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Published: Saturday, June 29 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

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Go for it, 'no grass stains on the quarterback"? That would be extremely impressive the first year of a new offense. But I have to agree it is good to have high goals!

Go Cougars!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

"... better conditioned athletes..."

Now there is some out of the box thinking right there...

Who would have ever thought of conditioning as a competitive advantage?

I'm sure none of those big boy teams on BYUs schedule this year has given a second thought to conditioning this summer....

I'm changing my prediction to undefeated for the Cougars this year...

Idaho Falls, ID

I'll admit, I am one of the fans who wanted Anae out last time around. I thought he was too predictable in his play calling and he was too conservative in the closing minutes of the Utah game (infamous blocked field goal attempt). But now I am starting to like this guy. I am willing to see what he can do. I agree with him 100% that it all begins with the offensive line.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

"... whip rump..."


Please stop Dick... you're embarrassing yourself.

Ann Arbor, MI

looks like they're buidling on the carrot and apples strategy of last year.

good job..good effort!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Good offensive line play isn't created out of a vacuum. Exhibit A: Utah's O-line last year. It takes a lot of in-game reps to build the cohesion necessary to have a good line, and thus, a good offense. Byu simply won't have that this season. Combined that fact with the upgrade in schedule, and we might be seeing 'Anae run out of Provo: The Sequel', as the newest summer/fall blockbuster.

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Lebanon, MO

For the last few years it seemed that offensively the team really didnt' get much better as the season progressed. I am sure that injuries and switching quarterbacks around didn't really help much but all teams have injuries and play different quarterbacks. I like the focus that BYU has this year. Can't wait for players to get on the field.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Howard, no matter who thinks of what, or in your case, doesn't, someone wants it more. That greater desire may be present at game day, it can also be present through thousands of hours of preparation. Someone wants it more. When someone is out, say for example, smoking weed, someone else is wanting it more.

When greater ability meets greater desire, something has to give. 'Bama learned that lesson from Utah. Here's hoping BYU can teach that lesson to Utah.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@ YGrad / Y Dad


When Utah bear Alabama they did it not only with desire... but with athleticism and experience that BYU simply does not have.

Palo Alto, CA


All that athleticism and experience, and U still haven't been able to beat a single conference opponent with a winning record!

Since joining the PAC, the Utes are all talk, but no walk. You're not even good enough to beat the only WAC team on your schedule to qualify for a bowl.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


But we're good enough to beat your Cougars...

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Remind me not to throw you a compliment again, totally wasted.

The point is not about BYU athleticism. 'Bama posseses athleticism that Utah can only dream about... but desire won the day.

Refresh my memory (because it HAS been a long time), the last time BYU beat Utah, was that not the Ute team that had six players drafted, while BYU only produced free agents?

I LIKE both, but if I have to choose, I'll pick desire over stallions. And since, as you so graciously pointed out, the big boys have studs BYU can't even dream about, we'd better have desire.

Come to think of it, that may be why Utah has made a habit of losing to teams they should beat. To much athleticism, not enough desire.

St George, Utah

Yay, Hedgie's back!!!

How great is it that our obsessive little brothers have to constantly come onto BYU articles to feel special and important. It must be so hard being the punching bag of the PAC. And we know, 3/4 8/11 and PAC-12 membership, but it doesnt make it any less pathetic that you spend so much of your time commenting on articles about a team you don't like. The least you could do is bring valuable exchange to these boards. But I guess that is expecting way too much isn't it?

Anyway, I have always liked Anae. The last time he was in Provo was his first job as an OC, and he had multiple top 25 offenses in that time. After spending two years learning the Spread/no huddle from one of the masters of the game, It will be very interesting to see what the new Anae offense looks like. Running the hurry-up will improve production and put more points on the board. The O-line will receive a huge overhaul, and that will be the deciding factor for the offenses success.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Y Grad / Y Dad

I understand that you'd choose desire over horses because that's all you've got.

Utah beat Alabama because they had the horses to back up the desire.

The fact is that it's not either / or... most big boy teams have both... and if you only have desire you're going to get beat.

As for Utah... If you're hoping for a lack of desire... I predict you'll be sorely disappointed.

Mission Viejo, CA

Gotta admit, I like what I'm hearing, but seeing is believing. OTOH, Howie and his friends come over here to talk smak while their team can't beat the dregs of the PAC12. They criticize BYU's bowl arrangements, while their team played in no bowl last year.

So how about waiting until Utah actually beats someone, say, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, someone other than Colorado before you talk about the great Utah athletes. And I'm waiting to see Utah beat Washington ... still waiting ... crickets ...

Orem, UT


"But we're good enough to beat your Cougars..."

It's laughable that the ONLY significant achievements the Utes have had since joining the PAC are a couple of wins over their supposedly "irrelevant", Independent rivals.

It's going to be a sad day in Uteville when Utah loses to BYU in a couple of months and the kids on the hill are forced to pretend that beating another 10-loss Colorado team is the new measure of success on the hill.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

U do NOT have the horses to match up with Bama, otherwise, U wouldn't be floating at the bottom of the PAC while Bama is winning national championships. I know, I know, different years, but U haven't EVER had the horses that Bama has.

Your arrogance has slid you out on thin ice brother. Or ignorance. You choose.

Frisco, TX

It clearly takes three things to win - talent, desire and coaching (strategy). Alabama was clearly more talented, but Utah had enough talent, more desire (probably because Alabama didn't think they had anything to worry about) and a better game plan. Don't forget, Utah barely beat a mediocre New Mexico team that same year.

Whether U like to admit it or not, BYU and Utah have had comparable talent the last four years, and probably will again this year. Three of those four have come down to the final play. Even the blowout two years ago was close in the first half, until BYU gave up (lost their desire) in the 2nd half.

BYU was not as talented as Oklahoma four years ago, but they won because they had more desire and a better game plan.

BYU will be more talented at QB and O line this year. I expect the other positions to be comparable talent to last year. Hopefully Anae will bring better strategy than we've had the last two years. I'm predicting 8-4 this year, but 9 or 10 wins is possible with desire and the right game plan.

Plano, TX

It only takes a couple of superior players on a team's offense to rule the field, as long as you're using an offensive wrinkle that gives you some advantage.
BYU proved this in the 70's and early 80's.
Taysom Hill has presence, moxie and skills.
He'll make Anae look like a genius.
Good times ahead for 3 years.
And, good luck to the U in finding their stride in the PAC - they've got a good organization that just needs to get over the hill in their current surroundings.


I find it interesting that beating a pathetic team like BYU is all the Utah fans seem to continually tout as their credentials of superiority. Surely attaining a victory over such a lower tier, inferior opponent cannot really feel that good. Seems to me that says a lot about the mighty, super athletic. incredibly fast Utes of today. Good luck boys. Let's see if cream really does rise to the top, of the PAC 12, that is.

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