Let's just get this out before the game, my prediction on how the game will
be called. Remember these are PAC 12 refs (Sorry to Wisconsin).1.Utah will hold like crazy and rarely be called for it. 2.BYU will get
minimum of two roughing the passer/illegal hit calls.3.There will be one
bad call against BYU at a critical time that will leave everyone scratching
their heads (ute fans will try to hide their smiles).4.One BYU player will
be ejected for "targeting". One Utah player will have the same kind of
hit, no flag.5. BYU will have at least 60 yards in penalties before the
half. 6. BYU will get a make-up call when it won't affect the game.
BYU wins the blowout this year. The players have bottling it up for this game
since last September, when they lost a game that the defense dominated but the
offense lost, only to have classless pUkes surround them and taunt them.That was a dumb move by your fanbase. Now you have an angry, caged bull
that's about to be let out of the gates. The offense is going to wear down
the defense, but it won't be obvious until the fourth quarter, when they
will score at will.The defense is going to sack Wilson 5 times. The
pass rush is so potent that he will not get to pull off the long pass but one or
maybe two times. The underneath routes will be all that he gets, and it
won't be enough to keep them scoring.Go Cougs!!!
BYU can win the war in the trenches but it will require an A game. Utah is going
to be completely prepared and very confident because they have owned BYU for the
past five years. This year is different, BYU is at home, they beat Texas, they
haven't played cream puffs and they know how it feels to lose (Virginia).
This is going to be a great game and unpredictable,except if BYU turns the ball
over, its curtains.
That was a nice balanced article.Go Utes!
Chrissy, your comedy just keeps a coming. It was a given that Utah was going to
beat OSU last week too right? My prediction is the Utes are in their last week
at +.500 for the rest of this season.You did get one thing right
though. The onward and upward part. When trying to go onward from the 11th or
12th spot in a 12 spot league there's only one way to go - upward.
Beating byu just gets sweeter and sweeter. You would think with it becoming
essentially a given that Utah will win these days, it would be less enjoyable.
It's not. I'm going to thoroughly enjoy watching Utah
dominate in the trenches and come out with yet another Ute victory, leaving Van
Noy with a goose egg 0-4 against his rival.Go Utes!Onward and Upward
I wish fans could have the attitudes the players do! So often in the past two
weeks, fans have seemed to always need to say something terrible about the
Virginia game related to the way the team played. The team had slips in mental
attitude when things became confusing and unusual due to uncontrollable
circumstances, such as when the rain and mud joined the game like a Biblical
plague, but overall, they seemed to do well. There were a number of plays that
were shut down completely by the weather and the "first game" syndrome
did its part. Overall, though, if not for those things, and one bad decision/bad
execution, the team may have won that game. They outplayed the Cavs, no
question about that, but you can't be lucky every time. If we examine such
games as lessons learned we can be more optimistic about future games, and we
may generate enough "luck" to pull out a win under awful circumstances.
I hope we don't need luck against Utah, but that game is ALWAYS close, it
seems, and it is always a test of just how much character and maturity the teams
have. GO BLUE!
Re: Steven S JarvisWell, I too doubt that BYU will improve on its
rushing numbers because it was a school record, and 550 yards on the ground is a
ridiculous number, even for a Navy or an Air Force. Even if BYU got half of what
they did against Texas in the Utah game this week, those would be still be
tremendous numbers. What may just be the difference in the game is the
efficiency of the passing game and taking care of the football. Let's hope
it all begins at the line of scrimmage on Saturday.
I doubt BYU will improve on its rushing numbers from the Texas game since they
made the Longhorns look like...well Weber State. I expect a more temperate
number such as 250 to be put up, mostly done in the second half of the game when
the defenses are going to get gassed.Utah's key defensive
liability against OSU and USU was the inability to put pressure on the QB. Both
QBs had the time to make the reads, find the play and deliver the ball. Hill is
not quite the level of passer as the other two, yet he just might look the part
if the O-line keeps Orchard out of the backfield. If he gets there, Hill will
bolt for positive yardage.BYU's O-Line needs to be the O-line
that took it to Texas and not the one that got pushed around against Virginia.