So does jamaal get the start now then?
Has Mendenhall lost his mind? He suggests Riley would be the starter because
Mendenhall has more "history" with Riley? Absurd. Then he suggests it
is not his decision whether Hill played well enough to be the starter? The buck
does not stop at the head coach?
Home sweet home. It will make all the difference. The players will be ready
and the fan base will be ready. Go Cougars!
Agree with the prior post. He's a Riley Nelson fan? What? He should be
the head coach and leader of the team. He should be a fan of all his players. He
should be a fan of winning. Because he has more history with Nelson that should
make him the starter? Not the best player? Bronco has completely lost
perspective. How do I feel if I'm Taysom Hill or any other QB and Bronco
isn't MY fan? It is truly a ridiculous position to take.
What about the history with rest of the senior players. 10 turnovers and 2 loses
should be enough history.
It will be tough for the Aggies to score against BYU's defense (best in the
country according to BYU fans).
Well, I'm looking forward to this game. It's been since 1978 (about
time) that USU came to Provo with a legitimate threat to win. (That's why
BYU over-looked them last year.) There have been some pretty good programs come
to Lavell Edwards Stadium and go home empty. (Several PAC 12 schools come to
mind and a defending national champion from the State of Florida, as well as an
independent school from South Bend, Indiana. Of course those teams have been
successful in Provo, too.)So expect a decent game on Friday;
I'm looking forward to it.......
@USU AGGIE FANBYU's defense "best in the country according
to BYU fans." Umm, I don't think most BYU fans believe
that. What is more accurate is BYU's defense "best that BYU has had in
a long time." That is more accurate and most BYU fans (including myself)
would agree with that. Look, it will be a good game against USU. USU has a good
defense in there own right and a very good passing game. @UteMiguelI understand that Mendenhall says things that make
people wonder, but I still like him as a coach. No fool would dare fire a coach
that has led their team to 5 top 25 finishes in the past 6 seasons. There are a
lot of big time (BCS) programs with good coaches who can't even boast what
Mendenhall has done for BYU in the last 6 seasons and if they're keeping
there jobs than I don't see a problem with Bronco keeping his. Once a
consistent decline happens than it will be time to make a change. The guy could
coach defense that's for sure.
Sounds like Bronco is actually laying the groundwork to play Hill at QB. He
keeps saying Riley will play "if" he is ready. It will now be easy for
Bronco to simply state, "Riley wasn't strong enough so we had to play
Hill". I still see Riley starting Friday, but not finishing.
I think the Aggies are hoping Bronco starts Riley, too. We'll see what
USU AGGIE FAN"It will be tough for the Aggies to score against
BYU's defense (best in the country according to BYU fans)."As Mark321 said, I don't think most BYU fans believe that. What is more
accurate is BYU's defense is the best defense that BYU has had in a long
time.The numbers speak for themselves. After five games, including
two PAC 12 opponents, and always tough Boise State on the road:BYU
is #5 in the nation in Total Defense, #4 in Scoring Defense, #11 in Passing
Defense, #19 in Passing Efficiency Defense, #2 in Rushing Defense, #3 in 3rd
Down Conversion Percentage Defense, and BYU has only given up THREE scores in
the red zone all season, the fewest of any team in the country.You
don't rack up numbers like that simply because of weak competition.
@ BlueCougYes you do.Utah, Boise, and Wazzu are all weak
on O, Weber is an FCS team and Hawaii might as well be an FCS team too. The
next few weeks will really tell us what BYU's D is all about.
