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Published: Saturday, Feb. 23 2013 2:40 p.m. MST

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FB Fan #2
Grantsville, UT

From a BYU Fan, I can say that the future looks pretty bright for Utah, and BYU this year! Not sure how USU will do without their head coach, but the talent is there to make top 15 team! Utah definitely has the tougher schedule of all the schools, but BYU's isn't too far behind. I think Utah will be able to knock off USC and UCLA this year, I believe they have a shot at the PAC-South Title Game. A long shot yes, but possible. I think BYU will be able to make a statement in important games against Texas, ND, Boise State, USU and Utah. I see them being atleast top 20, with the Utah-BYU, and USU-BYU games being toss ups at this point. USU has great home field advantages in the new MWC schedule format, and The Boise St game will be a fun one to watch. Future looks bright in Utah and wish all of the teams good luck!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


byu top 20?


You can't beat Utah, Notre Dame, Boise, Texas, but somehow you're going to be top 20?

McLean, VA

Chris B:

You're not taking much risk here, given the rebuilding that has to happen on both offensive and defensive lines. Nevertheless, I admire your spirit, since you are bravely foregoing a demand for a quid pro quo -- and should BYU exceed expectations, it might be fun to see if you can carry a tune on the internet. I probably should offer to do the Ute fight song if they break .500, which I consider to be unlikely but not impossible. Half my family -- the dark side, of course -- would laugh like crazy. Alas, I cannot carry a tune; thus I won't make the offer. In the meantime, tune up your golden voice, because miracles may happen. Rest assured that I will duly remind you of your commitment, should a Top-20 finish end up being in the cards for the Y. Don't shout too loud at the games -- vocal chord stress will not be a valid excuse, so mind that voice! You may be needing it.

Take care Buffalochp1

FB Fan #2
Grantsville, UT

Chris B. One game doesn't mean anything, and losing on the road to those 4 teams by 8 combined points is respectable. BYU had one of the worst offenses in school history and they almost beat those 4 opponents,PLUS finished 26th in the country. I can see a top 20 finish if everything falls in place. They certainly have the talent to do so, and so does Utah and USU.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Bronco was a total stud when he fired Anae then begged him to come back. So cool that he does that.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

In today's environment a head coach with a heart is quickly unemployed.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

The actions taken by Bronco and Whit are not remotely equivalent.

Bronco kicked his struggling OC to the curb.

Whit hired a mentor for his struggling OC.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

"But winning comes first for Mendenhall..." -- Brad Rock

Is it "first" now? I thought football was FIFTH on the list of importance.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

FB Fan #2:

"BYU had one of the worst offenses in school history and they almost beat those 4 opponents,PLUS finished 26th in the country...They certainly have the talent to do so,..."

I noticed that Baylor (AP) and Michigan (USA Today) were the first teams out of the Top-25, but not the Y. In fact, the Y was nowhere to be seen among those other teams receiving votes. And if they weren't anywhere to be seen amid those other teams receiving votes with a weak schedule, how are they suddenly expected to crack the Top-20?

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Good article, balanced, well written and interesting. No one-sided homers here. Guess we won't hear from Ducky.

Ogden, UT

It'd be great if both teams are successful this incoming year.

@Howard S.

Your right, they are nothing alike, Bronco has the guts to do what he thinks is needed. While Kyle hires a "real" offensive coordinator and cops out by making co-coordinators. What a joke.
I'd rather have someone end it quickly than drag it out slowly and give me lip service.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


Kyle stuck by his belief that BJ will be a great one. As an employer he found a way support him and help him get better.

Bronco pulled the rug out from the entire offensive staff kicking them all to the curb.

And lets not forget that this is the second time in 4 years that Bronco has dumped his offensive staff.

Where is the loyalty that Bronco values so much?

Oh, and lets not forget that Whit's management of this staff has won 3 in a row against Bronco.

Orem, UT

Howard S.

Bronco was smart enough to pick ONE Offensive Coordinator, instead of experimenting with Tri-Coordinators that Whittingham will still try to micro-manage.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Howard S

"Kyle stuck by his belief that BJ will be a great one."


Kyle is simply saving face because he's too embarrassed to admit that he made a colossal blunder in elevating Brian Johnson to Offensive Coordinator.

Whittingham is so clueless that he actually thought a 25-yo with only two years of coaching experience was qualified to match whits with seasoned PAC 12 Defensive Coordinators.

Mesa, AZ

"Rising star, maybe. But superstar? Not yet."


Don't you think what Coach DE meant in his statement was, "Superstar in the making"? I'm 100% certain you in fact do which then makes your misrepresentation of it here in this article of yours a reflection upon you yourself in which way, precisely? IMO, it doesn't come across as being reflective of journalistic-integrity....What do you think?

Thanks in advance for acknowledging your error in judgement here and expressing your renewed determination to remaining above such a thing, going forward....I'm certain it's appreciated.

Yours Truly,

Mesa, AZ

Highland, UT


Might not of until you brought me up. Obviously I am in your head and have set up residence there. LOL!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"Bronco was smart enough to pick ONE Offensive Coordinator, instead of experimenting with Tri-Coordinators..."

Haha! You still think a "Passing Game Coordinator" is an O.C. The football IQ of your run-of-the-mill Indy-WACer is laughable.

FB Fan #2
Grantsville, UT

@ Navel Vet,

I'm not saying BYU 100% WILL get Top 20 ratings, but I think personally it is possible. I was just saying that USA Today/Sagarin had BYU listed as 26th despite it's okay season. However, games are played on the field, not on the computer or on paper so it will be interesting to see what happens this season.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Ducky: any way you slice it is's . . . Spin, spin, spin, quack, quack quack. The old empty barrel is starting to rattle.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Orem, UT


@Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Whit Clueless?


Tri-Coordinators and Clueless have won three in a row against Bronco's staff brilliance.

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