My biggest concern is Riley Nelson's health. He took a big hit against WSU
on a roughing the passer penalty and was way slow in getting up. Then there was
some talk about strained back and resting him the second half. The fact that we
heard anything about a strained back worries me a little because with tough
guys, you usually don't hear anything, even if they are almost the walking
dead. If Nelson is hurting, I hope he doesn't try to be the hero and lets a
healthy QB play.
Those of you who say that BYU beating Washington State and Weber State means
nothing are correct. Them beating a crappy Utah team won't mean anything
either. Utah losing to Utah State does say a lot, however.
Just announced:Jordan Wynn's football career is over at
Utah.Good luck to Jordan on your future endeavors!
This is good news. Nice to be respected.This is good news for Utah
too. A win will bounce them back to the spot light.The strength of
schedule of Utah just got higher with three more top 25 teams.A win
for BYU will be fantastic if Utah beats AZ or UCLA.
@IronmomoYes, it was so refreshing to see Arkansas lose. So
deserving for a guy that bailed out during Spring Ball. Would have had probably
four solid years at Weber State no matter what, now will have to look for a
Special Teams coaching position.@DuckhunterYou are
correct about the rankings...winning is proving the point. There are plenty of
talented teams for BYU to be judged on down the road. They do look good
defensively. The U of U game will be big. I expect a very close game. I am
glad that Weber State is so well respected that it launched BYU into the Top 25!
Seriously, though many teams have played at least one FCS team in the first
week, so they shouldn't be punished. I particularly hope that running up
scores aren't taken into consideration against FCS schools.I
totally respect Alabama for beating Western Kentucky 35-0--classy and
sportsmanlike...not trying to hit triple digits like Florida under Spurrier. I
thought BYU was sportsmanlike last week, too. Should be a good game
at the Hill. I think U of U bounces back and wins by a touchdown.
4D"According to BYU fans the Pac-12, with five top 25 teams, is
the worse conference in the country."Gotta love how Utah fans
just make stuff up to sooth their wounded egos - cite ONE single BYU fan who has
said that the PAC 12 is the WORST conference in the country.That
said, however, the PAC 10 did pretty well this past weekend. It was the PAC 10.2
HCB63Not having a win over a "good" opponent, is simply
another way of saying, "untested". At this point in the season,
it's really difficult to tell the pretenders from the contenders.How do you know for sure that Washington State isn't, or won't be, a
good team?One thing we do know is that Utah State is either much
better than the Utes were giving them credit for being, or the Utes aren't
nearly as good as the kids on the hill were claiming.Judging from
this past weekend's games, the Utes are looking at the very real
possibility of starting the season 1-5. It's unlikely that Utah will be
favored in any of their next four games.
BYU in the Top 25 after wins over a rebuilding WSU, and D-II's Weber
State? This ranking should have been withheld until a win came over a GOOD
opponent. This is like the teams in the Top 5 beating up D-III schools [in their
early schedules] and still staying in the Top 5...in other words, pathetic and
Hope the Utes are done licking their wounds and that they are mad enough to take
out their frustrations on the cougs. Time to remind the y fans about last year.
Ranking means nothing if we don't beat Utah. I hope we get the same
officiating crew as reffed the Utah--USU game. They didn't seem to like
Utah should be grateful to USU and BYU for improving their Strength of Schedule.
Hopefully the will return the favor once they get into their pac schedule.
BYU has nothing to brag about. The only way that BYU will get any respect is to
win games. I hope BYU beats Utah, but I don't know. The Utah game is
always a tough game to win. Best wishes to BYU.
USU did Utah a favor by knocking out Wynn who was absolutely pathetic, along
with the rest of the Utah offense. If Hays can move the Utes this week,
however, BYU will be in trouble as the Ute defense will probably control the
line of scrimmage and Nelson will have to resort to corner passes to Hoffman and
Apo. Even though the Utes' special teams were terrible in Logan, the Utes
have a generally better kicking/punting game than BYU. This should be a close
Congrats to the Cougs on their ranking. They have looked good thus far in the
season. Funny how a simple ranking can arouse so much excitement. Utah got beat
by a good Utah State team, just as the Cougs did in the not so distant past. No
doubt it stung and will hopefully motivate the Utes on Saturday. Watch out for
Kruger(s) and the rest of the defense. Should be a good game and, as always,
will settle all the smack talk and over inflated egos. Let's settle it on
the field folks and stop disrespecting one another's teams. As a state,
Utah is sporting some progressively better teams. It is fun to watch.Go Utes!