Two For FlinchingWho exactly has Utah State played?The
same "weak" Utah team that BYU played, only at home instead of on the
road, a Wisconsin team that barely beat 1-4 UTEP, 1-4 Colorado St, 1-4 UNLV, and
So. Utah? Wisconsin, is 109th in passing, 98th in rushing, and 99th
in scoring.btw, Hawaii is only averaging one point less per game,
than Utah.Not exactly a plethora of offensive firepower there
BYU has not faced a Chuckie led offense as of yet (too many weapons). The Y has
faced a tough defense (Utah). The Y can't figure out who is qb. The Y
can't figure out that the Aggies had the true blue first. The Y will win 8
games this year. Just not this one.I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN WINNERS
(USU) LOOSERS (BYU) BY 9
I don't know when Bronco changed his belief from "best player
plays" to "I have a history with...". Riley won't last any
game with the offensive packages Doman has for him. He'll get hit a few
times, and that will be it. Why even bother? Hill does just fine, he just
needs to work more on chemistry with the receivers and the passing game. Really
disappointed in Bronco being blinded by emotion and history. Do what's
best for the team and gives them the best chance to win.
I think USU is a GREAT test for BYU and a very good team in their own right.
Close losses to Wisconsin and Auburn in away games prove that. I wouldn't
be surprised to see USU beat us at home given our uncertainty at QB. I expect
great things from the Aggies with their current coach and program and hope to
see them start beating some of these national powerhouse teams.
Hill is the better QB and deserves the start, whether or not Riley is healthy.
He's also a lot more fun to watch. I can't remember any head coach
claiming to start someone simply because he's a fan of that player. Fans
belong in the stand watching the game, not making decisions about who should
I've read the comment twice now that Utah State "surprised" BYU
last season. I certainly hope not.Two years ago, Utah State
surprised us, handed it back to us on a platter, whupped up on us and generally
embarrased us. Last year was no surprise. This year isn't either.I think the Cougars will be ready. I'm hoping it is as good a game
as advertised. It COULD be a laugher BYU's way, but if it IS a laugher,
the recent odds of it ending well for the Cougars are not good.Here's to defense! Rise and Shout!
Here is my 2 cents as an Aggie Fan.I hope Bronco starts Hill.Still a lot of bitterness about Riley leaving U State.I
think Riley has a mental edge over U State and I think he has a lot more
confidence playing us. I think Bronco knows this and wants to have him get it
back.That being said, I think the players want Riley to start, I
think they want to say "hello".This will be a test for U
State offense, facing a very tough BYU D.I think my Aggie are up to
the challenge!GO STATE!
As it should be. This game will be for the state championship as the two best
teams will do battle.Weber , Dixie, and Southern Utah round out the
Worf, Utah beat BYU. Be, well, rational.
""The shuffling at offensive line produced a culture change that was
strong and apparent to me," Mendenhall said."A culture
change?Oh, that Bronco were 65 and I could look forward to his
retirement...LaVell never tried to be an Organizational Behavior
Professor, though he got a doctorate.LaVell never tried to be chief
evangelist at BYU, though I hear he was a great Bishop in his actual calling as
a Bishop. Edwards also went on an actual mission.LaVell spoke
comprehensibly, rather than long collections of words that are combined in a way
to make them:A) incomprehensibleB) a sentence so long you lose
interest before he finishesC) A 100 word sentence that conveys a 5 word
thoughtIt was refreshing back in the day to have a coach that
actually HAD perspective, didn't just talk about it.It was nice
to have a coach who chose people based on performance, rather than fire a coach
he didn't like who could perform and replace him with one he did like who
couldn't.Mostly, I liked an overachiever who was humble, as
opposed to an underachiever who isn't.
@ Aggie84I knowe all the USU fans are upset that BYU changed their
shade of blue, but tell me....why/how does USU own a color? When did they buy
the rights to the color and what did it cost? If another team had black would
that prohibit Utah from having those new goofy Black helmets?So the
Y changed shades of blue---GET OVER IT!Build a decent sized stadium
and then you won't have to worry about a 2 - 1 series with the Y for
revenue; just filling your stadium each week. UNLV, CSU, a weak Wisconsin and
So Utah aren't exactly quality opponents and hasn't really proven much
except that you can win at home. Congratulations, by-the-way, on finally
selling out your small stadium for other than BYU or Utah (who won't play
you any more). I expect a good game on Friday. It wouldn't
surprise me to see BYU win. If they do it might be by more than 3 points, too.
