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Published: Wednesday, July 31 2013 6:35 p.m. MDT

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One thing is for sure: Anae's offense dominated Utah in several of the rivalry games. He has a 4-4 record against Utah, and Anae has all the tools necessary to beat utah this year.

Go Cougars!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

So DH thinks BYU has an o-line advantage over Arizona's "proficiency and talent"...

and just what is that BYU advantage?


Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


All the necessary tools to beat Utah this year...

If the necessary tools are inexperienced players and coaches.... then I guess you're right...

U 90
Corona, CA


In which games did the BYU offense dominate Utah?
16-17 Loss
26-23 OT Win
24-48 Loss
17-10 Win
33-31 Win
34-41 OT Loss
21-52 Loss
0-3 Loss
6-13 Loss

I would like to understand from a BYU fan's perspective why 2.0 will be better than 1.0.

Salt Lake City, UT

Why are 3 of the 4 comment here from BYU haters? Please find something more constructive to do with your time.

Why was Anae just renting his house...? Did he know he would be coming back at some point?

River Falls, WI

I agree with Howard S. that Anae’s offensive units have not been “dominating” over Utah defenses, but they haven’t been half bad either. Here are the numbers…

Year / Passing yards / Rushing yards / Total yards / offensive points scored

2005: 309, 176, 485, 34
2006: 375, 54, 429, 35
2007: 269, 155, 424, 17
2008: 205, 214, 419, 24
2009: 134, 131, 265, 26
2010: 228, 65, 293, 16
2011: 199, 133, 332, 21 (w/UA)
2012: 160, 320, 480, 34 (w/UA)
Ave: 235, 156, 391, 26

I think if there is any good news in these numbers it is that Anae’s offenses have shown a balanced attack against Utah. With an average offense this season and a better than average defense I like our chances come September. Go Cougs!

Farmington, UT

Hopefully this year BYU won't waste a good defense, like they did last year when they had the best defense in the school's history, only to play a quarterback with a broken back on offense who single-handedly gave away at least two games. I'm still scratching my head over that decision.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


Rented his house?

Maybe he didn't want to sell a house in a dismal real estate market...

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


Better than average defense? Average offense?

I don't know how you can expect either...

BYU lost a top draft pick on defense... they have many question marks on he d-line and the d-backfield... not sure how you assume a better than average defense.

As for offense you have nothing but inexperience on the o-line and the coaching staff... not to mention QB... Not sure how you assume an average offense...

ute alumni
paradise, UT

howie has all the answers. thanks

Salt Lake City, UT

Howard S,
quite soon here your number of comments is going to surpass the win total for the men in red this year. Maybe it already has.


Preseason predictions mean very little, but it will be very interesting to watch BYU football this year!

River Falls, WI

RE: Howard S.

"Better than average defense? Average offense?

I don't know how you can expect either... "

I'll explain it to you. Last season BYU had the third best defense in the country. Take away one game (OSU) and they would have ranked first statistically in several categories. They did lose some tremendous talent, but they also brought a lot back (including an all-american prospect). They also have a few returned missionaries, JC transfers, and new recruits that strengthen the defensive side of the ball.

BYU historically has sported some great offensive units. That hasn't been the case for the last several years and hit a real low last season. This year, while there are still a lot of question marks, the talent is a definite upgrade from last year. While no one is expecting 50 points a game, almost everyone expects better offensive output over last seasons squad (one that ranked #58 in offensive yardage and #65 in points scored, which out of 124 would be middle of the pack, or "average").

Cinci Man

I wish BYU well. I'll let the Cougars decide it on the field. Until then, I keep my expectations low and hopes/dreams very high. Go Cougars.

Provo, Utah

I feel bad for those who hate BYU more than they like their own team.

Love skiing
Salt Lake City, UT

Cougars Fans, thanks very much for your very kind words on the passing of Gaius Vaenuku. It was outstanding, you are to be commended.
I love the fun banter back and forth. Way to fight for your team and show the love. Both fan base can do this and keep it respectful and clean. Utah and Byu will always post on each other article. Why, because they are the big fish in our pond called Utah. Keep religion out of it and remember that life is very precious and can be taken away at anytime.
Go Utes beat Byu. Yes, I love Byu also.

South Jordan, UT

We are very excited for this BYU season with the fast-starting offense. Time will soon tell how well this team is primed. Hopefully for huge success!

Go Cougars!

Layton, UT

"Anae's offense dominated Utah in several of the rivalry games. He has a 4-4 record against Utah, and Anae has all the tools necessary to beat utah this year."

So...It's important to beat Utah...but...It doesn't matter if you lose to Utah...lol.

Go Utes.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


3rd best defense in the country... sure... statistically... against a soft schedule...

but if they played Alabama's schedule they wouldn't be close to 3rd in the country...

Oh, and offensively "almost everyone expects better offensive output"... well I guess that settles it then... even with little returning experience the Cougars will be better.

Boise, ID

@ Howard S
So, let me get this straight... You are predicting BYU's defense to fall from #5 overall to somewhere below #60? If I was talking to you in person, I'd say put your money where your mouth is and I'd bet as much money as you'd be willing to bet. That is not going to happen friend.

@ ekute
"So...It's important to beat Utah...but...It doesn't matter if you lose to Utah...lol."

Of course it's important to beat Utah... Just like it's important to beat Wyoming, UNLV, and every other bottom feeder. It's super embarrassing to lose to joke teams. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Remember when U lost to Colorado? Or had U already checked out that year because U already had your bowl game vs. BYU? Don't act like BYU isn't the biggest game on your schedule. Actions speak louder than words, and if I remember correctly, U stormed the field, what was it, thee times last year? LOL!

Go Cougars!

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