@hellooo"How does the game at Weber State translated into being
ranked?"It translates because they actually won. That is what
you have to do, actually win. BYU started out the season close to the rankings
because they finished last year actually being ranked. utah "fans"
claimed it was inconsequential to finish ranked but because of that BYU was very
close to start the season. They then beat wsu decisively on national tv on a
Friday night when they were the only game on. That is another advantage utah
"fans" continue to claim is somehow a negative. Obviously for BYU it was
a big positive because it vaulted them up to just outside the rankings. After
BYU took care of business against Weber, and several top 25 teams lost, they
were right there and jumped into the rankings. The voters still had BYU's
Friday night national tv beatdown of a pac12 team fresh on their minds.That is how it "translated".
So which team BYU or Utah has the worse offensive line? The U has shown from
last year, they have the ability through quality coaching to improve their
offensive line play and become quite good. But, the Y's offensive line
play is below par year after year and this year even with a less stellar U
defense that will be trouble for Mr. Riley and may mean a W for the U on their
home field. Both teams played relatively poorly this last weekend. How does the
game at Weber State translated into being ranked? This just shows how fickle
polls really are.
Poor Arkansas. Hence the reason to stay humble Cougar fans.One week you
look and feel like King Cong, then just one shakey game and you smell like
Chetah.For Utah, if you're going to lose your QB, do it early
in the season so you can develop the 2nd QB and salvage the season.Guess
we'll see if Kyle and company learned anything from last year.Utah always gets up and goes crazy when it plays BYU so I'd be surprised
if they don't take out some frustration on the Cougars.
UteologyEast Salt Lake City, UtahGo UTES!!--------Wow. Not just Salt Lake City, but EAST Salt Lake City. Getting
your self-image from your address, your conference... Begs the question:
who's your daddy?
It's nice to be recognized, but as BlueCoug said, it's way too early
to be worried about rankings. BYU's only focus should be on Utah. It's
obvious from last season, that despite their claims to the contrary, beating BYU
is still the most important item on every Utah team's wish list.The Utes expect to lose to USC, so playing well against the Trojans and losing
is really nothing more than a mild disappointment. But, losing to
BYU generates "humiliations galore"!The Utes always spend
every available ounce of energy - physical, mental, and emotional - to beat BYU,
which has worked well in the recent past, because BYU was usually their last
regular season game. Unfortunately, that's no longer the case.
The Utes left last season's BYU game completely drained, and it
showed in the way they finished the season, losing three of their next four
games, and then, just as they'd worked themselves out of that funk, getting
clobbered at home in the season finale by one of the worst teams in the
country.The Cougars will have to match the wounded Utes'
emotion in order to beat Utah.
Actually rankings do mean something this early although they don't
necessarily mean a team has proven itself to be a good one yet. What is
important about being ranked this early is that as long as a team keeps winning
they usually keep climbing to a higher ranking. That is important because for a
team like BYU to have a chance to be in a bcs bowl they need to be in the top 10
in my opinion. Let's not forget that with indepedence BYU gave up the
promise of an automatic invite as long as they were top 12 or whatever the
requirement is for non bcs teams in a non bcs conference. BYU's only
guaranty for bcs inclusion is if they are in the top 2, highly unlikely even if
they are undefeated. But if they are a top 10 team I doubt they are not invited,
especially since they will travel very well.But it is also important
to have an early season ranking for everyone, the later you enter the rankings
the harder it is to rise high in them. The earlier you get ranked the higher you
It's way too early in the season to be worried about rankings - just take
of business on the field and the rankings will take care of themselves.Looking forward to a hard fought game that could go either way this Saturday.
We'll be there, just like we usually are. We can always count
on some particularly boorish fans when we visit RES, but hopefully most Utah
fans will try to stay classy even if things on the field don't go the way
of the Utes.
To 4D: The bottom dwellers of the PAC lost to WAC and FCS teams this
weekend.....My worst fear is that now Utah will show up on Saturday
with a chip on their shoulder looking for revenge while BYU will show up
thinking they are all that being ranked. I hope Bronco plays the tape from last
year in the locker room on repeat all week!We still haven't
seen this BYU team play up to their potential-if they do then they can beat
anybody on their schedule. And with Oregon State and Utah State looking better
than expected, beating everybody on this schedule would turn enough heads to
make this a special season. But none of that matters if we can't take care
of business on Saturday!