@worf"This game will be for the state championship as the two
best teams will do battle."Only if the Aggies win. If BYU wins
there will be a 3-way tie for state champion.
By all accounts it should be a good game.Riley has proven that he is
a quality QB when he is healthy, but he has proven that his mind is stronger
than his body when trying to deliver blows to D linemen and LBs. He's
played injured in most of his games. Against, Utah and BSU, his
self admitted 65% was dreadful. I resent him for taking the field in those
games. He cost us wins in both of those games. Last year, against Tulsa, he
was 90% and played poorly, except for the final drive - where his grit,
determination and leadership pulled us through. I know Riley will
want to start against USU, but if he is less than 90%, he should sit for another
week or two. If he does start, I hope Bronco and Doman give him a short leash.
Two turnovers or two unprodictive drives, and he should be holding a clipboard
and give Hill a shot. Even if Riley is 100%, I hope we use Hill on a lot more
"wildcat" plays than we did early on. Try Riley at QB and Hill and RB
for a little trickery!
The OLines are starting to gel with T. Hill along with J. Williams and you want
to put R. Nelson? That will mess up the layout. Sorry Bronco, you are crazy.Nice to see this Rugby Paul Lasike in out football team this year. He
seems to hold on the ball quite nicely and a hard hitter.
Bring on the Aggies! This game is going to be awesome. Both teams are playing
good football. Chuckie Keeton is the real deal and the Cougs will have to play
their best game of the year to beat them but I believe BYU learned from the Utah
fiasco and the Cougars will be very prepared for the Aggies. Should be a great
Best D in the country? Of course not. We're too slow. But BYU is pretty
good at assignment football on D and they got a couple great athletes. I like
BYU's D. Bronco always finds great linebackers. I wish he could get some
secondary, though this year's secondary isn't so bad.I
really think players do what they're told. I wish Doman could spread the
field a bit more. I didn't understand why they weren't working on
their passing game the last half against Hawaii. I think BYU has established a
decent run game, but the pass would be a great balance.I wish Bronco
didn't make those "fan" comments. It really does seem to say you
have to be on his good side to play. Almost seems like play quality doesn't
matter. I want to see Taysom throw. Its strategy to say Nelson will start. I
think he's hurt.
Normally I wouldn't care who wins this game. But Duck Hunter, Sammy G and
Snack Pack have made me feel otherwise. GO AGGIES!
RationalWorf, Utah beat BYU.Let's get this
straight. BYU beat themselves, not the utes. Be honest about it. The best team
doesn't always win.
@toosmartforyou,Those who chose to put their oly sports in a
conference who plays in venues the size of HS gyms, shouldn't complain
about venue size. That basketball arena those cougs have is pretty big though,
maybe they should try filling it.
@toosmartforyouyou like attacking don't you. Honestly I have never
met a real Aggie fan who cares what color BYU wears. The UTE helmets got
national attention... By the way in a couple of weeks BYU is going to be in
"goofy" black... I personally think its pretty cool. Ask Duke's
basketball team if venue size has anything to do with skill... Their gym houses
the same as the Spectrum in Logan... Venue size is irrelevant as far as skill
goes... It has more to do with student body, (USU has 17000 students, BYU over
30000).@worfSorry, but Utah beat BYU... If BYU wins by
less than 101. BYU1. USU1. Utah3 way tie.
SorryIf BYU beats up on USU... Then yes they can be number 1, Utah would
still be number 3If USU wins,1. USU2. Utah3.
BYUBYU comes out as 3rd best in state. USU lost the
game against Wisconsin, they gave up a punt return touchdown, and missed a field
goal, but Im not about to claim that USU is better than Wisconsin... They beat
us... Too bad...