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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17 2013 8:20 p.m. MDT

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Wilson has pro height and mobility. Since he is only a Sophmore, I can expect more out of him over the next two years as he matures, gets stronger and gains experience. This year is all about learning.

Wilson will have less time to throw than he did against his last two opponents. Will he throw more errant balls with the pressure of playing on the road than he did last week or will he take off with his legs and attempt to avoid the sack. BYU has a plan to contain him. This will be a great game.


Mr. Jarvis: "Wilson will have less time to throw than he did against his last two opponents."

Maybe you're right, but maybe not. Most casual fans outside of the PAC-12 don't realize how formidable of a duo Dylan Wynn and Scott Crichton are as Oregon State's defensive ends because the Beavers don't get a lot of the national publicity and because the rest of their defense has underperformed. But don't let that take away from the fact that these are probably two future pros (Crichton for sure), and Utah's 12 first quarter yards were mostly due to the O Line's inability to contain these two. The second quarter saw major adjustments made that took these two out of the picture, and the stats speak for themselves (however, one of the few times later in the game they did get pressure, Travis threw an off-balance pass that was just slightly inaccurate and a defender was able to make a play on it). BYU's got pass rushers as good or maybe better than these two, but Utah is capable of making necessary adjustments to them. This game will be a great chess match!


Best thing for Utes was to lose to OSU. Should never have happened. Utah is far and away a better team than OSU. But if the last few years are any indication, Utah should beat BYU. The last few years, Utah loses on either or both sides of their BYU game to lesser opponents but seems to find a way to beat BYU. Should be a good game. Both offenses have a lot to deal with in these two defenses.

Salt Lake City, UT

I was impressed watching Wilson as he kept coming back despite OSU having their way with the U defense. He is a competitor for sure. I thought he runs like a giraffe however and I imagine his legs are very vulnerable if someone actually keys on him. No one from OSU ever tried to contain him. Very vanilla defense by OSU But his tenacity is something to focus on.
I studied the stats from both teams, their foes, who their foes played and the changes in statistics. Utah talks about having a stout run defense but they actually have had no effect on the run game compared to how other teams have handled their mutual foes. Example Hawaii actually held OSU to the same run statistics and Hawaii has no run defense claim.
BYU on the other hand devastated Texas and Texas played without most of their significant personel against 25th ranked Ol' Miss. yet statistically did about the same.
But I point out...statistic's never play the next game. A lot will depend on does the bye help BYU or does the loss motivate Utah.
I will enjoy the game, come what may and love it.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

Texas has the #126 rush defense today. Last year they were #102 rush defense.

Utah has the #28 rush defense today. Last year we had the #22 rush defense.

To suggest Utah has no rush defense while BYU devastated a good Texas rush defense defies all facts.

As far as Wilson, he's a legit dual-threat QB. I think so far he's proven that he's a legit PAC-12 QB.

Salt Lake City, UT

As a Cougar fan, Wilson has earned my respect. Good arm, good mobility and above all, the kid has heart!
A worthy opponent!

Frisco, TX

Very impressed with Sitake's comments about his alma mater. He has the right perspective about having come from BYU but is now committed to Utah. Whit on the other hand comes across like a traitor, someone who does everything he can to disavow that he was every associated with BYU, firing numerous jabs at his alma mater.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Travis Wilson has played a lot better then I expected this year. The offense isn't the problem. When you score 45 points you should win the game; period!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Considering the secondary he's facing, what QB wouldn't be excited?

Wilson's going to light them up!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

After a game against some really good DB's it will be nice to get Travis some more confidence playing against lower quality secondary. BYU first string corners are historically pretty weak, and with this year having second and third stringers out there - wow.

Wilson may very well pass for 400 yards

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

300 yards?



The sky is the limit considering the secondary Wilson is facing

Bloomington, IN

He better be excited, it's the last "chance" he has to win all year. How many weeks do you think he makes it before a separated shoulder or broken ribs end his season? We already saw what Utah can do against one of the worst, what happens when he has to play a real defense? Don't worry though, he'll have December through next year to rest up on the couch watching other teams in the state play their bowl games.

west jordan, ut

Chris B, as always, is good for a laugh or two. It makes me smile when so many of my fellow BYU fans fall for his enticings. Wilson appears to be a solid dual threat QB. Though I still think the U will lose to BYU this year, and yes Chris, this is a rivalry game, throw everything out the window. The U has a difficult road ahead (yes I do think their schedule is tougher than ours)I think the U will have a legit shot at a PAC-10 title in a couple if years if Wilson stays healthy and if, they can get their defense to back him up. As for this year, I think it is going to be another painful one. We shall see.

Bloomington, IN

Besides, I hope the "national" Ute followers are excited to see this game as it's the only time Utah will be shown on ESPN all year...Has anyone outside of Utah found the channel they normally play on? I haven't..not that I've cared enough to look. Enjoy your national spotlight, just remember it's only because you're playing BYU that you're actually on!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


And what has come of all your espn "exposure"?

This year, all I've seen in people mocking Texas for losing to byU.

And your best win since going indy 3 years ago is ....Utah state?


Anaheim, CA


Typical Ute spin - you know, the reason for Texas having the 126th rushing defense just might be the potent BYU rushing attack that put up 550 yards on the Longhorns. Even in the mud and slop at Virginia, BYU had 189 yards rushing.

Eagle Mountain, UT

"After a game against some really good DB's it will be nice to get Travis some more confidence playing against lower quality secondary. BYU first string corners are historically pretty weak, and with this year having second and third stringers out there - wow. Wilson may very well pass for 400 yards"

Dont be so hasty to claim how great the oregon state passing d is. Through 3 games they are giving up 299 yds and 2.33 td's per game. This is against an FCS team, Hawaii, and the Pac-12 doormat. Thats nothing to write home about buddy.

The cougs through 2 games are giving up 213 yds and 1.5 td's per game against (GASP)...2 BCS teams! you should check stats before you talk.

Layton, UT

Feels good to have a quality quarterback and team leader on offense, something Utah has missed since BJ.


Good for Whit.


Why are you wishing injury on our quarterback? Even the most vile byu "haters" don't do that. I feel sorry for you.

Go Utes! Beat UCLA and win the Pac12 South.

St. George, UT

Ya you're right Fox Sports 1 is a channel that nobody knows about nor watches... Or the Pac 12 Network... which i can watch on my phone from practically anywhere...byu fans cant say anything until they beat us in the 2010's

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I guess it is time to remind some here that for the last twelve months the BYU excuses for losing last year game to the Utes were QB injuries! Oh! If only Hill was able to play and if only Riley had been healthy ring any bells? People who live in glass houses should not have a very short memory.

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