B, Utah is not one of those teams this year either. But, Utah has a better opportunity to have a great year if all stay healthy.

BYU needs to improve the play calling to top 25 to be top 25. The defense needs to be top 25 to be a top 25 team. I'm sorry I just don't see it!

Really???
Kearns, UT

Wow. If a coach doesn't have high expectations for the team, how can you expect the players to have high expectations? I think this could be a breakout season for the Cougars. We won't know what the team will look like, however, until they walk onto the field Thursday night and play the game. I am looking forward to this season and watching two--maybe three--teams represent this state and make us all proud.

ConferenceofChampions
Herriman, UT

But the real question to be asked is: Will byu beat Utah this year?

And that answer is: Not Likely

But Las Cruces is nice in November from what I understand.

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

Mendenhall's success and consistency has been made possible by a consistently weak SOS. Everyone outside of happy valley knows this. It is not up for debate. That being said, BYU is going to remedy that in a big way next year.
Rest assured, Cougar fans are in for a rude awakening. There will be no more excuses or justification for 7 straight cupcake games. My guess is that following 2013, BYU will go back to scheduling 3-4 competitive teams a year.
And don't try to use Utah as a measuring stick. This has nothing to do with Utah. BYU is losing relevance in the national picture and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Don't believe me? Take a look at the Major news outlets (Fox, ESPN, CBS Sports, etc. and see how many stories you can find about BYU compared to other schools.

RedBlood
Bountiful, UT

A sincere, 'good luck' to BYU this year. BYU & Utah have a couple of things in common these days - questionable quarterbacks who need to prove themselves, and progressively more difficult schedules each year. Although there will be growing pains for both schools, these difficult schedules will, in my opinion, only make the programs stronger and better as they consistently go up against strong competition that helps both teams better understand their weaknesses and hopefully, over time, make it easier for them to focus on them and get better.

Although I am certainly rooting for the Utes come September 15th, I will be cheering for the Cougars in their other games. Hopefully the state's college football teams will continue to get better and stronger. I for one believe all our teams will be getting better and hope the Utes can find themselves in the Rose bowl and, dare I say, National Championship?

Go Utes!!!!

Old Navy
Provo, UT

Ever since ESPN Game Day came to Provo and TCU embarrassed us, the ride has been over. As a longtime season ticket holder, I clearly remember how over-matched and unprepared BYU was that day. It might be time for a change of leadership for the BYU football team.

Fat Tony
EAGLE RIVER, AK

Wow, so much negativity... even from those claiming to be BYU fans! I know it seems like we hear the same thing every year, but I believe it this year. I'll believe it next year, and the year after that, and the year after that... GO BYU!!!!!!!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Chrissy - become a national champion little brother/sister, then we will talk. utah will be a middle to bottom feeder just ahead of arch rival colorado in their new home.

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

2012 college football preview: BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has higher expectations than ever before.

His expectation is to beat a team with a winning record. And the fans go wild.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Luv 2 Troll U
Sandy, UT
"Bronco says this every year.

8-4 if they're lucky."

And you say this every year.  One year in seven does not speak well of your prognosticating powers, oh great one.

Oh, and welcome to the rest of the trolls and supposed-BYU-fans who can't be bothered, yet you bothered to read.  And comment.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Old Navy

Thanks for this gem! I have updated it so all I have to do is just enter two team names and the computer does the rest. Hope you don't mind!

Here's my first attempt at using it and look what happens!

"Ever since ESPN Game Day came to (Salt Lake) and (Colorado) embarrassed us, the ride has been over. As a longtime season ticket holder, I clearly remember how over-matched and unprepared (Utah) was that day. It might be time for a change of leadership for the (Utah) football team."

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Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Old Navy

Thanks for that gem!I have updated it so all I have to do is enter just two team names and the computer does the rest. Hope you don't mind!

Here's my first attempt at using it and look what happens!

"Ever since ESPN Game Day came to (Salt Lake) and (TCU) embarrassed us, the ride has been over. As a longtime season ticket holder, I clearly remember how over-matched and unprepared (Utah) was that day. It might be time for a change of leadership for the (Utah) football team."

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Luv 2 Troll U
Sandy, UT

Y Grad,

Shouldn't you be at church?

I didn't say that last year, prove me wrong.

8-4 if they're lucky, honest (non-biased) opinion from this Ute fan. We can all think what we want Y Grad, shouldn't BYU have taught you this? I guess that's not the school to go to if you want free speech.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

Dear ChrisB, only in your dreams will you make it to a BCS bowl in the next 4 years. You still can't even beat the worst team in your league.

Luv 2 Troll U. how come you are not in church? Remember, church is held various times throughout the day, and this may not be his scheduled time.

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