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Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 1:20 p.m. MDT

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2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Well, considering Taysom Hill completes 33% of his passes, safe to say we'll let him throw all he wants. Put 2 guys on Hoffman and load the box, no need to even pressure the QB. Just top the run and Hoffman and their offense is nonexistent.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT


With a QB that has the worst passer rating in all of football, do you tell him to aim at the guys in red, in hopes the ball will find the guys in blue?

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Hill will throw as many touchdowns to Ute players as he does to byu players, if he's learned anything from Heaps and Riley Nelson about how to play in the former rivalry game.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Our defense is Ok, not great. But your offense is horrible, not good.

Did you see what a go fast go hard did to Virginia?

Oregon 59
Virginia 10

Why didn't you guys go fast and hard in that game? That seemed to be the key?

Oh, you did?

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Throw, Throw, Throw

No need to even put pressure on Hill - he can't throw.

Utah will do what Texas didn't and take away the run.

byu will have under 350 yards for the game

And lose. AGAIN!

Omaha, NE

If the Utes can keep the game close into the second half, their depth and associated talent will wear down the Y as has been the case in the games the Utes have played this year, excepting the loss to Oregon State.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

2013 Ute Seniors,
I wish you were the Defensive Coordinator for Utes! If you go back and look at Taysom's stats from last year before he got hurt and also his high school stats you would get a better picture of the kind of play he is capable of!!! He was heavily recruited by Stanford and other big time BCS programs, so he can throw!!! I hope they do give him time with no pressure!!! I call the game as BYU 42 Utah 28!!!

Go Cougs!!!
Go Aggies beat USC!!!

Clearfield, UT

@2013 Ute Seniors Beat BYU 3-1

You obviously are a troll, but I will take the bait anyway. First off, You must be Chris B's 2nd account because this is the first BYU article where Chris B wasn't the first to comment.

If Utah loads the box and Hill has Hoffman and Matthews or Apo in one-on-one coverage on the outside he will beat them with his arm. It will be interesting to see how they decide to play him.

That being said I see BYU's corners struggling against Utah's receivers, especially Anderson. Wilson is the best QB the BYU corners have faced thus far(and likely top 3 for the season). Their corners haven't really been challenged, and I fear they might get exposed this week.

And Wookie, the logic behind that comment is lacking. The utes have on played 1 real game, "excepting the loss to Oregon State." I'll try one of those too...BYU's exceptional depth and talent continually helps them beat BCS teams. They have beaten every BCS team they have played this year, except Virginia.


Utah will be able to get yards and points, but not in droves (barring BYU meltdown a la 2011). He will have similar cushions as what Texas saw, and I expect that the play calling will take more advantage of it than Texas did, but I think there will be more long drives than long plays.

I think it all comes down to the passing game of BYU. If Taysom is 33% accurate, Utah will load the box and make it a loooong game for BYU. If Taysom is ~50% accurate I think it will be a close, interesting game that will come down to turnovers and momentum swings. If Taysom is 65% or more I think BYU can win by 7+.

Harrisville, UT

The Plan: Wait for Orchard to commit a personal foul and then continue to advance the ball.

North Las Vegas, NV

I like the analysis of Ute Seniors/Christopher B/Chris B/Whatever other incarnations he goes by. Put 2 defenders on Hoffman, and load the box. Hoffman would probably still make catches on most balls thrown his way and the other receivers with no coverage would probably be able to make a catch or two on occasion. Please contact Kalani and make sure that he implements your defensive scheme.

As far as the opposing Quarterback, I would have to say that as far as passing goes, I think that the Texas QB was also a fine passer. Could not match Wilson in running ability but did have a good arm and good touch, probably as good or better than Wilson. Running backs, I would have to give the nod to Texas over Utah. The top 2 running backs for Texas were rated out of High School as 4 and 5 star prospects with 4.3 or so speed.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

So just what if Taysom can't throw and Utah doesn't let him run?

Answer: insert Ammon Olson, a much better passer. Suddenly it becomes Utah's weakness against BYU's strength, and a star is born.

Unlikely? If y'all can think that Taysom will never get better than 33%, then I can sure imagine that scenario.

I like Gurney's phrase, "Hoffman's ability to make a play on the ball." Y'all are gonna get real tired of hearing that by Sunday. I'm personally predicting that Utah's man coverage on Hoffman and Matthews are going to make Hill look as good at passing as Texas' run defense made him look at running.

Ashburn, VA

"Put 2 guys on Hoffman and load the box"

Well, that's one way to dramatically improve Hill's stats. BYU will go to 3-4 receiver sets and absolutely gash Utah with quick slants and screens.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

"Ute coaches are preparing for BYU as they would against Air Force, and that should work well in limiting the Cougar's overall production." -- DN


Air Force? What happened to Notre Dame of the West?


If McGill does go man-to-man with Hoffman, I like his chances better than any of the three corners from last year, even though they were all better at the corner position. Hoffman will find the physical McGill a bit more difficult to push off than Reggie Topps was.

Cedar Hills, UT

Last week the U ran up against a great wide open passing team with a big strong QB who was very accurate and could run. OSU even went on 4th down several times! Crazy. BYU will be easy to defend compared to OSU and I suspect the U will hold the Y under 21 points and product at least two turn overs. I don't even remember the last time the Y beat the U.

Lincoln City, OR

This article should have been titled "Wishing and Hoping by the Ute's Homeboys"... LOL, there is some rich comedy stuff in this article... I just want t make sure that all you utie commenters show up on these boards after the game... Take your shots like men... I can't wait.

I especially like the part where the writers believe that they will be holding Hill under 50% in passing accuracy... (NEWSFLASH!!! "No monsoons this week")...

I am puzzled by some of the predictions on here, even from the Cougar faithful... There is absolutely no way that the utes score more than 2 TDs on the BYU Defense... I'm anxious to see how Wilson takes the pressure... I guarantee you that he hasn't seen anything like it this year, and very few like it last year... He will quickly remember his Freshman year as he is lying on his back after a 10 yard sack...

Final score: BYU 31... utah 14...

Mark it down.

The Middle Of, UT

You maybe right and the Ute offense only scores 2 touchdowns.
however, you forgot to add two from special teams and 1 from defense.
= Utes 35 Kitties 31.

West Jordan, UT

Utah has scored more than 24 points against your vaunted Defense for years even with horrible quarterbacks. I dont see that changing. If you think Hill can Pass why did Anae go to the Academy offense. And last I saw you only have 1 receiver and a bunch of stiffs.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Reno Cougs Fan 68

"If you go back and look at Taysom's stats from last year before he got hurt and also his high school stats..."

Who cares what he did at some Washington State podunk HS? Jake Heaps tore it up also in a backwater, no competition HS. How did that work out for you? Finally, what did he do last year to get you excited, complete a five yard pass? Ha!

Good runner but as a complete QB he's done nothing to warrant any praise. I don't care who recruited him. He needs to prove it on Saturday.

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