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Published: Sunday, Aug. 26 2012 10:36 p.m. MDT

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Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

I am so glad that the week has finally arrived to answer 2000 questions fans have about this year's team. This is the first year I'm approaching the season with all the trepidation that Doman has overcome, so he says. Fans have been led to over-estimate BYU for so many years now, that the writers and coaches have little credibility to this fan. So I'm developing my expectations AFTER each of the first 4 games, starting with the MOST important game of the 4 - this weekend. I wish them well. A loss will cause me to put no air in my balloon. A win is the only way to get me excited for the season. A BIG win does so much more for me.

GoGetter
Sandy, UT

Every year Bronco hypes up the team with these types of comments, I just wonder why people continue to believe him after his record?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Congratulations coach leach on your first win as a prestigious pac12 coach. Your games against other bcs teams will be significantly tougher

Washington state 34
Byu 20

Mark it down

If byu beats utah I won't post on byu articles all year

I will be posting all year

CT98
Saint George, UT

I like Riley but I'm worried he will stay healthy. I really hope James Lark is ready to lead this team if Riley goes down. I hope we see some series with Lark in the game on Thursday. He needs game time reps early in the season so he can be effective in the latter half of the year.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Do we know what the lineup is for the devotionals this year?

I hear after seeing how amazing byu is there are teams like Alabama, USC, and Utah that are implementing similar devotionals.

BYU 2012 national church devotional champs!

dallas realist
rockwall, texas

Chris B

umm they are Firesides!! get it right man

dansimp
Layton, UT

GoGetter, you're hilarious. "continue to believe him after his record", you mean the 66-24 record?

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

Top 25 Finishes
Bronco 5
Kyle 3

Top 15 Finishes
Bronco 3
Kyle 1

Conference Championships
Bronco 2
Kyle 1

Overall Record
Bronco 66-24
Kyle 65-25

Losses to 10-loss teams
Bronco 0
Kyle 2

After all of the spin and gum beating from the kids on the hill, Bronco STILL has the better overall record.

dansimp
Layton, UT

To me its not about comparisons between the two. Anyone, whether they wear blue or red, that cannot see and admit that Mendenhall and Whittingham are two of the best young coaches in college football, are delusional.

MacNasty
Rexburg, ID

Hey Chris B

First question: What does Alabama, USC and BYU all have in common?
Answer; They are all National Champions.

Second question: Who is missing from the list?
Answer: Well, that is pretty obvious. Your attempt to achieve relevance via associations and/or osmosis is laughable.

Win the National Championship. Until then, talk is cheap. Mark it down.

LOL

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

@Marked it down

And your point is? Always with the same slanted stats trying to be better than Utah. How about trying to better than last year, every year. Or trying to be better than each opponent. Stop judging success on whether or to can dig up obscure stats to say you're better than Utah. Start beating Utah and THEN you can say that.

P.S. My personal favorite is "top 15 wins" as opposed to "top 5 wins". You should go into politics.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

Dnquixote

lol

Since when are Top 25 finishes and conference championships "obscure" stats?

From a Utah fan's perspective, I guess you could classify them as obscure, since the Utes have so few of them:

Only 6 conference championships in the last 6 decades.
Only 5 Top 25 finishes in both polls, EVER!

I will give U for getting pretty adept at losing to 10-loss teams, however.

TWO losses to 10-loss teams in the last 5 years, as many has BYU in it ENTIRE HISTORY!

Utah's heyday is behind the Utes - you topped out at #2/#4. Not bad for a school that prides itself on being 2nd best.

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

Here we go Cougars, here we go. Get em' Leach.

fan of all sports
Heber City, UT

I'M a fan of both teams. I hate the hatred that fans have for each other. Both fans view their programs as one of the best in the nation. The rest of the country doesn't see it that way. The PAC 12 is seen as the Big 3, 3 or 4 nice teams and 6 or 7 bad teams. Utah fits in the nice team catagory. Top programs are lining up to play BYU because they are a recognizable non BCS team that you have a 90% chance of winning. Lately BYU hasn't beaten a highly regarded program since Oklahoma and they had a down year, for a long time.
My predictions for each team: Utah 10 and 2. They don't have to play 2 of the Big 3.
BYU 7 and 5 losses at Utah, Boise, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and either Washington State or Utah State.
Th week Utah 49 Northern Colorado 3 BYU'S slow starts continue Washington State 31 BYU 21.

Barnbug1
SPANISH FORK, UT

@ fan of all sports

I'm a fan of both schools also, although i'm more of a basketball fan.
I can't wait for the season to get here. My predictions for each team:
Utah 25 and 7. They recruited Jordan Loverage. BYU 15 and 17. I love
them so much.
LOL

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

I think most Utah fans are focused on the improvement of the program. The last 8 years have been great for the program. Two BCS years and then an invite to the PAC. I would never argue the Utah has a richer history than BYU. Only that Utah is been headed in a different direction for the past decade.
Last year wasn't great. It will get better. Utah's recruiting is getting better every year, including this year, despite last year's struggles.
Next year BYU fans will change their tune about what it really means to play schools from major conferences game after game. It is a different world.

Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

Barnbug1

It's nice to dream isn't it?

But, eventually you have to face reality:

BYU basketball - another 25+ win, NCAA tournament season
Utah basketball - between 10 and 15 wins, IF, they're lucky

BYU football - 10-2
Utah football - 7-5

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@Marked it Down

You left out a few:

Top 10 finishes:
Kyle 1
Bronco 0

Top 5 finishes:
Kyle 1
Bronco 0

Victories over end of season top-10 ranked teams:
Kyle 2
Bronco 0

BCS bowl victories:
Kyle 1
Bronco 0

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Utes Fan

Unfortunately for U, OVERALL record is based on more than ONE season.

Every single stat you cited is from 2008 - typical of blinders-wearing Utah fans who think that one game makes a season, and one season makes an overall record.

According to hill calculus, the WORST team in the PAC 12 in 2011, was BETTER than the Utes. The Utes have settled into their conference bottom dwelling role nicely.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

In all fairness to BYU's "slow start", they have opened the season with BCS teams every year but one (and then they scored 41 points like they were supposed too). To go 5-2 with opening games,most on the road, against opponents from the ACC, SEC, PAC 10, and the BIG 12. This actually isn't a story about low production as much as it is great fall preparation.

With the teams they've played, in the venues they have...impressive!

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