I need to give the PAC12 some credit. I thought UA, ASU, UCLA, Colorado, and
Wash St all were terrible. However, it turns out UA, UCLA, and OST are a lot
better this year. Colorado and Wash St are terrible still.
The college football gods truly are just. John L Smith's Arkansas team,
with their loss at home to Louisiana-Monroe and subsequent drop in the polls
from 8th in the nation to outer darkness has got to put a big smile on many
Weber State fans faces. Karma, got to love the Karma.
uteology,Wow, you must really enjoy our company to keep posting
comments on BYU articles. Or maybe you're secretly a BYU fan who is just
fishing for compliments.
It may be easy to knock Eastern Washington, but they were the 2010 NCAA Football
Champions for the FCS.
I agree with Bronco - there should be no rankings until Week 5.BYU
has proven nothing with wins against Weber State and Washington State.
We'll know a lot more about BYU over the next 11 days. All along I've
said that Utah, Boise, ND and GT would determine our season, and I'm
sticking by that assertion; although I may have to add Oregon St to the
discussion.I'm really looking forward to the rivalry game this
Saturday. It should be a good one. I feel bad for Wynn, but Hays clearly
played better than Wynn against USU. Has anyone heard if Wynn will be back on
Saturday? I'm hoping Apo and Dulan will be back, and I'm hoping
Riley's back is okay. Go Cougs!
BigCougarI thought the utes just got WAC'd by a team from the
WAC conference?----------Cougars aren't the only
team that beats themselves. The difference is we didn't get beat by 6
touchdowns.If Utah doesn't come out with a "chip on their
shoulders" after that embarrassing game @USU then this Ute team will be
lucky to win 6 games because UCLA and Arizona look good so far. Is
BYU a top 25 team? I guess but we'll find if they deserve to stay a top 25
team on Saturday.Go UTES!!
I seriously doubt BYU has anything going to their heads. On the other hand, Utah
has some issues too, not to mention at QB, and their defense is not as stout as
they pretended. BYU vs Utah is nearly always a tough, close game. BYU has not
yet played it's best, they will on Saturday. Look for BYU to extract
revenge in a close win.
Polls are a joke
Personally these early rankings mean very little. But on the other
hand I truly enjoy seeing Ute fans go into a foaming at the mouth, 'bitter
and jealous' rage every time BYU is mentioned in a poll that the Utes are
4DSomeone is really unhappy about last Friday night.
This means absolutely nothing. Yet.Ignore the rankings. Just win
the next game. We'll worry about the rest afterwards.
keep it up cougar fans...i do believe you might run into a big mad buzz saw ur
next game....keep laughing for now!!
4D - you had credibility until your "list" of "bad teams"
didn't include utah. Any conference of champions team that gets beat by a
WAC team would qualify as "bad", don't you think? And you do
remember the Colorado/Utah game of last year, don't you?
@4D"Bottom dwellers of the pac 12 just beat last years Big 10 &
Big 12 champs"I thought the utes just got WAC'd by a team
from the WAC conference?
I just want every byu player to remember last year, and give the Utes everything
you have. Leave it all on the field. Make them remember this year!
According to BYU fans the Pac-12, with five top 25 teams, is the worse
conference in the country. The irony behind this mentality is comical. Bottom
dwellers of the Pac-12 just beat last years Big 12 and Big 10 champions. Also,
UCLA beat ranked Nebraska. Colorado and Washington State are pretty bad; with
that said, pounding your chest after beating a Washington State team that
barely beat Eastern Washington is pathetic.
Be careful what you say about the BCS utah utes - they're getting real
sensitive. And to make things worse, their new arch rival Colorado got beat by
Sac State. If you get my drift.
Very nice for the Cougs but I don't put too much stock in polls until after
the 5th or 6th game. However, road wins at Utah then Boise St. after a 5 day
turn around...top 15 for the Cougs.
Just Wondering......does beating an unranked Utah team help or hurt
your ranking?------------Just wondering, when did you
beat Utah?Oh, yes 2009.
I hope the AP ranking doesn't go to the heads of the BYU players, like it
already has to the heads of some of BYU's fans. BYU hasn't played
anybody good yet. Washington State barely squeaked past Eastern Washington
yesterday. BYU hasn't been able to run the ball up the middle against two
weak teams, and they won't be able to do so against Utah. Utah will have
something to prove coming off the loss the Utah St. and will bring their A game.
If the BYU players go into this game overconfident, they will come away humbled
once again. BYU players, please ignore the new AP ranking and just remember last
year's score and play like you have something to prove.
...does beating an unranked Utah team help or hurt your ranking?