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Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 4:45 p.m. MDT

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Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

The beautiful thing about being Texas is that all they have to do is win. If UT goes undefeated they play for the national championship. They control their own destiny. The Longhorns are not going to drop one in Provo this year.

Looking forward to both of my schools smacking the y this year. Hook'em!!!

Cleanliness
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's go BYU!

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Texas Football will celebrate their 120th year in college football this season...during that time, they have:

Played in 51 bowl games
Won 4 national championships
Won 32 conference championships
Won 7 divisional championships
Played in 4 BCS games

In the last 10 seasons they have finished #1, #2, #4, #5, #10, #12, #13, #19...

Pretty darn good...

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Texas should be a very good measuring stick of just how good the BYU defense is. BYU's offense will be better at moving the ball with Cody Hoffman back. BYU has the home crowd and altitude factor going on this one. I can't wait to see BYU take it to the horns.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Texas 40
Byu 14

Utah 47
Weber 10

Pretty soon byu will be 0-3, having lost for FOURTH year in a row to Utah, an Utah will be 4-0 and ranked in top 25

Be honest byu fans, how embarrassing will this be

Lol!

You know it's happening, I do too

Mark it down!

localblue
Sandy, UT

Chris B may be right on the Texas game. I don't have a lot of faith in them this year. I remember a worse Florida State ran roughshod over a better BYU team at home. So this could get ugly but I can always hope.

But I'll also go out on a limb and say Utah will be far from ranked at the end of the season. In fact, I'll bet as consistent with most years BYU will be higher ranked than Utah at the end of the season. Just the natural pecking order of life.

SillyRabbit
Layton, 00

I enjoy reading Chris B. I'm not as confident about the numbers, but I'll watch/listen to both games and enjoy them too.

Hopefully no rain delays in either game :)

Good luck, Cougars. It would be fantastic to see you pull an upset on Saturday.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

When did utah join the Big Sky?

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ed:

Nice try, but I'm afraid its your cougies who are playing 3 games with past/present Big Sky members this fall while the Utes will be in the middle of Pac-12 conference games.

jej
SANDY, UT

Chris,

Your are talking in every post like Utah has already won 4 games. The problem with playing in the Pac-12 is that any team, even the bottom dwellers, can beat you. I wouldn't say it is a lock that Oregon St. will lose to Utah. There is no guarantee that Utah will be 4-0. After watching their defense last week I would be super hesitant to make that kind of prediction.

BYU is going to struggle against Texas. I am a fan and want them to do well. I just keep having flash backs to watching Florida St. dismantle the team... Long run after long run. It will still be a fun game to watch regardless. And I will enjoy watching it on ESPN2!

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@JohnInSLC

And two of those three games, Utah might even lose. Nevada and Boise State.Utah will not beat UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, USC Arizona State, or Oregon. You will beat Washington State and you MIGHT, I said MIGHT beat Colorado who has improved and Oregon State. That puts you at best 6-6 and at worst I will say 3-9, don't get to cocky just yet. We are only one week into it.

Your comment is one of the reasons I cant stand Utah fans. Ed throws out a small jab and you cant just take it, you have to run back to the past. A very long past, the schools you refer too left in the early to mid 90's. You are playing a smaller, weaker Weber State team. This is an auto win, even if you and ChrisB suited up. And before you start touting your PAC-10+2 Schedule, win something there first. It doesn't help your cause when you can't win there. To use something as a positive you have to have done well at it. And you have bombed in the PAC-10, your best shot at doing well yo lost to Colorado.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Why does Florida get mentioned. BYU just played Texas two years ago in Austin.

BYU will struggle, but so will Texas.

BYU is still an upgrade from a bottom dwelling PAC 12 team, and will play a close game.

BYU 24
Texas 21

Mark it down with erasable ink.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Wow1 On sports radio here in Texas, commentator stated the Longhorns would have a better chance for a victory if they were playing the utes.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@JohnInSLC

And two of those three games, Utah might even lose. Nevada and Boise State.

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Depends are those teams ranked? If not, then Utah hasn't lost to an un-ranked mid-major since Sep 2007 so they should be able to handle both teams.

While its still too early to till if Utah is a 8 win team but from last weeks performance I can safely say they will be favorites against Weber State, Oregon State, BYU, Washington State, and Colorado. Thus, they should be able to win 6 games.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

@worf

"Wow1 On sports radio here in Texas, commentator stated the Longhorns would have a better chance for a victory if they were playing the utes."

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You must be listening to El Fuego Radio in West Dillon Texas with Buddy Garrity.

Worf, you realize Friday Night Lights was all a factious town and radio station?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Worf,

I'll gladly remind you all year your prediction for this game.

Soon byu will be 0-3 and byu fans will be licking their wounds, having lost to Utah for the fourth time in a ROW!

SoCalChris
Riverside, CA

The only thing that gives me optimism for tomorrow's game is that Chris B said to "mark it down."

perfidemintrepidus
Riverton, UT

Guys, remember that this is the same team that we beat on all sides of the ball a couple years ago on their own turf! There is no relevancy in comparing this game to the Florida St.-Bobby Bowden reunion. BYU almost always plays their best football at home like any other team and this game is no exception. Look for the Cougars to make a quick offensive strike and play really tough defense. They need to attack the QB early so that his accuracy is tested and keep the drive alive to win this game.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ JohnInSLC:

Nice try yourself. You need to be reminded that based on past history, Utah is usually out of PAC12 conference games by the time "the middle" comes. Being in the middle would actually be an upgrade from always contending in the lowest tier of your conference, and trying so desperately to not be the cellar dweller once again.
I actually hope Utah can show some improvement in that category this season. If so, we could then stop laughing quite so hard at Chris B's always hilarious predictions.

manutd
San Diego, CA

we will likely lose to texas, but i dont think it will be a blow out. we are at home, altitude, no rain, bounce back from last weeks poor performance, anae switching the offensive line around, hoffman healed up. we have a chance to be competitive at least.

the utah game will be interesting, but surely this is our year. dont see how utes are marking it down as a guaranteed win. we have 2 weeks to prepare. hopefully they have been planning/scheming for this game for months though.

this byu team will probably turn out with an average record in the end but i think they will surprise some people with a few upsets against quality teams.

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